July 3, 2022


Adhering to its buy by the all over the world Karma Group last yr the former Lake of Menteith Hotel has rebranded and now launches as Karma Lake of Menteith.

The resort, located around Aberfoyle in the Trossachs, can accommodate 48 friends, has 18 en-suite bedrooms, which includes various with lakeside views, and pet dog-welcoming rooms.

It also features a whisky “malt vault” and 32-seater eating home overlooking the lake, which is Scotland’s only natural lake-loch, loch Inchmahome.

Lake of Montieth malt vault. Photo by Hanna thomas.
Chris Diplock basic manager in the Lake of Montieth malt vault. Photo by Hanna Thomas.

Programs to collaborate with area customer attractions and more produce the hotel’s whisky vault are becoming led by normal supervisor Chris Diplock (62), who came out of retirement for the role.

Hectic welcoming attendees, recruiting new area team, and overseeing subtle refurbishments and redesigns of important locations in the Resort, like the bar and malt vault, Chris is proper back in the thick of items.

“I’m delighted to be right here at Lake of Menteith, this vacation resort is a superb addition to the Karma portfolio.” explained Chris who very first joined Karma in 2007 in Goa, India as Basic Manager of a sixty-three-apartment vacation resort in North Goa close to Baga Seashore.

Many of our Karma areas have a calming holistic air to them, and surely you experience that listed here – searching out more than the Lake is truly mesmerising with Stirling’s hills and mountains in the length.”

He ongoing: “It’s so tranquil and tranquil that you simply cannot support but really feel greater when you occur here, so essential for attendees right after the trials and tribulations of the last two yrs,

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“There’s heaps of prospective to develop our giving in this article at Karma Lake of Menteith in the coming months.

“We’ll insert benefit to the visitor expertise by means of our vary of whiskies – with a different seventeen bottles just additional to the assortment – jointly with collaborations with other visitor points of interest in the region.”

Chris defined that Elizabeth Gilmour, a British biking certified mountain bicycle leader and cycling mentor who life nearby has agreed to supply guided bicycle rides around Loch Ard Forest.

Chris is also reaching out to regional artisan suppliers in the location who could present him with handcrafted products to market along with the “own label” variety of beers, wines and spirits offered throughout Karma resorts.

We function with vineyards and distilleries all above Europe,” he stated.

“We’re normally on the lookout for nearby suppliers, not automatically just for alcoholic drinks, but for any merchandise that is delectable, sustainable if attainable, and displays area heritage and site.”

We have a unique prerequisite for our possess label honey which we considered would be a fantastic addition to breakfast, and could be retailed to company in this article, and across our world resorts.

“We’ve by now experienced a incredibly constructive dialogue with local renowned chef Nick Nairn who has his have hives.”

Chris ongoing by stating that because he experienced arrived at Karma Lake of Menteith, he and his crew had been utilizing some modifications to the glimpse and really feel of the Resort, which initially attractiveness to Karma proprietor and founder, John Spence.

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“It experienced the air of a New England lakeside retreat with tons of regional timber and stone utilized in the décor, together with a large open up-fireplace fire by which to sit and loosen up.”

“We’re surely likely to retain that airy, paired back seem, as it lets the views do the chatting,” reported Chris, “but, as with any hospitality company, there’s generally servicing to complete. 

Lake of Monteith room
Chris and his team have been tricky at operate refurbishing spots of the lodge but want to allow “the sights do the chatting.”

“We are changing wood flooring, dining tables & chairs, and refreshing décor in the widespread regions.”

Chris defined that he was redesigning the “malt vault” which would soon be unveiled.

“Yes, we want to make a number of variations right here,” he said. “We’re likely to go for a “gentleman’s club” kind of glance with Chesterfield Sofas and muted lights.

“But we are mindful that numerous ladies drink whisky far too, so it will be a cosy house to charm to all.”

Chris concluded by expressing that, whilst he had retired to Spain in 2019, he immediately realised “retirement was not for me.” 

“I jumped at the chance to re-be part of the Karma household and head up this remarkable location, it’s a serious privilege, and I know I can accomplish a excellent offer in passing on my intensive skills and working experience to younger people in hospitality as the sector recovers.

“We have to make for the long term.”