We stayed at The Rowan Tree off season so the hotel was very quiet and this really made it for us. We asked for a room with a view and were given a superb room with a view of the garden and Loch Insh one side and the snow topped mountain the other! The room was decorated in a period style and was tasteful, homely and really clean. The bed was HUGE and made up with soft white linen, a lofty duvet and a really comfy mattress that seemed to fold you up in it. It was the best nights sleep of our whole trip! Our only gripe would be that the bathroom was small and only had a shower, no bath but it wasnt a major issue. The size and outlook of the room made up for it but if you are staying here and you really want a bath, make sure you ask for it.
The hotels bar area and lounge area are both decorated in a tasteful fusion of classic country house elegance and modern chic...think open fires and candles with modern chocolate leather sofas and rich coloured walls and dark woods. The dining room is also lovely with highbacked leather chairs and crisp white linen. The pictures on their website show the hotel off very well.
We really have to bring attention to the food here. Both Monique and Steven worked as top chefs before they entered the hotel trade and it really shows. The meals go that extra mile on depth of flavour with those extra touches like seeds, nuts and croutons on your salad, a swirl of creme fraiche to add richness to a soup, that type of thing, and all served efficiently but without intrusion from the waiting staff. We are both vegetarian and had excellent and origional meals for both nights we stayed. The breakfast was also super. Plenty of all the usual stuff but I recommend the freshly prepared exotic fruit salad and the really luxuriously creamy fruit yoghurts. Yummy!
We also found Monique really helpful, she phoned the local tourist places we wanted to go to check they were open as it was low season and had been snowing! Steven needs an award for his patience as my husband relaxed by propping up the bar for the afternoon and got a little tipsy (followed by a bad case of talking the hind leg off a donkey and knowing everything about everything!!!!!) But I got the best deal because while he was boring Steven to tears I was snuggled up by the roaring fire with my book and Monique kept me supplied with pots of lemon tea! Heaven!
This would be a great place for skiers to stay if you want to be away from Aviemore town centre although all the amenities are only a short drive away if you want them. The Cairngorms national park is right on the doorstep and we also visited the Highlands Wildlife Park too which is literally up the road from the hotel and well worth a day out for adults and children alike.
We thought the the hotel was lovely and we will certainly stay there again if we are in the area.
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