HO­TEL OF THE WEEK CAMERON HOUSE LOCH LOMOND, SCOT­LAND

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There are few ho­tels where you are wel­comed by porters clad in Vic­to­rian High­lands hunt­ing gear while com­ing face to face with the stuffed heads of deer and bears. You could be ex­cused for think­ing you’ve been trans­ported to 19th-cen­tury ba­ro­nial Scot­land.

And in a sense, at the five-star Cameron House, you have. Nes­tled on the banks of Loch Lomond, this prop­erty has all the trim­mings of an aus­tere Vic­to­rian High­land man­sion.

But af­ter closer look, a far more mod­ern twist is re­vealed. The deer and bear heads, for ex­am­ple, are in fact pa­pier-mâché.

Suites are grand and im­pres­sively ap­por­tioned, and some have a pic­ture-per­fect view of the loch.

The rooms are meant to re­flect the sea­sons of the Scot­tish coun­try­side – ours was a rather foreboding win­ter’s evening – som­bre hues pre­vailed through­out.

Cameron House is re­laxed but busy – cel­e­bra­tions and con­fer­ences abound. We were there for a Jewish wed­ding. “I won­der if they’ll be lox on the loch?” some­one quipped.

Along­side crazy golf, there’s a well-crafted 9-hole, the Wee De­mon, and the cham­pi­onship Car­rick course two miles away. Here you’ll find the ho­tel’s Car­rick Spa, handy for pre-wed­ding treat­ments.

On the loch, there are cham­pagne cruises where you too­tle along on the ho­tel’s yacht, pass­ing stun­ning is­lands and dis­cov­er­ing the his­tory of this most strik­ing of des­ti­na­tions.

If the weather is “dre­ich”, there is a full beauty suite, a spa, in­door pool and slide, squash courts and a fully-staffed crèche and kids’ club.

For the best views of the loch with whisky cock­tails, the Great Scots Bar, adorned by pho­tos of, some­what un­sur­pris­ingly, great Scots, fits the bill.

There are also three restau­rants, one of which, the ma­rina-side Boathouse, serves veg­e­tar­ian hag­gis among the break­fast fare.

The rooms re­flect dif­fer­ent sea­sons

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