We had stayed in the hotel before a few years ago and decided to stay again principally because it was dog freindly but also because it was under new management. We stayed in the cedar wing, which is a bit dated now but pefect if you are travelling with dogs. We had a ground floor room with sliding windows which means you get a stunning view but dont walk around in your scanties as the lawns in front are open to all. The room was very comfortable but the sound proofing, largely because of the era it was built in isnt very good, so I think those without dogs or who are light sleepers should not opt for that part of the hotel - it looks though as this is in one the verge of redevelopment. The main house rooms look superb and I woudl book one of thise if we came without the dogs but it was relaxing to be able to come with your dogs without being absolutely terrified of them sitting on anything - the view kept them amused though.
The food really is top notch without being pretentious and they can give some of the real foodie hotels a run for their money, on our last stay the food was workmanlike and nothing special. The decor in the sitting room has been vastly improved and they have chairs outside on the terrace which is great if weather is good. Midges may be a problem but I think this can be partial solved by getting a midge eater machine which will kill zillions of them and as they are territorial it can clear an area for an extended period. Oddly the dining room still feels a bit dated but the views and the food mask that. Staff were very professional and freindly.
The location is absolutely stunning one of the best views out to the islands from a scottish hotel. Its also next door to one of the best gardens in the UK which is well worth a visit - at its best in May/June/July
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- The finest location on the West coast of Scotland awaits visitors to experience this hotel and it's award-winning restaurant, the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or short break at any time of the year... as long as you can put up with the amazing views, the fantastic food, the log fire in the lounge and the selection of malt whiskys! ... more less
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