As you approach this hotel by car or taxi from the town, you pass a few council houses and think 'hmm this is odd!' - then suddenly you curve up a driveway and you're in another world, arriving at a noble Victorian villa with a view of the hills and valley
The moment you enter, your shoulders go down in the mellow softly lit foyer with its fireplace and antiques and paintings set off against deep red walls
The welcome is genuinely friendly and efficient and you are orienteered to know where the lounge and dining rooms are before being taken to your rooms. Before the climb (no lift) you choose your time for dinner and are advised to come down early for canapes and drinks in the lounge - oh, this is my kind of place!
It has only 12 rooms and you need to have a think what you want: the rooms on ground and 1st floor in the old house are superb victorian with all mod cons but only 2 have front facing rooms with valley views
On the 2nd floor in the old house are modernised attic rooms and 2 of those have balconies with tables and fabulous views. If you're a party of 4 or 3 as we were, you could take these two (9 and 10) and feel completey private with only your party using the balconies
There are other rooms in the small extension that are as smart and comfortable but with less character; if in this part, go for the 1st floor front facing
The prices reflect the grandness of the rooms, the luxurious victorian being the most pricey and the annexe rooms the least
If you stay here be sure to take the dinner B & B package as dinner is superb: you do have delicious canapes and drinks in a beautifully appointed lounge. Staff is friendly however and the atmosphere relaxed so its not at all stuffy. You read the menus, choose and are called when dinner is ready
And what dinners! Food is 5 star with local produce perfectly cooked and presented. There's a wide choice of carefully chosen wines and they start at very reasonable prices
When we were there we had starters such as ham terrine, delicate mackerel with citrus salsa and courgette & almond soup. Mains were outstanding such as confit gressingham duck, hake and perfect lamb. You must force yourself to have dessert, which can be delights like elderflower panacotta and raspberry sorbet, frangipani tart or local cheeses with home made oatcakes fig salami grapes and apple
Afterwards - of course! - there is real coffee, petits fours and liqueurs in the lounge. They have a wide choice of malt whiskies too and its a shame not to sample one or two. I love the strong peaty ones from the west like laguvulin and isle of jura but they can advise according to taste. Other guests are mellowed out and friendly and from all over the world - you can find yourself chatting to Canadians, Japanese or any nationality you care to think of
A special mention goes to the fact the staff truly helps if you have a dietary requirement; I need to eat gluten free and they provided GF bread, crackers and tweaked some dishes to mimimise problems for me
Breakfast is almost as good as dinner with continental, full scottish, haddock and poachie or smoked salmon and scrambles available. Breakfast coffee is good and porridge beautifully cooked. Try it with cold milk and a little salt!
Every detail is well covered; comfortable beds, good showers lovely au lait toiletries and super large absorbent bath sheets. Its just excellent! My only - my one and only - issue was trying to get the shower cool enough and get an even flow - but I do like it unusually cool and could live with it as there's a shower attachment for the bath too
Pitlochry (5 minutes walk down a pathway) is tourist central but it has some good souvenir shops and coffee/lunch venues. We didn't try any restaurants as nothing would have parted us from knockendarroch house dinners!
Every year at the summer drama festival time you can have an early dinner and there's a complimentary bus to the theatre. We didn't realise this but it can add to the relaxation of a break if you time your stay and book ahead
You can also use the hotel as a base for a break as Pitlochry is between Perth and Inverness and in an area packed with places of beauty like Killiecrankie and history like fabulous 800 year old Blair Castle
You can get here easily by train coach or car from the south or north with the nearest airports being Glasgow or Inverness
Every way you look at it all roads lead to Pitlochry and this amazing hotel. Warning however; nothing else will seem as good afterwards, you will become quickly addicted and will have to go back
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant 14 bedroom 4 star gold hotel set in 1.5 Acres of elevated private grounds with glorious views over Pitlochry and the Tummel Valley. Only a short stroll from Pitlochry town centre. Our style is contemporary country house with all rooms individually styled. Choose one of our new Suites added in 2017 for an extra touch of luxury. Enjoy a 2 AA rosette dinner in our restaurant and relax by the log fires in our wonderful lounge. ... more less
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- Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant Pitlochry, Scotland