First, a warning for those who don't have a car: Corriechoille Lodge is out of the way, about a kilometre up a rough wooded track from Spean Bridge. You need a car, and you also need to think about whether you want to drive this road at night after dark. Well, we had a car and were delighted with Corriechoille Lodge. It is a beauty.
On arrival, Justin, the host, greeted us with a lovely cup of (proper leaf!) tea and excellent shortbread in the sitting room, and we marvelled at the pieces of artwork collected from around the world, the view of the garden, and the comfort. We settled in very well, and returned to this glorious sitting room for pre-dinner drinks in the evening.
We had organised to have dinner every night of our stay of three nights. I'm very glad we did this, because, as mentioned, we didn't fancy the drive in to Spean Bridge or Fort William at night. Justin's partner, Lucy, prepares the meals, and oh boy, it is clear that she cares passionately about good food. These meals were the best we had on our trip of eight weeks. A sample: Starter of blue cheese souffle; main of chicken with venison chorizo; sweet of choc-almond torte with lemon/lime icecream. There is a different menu every nighgt, all beautifully presented, home cooked and with veggies grown in their garden. We were in food heaven. They have a licence to serve alcohol, too, so we were able to dine with wine. Worth every penny.
Breakfast is a continuation of the care for good food - a fruit salad prepared from strawberries, blueberries, kiwifruit, pineapple and orange; lovely bread and homemade marmalade and jam (and I know my marmalade, so I recognise excellence!). Of course there were hot food options too.
Corriechoille Lodge is a great base for walking; we did an uphill walk to find a local bothy. Being lazy, and keen photographers, we spent a lot of time stopping to marvel at the views and to take photos, watch butterflies, check out the plantlife and just to sit and absorb the peace. We never did find the bothy, but enjoyed the walk in itself so much that this didn't matter. Other walkers stay for more strenuous pursuits - bagging munroes or running up Ben Nevis(!).
The garden and grounds are lovely too. There are chooks and ducks and an extensive vegetable garden, as well as a rambling walled garden with fruit trees and many perennial flowering plants. Being late summer/early autumn, there was a wonderful fading chaos in the plant life as it prepared for winter.
Highly recommended if you're happy to be off the main tourist route for a short stay. Justin and Lucy are kind, quiet people, who will make your stay a pleasure to remember for ever.
First off, this needs 10 stars, not 5!
A beautiful location, seeming miles from anywhere and surrounded by hills but in fact only a couple of miles from the centre of Spean Bridge. Having driven along a narrow lane and turned onto an old drove road away from the river and up through woods, one rounds a bend and suddenly there is the Lodge, and a warm and friendly welcome from Justin and Lucy.
Inside, the house is lovely and the room we had was enormous, very comfortable and restful: just what we needed after a very long drive! Two windows overlooked the garden (with free-range hens) to the mountains beyond. We were welcomed with tea/coffee and delicious home-made shortbread in the Sitting Room, in spite of there being a well-stocked hospitality tray in our room. It was these extra 'little touches' that made the stay so special. Things like the huge fluffy bath towels, matching hand towels and even flannels in the bathroom, colour-matched with the decor; the luxury locally-made Highland Soap Company Hebridean Seaweed toiletries (lush!)...
Breakfast did not disappoint either. I (not normally a fan of things healthy and muesli!) just loved Justin's own blend home-made muesli, followed by a perfectly cooked breakfast.
Corriechoille Lodge is slightly off the beaten track but well worth seeking out, and we just wished we had more than the one night to enjoy it better! Justin also makes some beautiful dishes and other useful items from wood he collects locally and turns, for sale to guests at very reasonable prices.
I'm not quite sure how I managed to 'find' this during an online search for accommodation in the area, but I am so glad I did! We will definitely be back.
The Corriechoille Lodge is perfectly situated off the main road in Spean Bridge. As a result, we had a very peaceful nights sleep in our beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean, large double room. The view from our window was lovely (mountain range in the distance). You are surrounded by nature. Our kind host greeted us with excellent coffee and biscuits in the Lodge's charming library/study on the second floor. The bed was very comfortable. Breakfast was scrumptious and cooked fresh by the owner. We discovered a wonderful walking path located behind the main train station in Spean Bridge not far from the Lodge (drove to it) and highly recommend it. We regret not staying longer.
Spectacular setting, wonderful rooms, and superior hospitality. The optional dinner from foods grown on the property was the best we've had so far in Scotland. Well worth the extra cost. Peaceful and intimate, with art and local found objects decorating the rooms, this B&B is obviously a labor of love. Highly recommended. The directions to find it might be a little better tuned to those not used to Scottish lanes, but that's the only thing I could suggest to improve the experience. The picture is the view of the Highlands from the window of our room.
Fantastic welcome with tea and homemade shortbread (that just melted in your mouth,) in the guest lounge and this set the scene for the entire stay. Spacious room with dual aspect windows, and window seat, framing the stunning view across to the mountains. Lovely clean bathroom, once again very spacious with complimentary local toiletries. Breakfast had a wide range of options and was extremely tasty. Eggs were provided by their own free range hens that roamed the gardens. Plenty of outside seating to enjoy the views when the weather allows! A little of the beaten track about 2 miles from Spean Bridge along a single road but in an amazing peaceful setting. Idea base for exploring the Nevis region. Evening meals are provided if requested in advance but didn't use this facility this stay. Also you could partake in a few drinks at very reasonable prices or pay corkage if you wish to bring your own. Can't recommend this place highly enough.