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“DON'T DO IT!!!!”
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Kiltarlity Lodges
Certificate of Excellence
Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“DON'T DO IT!!!!”
Reviewed 31 May 2011

Unfortunately i have had to stay here on a couple of occasions, not through choice! I have stayed in winter and summer, both times equally bad, although, summertime was slightly more bearable. They stink of damp, the bed sheets feel damp they are that cold, we had to use quilts to keep us warm during the day if we were in the lodges as the heating is so useless its pointless and its eats your credit, £10 does not go far. Im sure they have their tarrifs set above the going rate... The beds smell of damp, the furniture is extremely uncomfortable and the tv with its non-working freeview is so small you need glasses to watch it. These are essentually very thin wooden walled huts without any insulation at all. The woman in reception is very unaccomadating and never there and i hope you like to keep your kids inside, cause she dont like children either, should there be any breakages, trust me you will pay for it!!! Which is a bit of a cheek really given the unkemp state of the place and grounds in general, you are being robbed. Someone refererred to it in an earlier review as 'faulty towers', their being much too kind about the place. How Hoseseasons can be associated with this place is beyond belief...

Potential renter BEWARE!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Girvan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 May 2011

We had a great holiday here. Park is in a lovely woodland setting and a good base to explore Inverness and surrounding area.The lodges have everything you need for your stay and were spotlessly clean on arrival- flowers on table nice touch too. Swimming pool was a great hit with my children and we often had it to ourselves as never busy. Washing machines handy and used pool table and table tennis in games room.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2011

We stupidly booked a lodge, then read the reveiws, so we were a wee bit apprehensive to say the least.
We spent a week at Kiltatlity lodges having come up for a family wedding. Our lodge was well equipted, nicely furnished and above all very clean (no doggy smells)
It is a quiet, site with trees and beautiful scenery,and you might well be disappointed if you went expecting a club house and entertainment.
We had a really nice and reasonably inexpensive meal at Brockies, about a mile down the road.
Booking direct is about £100 cheaper for the week than going through Hoseasons.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank ananpete
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Kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2010

We flew from Kent to Edinburgh and drove up to Kiltarity Lodges stopping overnight on the way. To say our arrival at the lodge was an anti climax is an understatement. We actually drove in and turned straight back out, as we could not believe that this was a holiday camp approved by Hoseseasons. After driving up and down the road desperately seeking another "Kiltarity Lodge" we reluctantly returned to what we nick named the "Refugee Camp". The site was very uninviting; 3 big dogs tied outside one of the sheds (they call them lodges) with rope, unkept grounds with weeds everywhere we looked, dilapidated rotary lines and a dark dingy untidy, unattended reception. This was not what we was hoping for....

The woman showed us to our shed, which left my children in tears. It was reasonably clean and 40 years ago would have probably have been quite acceptable but the furniture was far from comfortable, watching our 14” portable tv was unbearable and lead to many an early night.

Facilities on the site were appalling.
Games room; forget it just as someone else described with musty smells and lack of any games to speak of I can only recall a snooker table and some books.
The tennis court was very badly kept, actually I wouldn't describe it as kept at all more like abandoned.
Swimming pool was clean enough and would have been fine if it was just for us but once the other guests got in there it soon became over crowded and as mentioned before outside the boarded up caravan was an eyesore, the place was just a mess.
Reception is hardly ever open although when I rung Hoseasons and complained about the place I was assured that there was someone on site 24 hours a day!? Where I do not know.
Public phone did not work, although was fixed within a day after complaining. This was only an issue because we could not get mobile reception onsite.
Laundry room, my own utility room has better facilities.

No shop onsite so despite being self-catering you will have to drive about a 16 mile round trip to get some shopping or take away.

There is more, although it was a while ago that we went so just to sum up it was awful, the worst place we have ever stayed and despite Scotland being a wonderful place to visit this place really was a grey cloud over the holiday. Hoseasons gave us £100 worth of vouchers towards our next holiday with them. Obviously we weren't as good at complaining as the people that got a full refund.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2010

Intending to arrive at 9pm we checked with Hoseason who said this was not a problem. Arriving we found the reception closed, fair enough the Lodge was open with a welcome note, key and instruction that they had put a £10 credit on the prepayment meter. Sadly they had not and there was no emergency power. Being one used to roughing it we set up lighting we had brought being used to Scottish Hospitality. Unfortunately the heating was also electric. I decided to ring the number on the welcome note for any problems only to hear it ring in the closed reception. We went to bed and I spoke with the woman in reception the next morning who was not the slightest bit fussed and said they did not operate an out of hours service despite what it suggested on the welcome note.She did however give us a free card for £10 electric. We used the pool but it does seem an environment for breeding organisms. The disturbing line of scum reminded me of far off childrens bath nights. I see in other reviews there is mention of lodges smelling of dogs. Ours did not but the two opposite were being used by shooters who each had two dogs and were obvioulsy having a successful trip if the 12 ducks hanging from the decking was any measure. The camouflage clothes and constant gun cleaning smacked of the deep south. I have still to identify the apparent need for camouflage car seat covers. The pitch and put is a variated form of crazy golf though probably not meant to be. We usually go to Cannich Caravan site and I think we will return there.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 October 2010

We enjoy log cabin holidays and found Kiltarlity lodges to be great for our family with 2 young children (2 & 4 yrs) there was plenty to do without leaving the site. The cabins themselves are of a good size and well equiped, decor and furnishing was good, on arrival cabin was spotlessly clean. The swing park facilities were a hit with the kids and the swimming pool was fab (always nice and hot!) enjoyed by all of us everyday, there was also a tennis court, we used this to play footie etc in as the weather was not the best for our stay so grass was obviously wet & muddy, however we still had an exellent holiday. Pitch & putt was fun for the kids, perferct size for them. We did not get round to using the games room but did have a look at it, adults would be happy to spend long time in here, could be doing with a few more things for the kiddies thou! No bad points but could be doing with little upgrading of some facilities pitch/putt, games room?!
Staff were very friendly & helpful with suggestions on daytrips etc we went to the Divach falls (to see Tinkerbell!) its so beautiful and would reccommend everyone to go.

Overall we all enjoyed our holiday & will be back again such a relaxing week

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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1 Thank sjg-and-aeb
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2010

Hello All,

I am Amol Gandhi. I visited scottish highland in last july, 10 with my parents (above 60) and wife. I stayed in kiltarlity lodge, inverness. I have to say that this one of the most memorable visit and stay. the lodge had all facilities required for our 6 days stay. The lodge allocated to me was directly facing farm with big window overlooking it. We actually went late on our first day and found our lodge nicely decorated. all furniture matching and all rooms were so clean and tidy. The shower room was of good size and rooms were cosy. On our second day we went to meet management and they had all brochures required to visit places we were interested. They were so helpful. The swimming pool was big hit. My dad who does not swimming enjoyed as well. My family infact were not interested going out anywhere in inverness but they wanted to stay all day in lodge surrounded by this beautiful environment. To be very honest they made our stay really comfortable and enjoyable. Any one coming with family and kids would enjoy here without any doubt. It is indeed safe and interesting place. My sincere thanks to Ms. Majorie Wilson for excellent service and such a candid attitude dealing with customer. The only suggestion that the management should be put big sign for ' Entrace to Kiltarlity lodges' in entrance so people could easily find it. Rest all excellent !! I would surely like to visit again and again!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kiltarlity Lodges
Address: nr Beauly, Kiltarlity IV4 7HR, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Kiltarlity
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Kiltarlity
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfortable self-catering lodges set in a woodland park near Loch Ness.The lodges sleep 4 to 6, in one double and one or two twin bedrooms, and feature- open-plan lounge/dining-room- colour Freesat television- well-equipped kitchen- shower-room (some lodges also have bath)- bed-linen and towels provided- some lodges are suitable for wheelchair/disabled access.- children and pets are welcome.The park features- heated indoor swimming-pool (open April to October)- tennis court- children's play area- games room (pool, table tennis etc.)- laundrette.The park is ideally placed for visiting the magnificent mountain scenery of Loch Ness and the Strathglass glens, and there is an abundance of wildlife, from red squirrels in the nearby woods to deer and golden eagles in the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve. You can take a boat trip to see the Moray Firth dolphins, or a cruise on Loch Ness to search for Nessie!For a more active holiday there is excellent fishing in lochs and rivers (salmon, brown trout), there are many golf courses nearby, as well as pony-trekking, and hill and forest walks.Or you can explore the heritage of the Highlands, visit castles and whisky distilleries, or join the locals at a ceilidh of traditional music.The park is also an ideal touring base from which to visit the Black Isle, Skye, Speyside or even John o' Groats.The park is 6 miles from Beauly, which has good train and bus connections, as does Inverness (14 miles), where there is also an aiport.We are open all year round, for short breaks or longer holidays. ... more   less 
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