Since relocating to the highlands, a couple years ago I have become a true believer in the ‘staycation’ and with the everchanging and spectacular Scottish scenery I love nothing more than a weekend away to discover the countryside whilst simultaneously taking time to put my feet up and relax. After visiting one part of the Black Sheep Hotels trio, Rokeby Manor, I was itching to have a weekend getaway in one of their other hotels. The Whispering Pine Lodge was calling out to me, primarily due to its quite simply… outstanding lochside location and mesmerising hilltop views.
Located near Spean Bridge, north of Fort William, this hotel has one of the most remarkable settings in the Scottish Highlands. Overlooking Loch Lochy (yes really) the lodge style hotel is the epitome of countryside cosiness whilst also remaining devoted to Scottish tradition and heritage. Much like its counterpart Rokeby Manor, the décor at The Whispering Pine Lodge is a homage to traditional tartan, comfy chintz and rustic wood finishes. A ‘home away from home’ seems to be the motto here with sumptuous sofas in front of a log fire, a snug intimate bar and outdoor decking (for when the weather is a little warmer) overlooking the magnificent loch views.
Originally built in the 1800s this lodge is brimming with personality and charm, paying tribute to the early Georgian and late Victorian period with eclectic antiques, locally inspired artwork and a dedication here or there to the great scots of the past (I particularly love the Burns pub dedicated to famed poet Robert Burns).
My weekend was a combination of outdoor walks and exploring the scenic countryside, along with a relaxing spa treatment, a chilled afternoon in front of the fire and a scrumptious dinner at the onsite restaurant The Lochside Brassier. The Whispering Pine Lodge manages to make you feel peaceful, comforted and at ease with the exquisite scenery, stylishly cosy decor and a quietening ambience that is the perfect place for a highland ‘staycation’.