We arrived late afternoon after a beautifully scenic drive from Glasgow with a number of sightseeing stops. We could see the hotel as we approached since it sits on a hill. What we saw was a lovely stone building set in a picturesque landscape but the up-close reality was even better. The welcoming staff member (Maria) was delightful. She quickly oriented us to the property, answered our questions, arranged the time for our evening meal and took us to our room. The room was picture perfect. Sitting at one corner of the building on the upper level (UK 1st floor, US 2nd floor) it was large and airy with windows on two walls providing spectacular highland views. It's the room we'll request next time both for its comfort (we slept like babies and couldn't help but nap in the easy chairs) and for those aforementioned views. The en suite bathroom was efficient, with a tub shower, a towel warmer and first-rate toiletries.
Now for the food. Breakfast and dinner are taken in the hotel and are wonderful (more about that later). The staff throughout our stay were well trained, personable and obviously eager to make all guests' stay memorable in a positive way. They hailed from Romania and Spain and would be very welcome employees in any 5-star establishment with which we are familiar. Breakfast was made to order and taken in the dining room. Good selections of cooked meals and baked goods. Dinner began in the drawing room where pre-dinner drinks were served, the evening's menu perused and orders taken. When it was time to enter the dining room, we were efficiently seated and the meal service began. Now, here's the really impressive thing. The chef was able to offer a choice of 4 appetizers, 4 main courses and 4 desserts every time: nothing simplistic, everything innovative, everything sourced from local growers. There must have been 10 chefs working all day to produce what we were offered! Remember, this hotel has fewer than 10 rooms. Unbelievable. This was really high quality fare.
All too soon our 2 nights had passed and we had to manhandle our bags down the single flight of stairs. The staff was very willing to help but I had to work off those spectacular dinners. This hotel is truly a highland gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant 12 bedroom 4 star hotel set in 1.5 Acres of elevated private grounds with glorious views over the Tummel Valley. Only a short stroll from Pitlochry town centre. All rooms are individually styled, with an option to choose from larger premier rooms or rooms with private balcony. Enjoy a 2 AA rosette dinner in our restaurant and relax by the log fires in our lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant Pitlochry, Scotland