“ Address: Loch Lomond / Dunbartonshire G83 8QZ / Scotland „
This hotel was my first choice when recently booking a local short break, as my first visit there blew my socks off. You enter the hotel from an impressive facade on the shores of loch lomond into a huge dark wood foyer, decorated with fake big game heads and a welcoming fire. The doormen are dressed in a wacky uniform of short golfing trousers, long socks and tweed, but don't let that put you off, as there are many touches like this that seem designed to appeal to the american tourist market who must enjoy this caricature of the Scots.
The rooms are large and impressively decorated with lots of plush pillows, chairs to lounge on and plently of room to sit at a desk (internet provided), or just lie back and look at the gorgeous view of Loch Lomond from your window. The bathrooms reflect the quality of the bedrooms, with small touches like a silver tissue box to match the fixtures making the decor feel very luxurious.
Outside, the views are second to none as you are right on the loch, but I found that a path beside the loch would have been very beneficial, as to get to the shore you need to trail through a field of goose poop!
If you explore the hotel itself, you will find a great bar with huge comfy sofas where the staff come to serve you drinks while you are surrounded by photos of great scots from history. Further along this corridor is the great games room with pool, snooker, air hockey and fussball and then the huge swimming pool which also has a kids pool with flumes, a jaccuzi and a sauna and turkish bath. I found the sauna area to be a bit dissapointing compared to other luxury hotels, as it was a bit basic, but it does the job ok.
There is a hairdresser and nail bar on site, but dissapointingly they have moved the spa treatments to the Carrick Spa just down the road. Although that complex is very large and impressive and the spa is lovely, the simple fact that I was kept waiting by the concierge service to take me back on the 3 mile journey to the hotel for 50 minutes spoilt it a little. I much preferred when I had my treatment in the hotel, then could wander over to the pool, take a dip and go back to my room for a snooze.
Overall, this is a great place to go for a short break, the service from the staff was fab and the food and drink were amazing. I will definately be going back at some point.
Cameron House - Loch Lomond.
Last week was mine and my husbands first wedding anniversary.
I knew that hubby had a surprise planned, but didnt know what it was!
I was told to pack my suitcase on the Friday night, and was instructed what things I needed to pack, and then the alarm was set for 4.30am on the Saturday!
I woke up with excitement when the alarm went off, and woke myself up with a shower before getting dressed! and excitedly setting off.
We had the SatNav on, so I knew how far we were going, and as it was only 70 miles, and we had set off so early, I assumed that we were heading for Stansted Airport.
My hubby kept me in suspense all the way, and wouldnt confirm my questions as to where we were going. As we turned of the A11 at the Stansted airport turning, I knew I was correct :-)
On the bus from the car park to the terminal, hubby told me that we were flying to Glasgow, and that we wold be staying in a posh hotel for the night. The plan was to go shopping in Glasgow beforehand as the checkin time was from 3.
So we flew over to Glasgow (incidentally Andy Abraham was on our flight!) and picked up our hire car, and drove into Glasgow where we spent the morning shopping.
It was a 20ish minute drive over to the shores of Loch Lomond to the hotel, and we arrived there about 3.30. We parked in the carpark, and looked for the hotel, could only see a grey building (which didnt look that posh to me) which turned out to be the golf lodge. Hubby was worried - he said that the hotel had looked amazing on the website, but you can never tell until you get to a place.
So we started walking to try and find the hotel, it was drizzling a little bit and the sky was grey. We turned the corner, and there was this stunning building which looked like a castle, with turrets. It really had the wow factor, and as we continued walking round we saw the shores of Loch Lomond. It really was an impressive sight. As we walked up towards the door there was a red carpet laid out, and the doorman rushed over to us in his kilt, and asked if we would like a hand with our luggage.
He then welcomed us to the house, and we walked up the stairs into the reception.
Talk about authentic. It felt so luxurious, but also genuinely old and scottish, there was no artificial lighting and everything was lit by candles, which made it feel so romantic. The stone floor, the dark wood and the scatterings of tartan gave you the wow factor.
We headed over to the reception, where there were a few people checking in. We didnt have to wait long, and hubby handed over the details of the booking. The receptionist turned to us and said that we had been upgraded to the Master suite. She handed us our key, gave us directions to the room and we were on our way. More kilt attired staff asked if we wanted a hand with our luggage, but we told them we could manage, and off we went.
We unlocked our room and walked in. Wow again! We were in a hallway in front of us and slightly to the left was the lounge which had a settee, two armchairs, a flat screen TV hung on the wall, a writing desk with chair, coffee table, standing lamps, vases and all kinds of luxurious furnishings. The 2 windows both faced onto the loch with stunning views.
From the hallway, slightly to the right was the bathroom. This had his and hers sinks with a marble sideboard. A large sized bath with jaccuzzi jets and a walk in shower in a wet room. Obviously there was a toilet, but I cant think of anything remarkable to write about that!
The bedroom was to the right from the hallway. There was a 6foot four poster bed with hundreds of cushions and a tartan throw. Another flat screen TV hung on the wall, next to the stags head! (yes, I did say stags head). A golf game, where you pitch the ball into the holder, and it throws it back out for you to pitch again. Two walk in wardrobes, one complete with fridge, coffee percolator, tea and coffee selections, flapjacks and bottles of water. There was an ironing board, and iron also available.
Now I have stayed in a few hotels in nmy time, some of them have been pretty nice, but none of them matched up to the standards in here (well apart from the Maldives - but that was entirely different accommodation, and Scotland doesnt have the Indian Ocean in its favour). It really was amazing, and for the 1 ninght that we stayed there, I felt over awed ever time we walked into our room(s).
We decided to go down to the leisure centre for a swim, so we went back downstairs and headed over to the fitness centre. There was a large sized pool, jacuzzi, baby pool, complete with a largish water chute. Steam room and sauna, and situated outside the sauna was a shower, and next to that a bucket which was filled with cold water. Being a fairly professional aqua sauna goer myself I knew about the hot cold sensations they reccommend to detox your mind and body, so made hubby join me in the sauna until we were really hot, then we ran over to the bucket and yanked the chain to get the freezing cold waater dumped all over us - great fun!! :-)
The swimming pool was good and pretty quiet. Out of the whole hotel, I felt that the swimming complex was in need of some work. Don't get me wrong, it was still a high standard, and there were more amenities than some other hotels I have been to, but the general standard didnt match up to the high standard of the rest of the hotel. I later found out that the hotel leisure complex is now being renovated (in fact the day after we left - 15th September (08)) - so if you do go and stay just make sure that you wont be disappointed if the pool is closed during your stay.
There was a gym which had the usual treadmills, bikes, cross trainers etc - all complete with their own TV!
For our evening meal, we had included with the price of the room, a meal in the Grill up to the value of £35 each. Hubby had booked a table for 8. We headed over and were shown to our table, which was rather grand. The kitchen was open planned, so you could see the chefs at work making your food. The service was impeccable, and the food to die for. We had a selection of delicious breads to begin, then Hubby had scottish smoked salmon for starters and I had a seafood bisque. We both had the scottish reared beef or mains, and shared some sides of chips and green nbeans with shallots. It was truly divine.
I couldnt manage a dessert, but hubby had a fondant chocolate pudding which he said was really good. We had a good bottle of wine between us, and I think in total the food and drink came to £80.
Breakfast was served in the same grill room, and was help yourself to fruit, yoghurt, cereals, cheeses, salmon, cold meats, pastries, bread and juice. You could order your cooked breakfast and it arrived to your liking. Delicious. My mouth is watering as I remember!
We checked out of our room about 10 and headed out to explore Loch Lomond and the surrounding Trossach hills before flying back to Stansted at 5.
I think you will agree that my husband did a pretty good job of treating me for our first anniversary.
I believe the cost of our hotel was around £480 which included the suite (he had originally booked a junior suite and we were then upgraded to a master) and also our evening meal extras. So not cheap, but certainly luxurious.
There is also a spa and golf course in the hotel, but we didnt use those facilities so cant comment. We spoke to a couple in the evening who were staying in one of the numerous lodges situated alongside the banks of Loch Lomonnd on a time share.
An 18th century baronial mansion located on the peaceful southern shores of Loch Lomond.