... You probably can't afford it!
Four of us stayed in Lodge 80 for the last week in April. The lodge itself was really well equipped and extremely comfortable. Like others have said, heating the place was a bit of a night are at times. For our first couple of days and with temperatures in the high teens, it wasn't a problem but then it got cold, very cold at times and that's when you realise the various wall-mounted electric heaters are rather inefficient! Electricity needs to be paid for separately and this can be rather expensive. It cost us £65 for 7 nights and we were very careful to switch things off when we were out. Forget using the built-in sauna, a very nice feature, but it gobbles power. I'm not really sure, despite their written warning about the cost of electricity, why it has to be so expensive and why, given the "luxury" tag this resort has, it has to be separate at all? Not really what one would expect in the 21st Century. Nonetheless, this is a lovely resort with fabulous views across the loch.
We used the lodge as a touring base and didn't avail ourselves of the hotel facilities, available to lodge residents, such as the pool, gym and spa etc. We did dine in the Boathouse one even which was "nice" but it is expensive. With a round (for 4) of pre-dinner drinks and two bottles of wine, the bill was almost £300 and, with quite a few families and small children in the restaurant at 8pm, wasn't exactly a fine-dining experience. There were also mistakes with the orders and some of my (very tasty) Loch Feyn muscles were served closed, a real no-no for any establishment.
As mentioned elsewhere the wi-fi on-site is hopeless and I'm not sure they could make it any more complicated to gain access! We didn't really need access for business purposes but more to plan our next day activities and look things up. Massive fail with laborious speeds and dropping of connections, assuming you could log-in in the first place! On O2 you can also rule-out any hint of a 3G connection in this location but a friend on Orange did find a sporadic GPRS signal which was sometimes usable.
All of the lodges are time share. We enquired about the cost and they range from around £3,000 to £12,000 depending upon a number of factors but it's the maintenance charges (for which you have no control and are set by DeVere) which are prohibitive at up to around £900 for your chosen week. Judging by the number of lodges up for sale, I would say people are selling-up and cutting their losses but I could be wrong.
All in all and in summary, a great location, well equipped and comfortable accommodation but expensive. I think if you have to ask how much something is, you probably can't afford it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our lodges are situated on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, within the grounds of the world-renowned five-star resort, Cameron House. This truly is Scottish luxury reborn. Resplendent with leisure club, pool, bar/restaurant and grill all waiting just for you. Add to this, a great family restaurant on the loch, a cheeky nine hole golf course and beauty bar. Cameron House lodges offer an exceptional range of one, two, three and four bedroom self-catering lodges that offer the privacy of home with the benefit of having luxury resort facilities. Each luxury lodge has spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, covered balconies and wonderful views of the resort, golf course or Loch Lomond. The award winning Spa at Cameron House and championship Carrick golf course are just 2 miles away and easily accessible via regular, free shuttle service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cameron House Luxury Hotel Alexandria
- Cameron House Lodges Alexandria, Scotland, UK