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history of knockderry house
In the beginning
Our History

With a reputation for excellent food and drink sourced from quality local suppliers, Knockderry provides guests with a welcoming and relaxing environment to escape. Guests can can explore the area and celebrate with exclusive use country house weddings and private parties. 

Small Weddings

Food and Drink

 

Owners of Knockderry House

The Hotel Owners

Murdo and Beth Macleod own and operate the hotel with their small team of staff. Above all, Knockderry offers a truly Scottish country house welcome to all visitors to Cove and the Rosneath Peninsula near Loch Lomond. The team places emphasis on excellent hospitality and quality food.

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Keeping our character

Much effort has been taken to restore and preserve the original features of the house. Most notably, the dining room (originally used as a chapel and music room) and the drawing room both boast stained class by James Guthrie Jnr and Daniel Cottier. You can read more about William Lieper’s design of Knockderry on our blog.

News and Stories

Wonderful experience!

Just had the most wonderful 2 days staying at Knockderry House for a family wedding. The staff were superb, the rooms very comfortable and the food outstanding. Thanks to all at Knockderry for a memorable experience.

It's a real gem

We celebrated our wedding anniversary there. The staff was delightful. When they heard that it was our anniversary they kept the nicest table for us (with the best view). The food was outstanding . It is a bit remote so plan on staying in for dinner. You will not be disapointed!

Very friendly & attentive

Stayed here for 2 nights on a mini break. Location is stunning with views over Loch Long. Our room was large with a four poster bed. Staff were excellent, very friendly and very attentive. Food was excellent as well for both evening meal and a fantastic breakfast . It is dog friendly with an area set aside so you can dine and have your dog with you and there are good grounds for walking them.

Loved the experience

The food was both exceptional in taste and presentation (it is comparable to Michelin star food). It was also nice that we were allowed to bring our dog into the main dining area as they had partitioned off a separate area for dog owners, so many dog friendly hotels still treat you as a second class guest when you bring your dog but the Knockderry Hotel definitely treats you like any other paying guest.

Stunning views!

My partner and I booked this as a little treat to end our trip around Scotland. It was such a wonderful find. The setting is just stunning as is the house itself. We booked the mini break for a king room, however upon arrival the lovely receptionist who greeted us upgraded us to a Master suite! The room was a great size with a four post bed and very comfy armchairs at the window to look out over the loch.

Relaxing Weekend

Best break away to relax. Food was up to a high standard , there steak is one of the best steaks I have ever had, it was so tender it melted in your mouth! Staff where all lovely and welcoming. Dogs where welcome was nice to see them walking about aswell.

Fabulous Knockderry

Spent 2 fantastic nights at Knockderry Country House Hotel, we absolutely loved it! Great touring base, very dog friendly, staff were all fantastic and very helpful. The food was fabulous. Our room (4) was beautiful, the hotel is beautiful.

Highly recommended!

Scotland at it's best!

Just returned for a fantastic Valentines night away. From the warmest of welcomes from Dan, the stunning Library Suite to the excellent dining, Knockderry certainly delivered an exceptional experience which we will certainly be recommending and be back ourselves. Thanks so much for looking after us.

Absolutely Awesome

It is very difficult to know where to start or even what to say about the experience we had at Knockderry Country House Hotel for our wedding over the weekend 24th to 26th June 2016. What an absolutely awesome experience both ourselves and all of our guests had at the weekend (including our dogs, Ruby & Poppy) – just perfect!

Outstanding Experience

I married my wonderful husband in Knockderry on 7th May 2016 and me and our guests had an outstanding experience. A flawless day that will be an amazing memory for years to come. Thanks for making our special day such an outstanding one. Much love.

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Guest Testimonials
Knockderry House News & Stories
Fishing

Fishing

Published: 30/06/2020

Loch Long offers good fishing from the shore and boat with cod, whiting, plaice, mackerel, skate, wrasse and Pollack possible catches. It is free to fish but it is illegal to land any migratory fish such as salmon or sea trout.  Boasting 22 lochs and 39 miles of coastline around three sea lochs, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park offers excellent opportunities for all types of fishing. 

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Dog Walks around Knockderry House

Published: 29/06/2020

As dog owners we know how important it is to share your holiday with your four-legged friends. When we first set up the hotel we visited some wonderful hotels around Scotland and discovered the joy of sharing these times with our own young dogs. The best trips were always where dogs were not only welcomed but provided for and so we decided we would try and do the same here at Knockderry.

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