The Holly Tree Hotel in Glencoe
Updated: Sep 6, 2019
Last weekend, we had the utter pleasure of staying at The Holly Tree Hotel on the outskirts of Glencoe. Situated on the banks of Loch Linnhe, complete with restaurant, bar and swimming pool, it offers a traditional Scottish welcome that stands out.
The hotel itself is fairly isolated, but only five minutes from Ballachulish and the heart of Glencoe where there is plenty to do.
The hotel had been recommended by a colleague of Phil's who I very much trust to only advocate the very best, in particular he gave the food a glowing review. What we discovered was a spotless, homely and truly wonderful escape with gorgeous views; each room with a stunning view across the loch to Onich.
The wind and rain was lashing outside; it was the perfect excuse to relax in our beautiful room's chairs and gaze out the french doors - peace and quiet. The rooms come with everything you would expect; a comfortable bed, TV and DVD player, plenty storage room and shower/bath, should you feel the need for a soak. We ordered a bottle of wine, grabbed our books and spent an hour two just unwinding.
Of course, any hotel that has a pool Phil needs to try. It wasn't huge but perfect for a length or two and a half hour in the hot tub that again enjoys view that takes your breath away.
The absolute highlight of this stay, however, was the food. Without a shadow of a doubt, I enjoyed my favourite meal here, simple but beautifully cooked. We both began with slabs of brie in breadcrumbs and a gorgeous fruity jam. It is hard not to impress me with this starter, but the size and perfectly cooked texture of the cheese was incredible.
How on earth I have never tried Scallop Thermidor until now is beyond me, but try it I did and it was heaven. Look at the size of the scallops? The sauce was thick and creamy and absolutely incredible - I cannot praise the meal enough.
The ambience of the hotel is another selling point. The heart of the building is the bar and restaurant area, built around an existing railway station building, central to the decor of the place. The staff are warm and friendly, the seating areas are comfortable and the guests staying, of all nationalities and ages, were all polite and chatty. Everyone was there for a good time as laughter echoed through the corridors.
The Hollytree is probably somewhere we would never have stayed had we not been lucky enough to receive the recommendation. It is somewhere I can't wait to return to, particularly for that Thermidor.
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