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Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye

$400 or more
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Scotland, Europe: The North House at Kinloch Lodge
Isle of Skye
Scotland IV43 8QY
Tel: 44 1471 833 333's insider take:

Sitting pretty on the shores of the sea loch Na Dal, Kinloch Lodge is the Highland base of Godfrey, Lord Macdonald, high chief of Clan Donald, and portraits of assorted Macdonalds down the ages line the walls in this well-padded country home. The 14 spacious bedrooms are split equally between the North house and the more recently built South house. All but two of the rooms have views of the loch, and the heathery browns and peaty blacks of the countryside are reflected in the room decor. Along with the gentle smell of wood smoke, romance is in the air at Kinloch; while guests are at dinner, staff light candles in the bedrooms to add to the atmosphere. Claire Macdonald, wife of Godfrey, is a well-known food writer, and runs residential cookery courses. Back in the dining room, dishes such as sweet langoustines, local venison, and briny fresh fish are matched with a decent wine list. Family mementos, antique furniture, and log fires make the drawing rooms pleasant spots for an after-dinner drink. The price includes breakfast.

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