This forbidding-looking Georgian mansion lies in 20 acres of formal gardens and attractive woodlands where deer graze and the crash of waves along beautiful sandy beaches is not far away.
The setting makes the hotel a great retreat and inside things are very comfortable too. The relaxing public rooms are hung with local art and a great gym and spa await, where therapies include Ayurvedic treatments.
Its restaurant is among Scotland’s best, with Michelin-Star chef Charlie Lockley deservedly famous for his 6-course organic slow-food dinners (daily £70.00/person). Unusually, he’s also responsible for a first-class afternoon tea (2.30–4pm); a real pleasure, not least because as a customer you’re free to wander the gardens afterwards too.
Look out for Short Break offers on the website – at £285 per person for two nights B&B & dinner; prices are pretty reasonable, given the quality.