We booked a one night stay with bed, breakfast and afternoon tea and also decided to have dinner in the evening. We paid an additional £40 to stay in the beautiful wooden lodge.
The lodge surpassed our expectations by a country mile; it was luxuriously decorated and equipped and felt really special. The bed was superbly comfortable and no attention to detail had been missed.
Our afternoon tea was delicious with home made cakes that were of the highest standard; it is the first time I have tasted carrot cake that makes you go mmmmm and then wow. Delicate éclairs and the most indulgent coffee chocolate gateaux. The sandwiches were delicious too and cut into bite sized fingers. This proved to be nothing compared with the evening meal. The dinner we enjoyed is the finest meal I have had in a long long time, possibly ever. The selection on the menu was so varied that it would cater well for most palates and I struggled to choose. We were given some wee treats as we looked at the menu which were haggis bon bons and wee ratatouille tartlets, both served warm and we new we were in for a fine meal. I started with a tian of smoked salmon with chilli pineapple, langoustine and quails eggs, amazing. This arrived covered with a glass cloche that when removed released a smoke that meant that the starter engaged all the senses. My wife had a goats cheese soufflé; I never knew a goats cheese soufflé could taste so good. The mains were fillet of beef for my wife and venison for me, both cooked to perfection and bursting with flavour. These were accompanied by beautifully cooked vegetable selections including celeriac dauphinois and red cabbage amongst others.
Dessert- A raspberry macaroon with fresh raspberries a lemon curd filling and clotted cream ice cream with crushed pistachios. Having lived in Scotland for 20 years I know that they grow the best raspberries in the world, these were the best of the best, they tasted like raspberries should.
I am rambling on so I will just say that the breakfast was great too.
This was altogether a wonderful experience and was enhanced by OUTSTANDING service. Without exception the staff went out of there way to help and make our stay a joy. Colin on the desk provided us with printed directions to a selection of places we wanted to visit and they have also agreed to post me the Golf umbrella which I left behind. TRY THIS HOTEL, you will not be disappointed.
Try the woodland lodge, well worth the extra.
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