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Monachyle Mhor is a very special family-run country hotel situated in the heart of Highland Perthshire.
Monachyle not only offers unsurpassed comfort and luxury, but it also provides a venue for weddings, family/clan gatherings, private meetings, or your own special form of corporate hospitality.
Our award winning hotel restaurant is open to both residents and visitors to the glen.
The old Monachyle farmhouse and outbuildings have gradually been converted into a cosy yet contemporary country hotel. This year three new luxury suites have been added to the 11 individually styled bedrooms: there are now five in the main house and nine in the courtyard buildings.
For a romantic treat, Room 11 has a pair of slipper baths, while in Room 12 you can relax in a free-standing Italian stone tub. Another of the courtyard's luxury suites, room 14 has a state-of-art spa-size steam room. In the original farmhouse front-facing rooms have panoramic loch and mountain views, while most of those in the courtyard have fires, underfloor heating and an outlook over the mountains and farm. The design has been influenced by the natural surroundings and materials such as slate, wood and local stone have been incorporated. Key design touches include an eclectic mix of antique and contemporary furniture and artwork.
Mhor Great Food…
A regular pilgrimage site for Scottish foodies, this small family-run hotel sits in a remote scenic spot overlooking Loch Voil in the Trossachs. As the family also runs the surrounding farmland, the chef-owner Tom Lewis has plenty of fresh local produce to work with. Don't expect things to be rustic, though; the food and the décor are both rather chic.' (The Independent - 50 Best British Hotels: 12 January 2007)
Our award-winning hotel restaurant is open to both residents and visitors to the glen.
Lunch is served daily between 12 noon and 1:45pm. During the week an a-la-carte menu is offered along with soup or sandwiches on homemade bread.
- On Sunday a three course meal plus coffee is £31 per person.
- Freshly made scones available throughout the day
- Dinner is served in the evenings from 7pm to 8:45pm.
- The five course table d'hôte menu is £46 per person.
‘My sweetheart Alison had home-cured bresola with smoked aubergine tapenade, caper and parsley salad to start. I feel a form of love – it needs a name – for people who home-cure. It shows an understanding of what's best about Scotland's food, which is the quality of our meat and fish... An interlude of butterbean and truffle oil soup was like a more nutritious version of Champagne.' (The Scotsman magazine 26 June 2004)
What the papers say...
Sunday Herald magazine (22 July 2007)
‘While highly regarded for his culinary talents (he competed last year in BBC 2's Great British Menu), Lewis's good taste extends beyond the plate. Along with his sister Melanie, he is a design obsessive and has utilised the skills of interior designer Fiona Denholm … to help realise his vision for the property.'
The Independent (50 Best British Hotels: 12 January 2007)
'A regular pilgrimage site for Scottish foodies, this small family-run hotel sits in a remote scenic spot overlooking Loch Voil in the Trossachs. As the family also runs the surrounding farmland, the chef-owner Tom Lewis has plenty of fresh local produce to work with. Don't expect things to be rustic, though; the food and the décor are both rather chic.'
Elle magazine (February 2007)
‘This snug Trossachs retreat is great for a Highland fling. Set four miles down a scenic lane, it looks out over mountains and lochs. Inside are modern interiors (designer lighting and antler chandeliers mix with open fires and silk bedspreads) and award-winning food, courtesy of chef-owner Tom Lewis. Feeling flash? Arrive by seaplane (from Loch Lomond) check into room 11 and cosy up in twin claw-footbaths.'
Waitrose Food Illustrated (July 2005)
‘The twee pink façade gives little indication of the stylish interior and impressive menu, which have been drawing the attention of critics for the past decade. Self-taught chef Tom Lewis prides himself on the use of the best seasonal produce, so the lamb comes directly from the family farm next door, fish comes from Scotland's west coast and many of the herbs are grown in the hotel's kitchen garden.'
The Sunday Times Ecosse (27 February 2005)
‘When water levels prevent the seaplane from nudging the shore, Lewis chivalrously slips on his wellies and carries passengers to land. There is a similarly accommodating ethos throughout the hotel. Despite being rather late, we're offered a drink by the bar's log fire before being shown into the cosy restaurant. And while the food is utterly sophisticated… there is nothing stuffy about the service.'
The Independent (18 September 2004)
‘Compared with most of the Trossachs' hotels, Monachyle Mhor is in another stratosphere.'
Highland Perthshire with its craggy peaks and moody glens is invigorating walking and cycling territory, while for those more interested in clambering into their waders, the trout-rich Lochs Voil and Doine are at the bottom of the driveway. Golfers will find two 18-hole courses nearby – beautiful, hilly, Aberfoyle and the less vertically taxing course at Callander. There are also nine-hole courses at Killin, St Fillins, Comrie and Crief, all just a short drive away. Gleneagles is an hour's drive by car.
Birdwatchers also flock to the glen and, during season, stalking can be arranged. For panoramic views of the glen, seaplane trips depart from the shores of Loch Voil. And after all that activity? Book a pampering spa treatment in your hotel room.
The area is also rich in history and legend. Rob Roy Macgregor lived, farmed and died in the glen and is buried, along with his family, in the local kirkyard. Slightly further afield you'll find Lake of Mentieth, Scotland's only lake and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, a spectacular 75,000-acre wilderness managed by the Forestry Commission (the Visitors' Centre is just outside Aberfoyle). The park runs alongside Loch Lomond and encompasses Lochs Ard, Achray and Lubnaig and the mountains Ben Venue, A'an and Ledi as well as giving access to Ben Lomond. There are walking trails within the park and both red and roe deer.
"MHOR is a family business based in the heart of the Trossachs National Park in Scotland. Run by brothers and sister, Tom, Dick and Melanie Lewis it`s made up of the award-winning Monachyle Mhor hotel on the banks of Loch Voil, MHORfish at the Ben Ledi Cafe and MHORbread at the Scotch Oven in nearby Callander. MHORtea at the Library Tearoom, open from Easter to October, can be found in the tiny village of Balquhidder, while the hotel is four miles further along the glen on a 2,000-acre estate which farms sheep, cattle, pigs and hens ." Quote from www.mhor.net
Contact Person: Tom Lewis
- Street: Monachyle Mhor Hotel
- Postcode: FK19 8PQ
- City: Balquhidder
- State: Perthshire