Picture the perfect Scottish retreat….
It probably includes rolling hills and glens, glassy lochs, a cosy log cabin, perhaps a hot tub with a view and private sauna thrown in to complete the picture.
All of the above is encapsulated at the Glen Clova Hotel and Luxury Lodges; throw in a secluded location and close team of friendly and welcoming staff in this family run Scottish hotel; then why would you look any further for your idyllic escape.
At the end of the road, literally, Glen Clova is an ex-hunting lodge, sitting at the foot of Glen Doll in the Cairngorms National Park. 360-degree breathtaking views, one single-track road in and out and abundant wildlife make this a genuine retreat and haven for those seeking that elusive ‘peace and quiet’.
Popular with outdoor sports enthusiasts, particularly hill-walkers and cyclists, Glen Clova caters admirably, with 10 in-house bedrooms and a range of luxury log cabins and steading rooms, flexible by nature, to allow for complete solitude or the warm hospitality within the hotel’s restaurant and bar, whatever the nature of guests’ stays.
It was within this bar that I was joined by David Fawcett; GM; to learn more about the history of the hotel and his team who make Glen Clova such a unique treasure.
Not a stereotypical hotel bar, this lively little neuk, adopts more of a village pub type vibe; exposed stone walls, wooden pew seating, a log burning stove and fabulously stocked bar, combined to present my perfect setting and the ideal place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink and chat. So convivial was the atmosphere, I changed the restaurant dinner reservation to remain seated in the welcoming find and enjoy the evening’s food in a more rustic setting – I would enjoy the more formal hotel restaurant at breakfast!
With a superbly quaint little church onsite, it is no surprise that Glen Clova is vastly popular with couples hunting for the perfect wedding location. Catering for the ceremony, the reception, overnight accommodation and of course, the perfect backdrop for the ideal wedding shot; Glen Clova’s wedding market continues to grow.
But it is not just brides who find their picture perfect story at Glen Clova; although reasonably remote, Glen Clova sits only 90 minutes drive from Edinburgh and additionally offers easy access to the Cairngorms, Speyside and the extensive Highlands, so is a perfect stop-off, when touring Scotland.
This is a little place, which rightly deserves recognition, such is the value of the service on offer at Glen Clova, from the close team of industry professionals, who devote themselves to their hospitality industry in a beautiful spot.
I would encourage readers to take a closer look at Glen Clova; relax and unwind in one of their beautifully comfortable rooms, revel in the views from each and every window and enjoy this peaceful haven; if only for a short while.