Ken­more Ho­tel & Lux­ury Lodges

Five-star lux­ury in the heart of Perthshire, No.1 had to check out the Ken­more Ho­tel and Lux­ury Lodges.

No. 1 Magazine - - SCOTLAND'S NO.1 FOR WELL-BEING -

it was time Our home for the night was the Boat House, a tra­di­tional stone lodge with views over the Ken­more Bridge. Part of the Aurora Ho­tel Col­lec­tion, I was keen to see if the high oc­tane lux­ury boasted by their other prop­er­ties, like the Cairn Ho­tel near Gleneagles and Ho­tel Co­lessio in Stir­ling, would carry over suc­cess­fully into self cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion. The lodges were be­stowed with a five-star rat­ing and as soon as we turned the key it was clear why. Our lodge had a huge din­ing kitchen with ev­ery mod-con a Miche­lin-starred chef would ex­pect of a kitchen. Off to the right, lay the lounge com­plete with a wood-burn­ing stove. Decorated in op­u­lent shades, the decor is tra­di­tional with a con­tem­po­rary feel. Up­stairs three huge dou­ble bed­rooms were ser­viced by as many bath­rooms, leav­ing me com­fort­able that I could eas­ily come with a group of friends and we wouldn’t find our­selves bat­tling over mir­ror space. After de­vour­ing the yummy nib­bles kindly left for us by Ho­tel Man­ager, Ross Mcewen, we headed over to the ho­tel for din­ner. A re­laxed af­fair, with a var­ied clien­tele, hillwalkers and tourists mixed with cou­ples on a romantic break.

A pe­ruse of the menu re­vealed lots of classic dishes with a mod­ern twist and we noted a real fo­cus on Scottish in­gre­di­ents – Shet­land mus­sels, Stornoway black pud­ding, Scottish steak. We opted for the shred­ded duck bon­bons and the salmon and crab fish cakes, ut­terly de­lec­ta­ble and the per­fect serv­ing size – enough to whet your hunger pangs with­out spoil­ing your ap­petite. Next up was the main – fil­let steak. Cooked to ab­so­lute per­fec­tion on the Inka char­coal grill, ac­com­pa­nied by hand-cut chips, and beer bat­tered onion rings. We savoured ev­ery de­li­cious mouth­ful – I can say with con­vic­tion you will be pushed to find steak in this league. Al­though the dessert menu made for en­joy­able read­ing, we were stuffed to the gun­nels by this point and set­tled for a hot choco­late be­fore re­tir­ing to our lodge where we sank into our huge sofa with a glass of wine in front of our log-burn­ing stove. A per­fect end to the per­fect day! We sum­marised that the Ken­more lodges re­ally are the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for tourists and Scots alike.

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