Three of the Finest Luxury Hotels in Scotland

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Photo by chauffeur David Anderson outside Cromlix

When thinking about Scotland, there may be a few things that come to mind. Highland cows, perhaps. Ginger hair. Mist-shrouded ruined buildings, an abundance of tartan, the notorious Deep-Fried Mars Bar (fact-check: yes, you can buy those in most Fish & Chip shops. But no, Scottish people don’t actually eat them on a regular basis). For those who live here, though, we know that Scotland is so much more than Wee Jimmy Hats and bagpipes blaring on street corners. There is another, more luxurious side to our country that, for whatever reason, is less often talked about.

At Little’s, we love to show off Scotland at its very finest. It’s a country vibrant with culture, with architecture and landscapes that will take your breath away, with award-winning chefs bringing you the finest cuisine from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and so much more. In this month’s Inspiration Guide, we thought we would highlight some of the most luxurious hotels that encapsulate the Scotland we know and love. Discover where you can enjoy tasting menus from legendary chefs Albert & Michel Roux, a champagne boat tour of the islands on an iconic Scottish loch, and the chance to play tennis on a championship court…

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Crossbasket Castle, near Glasgow

Crossbasket Castle is one of Scotland’s hidden gems: a 17th century castle-turned-five-star-hotel, only 15 minutes from Glasgow by chauffeur-driven car. The beautifully restored luxury property has nine bedroom suites, all decorated in classical style including one four-storey tower suite which comes complete with a fairytale-like turret. The castle grounds are peaceful and perfect for nature walks and there are also opportunities for golfing, fishing, and hiking, as well as some beautiful waterfalls to explore. Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of Crossbasket is the gold-leaf-decorated fine-dining restaurant which was originally overseen by the late legendary French chef Albert Roux and now by his son, Michel Roux Jr. Prepare to be blown away by the delicious food on offer.

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Cromlix, Perthshire

Cromlix is a stunning five-star Victorian manse, nestled in the heart of the Perthshire countryside. With its 34 acres of quiet woodlands, private chapel, house loch, and 15 beautiful bedrooms – including 5 suites and a private Gate Lodge – it isn’t hard to see why Cromlix recently won ‘Luxury Country House Hotel of the Year 2019’ at the Scottish Hotel Awards. The hotel opened in 2014 after Scottish tennis champion Sir Andy Murray acquired the mansion, and the light-filled building has been restored and furnished with antique Scottish furnishings to retain much of its original character. The glass-walled conservatory overlooks the grounds and is also where you’ll find Chez Roux: the hotel’s restaurant, run by award-winning executive head chef Darin Campbell and, like Crossbasket, overseen by Michel Roux Jr. It wouldn’t be Andy Murray’s hotel if you couldn’t also enjoy the opportunity to play tennis here, with private tennis coaching sessions from an RPT professional available for guests.

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Cameron House on Loch Lomond

Cameron House Hotel is a truly spectacular five-star resort on the banks of the world-famous Loch Lomond. The estate – which spans 400 acres of Scottish countryside – boasts a wealth of activities. From treatments in the award-winning Cameron Spa, to champagne cruises on the Celtic Warrior taking in the islands on the Loch, to the challenging 18-hole championship golf course: there is so much to explore. The Hotel itself was originally a 17th century Baronial mansion, and it has been lovingly restored with luxury in mind. Among the 140 elegant bedrooms, there are 24 suites to choose from, and the estate also has some of the finest Self-Catering Lodges in the country. It is difficult to think of what could improve upon a stay at Cameron House Hotel as it really does have it all.

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We like to think of ourselves as Scotland experts here at Little’s and we are certain that any one of these properties would make for a great base for a luxury chauffeur driven tour with one of our touring chauffeurs as your guide. Whether that’s a day trip around Glasgow from Crossbasket, or a journey around the historical sites of Central Scotland from Cromlix, or even a journey up north from Cameron House as Loch Lomond acts as a perfect gateway to the Highlands. It is our passion to craft unforgettable bespoke tours that show Scotland off in all its beauty, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you or your clients are interested in finding out more.

We hope you enjoyed this Inspiration Guide. Thanks for reading. Remember that we are available 24/7 and would be happy to hear from you as and when you need us. If you are interested in booking our services or have any other specific queries, contact our team:

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