I visited this hotel with my wife to meet up with a newly discovered relation. The hotel is an historic house in a remote location in the countryside which helps to create a relaxing atmosphere. We had beautiful views from our room. I found this one of the most enjoyable hotels I have stayed in and would have been more than happy to have stayed longer, even in February! I can appreciate that this hotel may not suit some people, especially those who expect service fast with a gym and a swimming pool. However you don’t go to this type of hotel to be hurried along, and for exercise you can go walking. We were not in a hurry and if you do not mind having to wait for your food to be freshly cooked, this is an ideal spot. This hotel appears to survive on weddings and I understand that it is well established for this and including the villas can cater for about 50 overnight.
The hotel itself is small with 13 rooms and only 3 were occupied when we were there for our 2 night visit.
The breakfast choice for cereals was limited with no fresh fruit (there was juice) but the choice for cooked breakfast more than made up for this. I tried the traditional Scottish fry on the first day, and smoked haddock with poached egg on the second day - all were fresh and excellently cooked and set us up for the day.
We had a bar snack one day for lunch and we all thought it very enjoyable and excellent value for money.
We had one evening meal which by chance was St Valentine’s night, which including hors d’oeuvres, sorbet and coffee was 7 courses and the main course of fillet steak was exceptional – it was definitely in the top 10 steaks I have tasted. The meal was the highlight of our stay at the hotel.
We went for the house wine which we found very drinkable – there is a choice of 8 – 4 white and 4 red. These are available either as a bottle or by the glass (¼ bottle). The difference between 4 glasses and 1 bottle was only 50 pence. This means that as a couple, we could each have a different white wine with the earlier courses and a red wine with the steak, for virtually the same price as a bottle. I wish restaurants in general would do this as it makes meals more enjoyable.
We were given a superior room which was large, well decorated and the bed was firm, very comfortable and we both slept well on both nights.
The hotel was in a good state of repair and all facilities appeared to be working. The grounds were pleasant for walking in even in February. The location, hotel decor and staff attitude all complemented each other to give a very quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
We booked directly with the hotel and they gave us a package in February that was better than available elsewhere. The prices in the restaurant and bar are a lot cheaper than I would have expected for an hotel of this standard.
We had a most relaxing stay in this hotel and will go back to this hotel when I visit Fife again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Craigsanquhar Hotel is a Scottish country house located 6 miles from St. Andrews in the rolling countryside of Fife. The Hotel is situated within 36 acres of gardens and woodland. Nathaniel's Restuarant & Bar has recently opened at Craigsanquhar with the goal of bringing "Scotland's Larder" to the table. Craigsanquhar also offers extensive catering facilities for weddings, receptions, and special occasions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Craigsanquhar House Hotel Craigsanquhar
- Craigsanquhar Hotel Cupar
- Craigsanquhar House Hotel Fife