Notes on... Mhor 84

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Mhor 84 isn’t the place for you if you’re after a quick night away. Six hours up the M6 on a good day, the best piece of advice we can give is to book at least two nights there. Probably three.
 
The no-frills, but still delightfully chic motel is on the A84 (hence ‘84’, obvs) between Lochearnhead and Stirling, along the outskirts of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. So, perfectly positioned if you’re of a hiking persuasion, which we’ve only admitted to since being in our thirties.
 
The hotel is owned by the Lewis’s, a farming family that have diversified into owning a clutch of properties that make up the Mhor collection, including the posher, big sister Monachyle Mhor just down the road and their rustic French outpost. The uniting ethos of all their places is a laidback, relaxed vibe. Vintage china, a log burning stove and white panelled walls are in, dark wallpaper and tartan anything is definitely out. Mhor's restaurant, café and rooms serve as a welcome stop off for travellers, walkers and foodie types alike.
 
Whatever the reason for your visit, the dramatic surrounding landscape can’t be missed. Depending how Indiana Jones you’re feeling, they suggest flying in by sea plane and landing on neighbouring Loch Voil. Or you know, just drive like the rest of us. And hire their 1969 Series Land Rover to explore the surrounding Highlands. Just make sure you book those extra nights.

Rates start at £90 per night.