Scotland is somewhere I have wanted to see more off ever since our trip to Edinburgh a couple of years ago.
But you know how it is? There is never time, we are always so busy with so much planned. Now I am thinking I should have made time. We all love the countryside, rolling hills, fresh air and gorgeous views. So when we got invited to Cameron Lodges on Loch Lomond I only had to think for a nano second.
As a family, lodge breaks have featured highly on our travel wish list. We try to get at least one lodge break booked in a year. There is nothing quite like visiting a home from home, away from the pressures of life. Endless activities and football matches. Somewhere we can have a lie in, a morning chill, all hang out together, even play the odd board game.
The problem is, our family is changing. Add the fact that I seem to be getting fussier into the mix. The list of must have requirements is quite rigid. Top of the list being luxury and quality. Closely followed by activities for the boys and great restaurants. I don’t want to go and stay somewhere that is not as nice as my own home, what is the point in that? I want to feel the wow factor of a property and enjoy ooohhhing and ahhhing at how gorgeous it is. And the boys to feel that buzz of wanting to explore. To be excited by the activities on offer.
And Cameron Lodges offers all that and more.
From the moment you pull into the sweeping drive, the scale and beauty of the estate is apparent. In fact it takes your breath away. Located on Loch Lomond the air is fresh, and the views are simply stunning. And as soon as we arrived and had checked in which was very quick and easy we felt relaxed.
Cameron House Estate is set over 2 sites, which at first seems a little overwhelming. But actually, it is very easy to negotiate your way around. You can move between sites effortlessly via a super efficient concierge shuttle service any time of day and evening.
The estate has a championship golf course, and a 9-hole course, the most divine spa, many dining options including a Michelin Star restaurant. It also offers a whole host of activities from cruises on the Loch, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking and archery.
Our 3 bedroom lodge was a short walk from the main house, nestled amongst a variety of lodges offering from 1-4 bedrooms. The lodges are well laid out in into a pretty little village overlooking the golf course and Loch.
The wonderful thing about Cameron Lodges is that you can follow to your own pace.
You can eat in should you wish too, or dine out. We chose both options. On the day of our arrival we cooked dinner in our open plan living area, which lends itself to keeping all the family involved. We all mucked in and chatted as we prepared dinner and set the table. The fact that we were all involved was perfect, and exactly what you want from a luxury holiday home. We were able to eat and then chill together after a chaotic week. And spend the evening snuggled up warm and cozy discussing our plans for the next day and playing the odd game of draughts to Joe’s slightly one-sided set of rules.
The next evening we headed down to the boathouse.
And the boathouse is perfect when traveling with family, offering a nautical decor. Such, that you can’t stop wandering around, admiring the styling that makes the Boat House feel so very cool.
The menu was extensive, offering something to suit the whole family. I had the mussels and they were delicious. However the Boat House is one of those restaurants that you actually feel quite envious of the rest of you parties’ meal. Even though you love your own dish.
We decided dining out was the way forward
And ate at the Claret Jug the following evening. Which is pretty laid back, but very stylish and offering a completely different menu. I left wishing we had time to dine in the main hotel as all the menus looked so great. Having such choice is always a big deal for me. You feel you have the freedom to choose.
If you are looking for a holiday lodge with many great quality dining options then Cameron Lodges really is a perfect choice. Next week I am going to share my thoughts on the activities, and what we got up too during our visit.
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