The food here is astonishing and stands out massively for miles around aside from a few issues with the eat/stay package - see separate review of restaurant.
Accomodation-wise, I'm ambivalent about this place. The building is beautiful and a lovely place to laze around for a weekend. The grounds are lovely. The common areas are in reasonable nick - in need of an update but I gather this is in the pipeline (although reviews on this site have been commenting on this ever since the new owners took over). The main flies in the ointment are the horrid, water damaged 60's flat roofed extension on the ground floor. This is the only place wi-fi is available. The dining room is a bit unispiring also and the bar needs a complete makeover - think 70's youth club and you're there.
We stayed on a voucher deal so I can't complain about value for money. Our room, however, was not of the standard this hotel is setting out to meet. The TV managed 2 channels. The bathroom looked 80s-early 90s and the fixtures were really very very cheap plastic (mainly budget Mira stuff). Bed was comfy enough and the decor in the room itself was in keeping with the hunting lodge theme.
Lastly, we had problems accessing the 2 Munros walkable from the hotel which were our main reason for going. There was very clear signage advising of the dates shooting was planned for the season. On our chosen day, the hill was meant to be open. However, (we've since double checked the signs), rather disconcertingly, we began hearing shotgun fire whilst in mist above cloud level. Fortunately the mist cleared and we were able to see the shooting party and avoid them (they were definitely on Dalmunzie Estate land). It's very unclear from the info in the hotel whether the owners also run the estate. If they do, the above is completely unacceptable as far as the Scottish Outdoor Access Code goes. If they don't, it doesn't suggest that the relationship/communication between the 2 is going well.
Breakfast was wonderful and the staff were all great.
All in all, I'd go again if I got a similarly priced deal but I definitely wouldn't pay luxury hotel rates.
One suggestion to the new owners would be to begin offerring ski and stay packages in conjunction with Glenshee (15 minute drive). Huge numbers of patrons there fall into the childless, food loving, whisky loving young/middle aged professional market this place should be trying to tap into.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In an elegant, turreted castle and former laird's residence dating from 1510, Dalmunzie Castle is a traditional hotel on a 6,500-acre estate with mountain views, and is situated 5.9 miles from the Glenshee Ski Centre and 24.8 miles from Pitlochry train station. The individually designed, antique-furnished rooms all include en suite bathrooms. Complimentary breakfast is served in an expansive, white-tablecloth dining room, which also offers a fine-dining menu of Scottish cuisine made from locally sourced produce. There are wood-panelled lounges, a library and a snug bar, as well as a 9-hole golf course, a tennis court and numerous hiking trails. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dalmunzie Hotel Blairgowrie
- Dalmunzie Castle Spittal Of Glenshee, Scotland