Monday, June 18, 2012
Staying at the Prince's House
By Alexa Bourne:
Today I'm taking you to another location in my happy place, Glenfinnan, Scotland. This is the Prince's House. The hotel is located a short distance from the train station and you are sure to get a warm welcome the moment you step inside. Hosts Kieron and Ina Kelly and their staff are very eager to make sure visitors are quite comfortable.
The building itself dates back to the seventeenth century, when it used to be a change house for people traveling through the Highlands along the legendary Road to the Isles. (Yep, that 2 lane road is part of the Road to the Isles!) At the time, it had 1 room on the second floor with straw for bedding and fireplaces on each end of the room to keep it warm.
Over the years, the house was expanded and now has 9 guest rooms, a lounge and a restaurant. Each guest room is individually decorated, and by far the fanciest room is the Stuart Room. This looks fabulous, doesn't it? This room is in the oldest part of the building and overlooks the fantastic hills.
When I stayed here with my mom for my first overnight trip to Glenfinnan, we did not stay in the Stuart room. Yes, it was (and is) beautiful, but it was also outside of our budget. The picture below was our room. Although it was small (by American standards), it was cozy enough and we still had a great view.
Something else I find interesting about this hotel is that they use locally grown produce as much as they can. Plus, their meats come from surrounding Highland estates.
I'll say again that the price of the hotels here in Glenfinnan is not cheap. Part of me thinks it's because Glenfinnan is such a small place, there aren't a lot of options and it may be out of the way to some people. But, as with the Glenfinnan House Hotel from my post last month, it is definitely worth spending a night or two here if you can. To learn more about this fabulous hotel, visit their website here.