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Main Road, Luss, Dunbartonshire. G83 8NY.
Tel: +44 1436 860 240
Few Scottish hotels can have such a famous name within their own but this one is not just a short stroll from the famous waters but is owned by Luss Estates and the Colquhoun family who have had this area as their clan territory for many generations. Thus, the inn benefits from a dedication to ‘get it right’ from the deeply-rooted local owners. They were here yesterday and will be here tomorrow and they want their inn to work: that’s a decided plus.
Décor is utterly and charmingly Caledonian: on-trend gentle blues and soft tones, plaids and stone floors, antlers and illuminated cases (so many of them!) of stuffed birds, an open fire, books and creaky wooden floors. And yet there is a contemporary air – somehow – achieved by good lighting, smart graphics and a decidedly motivated, cheerful team guided by manager Iain Hamilton.
The inn is on a relatively quiet roadside in the pretty village of Luss – the area having long been bypassed so unaffected by the busy Lochside road north. The exterior is traditional, whitewashed and on closer inspection, very well presented. Inside it is a riot of tasteful country Scottishness: to the left of reception is the lovely library room where (a jolly good) breakfast is served; to the right, the long main bar lounge area with a fireplace and soft seating area plus more structured restaurant beyond.
For informal comfort food right through to high-caliber gastro dining, the inn’s kitchen team provides a winning selection on an interesting menu. Food is a mainstay of the business and great effort is going in to making it even better this season. The wine list is succinct but features classy vintages in a special Sir Malcolm’s Cellar selection – visiting guests from the local, prestigious golf courses snap these up!
Bedrooms are slightly quieter in tone than the main areas of the inn. Each is cosseting and cosy, and there are a couple of grander rooms, at least one with a real flame fire for added romance. A stay here is a stay in one of the countries most enhanced and well-managed country inns: one on the up.
UPDATED: 23 SEPTEMBER 2014