COMBINING classic grandeur and modern comforts with spellbinding views of natural beauty and romantic architecture, here are some of Scotland’s most sumptuous places to rest your head for the night
The Queen’s Suite, Inverlochy Castle, Fort William
This was the room created for Queen Victoria during her stays at the hotel, and its guest list has remained distinguished since. Robert Redford, Sir Sean Connery and Sir Elton John have all chosen Inverlochy for their Highland retreat as well as the doyenne of romantic fiction, the late Barbara Cartland.
The suite has a great view of Loch Na Marag, and the split-level room is designed to maximise the impact of the hotel’s stunning natural surrounds.
Upstairs is the deep set four-poster bed and lounge area, from where loch and glen can be seen in all their splendour.
Guests can also make use of the hotel’s Rolls Royce and be chauffeured to Edinburgh or Glasgow for around £450. A helipad is also available.
From £620 per night, bed and breakfast, www.inverlochycastlehotel.com
Royal Lochnagar Suite, Gleaneagles Hotel, Perthshire
With its classic grandeur and breathtaking Perthshire setting, Gleneagles was described at its opening in 1924 as a Highland Riviera and the “eighth wonder of the world.”
The Royal Lochnager Suite is perhaps the ultimate expression of the hotel’s high-end hospitality.
It has a sitting room and a separate relaxation area as well as a second bathroom – presumably for guests who may just drop by. There is underfloor heating, too.
The Lochnagar colour scheme is set in restful greens, gold and terracotta with the quality of the accommodation further underpinned in silk, wool, polished wood and leather finishing.
Stunning views complete the Lochnagar experience, with the Gleneagles estate and the rolling skyline of the Ochil Hills unfolding before you.
Bed and breakfast from £1,715 per night, including bed and board, www.gleneagles.com
Burns Suite at Cromlix, Kinbuck, Perthshire
Andy Murray’s hotel at Kinbuck has now won a place in Scotland’s hotel superleague. Its celebrity ties give it an instant profile, but the high quality accommodation, interior design and its La Roux restaurant have earned Cromlix praise in its own right.
Of its 15 rooms, the Burns Suite is considered to be the plushest.
In tribute to the Bard, the Burns Suite is decked out in stormy grey and graphite. Traditional furniture styles have been given a modern textile makeover to make the room feel classic yet contemporary.
Other special touches include a 32-inch television disguised as a mirror, an iPod docking station and a freestanding gold-finished bath which can be enjoyed with Cromlix’s bespoke range of Arran Aromatics toiletries.
From £495 bed and breakfast in low season, cromlix.com
Vestry Suite, The Witchery, Edinburgh
For Gothic flamboyance and a dose of Old Town drama, no room looks the part more than the impressive Vestry Suite at The Witchery.
Dressed in “outrageously-ecclesiastical red, gold and black” and adorned with vestments, drapes, ample cushions and plush fabrics, the Vestry aims to create one of the most divine hotel experiences in Scotland. It’s hard to tell if it’s designed for the saints or sinners amongst us.
Add a bed with an organ pipe headboard, French gilded furniture, a huge roll-top bath and a marble-floor bathroom and you’re faced with an imposing expression of decadent, devilish luxury living.
Costs £325-£395 per night, includes a breakfast hamper, bottle of champagne and full breakfast. http://thewitchery.com
The Cherub Suite, Ackergill Tower, near Wick
Ackergill Tower may be many people’s idea of a dream Scottish castle. This 15th century pile sits on the coast near Wick in Caithness and the hotel’s private beach stretches for miles in the summer. In winter, the dramatic location is probably best enjoyed by the hotel’s roaring peat fire, preferably with a whisky in hand.
The tower is where you’ll find the main bedrooms, of which the Cherub Suite is the best if you want to spoil your partner.
Styled by the hand of elegant tradition, the suite features a four-poster bed, fluffy pile rugs and warming textiles to insure the deepest of comfort.
Also on offer is The Treehouse, perhaps the most romantic of hideouts. It is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, nestled in the branches of a 150-year-old sycamore tree with 180 degree views of the surrounding woodland.
Guests can soak in a large circular bath before retiring to a 7ft round turret bed, with a twilight ceiling perfect for stargazing.
From £265 for dinner, bed and breakfast, www.amazingvenues.co.uk
The Whisky Suites, Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond
Live like a laird in one of seven Whisky Suites which sit in Cameron House Hotel, built in the 18th century and overlooking Loch Lomond.
Each suite is set deep in tradition with tartan wallpaper and tweed textiles. Antique furniture, high ceilings and sash windows set off the look and, of course, no laird could sleep without his four-poster bed.
The suite affords a stunning view over Loch Lomond and the surrounding mountains; in a separate lounge, guests can revel further in the glorious surrounds.
You can arrive at the hotel by sea plane from Glasgow, should you need to make an entrance as grand as the suite itself.
The Whisky Suite starts at £495 rising to around £1,020 a night for B&B, www.qhotels.co.uk