Friday, September 19, 2014

A Weekend In The Country: Lazy Luxury At Inverlochy Castle Hotel


Happy Friday, all. How was the week? At the current hour, votes are still being counted in Scotland, and the question of independence remains up in the air (although early reports are that it looks as if "no" will win the day). No matter your feelings on the subject, it can't be argued that it isn't a stunningly beautiful - and perhaps magical - place. And so with the weekend upon us, why don't we retreat to the countryside and relax a bit. The world can wait while we check into Inverlochy Castle, an elegant country house hotel in the Western Highlands.


After a long but lovely drive past glens, lochs, mountains and towns with names usually only spotted on bottles of single malt scotch, luxurious laziness awaits through the gates and down the drive.

 




There may be adventures and tours and country pursuits to be planned, but cozy chairs in front of the fire beckon and it's easy to lose an hour or more.



A leisurely walk around the park rewards with breathtaking views, and one can't help but agree with Queen Victoria who wrote in her diary, "I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot." 



There's a walled garden to discover with dahlias so beautiful they deserve a post of their own. And a few new friends to meet out in the meadows...




The dust on the croquet set may make one wonder if it's been used since the manor was built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger... but games can wait while there is so much elegant comfort to revel in, don't you think? Perhaps another cup of tea instead.


Here's to the weekend! Hope yours brings fun and relaxation in equal measure. Let's all raise a wee dram to Scotland and wish her well, no matter how she chooses to play out her future. 

PS: Thanks for all your lovely words about our trip so far. A few of you mentioned you'd like to know how we decided on Scotland and Iceland for our holiday and what our complete itinerary covered. A round up post is coming next week, so please let me know if you have any questions about our travels, I'd be happy to answer! XO

30 comments:

  1. This is all so lovely, and you make it sound so wonderful! I can't help but agree with Queen Victoria. Time to pack the bags! :)

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    1. Thanks to Juliana, Queen Victoria was right, it's just stunning. Definitely worthy of pulling out the bags! Happy Weekend! XO

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  2. Simply beautiful ! It's time to add Scotland to my vacation destination list. Thanks for the wonderful photos to entice us!

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    1. You are very welcome, Roxane. I would highly recommend a vacation in Scotland. We had a fantastic time.

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  3. So gorgeous!! I just love those highland cattle ! Have a good weekend!!

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    1. Thanks Karolyn. I love them, too! I kept telling Mr. H. I wanted one - don't think it would fit in our city back yard, though! Think I need my own country estate ;-) Happy Weekend! XOXO

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  4. Your photos are splendid!What a trip!I will be curious how ICELAND got picked!I would imagine it's another stunning spot!XX

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    1. Thank you, dear! More on Iceland to come. It was stunning, too! Happy Weekend! XOXO

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  5. I LOVE Scotland, it is one of my favorite places to explore. Your photos are fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. I was the perfect place to go exploring, we had a great time! Have a lovely weekend! XO

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  6. Jeanne your photography takes me right there to the heart of this beautiful country!
    So pastoral, so much warmth and romance! Thank you for sharing the loveliness!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Thank you Karena. Glad you enjoyed. Have a beautiful weekend! XO

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  7. Enchanting comes to mind and definitely romantic! Love your pictures of the local flora and fauna and those thistles are so iconic. While the Scottish ended up voting no, we say yes to a visit in the future.
    xxoo
    C + C

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    1. Thanks ladies. Enchanting is the perfect word - and romantic, too. I think you would love it. Have a lovely weekend! XOXO

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  8. What a stunning hotel and grounds. I felt my blood pressure go down just looking at the beautiful photographs you shared.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Karen

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen. Inverlochy definitely was the perfect place to relax - we escaped there after a few days in Edinburgh and it was just the right spot to pause for a moment or two and breath deep. Hope you have a lovely weekend! XO

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  9. Such glorious photos, and such romantic subjects. Can't wait to go to Ireland next month and shoot pictures with my new iPhone. ;o)

    Cheers,
    Marsi

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  10. Beautiful photos. I think that bull has the same hairdo as me. Have a wonderful weekend, Jeanne!

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  11. Isn't Katie Clooney wonderful? Yep, she is. I love this post, Jeanne! I've never been to Scotland, and I am so happy they decided to stay part of the UK, goodness how would we ever adjust to that change. I know it is beautiful and you've made me want to get my daughter, get on a plane and scoot there as fast as possible. Your photographs are wonderful ! So happy you are a part of the fabulous group of brilliant women in our group, "By Invitation Only." WE NEEDED YOU !!!

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  12. Thank you, Jeanne, for sharing your glorious photos with us!! Inverlochy looks like something straight out of Downton Abbey! I can't wait for the rest of the posts!! Have a fabulous weekend!! xoxo

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  13. such beauty you have shared! husband would love to visit, and i shared your photos with him as well. enjoy your weekend, jeanne.

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  14. Your detailed photos are LUSH! Jeanne, I have seen your lovely face and infectious smile all over Blogland and I just wanted to come by to meet you and what a way to meet...in Scotland. Lovely tour, and yes, what an interesting moment in the history of Scotland!

    Enjoy a perfect day. Anita

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  15. What an incredibly romantic trip...swoon-worthy!

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  16. Just wanted to say how much I adore your blog! I am new to the blogging world and stumbled across yours. I find yor posts so inspiring. Check out my blog Bloom & Spark at: http://bloomandspark.wordpress.com :)

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  17. What a stunning hotel and one to make a note of for a weekend break which is perfectly possible from our home near Manchester. So many design details to admire and beautiful grounds to explore. A relaxing retreat.

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  18. Gorgeous photos, Jeanne! What a sublime vacation. Looking forward to your total recap tomorrow!!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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