Some hotels, whilst lovely for couples to enjoy, somehow always have a family vibe to them. They are smart, they offer quality, but you also feel that your kids are welcome for a meal or an overnight stay. Banchory Lodge Hotel in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire is one of those places. It also has a really imaginative outdoor menu, with an outdoor terrace that offers up lots of colour, imagination and fun. With the sun shining, and those riverside views, there's few other places you'd want to be.
Banchory Lodge Hotel in Royal Deeside Aberdeenshire – Banchory Lodge Hotel is centrally located in the small town of Banchory, yet turn up its tree-lined avenue and you could be in the middle of nowhere. Picture yourself arriving in a carriage if you wish. *Contains affiliate links
This country house, based on the banks of the powerful River Dee, is grand and simultaneously welcoming. The river views are just exceptional. It works for couples, families, and dogs are very welcome too.
The SITOOTERIE – Banchory Lodge Hotel
Once we’d checked in we immediately headed back downstairs for a glass of wine in the sun. The new ‘Sitooterie’ offers colourful, fun outdoor dining on the covered terrace, or within four cute-as-a-button sheds (with heating). Bright umbrellas protect diners from the sun at an uncovered section of the terrace, so there are lots of cool dining options.
The Barbecue swiftly dishes up a range of finger licking meals (served tapas style so they arrive when they’re ready and can be ordered in large and small sizes, so good for sharing, but sharing is not required!) We tried the grilled mackerel, ‘Gaucho’ flat iron steak and fish taco. The kids’ menu featured grilled chicken with charred corn on the cob – great to serve kids something child friendly yet a little different. I also liked the sound of the Venison Taco.
THE ROOMS – Banchory Lodge Hotel
Banchory Lodge Hotel in Deeside has been refurbished from top to toe, whilst retaining many of its original features. Each room now has something definitive to say for itself.
Each room makes a bold yet stylish statement, with rich textiles, statement wallpaper, and several rooms have excellent views of the river or their own individual outdoor terrace. I loved the wee tin saying ‘Time for a Fly Cup’, a touch of Scots goes down well, and the fact it contained Tunnocks goodies went down even better. Many guests are attracted by the fishing, as the lodge is situated on the riverbank, so the notion of a ‘fly’ was also a clever touch.
As you can see the room are glorious, so BOOK ROOMS AND SEARCH PRICES here.
THE BAR & RESTAURANT
Mealtimes is when a family-friendly vibe often shines through at a hotel. When I last visited my son and I went for a pre-dinner drink at the bar (he’s got great bar chat). The black and white portrait wallpaper kept him amused and asking questions till his apple juice ran out, whilst the log fire appealed to my desire for cosiness.
In the restaurant I got a real sense of the local community viewing Banchory Lodge as their own, which I always think is a good sign. Families out for a meal, groups of ladies dining and catching up, as well as tourists visiting Royal Deeside perusing the menu.
LOCATION – Castles, Walks and Cycling the Deeside Way
Banchory Lodge is situated on the Deeside Way, 41 miles of converted railway track ideal for cycling, running, walking or horse riding. We actually cycled to the lodge, with the kids in tow, and were SO proud of ourselves. The cycle path leads to the back door of the lodge – convenient or what!
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The riverside location also makes for romantic or family walks. Discover more walks in the area here, including Scoltie Hill, an easy ascent for children and adults alike, with a tower at its peak.
Visitors don’t have to venture far to explore attractions such as Drum Castle or Crathes Castle. Banchory Lodge is a gentle escape to the country, offering a sense of community, belonging and family that is part of its charm. Make your booking here.