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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Knockomie Hotel Forres, Scotland