I booked the Gleddoch House Hotel as a birthday treat for my mum and sister and pre-arranged some pampering treatments for each of us. I chose the hotel based on it’s pampering treatments, but was also looking for somewhere that welcomed dogs as my mum is visually impaired and has a guide dog. I was originally concerned that as part of a hotel chain this venue would be fairly low quality, but it really surpassed my expectations on all levels!
Driving up the hill to the hotel we were very excited by our first views over the Clyde and when the hotel itself came into view we were even more so. The original part of the hotel is a good looking building from the outside, and its surroundings make it even more beautiful. Our room was ‘round the back’ of the original building, and not so glamorous from the outside, but comfy and welcoming none-the-less. Our triple room had two double beds, bedside tables, two comfy chairs, a large desk/make-up area (with tea, coffee and Scottish biscuits), a large TV, Wardrobe space and en suite bathroom (bath/shower, toilet and sink) and led out onto a small decked balcony with views over the car park/golf course. We each had a pile of fresh towels on the end of our beds and toiletries were provided in the bathroom.
The first night we decided to eat in the hotels restaurant and started the meal with a fairly priced bottle of Chilean wine. The menu was lovely with lots of different and interesting options. Me and my mum are both vegetarians and found some exciting choices, and my sister who is a carnivore was equally impressed. When the meals arrived they were very well presented and generous portions, a lovely way to start our time away.
Breakfast was served until 9.30 am on weekdays and 10.00 at the weekend and was really worth waking up for. There was a buffet selection of cereals, fruit, juice, cheeses, condiments, croissants and pastries and in addition they have a lovely menu with choices of cooked breakfast (made to your specifications) with all the usual elements including some Scottish favourites; haggis and potato scone, bacon waffles (and the surprise of pancakes when these had run out), kipper, and my mums favourite freshly made Scottish porridge to your personal taste with a variety of toppings.
Although not golfers ourselves we were very impressed by the extensive and well kept golf course which seemed to go on for miles all around the hotel. It was frequently visited by other guests or coach loads of keen golfers and really seemed like a golfers paradise (although I would just like to point out that this in no way interfered with our stay).
The hotel has a long, slim swimming pool, which was excellent for swimming lengths and also just having a splash. It is all the same depth, so no good for diving, but great for adults or children. When we were there the pool was fairly quiet, and us being the only users for long periods of time so it was very relaxing. Next to the pool there is a steam room and sauna which were both very pleasant and easily accessible.
The hotel has a tiny spa offering a range of massages and beauty treatments. We all had an aromatherapy massage (best massage therapist I’ve ever had) and a hot stones massage the following day which was the perfect way to relax. As the spa was so small they were only able to do two massages at the same time (and only one hot stones massage), so being a group of 3 it meant we had to take it in turns, but this wasn’t really a problem as they have a tiny relaxation room you can wait in. If you are looking for a grand 5* spa to relax in this isn’t it, but the treatments themselves were very good and we would definitely go back.
As we had the dog with us we were looking for some scenic walks in the local area and found Finlaystone Park a mere stones throw away (I think it was about 3 minutes in the car, if that). We decided to take the yellow route which meant lots of climbing up little rugged hills (remember we are from Cambridge – the flattest place on Earth!) through woodland and was great fun. The dog was allowed to run free through the forest walk and had a great day. They also have a set of walled gardens (dog on the lead) to explore, which were absolutely beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The ‘smelly’ garden was a particular favourite of my mums, as it was specially designed for visually impaired people to enjoy. We had lunch in the little cafe which was OK, nothing to really write about, but nothing to complain about either.
We also visited Loch Lomond, which was about a 20 minute drive away, and very easy to get to using the sat nav. We went through the castle estate/country park, and walked along the shores of the Loch and through forest and open wild flower fields too (all the time with the dog off her lead). There was a beautiful walled garden in the castle grounds with loads of different flowers to look at. I can’t remember what it was called but just after the bridge that crosses the Loch there is a pub/restaurant on the left hand side which serves the most delicious food! (we actually went there for lunch and dinner in one day it was so good). Loads of vegetarian choices and other really interesting meals, all fairly priced. We sat outside in the sunshine on their lovely decked area having our lunch and really felt like we were on holiday.
The only other thing I wanted to mention was the wonderful Italian meal we had in the village of Houston (only a 5-10 min drive) at Brodie’s Italian. The food was great, enormous portions and so underpriced, it was just fab!! The hotel recommended it to us, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
We will most definitly be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf and its 360 acres estate was once the home of the shipping baron, Sir William Lithgow. It is an ideal base from which to explore Scotland's famous sites and attractions and is uniquely situated for Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow city centre. Gleddoch takes you away from the bustle of the city with breathtaking panoramic views of the Clyde Estuary and Renfrewshire hills. The property boasts 70 bedrooms including Executive rooms, junior suites and suites. VISTA restaurant and The Nineteenth bar provide all-day bar and dining facilities whilst the Kilpatrick lounge offers a place to relax with an outdoor terrace giving stunning views of the Clyde and surrounding area. The onsite Imperia Spa boasts a 17m indoor pool, steam room, sauna, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, conservatory, relaxation room, hair & nail salon and six treatment rooms offering a full range of Elemis and ishga treatments. Gleddoch also offers an 18-hole golf course that has dramatic views across the River Clyde to Ben Lomond. We consistently strive to not only meet but to exceed your expectations in delivering a first class service and invite you to sample our welcoming hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Langbank
- Gleddoch House Hotel
- Gleddoch Hotel Langbank
- Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf Langbank, Scotland