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“Wonderful weekend”
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Knockomie Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Forres
Certificate of Excellence
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 387 helpful votes
“Wonderful weekend”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

We arrived at the Knockomie Hotel at 4pm on a Friday afternoon for a two night stay. First impressions were very positive, the building is impressive, dating from the early 19th century with further extensions during the early 20th century. The décor is a mixture of period and modern sympathetically used. We were warmly welcomed by John the hotel manager and shown to our room.
Our room was situated on the ground floor with French windows opening on to the side garden which was well kept. Our room was clean and tastefully decorated and the bathroom was very modern. As part of our package we had a delicious selection of petit fours and a bottle of Prosecco waiting for us.
We had dinner at the Knockomie on the Friday evening as there didn’t seem to be a great selection of local eateries and the hotel itself had some of the best reviews locally. Our meal was very tasty and good value; my wife had a ham hock and turkey terrine and I had a smoked haddock risotto which were both great, I can vouch for both as I am quite greedy. My wife and I had had a tough week at work and thus went for the comfort option of haddock with a whiskey batter and I had the steak burger which were both great. We had breakfast the next day which had a great selection from fruit and yoghurt, to a selection of cereals, pastries and cooked options. The staff team were friendly and attentive and nothing seemed to be too much trouble, many, many thanks to John and Yaz for all their help. The location of the hotel was ideal allowing us easy access for a weekend of photography in Aviemore, Inverness and the Highlands.
The break we had at the Knockomie was perfect for us and we will definitely be back soon.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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KnockomieForres, Owner at Knockomie Hotel, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Thank you for taking Time to write on TA. I know that John really appreciated your kind words.
Other than your comments on the Inn you make a really good observation as regards to our location! from Mountain to coast and all the Photographic oppertunities in between! We hope and are sure you would have got some stunninng Shots!
We are only sorry that you missed the recent Northern Lights, which would have given you the oppertunity for some memorable Photographic treasures.
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for an organised New Year celebration as a party of 6 including a young child and a dog. All three rooms were excellent and upon arrival we were treated to "death by chocolate" with a selection of chocolate desserts and a bottle of prosecco on ice. Food throughout our stay was very good and especially so on New Years Eve, which included a murder mystery and disco. The staff were extremely helpful and met every request of our diverse group.

It's a lovely little hotel and well worth a visit. It provides access to a very beautiful part of Scotland.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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KnockomieForres, Owner at Knockomie Hotel, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Welocme to 2014.

Thank You so Much for for your comments on New Year at Knockomie!
It was a great pleasure to meet you all! Diverse is what makes our Job / vocation such a pleasure some times we get it Spot on, like you so kindly pointed out and somtimes we Try hard and it does not matter what hoop we jump through nothing will satisfy!
Your report has lifted us all for 2014 and we look forward to Diverse! it makes it all worth while.

Happy New Year To You again and as they say in the Papers, and All our Readers.
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2013

Booked this expecting exceptional value for money. At best is was ok. The dinning room was very dark and uninspiring and the food very expensive.

We only saw staff at breakfast ad the hotel lacked atmosphere and the carpets were threadbare. We would not return

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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KnockomieForres, Manager at Knockomie Hotel, responded to this review, 19 December 2013
We are dissapointed to read your tripadvisor comments, and firstly must aplogies for not meeting your expectations.

Having recently completed a revue of our pricing, we are more than comfortable with our price structure, taking into account what other 4* inns charge and our operational costs and 20% VAT.
We agree with you that some of our carpets have sufferd and look forward to renewing them in early 2014.

As a note for future guests, if our dark dinning room does offend you at breakfast, dont suffer in silence.... please!
If we have a spare table in our lighter smaller dinning room please communicate with any of us, who would be delighted to help.
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Banff, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Knockomie Hotel was great value for money and the food delicious and the service very good. Had a lovely evening meal with friends and a great nights sleep in a Four Poster bed. There was a slight problem with the faulty coffee pot at breakfast but when requested it was changed immediately with apologies and a smile. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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KnockomieForres, Owner at Knockomie Hotel, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
Thank You so Much For taking time to write a Tripadvisor review! loved your " Sneaky School Night Break" I hope we can us that in future marketing! look forward to seeing you again!
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

We arrived on Saturday 9th of November and stayed until Monday 11th of November. We stayed at the hotel through an itison deal.

"1 x A two-night break in a master room at the 4* Knockomie Hotel including Full Scottish breakfast both days, chilled bottle of Prosecco & Pudding Extravaganza in your room on arrival & homemade shortbread on the second day"

The welcome to the hotel was pleasant but rather rushed. We waited around 10mins for someone to come to the 'reception/check-in'. He rushed us through paperwork and hastily asked us if we were dining in the hotel - he then showed us to our room.

The room isn't what anyone would call a master room nowadays. Maybe back in the 60's where the room decor belongs. Old tattered wooden furniture (not the antique kind).
Bed wasn't the most comfortable and is a regular double size. Pillows weren't exactly fluffy.

Glad the Prosecco and Pudding extravaganza were in its place.

The bathroom is very nice, modern and is clean feeling.

The next morning for breakfast (Sunday) we waited another 10 or so minutes to be offered tea. When it came to ordering - no potato scone and no beans...Scottish breakfast without a wee tattie scone? Hmm. :)
Breakfast was ok. Nothing to sing songs about.

After a long day of sightseeing. We were looking forward to a nice wee cuppa and some homemade shortbread in our room. Nothing. Not even a crumb. We were too tired to go looking around the hotel for someone to give us shortbread so made do with the pre-packaged biscuits already there.

Again breakfast the next day(Monday) - no other guests in the hotel. At 9am the dining room was in darkness. Only a selection of cereals, a fruit salad and yoghurt was on offer. And a croissant. With some fruit juice.
No hotel staff to be seen anywhere.
We ate what was out in darkness - until around 9.40am someone came and offered us a cooked breakfast or tea. By which time we were just about finished.

Check-out = finding someone in a cubby hole/office and interrupting a conversation with a staff member.

I checked out in the middle of a hallway and was on my way.

In the whole 35 or so hours we were there we actually only spoke to 3 members of staff.
At check-in, breakfast and check-out.

Definitely would not be recommending, or returning.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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KnockomieForres, Owner at Knockomie Hotel, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
Thank you for your review!
We are disappointed that you appear not to have had the perfect Knockomie Experiance, which goes against the grain! in so many ways!
I apologise that you did not enjoy what we offer,
We recognise that your check in, was different to so many hotels, we have shunned the traditional barrier ( Reception Desk) and welcome guests (and our goodbuys) in the the front hall, On the Saturday evening that you checked in we Where indeed busy, with only one spare table, so while your Headline title describes us as a ghost hotel, we dont think it is entirely a fair refection on the reality, although Sunday like many Hotels in November was some what quieter.

Indeed the restaurant is dark, we took a decision that the main experiance would be an evening one,with lots of Candels.
Had you had dinner on either evening, I think, but can not promise that you would have seen the dinning experiance in a different light so to speak!

Having spoken to my very small but dedicated team they are upset that you thought they did not finnish a conversation immediatly on your appearence, and both asked that I convey that apology to you.

I have read your other 2 reviews ( I always do, it helps me understand more about our guests travel patterns) and I am delighted you had a good time in Forres which has much to offer.
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

Myself and my partner have just come back today from a 2 night stay at the Knockomie Hotel. We found a really good deal and had a week off so we headed up mid week.

From when we arrived we realised the nothing was too much trouble for the staff. They were all super friendly and really helpful. They were always checking we were ok (not oppressively) if we were in one of the quieter rooms. Always made an effort to chat. They also suggested places to visit and lent us a map.

The food was superb, to the point that on the second night we had planned to go out, but decided to stay in as it had been so good the night prior. Breakfast was also very good.

The room was huge, clean with plenty of storage and lovely views. Some of the carpets/decor was a little dated but it's an old country hotel so it is to be expected.

There were plenty of quiet public areas with cosy fires to sit and chill out. They have a great selection of drinks, local ale, beers and many malt whiskies!

We left feeling refreshed and really happy with our stay and experience. Thanks to all the lovely staff. We will hopefully be back again.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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KnockomieForres, Owner at Knockomie Hotel, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
I am very appreciative that you have taken time to write a review, it has given our team a real boost. You have summed up what I somtimes fail to put into words so well, Thank You.
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2013

Really pleasurable stay at the Knockomie. In fact, I liked it so much I went back & stayed there twice!
The hotel itself is charming & cosy, clean & comfortable. Breakfast is hearty & my eggs cooked to my specification.
Dinner even better. A really good & varied menu & very generous portions.Delicious.
However, it's the people who made my stay so great.
All of the staff were very friendly, helpful & attentive. But I must make special mention of John, Johnnie & Aga (please forgive me if I have mis-spelt that last name). What a Welcome I received each evening such a pleasure & if I get the chance I will definitely go back to the Knockomie.
Cannot recommend highly enough

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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KnockomieForres, Owner at Knockomie Hotel, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
WOW, winter is arriving and I am catching up with what I should have said immediatly, Thank you!
it was great to see you, Not once, but Twice!
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Property: Knockomie Hotel
Address: 4 Grantown Road, Forres IV36 2UG, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Moray > Forres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Forres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Knockomie Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Knockomie Hotel, built in 1821, is near Inverness and Loch Ness, boasts free Wi-Fi, free parking, over 100 whiskies and is near 18 golf courses. Set in four acres of gardens, this family-run inn was built in 1821 and is located south of Forres on the A940, just forty minutes from Inverness Airport. Knockomie Hotel is amongst a new generation of romantic, luxury Scottish Highland Hotels, providing friendly, honest and unstuffy service. Situated four miles from the Moray coast and the world famous village of Findhorn, Knockomie is perfectly placed in intimate surroundings for a relaxing and special break. For a truly luxurious Scottish experience relax and enjoy the sanctuary of the 15 individually styled and furnished bedrooms. Some feature patio doors leading out into the garden, while others offer traditional tartan fabrics and Scandinavian theme or even a taste of the orient. Many rooms boast views towards Forres, the gardens or the quiet wooded area found to the rear of the hotel, however all rooms offer the same quality finish and comforting features to make your stay a peaceful one. Only the best of Local Highland produce is used in the hotels well renowned Restaurant, "The Grill Room". The menu celebrates everything Scottish and offers special menus to compliment the changing seasons. Dining is complemented by the extensive wines on offer in the restaurant, where you are sure to find the perfect accompaniment to any meal. If you like to relax with a drink after your evening meal "The Malt Library" offers over 100 Whiskies that pay testament to the superb range and quality of the region's distilleries. The bar also offers an excellent choice of beers, wines and spirits, as well as teas and coffees to suit any taste. A wealth of activities await guests in the local area, including the scenic Rivers of Spey and Findhorn, the Cairngorm National Park, the mysterious Loch Ness and many Castles and Forts. The region, known as Speyside, is also one of the greatest Whisky producing regions in the world and as such boasts a large number of distilleries to tour. There are 18 excellent golf courses to enjoy in the surrounding area, including Elgin, Forres, Nairn, Moray and Royal Dornoch, ensuring that there is a wide range of pursuits for all tastes. ... more   less 
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