A dark-wood-filled, dimly-lit lobby welcomes you to Cameron House, which rests on the banks of Loch Lomond and is set against the watercolour backdrop that is the Scottish highlands. Staff bedecked in Barbours and tweed welcome you to their home, where mammoth brass candle holders hang from the ceiling and papier mâché animal heads seem to smile at their quirky take on tradition (the badger’s smoking a pipe). It’s all open fireplaces and comfy chairs as the staff swiftly settle you in and let you know resident butler George – a feast of local knowledge and first-class service – is on-hand for any assistance during your stay (he’s something of a master of romance, having helped numerous couples plan engagements and weddings: petal-strewn bathtubs are his forte). With a welcome this cosy, if the weather’s against you it’s all the better as you sink into your tartan-trimmed sanctuary.
The hotel has thought of every occasion and everyone’s needs. It’s wonderfully romance-appropriate for weddings – you can marry out on the loch on a Celtic Warrior cruise which is all white-leather interiors and chilled champagne, or make the ultimate entrance and fly in by seaplane. Squash courts, quad biking, golf, lawn games, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery and a children’s pool complete with water slide will all keep guests entertained for days. For first nights and minimoons the spa’s a must for you & him bliss, while the magnificence of the awesome scenery will provide that other-world feeling if your honeymoon’s a UK staycation (pull back the curtains of a morning and you’ll see what we mean).
Room for romance
Rooms are sumptuous and luxe-cosy, lying on the modern side of traditional. The Whisky Suites are vast, complete with a walk-through lounge area and plenty-big-enough bathrooms filled with a bathtub (some are standalone in the bedrooms), walk-in shower and newlywed-perfect double sinks. If you have a wedding party in tow, there are also lodges in the grounds to house groups of friends and families.
Wine & dine
Dinner in the Cameron Grill is a glorious affair. The beef fillet and lobster with pumpkin puree is out of this world. Cauliflower cheese and goose-fat potatoes on the side? Yes please. Off site is the bright and breezy marina-side The Boat House. The cod with chorizo and potato cake will only disappoint when it’s taken off the specials board, while the sticky toffee pudding (it’s riddled with ginger and light as a feather) with caramel sauce is one to watch.
The rooftop hot tub that overlooks the Loch. Even better when it rains! The couple’s spa suite is a wonderful chance to reconnect after months of wedding planning. Mud treatments will leave your skin baby soft and time together in the hydrotherapy pool will allow your thoughts – and bodies – to float away into the silence. Book out a whole day of spa time together and pamper yourselves silly with the delicious menu of treatments followed by a stint in the relaxation suite where you can extend that relax-to-the-max post-treatment feeling – seriously, we haven’t been this cosy since we were in the moses basket.
We don’t love…
Having to leave without a ten-mile hike under our belts. The Mr was desperate to ‘climb that hill’ (quite a feat when the alternative’s a way-bigger-than-double bed and Sky Sports on the flatscreen). Oh, and we disliked not being able to try everything at breakfast. From the walnut and banana bread to any combination of cooked breakfasts, it’s a veritable feast of I’ll-have-thats.
Fly into Glasgow airport or take the train to Glasgow Central and it’s a 30-minute car journey from there. Cameron House can organise a car to pick you up – arrive in style and get used to being treated like royalty, we say. Honeymoon suites from £185; visit Cameron House for special offers or click here for Leap Year proposal ideas at Cameron House…