Inverlochy Castle offers a quintessential country house experience. From the moment we turned through the gate into the beautifully tended grounds until we left four days later, we experienced graciousness in the finest sense of the word, at every level. We have had the pleasure of staying at some of the finest hotels in Europe; this one rates right at the top for me. Unlike many "castle" hotels where the common areas are beautifully decorated but somehow cold or imposing -- thus sit empty most of the time -- the two reception rooms here invited one to sit and relax, enjoy the fire in the grate, a cup of coffee (or glass of whiskey) or the spectacular views from the soaring windows. And they were used this way, creating a congenial atmosphere. The furnishings were comfortable, of high quality (in a classical style), well maintained, and just lovely. Meals were exceptional and served by very pleasant young women who seemed genuinely concerned about answering your every want. (For those who stay several nights, a rotating menu might have been nice.) The pianist and harpist who played during dinner hours added a wonderful touch. Both were very good and thoroughly enjoyable.
A small wedding took place one day, and in contrast to some of our experiences elsewhere, efforts were made to ensure a wonderful experience for the bride and her party but not at the expense of the other guests. I tend to be a fairly harsh (discerning?) critique. That said, Inverlochy Castle is a hit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Inverlochy Castle Hotel and Restaurant, Fort William, Scotland.Inverlochy is Scotland's finest luxury hotel and restaurant uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland.At Inverlochy you will experience one of the most relaxing and exciting vacations of a lifetime, where every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered.Rooms & ReservationsEach of the 17 bedrooms, all with private bathroom, have their own individual design and character, along with splendid views of the grounds and surrounding mountains. Room facilities include 30 inch Phillips mirror televisions, personal laptop computer with internet access, personal safe, cd player, radio, iron/ironing board. DVD player and video player as well as Playstation II available upon request.Below are small images of our rooms at Inverlochy. By clicking on the images you will be taken to a page with a 360°, interactive image of the entire room. This allows you to capture the unique atmosphere of our very individual rooms and make the choice of which of our luxury rooms you would like to reserve.Dining at InverlochyDinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savour in any of our three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway.Dining at InverlochyDinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savour in any of our three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inverlochy Castle Hotel Fort William, Scotland