Wake Up Here: The Lodge on Loch Lomond

Serenity, clean air, and a warm Scottish welcome, have we got the staycation location for you. Morning views from the Carter Suite If the current restrictions on socialising and [...]

Serenity, clean air, and a warm Scottish welcome, have we got the staycation location for you.

Morning views from the Carter Suite

If the current restrictions on socialising and travel have you craving fresh air and peace in the wilderness, then you could be due a visit to Lodge on Loch Lomond. A truly unique hotel on the beachfront of picture-perfect village, Luss, the lochside property boasts views you’ll be plastering all over your Instagram for weeks to come. With 48 guest bedrooms, the multi-award winning hotel is THE place for a breathtaking Scottish break over the autumn and winter months. Nestled on the edge of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, the surrounding highlands area is home to red deer, oak woodlands, and all manner of stunning walking trails.

Despite it’s size and grand exterior, the hotel retains the intimate, warm feel of a lakeside inn. The one way system ensures ease of movement around the property whilst keeping Covid safe during the current pandemic, whilst contactless check out means you need not worry about queuing at the end of your stay.

A room (or two) with a view

Luxurious touches at the Lodge on Loch Lomond

Whether you opt for a Classic Graham or splash out on a suite, you’ll be enjoying views of the loch, the beach, or the picturesque village of Luss. If an uninterrupted view of the loch is important to you, let reception know upon booking and they will see what they can do for you. However, regardless of vista, all rooms are warm with plush, pillow soft beds, and contemporary furnishings. To our surprise, our room also included our own private sauna just off the bathroom. A most welcome feature, particularly after a blustery afternoon exploring and leaf peeping around the village.

Each room is fully equipped with tea and coffee making facilities (plus a few cheeky hot chocolates and biscuits). If you don’t fancy venturing out of your cocoon, it’s easy enough to make yourself a brew and relax on the balcony, or build a nest with the generous number of pillows on your bed and enjoy the views from there. The landscape surrounding the hotel is ever changing, developing into glorious hues of gold and bronze during the autumn months. Whilst the beach activities and water sports are marvellous during peak tourist season, Scotland really sings during the latter part of the year. Moody skies and crisp leaves underfoot, this is a very special time to enjoy the country in a different light.

A feast for all seasons

Having recently achieved a “Visit Scotland– Taste Our Best” accreditation, it’s easy to see how Colquhoun’s Restaurant continues to scoop critical acclaim. Relaxed dining with panoramic views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond, the restaurant prides itself on serving up honest, comforting fayre using locally sourced ingredients. Whether you plump for traditional confit of gressingham duck leg, delicious chargrilled Scottish ribeye steak, or saddle of Scottish Venison, you’ll be well fed after a long day of exploring the landscape or simply relaxing in your room.

Our recommendations:

  • A visit out of season has a completely different flavour to peak tourist time. The landscape is changing, the attractions are less crowded, and you will find yourself immersed in the tranquillity and quiet of the area. An autumnal break here is highly recommended.
  • Book a room with a sauna. If the weather turns or you’ve been on a particularly lengthy hike, a spell in the sauna afterwards is absolute bliss.
  • The sirloin steak in Colquhoun’s is cooked to utter perfection. Order it with the blue cheese sauce, you won’t regret it.
  • Take a stroll into Luss, the village surrounding the hotel. Whilst many businesses are closed due to Covid, Luss is still a beautiful place to visit and photograph.
  • If you’re looking for a wedding venue with a difference, The Lodge of Loch Lomond also offers lochside open air weddings.
Luss in autumn

How to book:

Bookings can be made direct with the hotel at https://www.loch-lomond.co.uk/ The website also includes various offers such as special advance rates, afternoon tea with fizz for £25 for two people, and October staycation offers from just £99.

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Debby Donnelly-Addison

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