The hotel is located on the shore of Loch Sunart in a stunningly beautiful area of the Highlands convenient for Isle of Mull, Glencoe, the Nevis range and much, much more.
But the hotel is located right on the edge of the village so it’s not isolated or remote which somewhat disappointed my expectations after looking at the photos on the hotel website but on the plus side at least means you have a post office and village store handy. On the down side it does mean that some rooms will inevitably overlook the (sorry - unattractive) village and ugly buildings in the hotel grounds. From one window in our room we had a stunning view of the loch and from the other window an unattractive view of a bungalow which was so close we had to draw the curtains for privacy.
But our room (8) was large, comfortable and beautifully decorated with lovely high ceilings and a small but perfectly formed bathroom with double ended roll top bath and separate shower enclosure.
The shower wasn’t up to much; hardly any water pressure and it kept cutting out unless you had it on one particular setting – might have been handy to have been told about this when shown our room on checking in. Likewise we had a problem with some of the lights which unbeknown to us only worked when a central switch was on at the door – always a good idea to go over these details when showing guests the room. Don’t be surprised at the colour of the water when you draw your bath – sort of a murky yellow but quite harmless!
The hotel has a comfortable, cosy country house feel with log fires, squashy sofas, board games, books and magazines. Very welcoming atmosphere and not at all stuffy or formal.
I agree with one previous reviewer that for such a small hotel the owners were noticeable only by their absence. Yes, of course you could ring a bell and someone would always come to help you immediately but I would have welcomed a more visible presence at breakfast and at dinner especially.
Ah….. dinner. Had we paid the full rack rate of £175 per night for our room and breakfast and then paid £45 a head for dinner I would have been bitterly disappointed with the exorbitant cost of the food whose quality certainly did not justify such elevated rates. But we were staying on a special offer rate of £85 per person per night for dinner, room and breakfast which meant a considerable saving.
The restaurant has enjoyed quite a reputation but the chefs that won those three AA rosettes have now left and the hotel has new chefs and staff.
The restaurant itself was (very) dimly lit by candlelight in the evenings. All very pretty but just too dark. The atmosphere was a bit library like - hushed and sombre. I'd have enjoyed a more convivial atmosphere and no background music....the hotel played a limited selection of background music constantly which I knew by heart by the time we left.
To be quite frank the food wasn’t up to our high expectations. The breakfasts were huge and well presented but the quality of the fish, bacon, sausage and black pudding weren’t great. We were presented with burnt toast and croissants one morning and the ping of the microwave (which disconcertingly continued during dinner …) and the burning hot plates didn’t quite match our expectation for everything to be cooked fresh, from scratch, to order.
The food at dinner was again very well presented but the flavours didn’t excite or have the ‘wow!’ factor. I didn’t even finish any of my puddings (unheard of...) because they just didn’t taste that great. But the venison we had one evening was fantastic quality although the accompanying chocolate and red wine sauce was very much a ‘Marmite’ moment – love it or hate it. One odd thing was that there wasn’t a vegetable to be seen. The portions were enormous, too enormous. I’d cut the portions, cut those exorbitant prices, bring in some fresh vegetables and add a bit of zing to the bland flavours.
Would I stay again? In the balance, probably not. The food just didn’t live up to the gourmet experience we’d hoped for and for such a small hotel it lacked the personal touch and presence of the owner/s or a manager to make it really special. But if you’re a dog owner the good thing going for this hotel is that they welcome dogs so your hound can stay with you and benefit from the wonderful doggie swimming pool on the doorstep – the loch!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of Romantic Hotel of the year, and one of the Daily Telegraph's top 10 most cosy Highland Hotels; Kilcamb Lodge Hotel & Restaurant is a small luxury 4 star hotel, perfectly situated on the tranquil shores of Loch Sunart in the Highlands of Scotland. The hotel now has two restaurants; the new and less formal Driftwood Brasserie, or the renowned Restaurant, both offering friendly yet professional service and 2AA Rosette award winning food. This newly appointed 4 star hotel is perfectly situated in its 22 acres of loch side meadow, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery which adds to to the sense of peace and tranquility, hard to find in today's modern world. Local wildlife on the door-step such as otters, eagles red squirrels and pine martens only add to the sense of remote Highland serenity. Kilcamb Lodge Hotel is also pet friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kilcamb Hotel Strontian
- Kilcamb Lodge Hotel & Restaurant Strontian, Scotland