We stayed for 2 nights in a family room. The price was reasonable and the location is pretty, but we were disappointed overall. Our room was nice though it had no view at all, apart from a brick wall about a metre away. We arrived at 1 pm and our 3 year old had a raging temperature. I asked if we could check in early and we weren't allowed, and the reply was not very friendly, nor did anyone offer to ring when the room was ready. We had booked a cooked breakfast, but came down on Sunday morning to be told the breakfast chef hadn't turned up for work, so had cereal and toast. We ate there in the evening, but the roast dinners were poor- dry meat with congealed gravy, rock hard parsnips and carrots complete with grit from the soil still attached! There is a children's menu but it wasn't bought out until half way through our meal. Shame as the place seems nice and there has been money spent on the decor. But the food was really pretty appalling and they kept trying to up-sell extra side dishes. A black board visible to customers instructed waiting staff to make a "big push on the malbec (going out of date soon), and don't forget to push premium brand spirits" which spoke volumes about the priorities of the place. Our room was above the kitchen and the room vibrated all evening with the door banging during service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting at the foot of Loch Lomond in the beautiful village of Balloch, this historic lodge is the perfect place to stay if you're looking to explore the rugged mountains and ancient history of Balloch Castle Country Park.Built in the 18th century, Balloch House has been a hotel for more than a hundred years. Today it exudes the same rustic charm, while providing budget accommodation across 12 comfy rooms. There's a hearty seasonal menu alongside daily specials, cask-conditioned ales and carefully selected wines.As for the sightseeing, you'll be spoilt for choice. Catch the early morning mists that curl across the Loch, take the historic Maid of the Loch steamer from Balloch Pier or venture out and discover the beautiful Scottish scenery of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. You could also visit nearby Alexandria or head into the hustle and bustle of Glasgow. In fact, there's so much to do that you might need more than a weekend to soak it all up. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balloch House Vintage Inn, Innkeeper`s Hotel Balloch