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The Monarch Hotel & Church Ruin

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Laggan, Newtonmore PH20 1BT, Scotland (Formerly Monadhliath Hotel)
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The Monarch Hotel & Church Ruin
Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Newtonmore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Newtonmore, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This hotel is now closed to the general public after a change of ownership, and is letting out on a self catering basis only. After changing hands it updated the décor and rooms and menu but unfortunately after trying the meals twice we found it to lack in atmosphere with the owners not being very friendly, and the meals overpriced.... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Stayed there as a large group taking the self catering experience. everything was made available to us and the owner was very helpful and very quickly resolved any minor issues that we had. Rooms were spacious and the house was overall well equipped with everything that we would need, minus food and drink. Within good distance of fort william. Helped... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

What can I say, not sure what the previous review is all about! We happen to have been at this hotel when the wedding party stayed and I must say, there is nothing bad to comment on. OK, so they lost their chef. We knew that and we were staying on a B & B basis because Neil, the owner,... More

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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Got a call from the owner Neil to let us know the chef had left, Now I know why!!!! We couldn't wait to leave either. You cannot fault the Staff, they were helpful especially Anne the Housekeeper and Stephanie the barmaid/chef/waitress/general everything. The owners were no where to be seen, oh apart from when he took the Glory for serving... More

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Scottish Borders
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Just back from a week staying in a self catering cottage in Laggan. We had several meals (and one overnight stay) in The Monarch Hotel during our stay and the experience was a breath of fresh air. The hotel and ruin are in a beautiful, romantic location and the food was excellent (we had 3 lunches and two dinners!) but... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The food was good, waiting on staff very good, drinks very overpriced and served in inappropriate glasses and no lemon for a G&T! (cucumber was offered from kitchen). Proprietor inflexible, surly and made "Basil Fawlty" look positively professional. Bar was shut before 10.00 whilst customers were still in the lounge giving the feeling that you have overstayed your welcome. It... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Pre dinner drinks a real disappointment at a costly price...Gin & Tonic in a tumbler!! (the kind you would put your teeth in....) without the lemon,had to ask for lemon, bar lady said she could give me her last piece, two beers and a white wine spritzer all for a expensive cost of £20+..Decided not to eat..food over priced for... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We booked two rooms here as we were touring the area with my daughter. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and the bed was perfect, so slept well. We had a dinner in the hotel's restaurant and this was excellent, we all had different mains and it was of a very high standard, followed by another fulfilling meal in the... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This has got to be one of the best places I've ever stayed. My friend and I were only travelling through and needed a place to sleep for the night. We happened to just drive past and like the look of the place. We fell in love with the place immediately. It was the church ruin in the grounds that... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Andy and I stopped at the Monarch for lunch on Saturday (the new signage is very effective). Neil came out to greet us and made us feel extremely welcome. Lunch was superb (good quality ingredients and well presented) and the setting of the hotel and church ruin is unique and very peaceful; the garden is very pretty with lots of... More

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Address: Laggan, Newtonmore PH20 1BT, Scotland (Formerly Monadhliath Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Newtonmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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The Monarch Hotel & Church Ruin Newtonmore, Scotland

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Nestled in three secluded acres of private gardens this lovely Victorian house was originally built as a manse in 1851 and has a magnificent church ruin in its grounds. The Monarch is situated in the welcoming village of Laggan by Newtonmore, close to Aviemore and within the Cairngorms National Park. It’s also in the heart of world-famous "Monarch of the Glen" countryside and is surrounded by the spectacular Monadhliath Mountain Range. Enjoy our modern Scottish homemade cuisine using fresh local seasonal produce by the open fireplace in our restaurant or relax by another open fireplace in the cosy lounge bar. All our rooms have en-suite bathrooms and comfortable new beds and linen. Free WIFI is now available in all public areas of the hotel. A full Scottish breakfast is included in the room rate. A perfect location for exploring this iconic part of the Highlands area, whether you want to come here for a romantic weekend, walking holiday or enjoy a round of golf, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, canoeing, horse-riding, cycling or taking part in one of the many activities that can be found nearby. The hotel has new owners and has just been renovated and rebranded. Neil and Annie Whittle have recently moved from the Sunshine Coast, Australia and are now proud to call the Scottish highlands home. Whatever the reason for your visit, you will be assured of a warm welcome in our comfortable hotel. ... more   less 
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