My first U3A holiday was a fantastic experience. The hotel is situated in the small town/village of Kingussie with access to many local facilities such as the Highland Wildlife Park and Aviemore mountain railway. The staff are very organised in looking after a large influx of guests from coaches....no queuing at reception with your baggage: room keys were handed out on the coach after a welcome speech from the hotel manager, and baggage arrived at your room shortly afterwards. My good sized room had two single beds ( I had booked a single), one with a soft mattress and the other with a firm one; very comfortable.
The general décor of the hotel was in very good condition and it had the feel of a classic country hotel with its high ceilinged dining room, chandeliers and large oil paintings of Highland scenes.
While breakfast was the standard comprehensive hotel buffet, a chef was there freshly preparing fried or poached eggs. Unusually for such buffets the scrambled egg was soft and creamy rather than coagulated and watery. I especially enjoyed a little haggis with the bacon.
The four course dinners were extremely well presented and cooked to a higher standard than most of the hotel chains. The venison stew was delicious.
The friendly and hard working staff appeared to be a mix of Scots and EU members; they could not have been more helpful.
There was entertainment every night in the ballroom; thoroughly enjoyed by all present.
My final comment: When can I return for another great break?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Duke of Gordon is one of the premier privately owned hotels in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and the Cairngorm National Park,a truly unspoilt and spectacular part of the world. The hotel is one of the few highland hotels that can offer all the home comforts of a modern hotel combined with the traditional charachater and heritage of an old scottish coaching inn. The open log fire welcomes our guests into the warm and friendly enviroment that is the Duke of Gordon Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duke Of Gordon Kingussie