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Published on : Wednesday, August 10, 2016
A Victorian shooting lodge in Royal Deeside which has been converted into a 4-Star guest house has achieved its ‘Gold’ award from the national tourism organisation in recognition of its excellent customer service.
Callater Lodge in Braemar, was already a 4-Star guest house but has now been awarded the added ‘Gold’ status from VisitScotland, representing the continuing attainment of outstanding customer service and hospitality for its guests.
Built as a shooting lodge in 1861 for a wealthy young man who had come into his fortune, it has now been a successful and highly-regarded guest house for over 50 years. It has six luxuriously appointed ensuite rooms – three double, one twin, one family and a single room, all individually decorated and equipped to a high standard.
The art nouveau-inspired guest sitting room has deep sofas and comfortable armchairs allowing visitors to relax beside a cosy wood-burning stove – the perfect place to curl up with a book and a glass of whisky or local beer after a day of Cairngorm mountain air.
The property also holds a Taste Our Best award, which means they aim to minimise food miles and waste while maintaining a reputation for quality. They aim to source Scottish food and ingredients when possible and when not available they will buy British before looking further afield.
Every effort is made to use the best locally-sourced ingredients. Callater Lodge’s breakfast menu includes sausages and bacon from the local butcher, eggs from their own hens and salmon from Loch Fyne. They bake bread daily, and also make their own preserves, tattie scones, baked beans and granola.
The Lodge is licensed and visitors are invited to enjoy a drink in front of the wood-burning stove. With over 55 malt whiskies of different styles, they are also proud to serve Cairngorm Brewery beers. As well as this, they also offer a whisky sampling package tailored to guests’ individual tastes. They start by discussing visitors’ likes and dislikes, talk about the influences on whisky flavour, and suggest three whiskies for them to try.