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Forbes of Kingennie 3.5

Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Pros

  • Set in scenic countryside overlooking a lake
  • All lodges have lounges and well-equipped kitchens
  • Boat House lodge has terrace overlooking water
  • Restaurant serves home-baked food and local produce
  • Four trout-filled fishing ponds and fishing lessons available
  • Nine-hole golf course on-site
  • Children's play-park and maze

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi reception in lodges
  • Dining quality can be inconsistent
  • Most lodges require a minimum stay

Bottom Line

Forbes of Kingennie is an upper-middle-range retreat centered on fishing lakes and surrounded by a golf course about six miles from Dundee. The Angus countryside setting is particularly peaceful and picturesque, with plenty of scenic walking trails in the surrounding area. The hotel's 14 lodges are all self-catering, with lounges and dining areas, while some have balconies overlooking the water. Lack of Wi-Fi and poor cell phone reception in the lodges might be a problem for some, but for those wanting a tranquil getaway combined with some gentle fishing or golf -- and can do without their phones -- this could be a good choice.

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Scene

Scenic country lodge retreat overlooking fishing lake and woodlands

Forbes of Kingennie is a peaceful country retreat comprising a collection of lodges surrounded by woodlands and greenery. Most of the accommodation overlooks the property's serene and picturesque lake, which teems with trout and bird life, including resident swans. The main house is a lodge-style building finished in natural stone with a cozy fireplace and rustic wooden beams, while the extensive grounds are surrounded by a nine-hole golf course. Guests generally consist of older couples looking to take in some fishing or golf. It's also popular as a romantic getaway, away from it all. 

Location

Set in the scenic Angus countryside six miles from Dundee

The hotel is located in the picturesque Angus countryside surrounded by forests and farmland, around six miles northeast of the outskirts of Dundee. The nearest town is Broughty Ferry, a little more than four miles away, while the city of Perth is about a 50-minute drive. While there's little in the way of restaurants or nightlife in the area, numerous scenic walking trails can be found in the immediate surroundings.

Rooms

Self-contained lodges with well-equipped kitchens and furnished balconies

The property consists of 14 self-contained lodges, all of which are either set in pretty woodlands or overlook the ponds. Each comprises a spacious living area with comfy sofas, fully equipped kitchens, including washing machines, dining areas, and separate bedrooms for two to six people. Homey decor often includes a neutral color palette and natural materials such as wood and stone. The Boat House accommodation opens out to a furnished patio overlooking the water, while others have balconies with forest views. Some lodges also include spa baths big enough for two. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels (including Sky), though there's no Wi-Fi, and cell phone coverage can be touch and go. Most of the lodges require a minimum three-night stay.

Features

Four fishing ponds and nine-hole golf course

The property has four well-stocked ponds where guests can fish for trout -- beginners can arrange for lessons -- and the surrounding nine-hole golf course, which includes a driving range. The Waterside restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and sources its produce locally -- but food quality, while is good overall, can be inconsistent. The restaurant has a freshwater aquarium containing five varieties of trout, and a bar with Wi-Fi access. Kids can entertain themselves in the outdoor children's play-park, while there's also fun to be had at in the on-site Thistle maze (admission fee charged).

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Address

Kingennie, Dundee DD5 3RD, United Kingdom

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