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“Just a little neglected” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kiltarlity Lodges

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Kiltarlity Lodges
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foxiileigh
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Just a little neglected”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

We went to the lodge for a multi generational family holiday. There was a problem locating the place due to the size of the postcode area and the signage wasn't great. We were greeted warmly and shown to our cabin, informed about the games room and other facilities and told to come to reception if we had any other questions.

The lodge itself was immaculately clean. Absolutely spotless. But the place did have a strange smell, as if the windows hadn't been opened in a long time. But we had two toddlers under 18 months who had adequate space to play. There was a TV and freeview set up and £10 electricity was more than enough for 4 days.

We were disappointed that the play area was so dilapidated. The swings for younger children hadn't been used for a while and there were leaves and cobwebs all over it. When we went to the games room, the pool table only had one working pool cue, the table tennis balls were kept in the reception (which had closed by then) and the children section had various incomplete toys. The toilet was out of order and it just looked as if they hadn't really reopened for the season. Also, the swimming pool was closed the entire time.

The location was great and nothing was too much of a drive. We didn't hate the site at all, we just all felt that with a little bit of attention, it would be much nicer.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

Spent 3 nights in the lodges and overall this was very nice, on arrival at first sight thought the lodges looked a little tacky from the outside,However they were really clean inside and as we were in the 6 berth cabin there was loads of room,double room was large as were the 2 twins, not a large kitchen space but then we weren.t really looking for it to be, The only thing i was dissapointed with there wasn't any shop or much to do on the site and the nearest village was 10-15 drive away.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Greg1873
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Dortmund
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23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

After spending a few days there 4 years ago we went back in this year October. Nothing did really change and that is great. The stuff is still very kind and helpful and the lodges are still small wooden bungalows, well equipped and cosy. It is not a 5 star accommodation for sure, people who are looking for that, should better choose another accommodation, but we liked it very much, we had anything you need and the price-performance ratio was more than reasonable. We will 100% come back again :)).

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ecosse68
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

The lodge offered a great value. Despite of all others negative reviews, it was a surprise to arrival in woodland setting lodges. The lodge is in a very good base location - 20 minutes drive to Inverness; 30 minutes drive to Urquhart Castle; 40 minutes drive to Glen Affrick.

The 3 bedrooms lodge was surprising spaces for 5 of us. All basic needs met. All bedrooms were clean apart from shower room ceiling has damp patches which expected.

Also the area has 2 playgrounds that suit for all aged. My 2 years old was in her element.

I was very surprise that the Swimming pool lodge is warm & the changing area with shower, which save all the cold & wet walk back to own lodge.

We stayed for 4 days (short break), cook & eat in every nights-cost £7 in total for electricity.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable & value for money holiday. Will be back again.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank WarmlyAndCo
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2011

We stayed here 2 weeks ago, traveling from norfolk (approx 11hrs drive), we arrived slightly early about 3pm and was able to go straight into our cabin.

Upon arrival was slightly worried that we had the wrong place. There is only about 14 cabins on the site. Then decided that was actually great as we wanted a nice and quite stay.

At booking in I was told that we had to buy a card for the electric (i had over looked this when booking) was told by the owner "most people find a £10 card covers the week". We actual spent £20 on electric, wasn't in the cabin during daytime, and was freezing at night time. So what the £20 went on I don't know!.

The park is dated and reception only open few hours a day, games room and swimming pool were ok.

Fantastic area loads of walks and waterfalls to explore.

Would go back, just wish they would add an extra £20 on at booking rather than electric card.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Elliott K
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uk
Level Contributor
31 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2011

You need a car here. The road outside the lodges is very dangerous for walkers. I was told this by a member of staff.

There was 4 of us here for my birthday. Our bed was very uncomfortable.

The other room stunk of mould or damp.

You also have to pay for your electricity. One of us used up £2 pound in 4 hours using the hot blowing fire.

Nothing at all on site for provisions. The nearest place is Kiltkarlity post office. When it opens.

Beauly is a little village with a chip shop, chinese, couple of pubs, butchers and cake shop and co-op.

In summing up. This is not a place to visit if you havn't a car.

I booked through Thomas Cook and was very disappointed with the facilities.

If I havn't been with my family celebrating my birthday I would have left.

PS. No satellite signal recieved on dongle for laptop. Phone reception very poor.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank howdystranger
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Shropshire
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2011

had another fantastic holiday here this year, the site has everything you need for your holiday, peace and quiet, the pool is a must for childen, (we have 11 and usually take 5 with us each year, next year 7 will be coming with us) the laundry room is perfectly equipped for any normal holiday use, the games room is brilliant for keeping the kids amused as long as you keep a few 50p pieces handy for the pool table and take the time and effort to borrow games from the reception, we usually drive up overnight, leaving home in Shropshire at Midnight on Friday and arriving in Dingwall at 6.00 am, we usually arrive att he lodges late morning and the staff make a real effort to try and get us in our lodges as early as possible, being self catering we use the Tesco online ordering facility and have our groceries delivered on the afternoon of our arrival, the nearest Tesco is in Dingwall, the staff are great and their drivers are brilliant, if we need anything locally we pop into Kiltarlity to the local shop (less than a mile away so only a return trip of 2 miles, or to Beauly about 4 miles away, a return trip of 8 miles) we have always found our lodges clean, the staff friendly and helpful to the extreme even putting themselves out when we were once late arriving, we have stayed here every year for the past 8 years except last year which was missed as we were moving house, the children who have been with us absolutely love the place, the pool is great and the feeling of safety cannot be beaten, our children range in age from 12 to 34 and the youngest have been staying with us since they were 4, the parting shot this year was being asked by the kids to re-book immediately for next year when we will be joined by two of our older childen and their families, we go on holiday to have a relaxing stay and explore the surrounding area, you couldnt wish for a better place to do this, the facilities are everything you need, we would really really struggle to say anything negative about our stays but then we go on holiday to enjoy ourselves and have a good time, something which we can be assured of doing when we stay at the Lodges, as for the weather, its always been brilliant, (remember its only your clothes that get wet your skin is waterproof) WE WILL BE BACK AGAIN NEXT YEAR

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Kiltarlity Lodges

Property: Kiltarlity Lodges
Address: nr Beauly, Kiltarlity IV4 7HR, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Kiltarlity
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Kiltarlity
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfortable self-catering lodges set in a woodland park near Loch Ness.The lodges sleep 4 to 6, in one double and one or two twin bedrooms, and feature- open-plan lounge/dining-room- colour Freesat television- well-equipped kitchen- shower-room (some lodges also have bath)- bed-linen and towels provided- some lodges are suitable for wheelchair/disabled access.- children and pets are welcome.The park features- heated indoor swimming-pool (open April to October)- tennis court- children's play area- games room (pool, table tennis etc.)- laundrette.The park is ideally placed for visiting the magnificent mountain scenery of Loch Ness and the Strathglass glens, and there is an abundance of wildlife, from red squirrels in the nearby woods to deer and golden eagles in the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve. You can take a boat trip to see the Moray Firth dolphins, or a cruise on Loch Ness to search for Nessie!For a more active holiday there is excellent fishing in lochs and rivers (salmon, brown trout), there are many golf courses nearby, as well as pony-trekking, and hill and forest walks.Or you can explore the heritage of the Highlands, visit castles and whisky distilleries, or join the locals at a ceilidh of traditional music.The park is also an ideal touring base from which to visit the Black Isle, Skye, Speyside or even John o' Groats.The park is 6 miles from Beauly, which has good train and bus connections, as does Inverness (14 miles), where there is also an aiport.We are open all year round, for short breaks or longer holidays. ... more   less 
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