Invite review of Raemoir House Hotel
The feel-good factor kicked in as soon as my wife Lisa and I left the city behind and took the scenic route through glorious Glenshee to reach our overnight destination of Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory.
After driving through some of the most jaw-dropping scenery, the first sight of the imposing Georgian House Hotel gave me the feeling that it was a very special place and if the interior lived up to the exterior, all was going to be well.
And it was! Furnished in a style so fitting to the age and grandeur of the place, Raemoir exudes an atmosphere of warmth, luxury and calm. A place to leave behind all the cares of everyday life.
Our bedroom boasted a four poster bed, a fabulous view of the surrounding countryside, and in the bathroom was one of the largest baths I have ever seen!
As we had arrived mid afternoon we were offered afternoon tea. We sat down to fresh homemade scones with homemade jam and a wonderful choice of cakes, all served by first class waiters. Ritz of the north sprang to mind, and it would be fair to say that the afternoon tea alone would be a good enough reason to visit Raemoir.
Despite the scones, etc, we were very happy to sit down in the well appointed dining room a few hours later and contemplate our dinner from a well thought out, extensive menu
To start, we both opted for the fish cakes served with saffron mayonnaise and tomato chutney. Soup course was sweet potato, ginger and lemongrass. Quite delicious.
For the main course, we chose differently, with Lisa opting for duck breast, truffle mash and vanilla jus, while I had the lamb, dauphinoise potatoes, braised red cabbage and barley jus. Both dishes were magnificent, with the meat cooked to melt in the mouth standard.
Dessert for both of us was crème brulee with white chocolate mousse and raspberry sorbet. As pudding buffs we always appreciate the dessert menu, and this was a winning combination. The sorbet was sharp and the fruit perfectly complemented the chocolatiness of the mousse.
All was washed down with a very dry, refreshing Pinot Grigio.
After a great night’s sleep in our four poster, morning saw us up and, despite the four course dinner we had eaten the night before, raring to go and eat breakfast. Lisa and I both chose Eggs Benedict, with Lisa choosing salmon to accompany hers, and I picked the smoky bacon. I can say, hand on heart, the best breakfast I have ever eaten! Indeed, I still dream of it, several weeks down the line.
Raemoir well deserves to have won best Country House Hotel of 2011 and 2012. The location is stunning, food is of the highest quality and the staff warm and very welcoming. I would have no hesitation is recommending this hotel to anyone, whether it be to recharge your batteries or as a base for all the outdoor pursuits the surrounding countryside has to offer.
Raemoir House Hotel
Tel 01330 824884