Spent 2 nights here; had a room in the Sportsman's Lodge. Cost was £90 for the room on a B & B basis.
Room is described by the management as "top end 3*" - well it's not. On the plus side it was big, and quiet. However, it was more like a big motel room than a luxury Scottish country house hotel. It was sparsely furnished, the quilt didn't cover the bed properly, the TV was tiny and had appalling sound, the windows had no blinds and the curtains didn't fully close, the shower screen didn't fit properly so the floor got wet when you had a shower, and there was nowhere in the bathroom to hang clothes or towels.
The breakfast was shocking: apparently they would charge a non-resident £18.75 for it, which would be robbery. Everything is served out of "keep warm" dishes and hence is tepid. Fried eggs were runny and undercooked, and the bacon was horrible.
The staff seemed to come from everywhere except Scotland, were uninterested in us, and barely spoke.
The public rooms in the main hotel were in good order and well-decorated - although interestingly the collection of AA rosettes for the catering seems to have stopped in 2007, which might explain a lot.
This is a very expensive place which should deliver more for the price. It needs significant investment, which the current owner seems not willing to make. We would not go back.
- 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