After visiting Golspie last winter, I knew that I wanted to spend more time visiting new places in Scotland. And with the idea that we weren’t doing a big trip this year in order to save for a big one in 2017, we decided a few days up in Loch Lomond would quench my thirst for more natural Scottish goodness.
For our few days away we stayed in the Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges. They’re situated along Balmaha beach and offer guests luxurious living with private hot tubs, access to a private beach and some with loch views. You can even get married there! I noticed in the reception area there was also board games, books and dvds so I can only assume these were for guests to borrow.
We decided to splash out a little extra and go for one of the biggest and most luxurious lodges on the site, the Culzean lodge that has a private sauna inside one of the bathrooms. Arriving on a frosty November afternoon, we picked up our keys from the reception without hassle. And we were glad to hear that the heating was on full blast and the hot tub was ready to be used.
We were immediately greeted by a homely warmth that guided us into the main living area which consisted of two sofas and two sitting chairs. The downstairs area (living room, dining area and kitchen) were all open plan so it is an ideal stay for groups of friends. The decor was homely, cosy and had a very Scottish feel. I couldn’t wait to just chill out here.
Thick floor length curtains were pulled back to reveal double doors that opened up into a back patio area with the hot tub and surreal view of Loch Lomond. My first thought was I can’t believe we picked such a sunny and clear week to visit – this almost never happens! Thanks Scotland, this is just what I needed.
Upstairs, there were two ensuite bedrooms each with a balcony overlooking the Loch as well. This was way too much for just the both of us. The downstairs bathroom had a shower and a sauna that could easily fit 3 to 4 people at a time.
As I mentioned, the back patio seated our ready-to-go hot tub. I think it seated four people and even had space to lie down so that you could get a full body massage from the blasting bubbles. More than plenty of room for just the two of us. Our morning were spent watching the sun come up from the hot tub and our evenings watching it go back down (nothing says relaxation like sitting in bubbling 42 degrees water).
Another perk of the Loch Lomond Waterfront site was the access down to the private beach. It was a fairly lengthy stretch of beach that was half sand half rocks. I can see how this could be a great area for a little family picnic down by the water in the summer months. But not in -3 weather where the sand and shore was frozen over. Still, a great little walk with, again, stunning views of the water. Something tourists and locals alike would certainly love.
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