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“A nice place to stay....with one reservation”
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Auld Alliance
Ranked #7 of 23 Kingussie B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 September 2011

We recently had a weekend at Auld Alliance, and we very much enjoyed out stay.
There are very nice touches here, with nicely distressed furniture and pictures which gave the room the feel of a rural country french house. On the dresser there was a little decanter with 2 nice whisky glasses and a card showing what the malt of the month is, a sample of which was in the decanter.....a very nice touch.

The house in general is very nicely furnished, very good quality leather sofas and chairs in the sitting room, it has the appearance and feel of a traditional but well to do family home.

Lydie, who owns and runs the place, is absolutely charming. She also is the chef, and clearly takes a great pride in her cooking. She also arranges cooking classes and had us laughing at some amusing stories of "would be" chefs that had taken the course.

We booked for the weekend, and reserved a table on our first night for dinner. There were nice touches to the table d'hote, individual wines recommended....by the glass, to go with each of the courses. We had a glass of wine in the sitting room whilst we waited to be taken to our table, the house wine was fine, the bottle of wine we ordered turned out not to be available so we decided to go for the wines recommended for each dish, which I have to say were well chosen.(£7.50 per glass)

Now I don't want to turn this review sour, as I very much like Auld Alliance, but if you are booking, and thinking of staying for dinner, you should be aware that the table d'hote is four courses, with one choice for each course. I don't think I have ever seen a table d'hote that had no choices. We were not aware or told of this. In the hall there is a notice that the table d'hote is £34.50, but no copy of that night's menu or a sample menu. As it happens I like warm goats cheese, which was the second course, and I also like guinea fowl, which was the main course, but if we had not liked them I think we would have been a little stuck. Perhaps they might have offered an alternative had we not liked what was on the menu, but I like having options and deciding for myself.

On their website, they describe Auld Alliance as "a higly rated restaurant with rooms, run by French owner and chef Lydie Bocquillon". I would take issue with this being a restaurant, it is more like being at someones house and having a meal cooked for you, albeit a very good meal. In a restaurant I enjoy looking through the menu and deciding what to have. My suggestion would be that they have options added to their table d'hote menu.

As a bed and breakfast, with the quality of the rooms, the standard of the breakfast (with nice choices) and the very pleasant and entertaining host in Lydie, I would strongly recommend Auld Alliance. However, if you are thinking of having dinner, then be aware that there is no menu, other then the meal that will be served. If you want to check prior to booking your dinner, I dare say you could be told what they are cooking that night. I have to say I did not anticipate i would have to do that.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

Having experienced the Auld Alliance at Xmas and New Year, we agin visited in the autumn, and the service and standard of cuisine was again the best!!!
How Lydie manages to make everyone feel like a personal friend and manage her time is amazing, and her cooking is always a delight and worthy of the highest praise.
Even you are not that keen on waht is on the menu, jusat a mention of it will bring out something else that you will throughly enjoy.
This the kind of treatment and cuisine that you need to come back to again in order to really appreciate what Lydie delivers, and situated at Kingussie you are never more than 2 hours away from Scotlands history and scenery.
If you haven't already been and enjoyed Lydies hospitality then if you are thinking of visiting scltand you should make the effort and book a stop at the Auld Alliance, if you cannot get a room then at least book a meal, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

A great B&B with lovely breakfast and a fantastic dinner! The room was very nice and clean.Lydie made us feel very welcome. The whiskey which was waiting for us when we got there was a nice surprise. We loved our stay and would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank whiskeyfan
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

I can't speak highly enough of Auld Alliance. We felt at home from the moment we arrived. The food is among the best we have ever had. Lots interesting and well sourced ingredients. The breakfast was a refreshing change from the usual fair. The fruit compote and cocotte were divine. Lydie gave us lots of local information and indulged us in chatting about food, which she clearly knows all about! We were there on honeymoon and were delighted that Lydie helped us celebrate with some flowers and a glass of kir royal. Completely above and beyond what you'd expect. We will certainly be returning for our anniversaries each year, I simply can't wait. Might squeeze in a winter trip as well to get the best out of the front room and the fire!

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Thank Loveroftravel12
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

Fine breakfast from froglady. Comfortable guest house, value for money.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

Xmas and New Year at the Auld Alliance was special anddisctintive.
Lydie the owner and excellent chef, supported by Sandra her Liverpudlian jack of all trades made this a stay to remember and savour. They provide the type of service that not even a 5 star hotel can match.
From the roaring log fires in the middle of winter to the mouth watering meals, all different and unique, this was a stay that everyone should experience at least once.
The personal service and individual touches made you feel completely at home and comfortable whilst also being totally spoilt.
Other have gone on about the food so I wont bore you with repeating how excellent and tasty it was, but if anyone is going to the cairngorms they should definitely try the restaurant, simple, unpretentious but totally classy!!!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank david1312
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Reviewed 13 November 2010

The owner & manager, lovely Lydie, modestly describes the Auld Alliance as a ' restaurant with rooms ' rather than a ' hotel ' . However, the Auld Alliance exudes cosy comfort and character and Lydie's cooking is a gastronomic treat. If you enjoy a wee dram, the bonus is that B & B includes a fine malt which you can savour in front of a roaring log fire. Truly , she creates a charming ' home from home ' atmosphere .

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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Thank Barebum60
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Address: Viewmount East Terrace, Kingussie PH21 1JS, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Badenoch and Strathspey > Kingussie
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Ranked #7 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Kingussie
Price Range: £85 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Auld Alliance 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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