STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

The Roman Camp Hotel describes itself as a “Luxury four-star hotel accommodation in Callander, Scotland, offering fine dining and Scottish hospitality”. We would agree that this self-assertion is more than accurate.  The Roman Camp Country House, set in 20 acres of garden was originally built in 1625 on the estates of the Earl Of Moray, most likely used at the time as a shooting lodge, and adapted over the years by subsequent owners to meet the needs of the time. Today – and for the last 30 years, the Hotel is proudly owned by Eric And Marion Brown, who along with their daughter Morgan, manage the establishment which consists of a Hotel, Restaurant and The Pottingshed Café Bistro – separate outhouse on the grounds.

 

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Upon arrival by car, travellers are most likely greeted by proud peacocks who strut around the tree lined sweeping driveway and guard the large and ample car park with a sense of ownership.

Entry to the main foyer is by fairy tale ancient oak doors, the pink and quirky exterior giving an immediate sense of the long history and character of this building that makes it so unique. A warm welcome awaited us from both Marion at reception but also from the roaring log fire.

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Historical artefacts from The Roman Camp Hotel’s rich history adorn every nook and cranny of this splendid place, with almost every sloping corridor or grand door leading to yet another impressive statement room.

 

SLEEPING MATTERS

Our ‘South Suite’ double room was spotless and roomy, containing all of the modern features you might expect. What really struck us was how quiet it was. There was no noise of any kind from the hotel or the nearby town itself, and so a great night’s sleep ensued!

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This really is a luxurious getaway, tucked away off Callander main street.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Before our main meal, we enjoyed some pre-dinner canapes in the splendour of the silk wall covered drawing room, brought to life by a very welcome and generously stocked roaring log fire.

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Our evening meal was served in the opulent Victorian surroundings of the oval shaped Drummond suite, whereupon we opted for the full taster four course dinner which consisted of Seared Isle of Mull Scallops, Lentil Soup, Fillet of Scotch Beef and Dark Chocolate Tart.

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The quality of each service was matched only by that of the attentiveness and professional courtesy afforded us by maître d, Graham.

And I have to say, the Fillet of Scotch Beef was sublime.

Breakfast, similarly, did not disappoint, with full Scottish Breakfast served from local produce and available from 8.15am till 10.15am.

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DRINK IN THE SIGHTS

The Roman Camp Hotel is just off the Callander main street and literally a two-minute walk from all of the local facilities, niche shops, curiosities and watering holes. The area itself seems to be undergoing a transformation in various quarters with some much-needed investment coming into the area.

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There are also a range of local live music events, arts & crafts and festivals throughout the year to enjoy. At the time of writing this article, Callander’s Winterfest is poised to begin, billed as “A month of festive fun, focused on the weekend of 29 November to 1 December with concerts, fairs, film, and the traditional parade and lights switch on.”

 

NICE TOUCH

A whirl jet bath in our marble walled bathroom suite was very unexpected and only confirms the four-star standard to which the Roman Camp Hotel and Restaurant subscribes. Arran aromatics cleansing products were also made available which was a very nice touch indeed.

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ABOUT THE AREA

A base at the Roman Camp Hotel places you near enough to enjoy Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. And for the adventurous, there are many ways to enjoy walking, fishing and cycling in and around the local area.

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BOOKING INFORMATION

To book at The Roman Camp Hotel and Restaurant Callander

182 Main St, Callander FK17 8BG

Phone01877 330003

http://www.romancamphotel.co.uk/