Many years ago I stayed at Ballathie on corporate breaks, and we always thoroughly enjoyed our time there. I decided to book a two day break at Ballathie with my husband to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. I was somewhat hesitant, as places change with the passage of time.
However we were certainly not disappointed. Since I was last there they have developed lodges and a separate accommodation block, overlooking the Tay. We had a ground floor room which was ideal as we had our two cocker spaniels, and could open the door directly onto a large grassy area. Construction work is going on at the river bank and our view was partially obscured by temporary fencing. However that's progress and did not spoil our experience.
This is predominantly a hotel for the fishing community, but is also ideal for romantic breaks.
On Monday a large part of the hotel and the grounds in front were taken over by a large company for a team building corporate day. This could have been a disaster for our hopes for a quiet break, but the staff did all they could do accommodate the needs of all the guests. They even re-arranged an area of the dining room exclusively for us to have Cream Tea in the afternoon overlooking the river. The food was excellent throughout our stay and the staff were superb. They were very attentive and keen to ensure that all of their guests were having a good time. Nothing seemed too much trouble. The owner made a point of speaking to the guests and again was keen to ensure that all was well. We have spent many a weekend with the dogs at the Roxburghe Hotel in Kelso and had booked a room there for this occasion. However we had to cancel as the hotel called us to say we couldn't take our dogs into the hotel and we would not put them in their kennel. I am so glad that this happened as we would most certainly rate Ballathie ahead of the Roxburghe and will not hesitate to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ballathie Country House Hotel is a 4 star Country House Hotel located on the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. We have an award winning 2 Rosette restaurant in which we provide a tranquil setting to enjoy the wonderful food that our kitchen brigade create with locally sourced produce. Awarded Best Rural Restaurant of the Year at the 2010 Hotel of the Year Awards and Country Weddings Award at the 2011 Hotel of the Year Awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballathie Hotel Perth
- Ballathie House Hotel Stanley, Scotland