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Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kinlochard
Peebles, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“birthday visit”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

My wife and I spent a 3 day visit here to celebrate her birthday and were not disappointed. We were allocated a room with a balcony overlooking the magnificent gardens and Loch Ard with Ben Lomond in the distance,wonderful to look out on at any time of the day but especially in the early morning. Breakfast was excellent with a terrific choice of everything you could wish for.Dinner was the same with an extensive choice of well presented food.As a change we ate one night in the Bistro and were also presented with an excellent meal.Our bedroom was spacious and spotlessly clean as we found all areas of the hotel to be.It truly is a 1st class hotel in a wonderful part of the country and I can't wait for our next visit.

Room Tip: Request a loch view room,you may be lucky, it's well worth it!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 12 October 2013
Many thanks for your positive comments georget. We have always had a passionate approach to hospitality and so it is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at [insert hotel name]. I have passed on your kind remarks to all of the staff and we are happy to have been of service to you.
Look out for our new winter whisky breaks which include a visit to Glengoyne Distillery and I hope to welcome you back in the very near future.
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Morag
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

The hotel is in a beautiful location and... well that's about the only positive.

There was nothing outrageously terrible but there were so many little silly things that were wrong that it all added up to a bit of a joke.

From the food, to the odd décor, to the painfully slow service (and many more niggles) - the Forest Hills promises a lot more than it delivers I'm afraid.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 12 October 2013
Thank you for your comments S-M2210. We have always had a passionate approach to hospitality, striving to deliver excellent food and service and I would always welcome comments and suggestions moving forward from guests who do not feel we have succeeded in this.
I would be most grateful ,If you would contact me at the hotel directly on gm.foresthills@macdonald-hotels.co.uk to expand on your comments further and allow me the opporutnity to resolve any outstanding issue for you.
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Morag
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Innerleithen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

I spent many happy holidays here in the 90's so was pretty disappointed on returning. The pool - along with it's staff - is excellent, the gardens are superb and the Spruce Lodges are reasonable. However the bar and remaining leisure facilities are woeful. A tartan carpet and a picture of a piper on the wall does not automatically add up to a welcoming environment.

While the surroundings are magical, Macdonald have lost their way with this resort.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 12 October 2013
Thank you for your comments Birksy-Red5. Delivering the highest standards of comfort for all our guests is at the heart of our core values and I would always welcome your feedback where you feel that this has not been the case.
Please be reassured that we have taken on board your feedback . We already have palans for both Rafters bar and bistro along with the public areas in the hotel as part of our ongoing refurbishment programme following the recent one million pound investment . I do hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back.

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Morag
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

We have just stayed at this resort for the last week. Beautiful views, good service and nice facilities. Poor mobile and Internet reception but that's not their fault. Great to get away from it all. Whilst the hotel is quite remote iris still easily accessible to Loch Lomond and a variety of interesting waks and places to visit.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 12 October 2013
Dear Kate5261, thank you for taking the time and trouble to psot such a postive review follwing your stay with us here at Forest Hills.
You will also be pleased to know that we have just ugraded our wifi and this is now supplied free of charge through " thecloud".
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Morag
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Keswick, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Spent 4 nights in a 3 bedroom apartment with two other couples. It was just a walking / eating holiday but I managd to avoid the walking. The room was more than adequate with everything you could need. One bedroom even had a sauna in the bathroom. The views were excellent as were the facilities. We swam and played Badminton several times. (Please could you change the light bulbs in the badminton hall). Ate in the restaurant one evening. All good. Very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Request a room with a view, most of them had but several were around the back of the hotel. All room...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 12 October 2013
Many thanks alethings for the positive comments that you have given our resort and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.
The lodge accomodation is ideal for a relaxing break and the sauna adds an addtional dimension without even having to leave the lodge.
Thank you for your feedback about the badminton court lights, our maintenance team are now investigating the matter.
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Morag Stark
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We booked a couple of nights package through screen escape which included full breakfast, afternoon tea and a 30 min. Spa treatment each day. We were very impressed. Location is superb. Views from the room were wonderful. Breakfast was a real treat and a very high quality. The spa was ok . Had better treatments before but with the use of swimming pool , steam room and sauna we found it very relaxing. The room was recently refurbished and the bed was super comfortable. The afternoon tea was again superb and freshly baked.

For a lovely hearty pub food head to the Forth Inn in Aberfoyle.
A drive to lochs Katerine and Arklet (25 min away) is well worth it.

Room Tip: Room 302 was superb and recently refurbished.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Many thanks reisb88 for the positive comments that you have given our hotel and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. The new bedrooms are designed to offer the highest standards of comfort and it is good to receive such fabulous feedback.
It is always our intention to make our spa a relaxing and pleasant experience for our guests. We work hard to ensure that these experiences are both positive and therapeutic and the introduction of Elemis is fairly recent and we will certainly take your feedback on board.

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Morag
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2013

We have just returned from our 'mother and daughter' night away to enjoy a bit of relaxation and self-indulgence in the school break. Having moved back to our beautiful Scotland less than 2 months ago from Hong Kong, we were looking for something easily accessible from the central belt, yet away from it all.
We could not possibly have struck better.
This hotel is not only beautifully placed - depends what you're looking for, but frankly difficult to surpass - and the reception, service and general ambiance of the hotel deserves compliment.
Cannot recommend higher the attention to service and quality of dishes served at dinner in the Garden restuarant. Ordering by the log fire, every whim and pleasure attended to - I can think of a few HK starred restuarants that could take note from here.

We were on a reconnaissance trip for the family for a future glorious trip together (heaven help us all), but all we can report is do it,do it, do it.
See you soon............

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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MoragStark, General Manager at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Dear sandi_wilkes thank you very much for taking the time to post such positive comments about our hotel and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Mother and daughter breaks are so important and we are delighted you enjoyes it. I have passed on your kind remarks to all of the staff and we are happy to have been of service to you.
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Morag







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Property: Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
Address: Aberfoyle, Kinlochard, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3TL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Kinlochard
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kinlochard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled within the breath-taking scenery of The Trossachs, Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa provides a luxurious getaway right on your doorstep. Our hotel in Aberfoyle is located just 20 minutes from Stirling, 40 minutes from Glasgow and less than an hour from Edinburgh, offering the perfect retreat from city life. Indulge in award-winning dining in the Garden Restaurant, or enjoy a delicious afternoon tea on the terrace while watching over Lake Ard. Our sumptuous spa is just the thing if you need to relax, with a fabulous selection of Elemis treatments on offer or, for the more adventurous, why not take to the surrounding hills or venture out on to the lake. ... more   less 
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