Found courtesy of Trip Advisor and it certainly lived up to all of the positive reviews. A quick two night stay intending to use Banchory lodge as a base to tour that part of Scotland. Arrived early evening to receive a nice warm welcome and everything as requested ( late phone call to have a bottle of fizz waiting in the room ! ) Large room overlooking the front of the hotel - including the car park - and across the lawns to the River Dee. Pleasant outlook and despite a wedding being held no real noise from the car park at all.
Booked dinner in the restaurant both nights and was not dissapointed. The daily specials menu - and it is daily, a new, dated, selection appears from lunchtime onwards - was very, very good indeed ( as good a fillet of beef as I've had for a long, long time ). Small quibble with the main menu is that it contains all of the food offerings including bar snacks and items that are only available daytime, would have thought a separate menu would have been more in keeping with the style and quality on offer
Breakfast contained the usual suspects but to quality much higher than most - delighted to see potato scones and not hash browns !!!!.
Bedroom was spacious, well appointed with a large bathroom and everything one requires. A very good touch that so many places miss was a book charting the history of the area in general and the lodge in particular right up to the present day.
Despite the high standard of the bedroom and the food, the real stars of the show for me were the staff; Naturally friendly, helpful and professional. they knew their jobs. they have obviously been well trained but are still allowed/have the confidence to allow their personalities to come through.
In summary great location, very good food and accommodation and excellent staff. As they ask " whats not to like ?"