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Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Fort William 

Fort William
Scotland PH33 6SN
Tel: 44 1397 702 177
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A stay here is the closest most of us will get to living like a lord. Built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, Inverlochy has played host to all sorts of aristos, from Queen Elizabeth II to showbiz royalty such as Charlton Heston and Robert De Niro. The 17 rooms are classically decorated with antique furniture, botanical prints, and clan insignia, but also feature discreet modern touches such as the plasma screens disguised as mirrors. The three rooms of the King's suite have views of the loch, Ben Nevis, and the elegant gardens. The Great Hall has Venetian chandeliers, cherubs painted on the ceiling, and—this is the clincher—a secret door to the library. In the main dining room, one of three, it's a coin flip whether the best view is outside to the hotel's private loch or inside where magnificent carved sideboards are laden with silverware glinting in the candlelight. Head chef Philip Carnegie runs one of the more imaginative kitchens in the Highlands, where where home-smoked salmon is served with Mallaig oysters, caviar and apple foam.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"The view of Ben Nevis is romantic" at this crenellated 1863 castle with "well-appointed rooms that blend the new and old seamlessly." The "really incredible staff greet guests with smiles" upon arrival. Tea in the "lovely drawing room is a high spot." Outdoors, try falconry, skeet shooting, and sheepdog herding demos. Three dining rooms serve "delicious dishes" from the same modern British menu.

(17 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.0
  • Design: 84.0
  • Food: 88.0
  • Location: 92.0
  • Rooms: 88.0
  • Service: 88.0

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2009, 2008, 2005

Amenities: Golf, Skiing, Tennis, Water sports

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Fantastic romantic getaway!

My husband and I just returned from a week long stay at the castle for Christmas. The castle is gorgeous and the staff is fantastic. It was the perfect romantic... more