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Darroch Learg, Ballater

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Area: Grampian
Open: All year except Christmas week and 3 weeks in Jan
Children: Yes
Disabled: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes - Up to 10 Director Level
Weddings: No Price Guide*: From 190 - 250
TV in rooms: Yes Pool/Health Club: No

Quite a revelation here with a complete renovation of Darroch Learg's interior by Nigel and Fiona Franks, who must have pondered on many decisions to restore and upgrade the interior with the comfort pf the guest paramount in their detailed plans.

The hotel is situated in the heart of Royal Deeside in an elevated position on the Balmoral side of Ballater with panoramic views over the Dee valley. Darroch Learg's ambiance, reminiscent of a Highland retreat, has been retained and improved.

I stayed here recently to sample the new product. The number of bedrooms has been reduced from 12 to 10 which have been renovated to an extremely high standard with bespoke furniture, designed and hand-made in Scotland, and stylish en-suite bathrooms. There is now a lift and wheelchair access to all areas. Darroch Learg's charm and elegance has been cleverly retained and with a long-standing reputation for their excellent food and wine operation there is no need to doubt that this will prevail.

This is an outstanding property on Royal Deeside and is highly recommended. There is plenty to do and see in and around this Royal village in Aberdeenshire.

(First Visited 1992)

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