The landscape surrounding Brander Lodge is spectacular: rolling hills and enchanting woodland, with the banks of the River Awe just a short walk away.  And if that didn’t make you feel like you were in a fairy tale, the sight of deer from the dining room, or the view from the patio overlooking the burn might just be enough to convince you otherwise.

Despite its cool and simple exterior, the lodge provides a warm and welcoming oasis from the harsh Scottish elements. A log burner and squashy sofas are provided in the bar to help you relax and warm your cockles after a day of rambling around the Taynuilt countryside. The well-stocked bar provides gins, ales, and whiskies, mostly from around Scotland, so authenticity is guaranteed.

The rooms have plenty of luxurious touches too, such as blackout curtains, robes, a drinks machine and even a heated towel rail in the bathroom.  This is definitely more than just a convenient stopping place – the hotel is a destination in itself.

The thing that stands out the most, according to our reporter, is the efficiency and obliging nature of the staff; nothing is too much trouble. One reporter noted that the owner, David, even offered to decorate the dining room table for their birthday, which also happened to be over the busy Christmas period.

The Keat family have recently installed a BBQ area, the finishing touch to make this the perfect Highlands enclave for both the summer and winter.