New Year's Eve at Glenlaurel. The food was creative and amazing, as always with Chef Eric in the kitchen. (Even the ceremonial haggis, served at midnight with a selection of Scotch whiskeys, was quite tasty!). The inn now serves wine and spirits, and prices charged for wine by the bottle were reasonable, but the wine list was disappointing, and the staff did not know enough to provide any guidance (our waitress pronounced "merlot" as "mare-lot.") The complimentary glass of champagne served to guests before dinner on New Year's Eve was bottom shelf, unpleasant on the palate. We were happy to find that the inn now offers new flat screen TVs, blue-ray dvd players and a good selection of DVD movies. Still no cable, however. Our biggest complaint: the inn was not prepared for the snowfall which arrived the night before, and the property's driveways and paths were treacherous with packed snow and ice. Our car repeatedly got stuck and needed pushes just to get between our croft and the manor house, creating a great deal of stress and inconvenience. In fact, on the morning of our departure, we arrived 20 minutes late for breakfast due to our car getting stuck again. Under such circumstances a wintertime visit is inadvisable unless you have 4-wheel drive. This was a management problem. On the other hand, I can say that the employees who gave us help were uniformly friendly, curteous and prompt. There have been some management changes at Glenlaurel this year, and I think they have a few things to work out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A visit to Glenlaurel is laced with romance; from the moment the Manor House comes into view at the driveway entrance until it fades into the tree line from the rearview mirror at departure...the warm welcome at the front door feels like arriving at the stately home of a distant but approachable relative where the children are all grown or away for the weekend. Welcome into the Legend...the Legend of Glenlaurel. Experience the look of the Scottish countryside and the feel of times gone by at our luxurious Hocking Hills accommodations (rooms, suites, crofts, and cottages) that are perfect for romantics and dreamers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Glen Laurel Hotel Rockbridge
- Country Inn Rockbridge
- Rockbridge Country Inn
- Glenlaurel, A Scottish Inn & Cottages Ohio/Rockbridge