Liked for the ‘warmth and comfort’, the MacFarlane family’s Victorian mansion has a ‘lovely’ situation, with lawns stretching down to Loch Shiel, Ben Nevis in the distance. Manja and Duncan Gibson are the long-serving managers. Originally an 18th-century inn, the building was remodelled and extended by Alexander MacDonald XII of Glenaladale, whose profligate predecessor commissioned the monument to the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion on the opposite shore. Public rooms have fresh flowers, ‘roaring log fires’, and paintings exploring Jacobite history. Dinner can be taken in the bar or the restaurant. Chef Duncan Gibson is classically trained in the French style: his menu might include fillet of turbot, spinach, cocotte potatoes, salmon caviar sauce. A home-from-home atmosphere is cultivated: there are no keys to the bedrooms, no television or telephone. The ‘vast’ Jacobite Suite has loch views, a four-poster, a spa bath and walk-in shower. Extra touches include ‘upmarket’ biscuits and shortbread on the tea tray, and locally made toiletries. ‘At breakfast there could be smoked venison, kippers or smoked salmon; croissants, home-made jam and cafetière coffee.’ (A and EW).
Bedrooms : 14.
Open, 18 Mar–31 Oct
Facilities : ramps, drawing room, bar/lounge, playroom, restaurant, wedding facilities, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre grounds, playground, unsuitable for disabled.
Background music, Scottish in bar and restaurant.
Children, all ages welcomed.
Dogs, not in restaurant (or on soft furnishings).
Credit cards : Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
Prices :  per room B&B single £70–£80, double £140–£240. À la carte £30.
GHG voucher offer, Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates.
Glenfinnan House Hotel
GLENFINNAN Highland Scotland PH37 4LT
Source : http://www.goodhotelguide.com