Ther location is impressive - but nothing else was. We asked for tea & coffee in the lounge when we arrived in late afternoon, and that's what we got - no biscuits offered. We had booked, and paid extra for, a loch view room. The loch view was there, but spoilt by the view of an outbuilding surrounded by empty gas canisters, scaffolding boards, empty bakery trays and miscellaneous other stuff. The promised view of the loch from the restaurant was also spoilt by broken bits of plastic lying around the "garden". The first room we were directed to had the bathroom window hanging off - it couldn't be closed. We were reluctantly offered another room. The bathroom was poor in terms of space; no shelf or hanging space for toilet bags etc.; the shower and the mirror so low that my husband had to crouch to use them. The alcove in the corridor for the fire hose reel was crammed with equipment (vacuum cleaner etc) intruding on to the corridor space. Friends joined us for dinner in the restaurant on our first evening; the meal was just about acceptable, but tiny scallops (3 of them burnt) hardly constitutes a starter. Dinner on the second evening was a disgrace: the crispy squid was definitely not crispy; the swordfish was inedible -dry, overcooked and completely tasteless. It was returned to the kitchen, and the waitress reported back that the chef said it was alright. None of the meal was enjoyable. We asked to speak to the owner; he turned out to be rude, defensive and aggressive - very unpleasant. The final insult was the breakfast next morning - the "toast" was simply warm bread.
In spite of the good location we could not recommend this place to anyone while it is under the present management.
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