We were on the isle of Lewis and looking for an overnight stop on our way home to North Yorkshire. We were coming home via Skye so Googled hotels in the vicinity of Newtonmore and came up with this one with 5* reviews. We arrived about 5.30 - 6pm and were delighted when our host Neil came out to greet us and help with our bags. As we entered the hotel our hostess Annie appeared to welcome us, too - it was just like arriving with friends. Neil showed us to our superior room (we booked this to have wi-fi in the room, otherwise wi-fi is in the public areas) which was immaculately clean with lovely white bed-linen and a brand new en-suite shower room. We went down for dinner and were shown to our table by a friendly barmaid/waitress (the staff here all seem to muck in and do what needs doing at the time) and given the menu (one each, please learn, other hotels, it's not rocket science). The menu is not extensive but I think that is usually a good sign - I'd rather eat from a small menu done well than from an extensive menu done badly. And this was done well! I decided on things I'd never eaten before and loved it all. My husband boringly ate the steak but he was enthusiastic about it so we were well pleased. It was still light so we went outside to photograph the church ruins, and then went to sit at the bar for a nightcap. As I looked out of the window I could see hares chasing each other around the beautiful grounds, and when I went to the front door a large hare dashed past within a metre of me! The beds were comfy and we slept well. The breakfast was tasty, lovely bacon and free-range eggs with gorgeous yellow yolks. Annie and Neil gave us a good send-off, too, and it was like leaving friends. We are hoping to visit again in September.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in three secluded acres of private gardens this lovely Victorian house was originally built as a manse in 1851 and has a magnificent church ruin in its grounds. The Monarch is situated in the welcoming village of Laggan by Newtonmore, close to Aviemore and within the Cairngorms National Park. It’s also in the heart of world-famous "Monarch of the Glen" countryside and is surrounded by the spectacular Monadhliath Mountain Range. Enjoy our modern Scottish homemade cuisine using fresh local seasonal produce by the open fireplace in our restaurant or relax by another open fireplace in the cosy lounge bar. All our rooms have en-suite bathrooms and comfortable new beds and linen. Free WIFI is now available in all public areas of the hotel. A full Scottish breakfast is included in the room rate. A perfect location for exploring this iconic part of the Highlands area, whether you want to come here for a romantic weekend, walking holiday or enjoy a round of golf, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, canoeing, horse-riding, cycling or taking part in one of the many activities that can be found nearby. The hotel has new owners and has just been renovated and rebranded. Neil and Annie Whittle have recently moved from the Sunshine Coast, Australia and are now proud to call the Scottish highlands home. Whatever the reason for your visit, you will be assured of a warm welcome in our comfortable hotel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Monarch Hotel & Church Ruin Newtonmore, Scotland