The Borgie Lodge Hotel
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Borgie Lodge Jul 17, 2013
Borgie Lodge is a small, traditional hotel in the highlands of Scotland, close to Borgie, near Syre and Tongue.
It’s worth emphasising that I mean it when I say it’s traditional, in a rather marvellous way. You need to imagine that this whole review is being read out loud by someone with an accent a bit like Stephen Fry’s. The hotel has a small number of hotel rooms, two lounges, and a dining room kept separate from a small bar; there is also a separate “smoking room”, which since they made smoking indoors illegal is used as a sort of private dining room for small groups. The décor leans heavily on mounted deer heads and, in the smallest lounge, deer patterned wall paper. The larger lounge is mostly made of chintz. As it happened, I had some sewing to do and whilst my husband had a nap, I sat and sewed; all I needed was a longer skirt and some sort of hat and I would have been in 1912.
One of the real selling points for me was the equally marvellous other guests (and you are very much a guest, not a customer or client). The sort of person who comes this far north is often there for either bird watching or salmon fishing, and the others were achingly posh. We got talking after dinner and they were amazing. One older man – in his late 80s and walking with the help of sticks – was spending his whole day propped up in a river in gaiters, trying to catch salmon. His wife was spending her day sitting in their enormous, shining Subaru reading the paper. They were really nice, and really interesting, and not people you really meet anywhere else.
The price was about £90 for two people sharing a double room, including enormous breakfast. The staff are lovely. There is also a restaurant for dinner, serving amazing food, and lighter meals are available in the bar – all of them reasonably priced. In terms of things to do, the website plays up the fishing and shooting. But if killing random wildlife isn’t your thing (mine neither), there are lots of interesting Brochs, clearance village ruins, gorgeous beaches and nice hiking in the area, seals on the coast, and lovely countryside.
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