Located on the shores of bonnie Loch Lomond and just a short drive from Glasgow is the five-star De Vere owned Cameron House Hotel. Driving up to the hotel the wings appear like castle ramparts and walking up the path to the front door it seems an especially imposing building. The loch is just a stones throw away and the views of the surrounding hills are equally as impressive as the hotel.
Stepping inside, it feels like a quintessentially Scottish hotel and it is immediately obvious that this is luxury accommodation. It is tastefully decorated throughout with a warm colour scheme and dark wood fittings. There is a real fire in the lobby which instantly had me feeling welcome and the pleasant Scottish brogue of the reception team merely added to my ease. A strange extra large hare’s head which hangs on the wall was slightly creepy and felt a little out of place.
There is a choice of rooms, but all are large and unsurprisingly sumptuous with more warm colour schemes, fitted wood and some tasteful tartan trimmings. The large, comfortable bed is the centre-piece of the room and all the usual facilities are available, a television, separate bathroom, wifi, room safe and some rooms provide great views across the loch. They seem more than just a room to sleep in.
A number of lodges are also available to rent and they seem an especially tempting option for those that wish to feel a little closer to nature.
Scotland being the home of golf, there are a couple of options for those that like spoiling their good walk. The “Wee Demon” is a nine-hole tester which is a perfect warm-up for the main event; the eighteen hole “The Carrick”. This is a testing championship course which offers all the normal clubhouse facilities; golf lessons, a shop and corporate events all set in a beautiful location with great views. After completing a round some refreshment and a bite to eat is likely to appeal and the “Claret Jug” offers a hearty burger and fries with a choice of beers and wines to exhausted golfers.
There are plenty of options for dining in the hotel and within the grounds. I was lucky enough to enjoy a meal in the “Boat House” which has a great menu supplied with seafood direct from Loch Fyne. Although the whole menu was not available, the abbreviated one was still excellent and I enjoyed a high quality, fresh and tasty meal within this pleasant restaurant.
Earlier in the evening our group had been treated to several fine single malts at a whisky tasting with the hotel ambassador in the “Great Scots Bar”. It was a great way to learn about the subtleties of one of Scotland’s finest and best known exports. They are available to guests on request and can definitely recommend giving a tasting a try.
There are several other restaurants and bars so those staying for a few days will have a choice of dining options. Other facilities include a twenty four hour concierge service, fully equipped leisure centre including indoor swimming complex, a beauty centre and the award winning “Carrick Spa” facilities which are located within a short shuttle service from the hotel.
There are boat cruises on the loch and even seaplane flights over Loch Lomond, the Clyde, surrounding hills and additional flights further afield are available upon request.
The team running the hotel are always helpful and pleasant whenever dealing with guests directly. It’s no secret however I’m fond of hotels with friendly staff that always take the time to look up when a guest passes to greet them. It is a small thing but for me it sets good hotels apart from great ones and a friendly greeting makes a huge difference for me. I missed these greetings in the Cameron House Hotel but regardless it did not spoil my stay.
It is easy to recommend the impressive Cameron House; Scottish luxury set alongside lovely Loch Lomond. Staying for several days would seem ideal, taking some time to explore heather covered glens, maybe climb to the top of a nearby Munroe to enjoy the outstanding views and of course making full use of the excellent facilities. If that isn’t enough the bright lights of stylish Glasgow are a within a short drive, so a city break can be combined with some pampering in natural Scotland.
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