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