Enjoy one of the best Views in Scotland in Luxury
The Lodge on Loch Lomond offers serene sanctuary on the illustrious Bonnie Banks
Review by Charlie Fletcher
The 4 star Lodge on Loch Lomond lies on the West banks of the eponymous Loch. When I say it lies on the banks, read that as literal – the Lodge has a private beach, jetty and has rooms with uninterrupted vistas of the water.
After making the long trip west I was glad to check in and unwind. I was booked for a night in one of the recently refurbished 2 bedroom Cuillen suites. The suite certainly did not lack in wow factor, both inside and out.
Keen to make the most of the rare Scottish sun, I immediately positioned myself on the balcony with a sketchbook and began to decrease the value of blank paper. After exhausting myself with my new form of escapism I went inside to explore the rest of the suite. To my surprise, champagne and strawberries had – as if by magic – appeared on the table in the lounge. Safe in the knowledge that my car was off duty for the night, I had a glass and began to investigate.
Thanks to the recent refurbishment, the suite was stylishly adorned from top to toe. The master bedroom felt cavernous thanks to the floor to ceiling windows and open plan bathroom. With a freestanding bath, walk in double shower, vanity mirror and double sinks, there is certainly no shortage of space to get yourself ready for dinner.
When you are ready for dinner, the onsite, double AA rosette Colquhouns restaurant provides two menus – a mixture of classic fare alongside more refined cuisine. I opted for three courses of grilled asparagus with duck egg, Speyside lamb with polenta and finished with a selection of George Mews cheese. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and I would recommend dining during your stay.
Breakfast is served buffet style in the same restaurant. The full works are provided with the welcome Scottish touch of black pudding and potato scones; I assure you it is worth getting out of bed for.
If complete escapism is your style, the Lodge have several rooms with private saunas along with unrestricted views over the Loch. My suite wasn’t one of them but I was in a satellite building with a spa and pool facilities. For those more active, the Lodge is well connected with a great deal of local activity providers; ranging from fishing and cruises to sea planes and river sledging.
My one criticism about my stay must be the lack of phone signal and patchy Wi-Fi. I struggled to get much connection to the outside world when in the suite – Wi-Fi was free but wasn’t the best when inside. Really I shouldn’t complain that I got to enjoy the scenery without constant interruption.