When planning our 11 day trip to Scotland, we picked the three small towns we visited based on what there was to see and do around them (duh!). However, we also had our preconceived ideas of what these towns would look like. While Oban and Portree had their highlights, neither really met what we had expected in terms of look and Scottish feel. Then we got to Pitlochry and WOW, what an awesome town.
Part of what made Pitlochry the town we will always treasure from our trip is Dunmurray Lodge. Not only is Dunmurray the most quietly elegant B&B we visited, but there is also the Tony and Irene factor.
You will never meet in your travels anyone more glad to see you than Tony. He overflows with enthusiasm and personality. Tony is clearly a person that has found his calling.
As for the B&B, you come into a warm entrance hall with the lounge on the left. The lounge does not look like one created for paying guests, but rather one there for friends and family; candy on the table, family pictures and mementos around the room, cozy furniture, and a big bright window facing the street. Before your day, it's the ideal room to sit and plan your travels. After a day exploring, it's a wonderful place to return to and relax with a dram.
The rooms don't have numbers, but names. We stayed in the Kerr room, which faces onto the rear of the house. The room is compact, but bright, well laid out, and adequately appointed. Everything you need is there, including kettle, tea, coffee, cookies, etc as well as hair dryer, two clocks (including a dream machine) and a very comfortable bed. If there is one thing lacking, it's available outlets for charging phones, tablets, or camera batteries, but we unplugged one of the clocks near the bathroom and made do just fine. The room is carpeted and there is free wi-fi. Facing a serene back garden, the room was very quiet for sleeping. We were there in May and the Willmores support and attract a wide variety of song birds. So, after a good night's sleep, we enjoyed leaving our window open to hear the birds happily singing in the morning.
The bathroom is also small, but very well arranged. The shower was plenty large and worked well. There is a clever shelf behind/above the toilet for storage of cosmetics and the like. The vanity and sink were also just fine and there is a shaver outlet that can be used to charge low draw devices without having to have a UK adapter (provided they can handle the voltage and 50hz frequency). In the bathroom are, of course, towels, but also wash cloths--something we did not expect in a UK B&B. Shampoo, soap, etc also provided.
We never had a bad breakfast at any of the B&B's we visited, but Tony and Irene took it to another level. The locally produced sausage is the best I have ever eaten anywhere. We also enjoyed the waffles, eggs, fruit and coffee (provided with a french press). The dining area is tight, but the table is country elegant in setting and has a great view onto the garden area behind.
After breakfast, Tony will come in and ask what you have planned and offer great suggestions for how to get there. He knows where to send you (for anything), how to best get there, and what you might do along the way. Not only is the info helpful, but his enthusiasm will get you jump started before you set out.
Irene is also delightful with a great smile and an evident shared joy with Tony in what they do. On our last morning there, we were looking to shop for female friends back home and she gave us the best shopping tip we received during the entire trip.
All in all, you can tell that we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Dunmurray If you plan to stay in the Pitlochry area, you simply can't go wrong here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lorraine and Mike would like to welcome you to their beautiful home in the highlands... Dunmurray Lodge Guesthouse is perfectly located in the centre of the Victorian Spa town of Pitlochry. The house is situated on a quiet street with views overlooking the hills yet only short stroll from the town centre with its welcoming restaurants, cosy coffee houses and speciality shops. Attractions including Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry Dam & Fish Ladder and Pitlochry Golf Club are near at hand and the railway station and A9 motorway with its links to Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Aviemore and Inverness are minutes away. This splendid Victorian Bed and Breakfast has been lovingly maintained and retains many of its original features including an open fire in the cosy guest lounge . The accommodation boasts a lovely family suite which consists of two adjoining rooms and further 3 double rooms. Two of the rooms can be made into twin accommodation. Single occupancy rates are available All of the rooms are ensuite and have been tastefully decorated and furnished in keeping with the character of the house. The sumptuous beds guarantee you a great nights sleep. Each room boasts tea and coffee making facilities, TV, I pod docking station, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. For breakfast we offer a delicious buffet of fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurt, granola & fruit compote. Our cooked to order breakfasts include porridge served with honey, whisky and cream, traditional Scottish breakfast using local produce and Dunkeld smoked salmon & scrambled eggs. We also offer a light continental breakfast and 'Breakfast to go' for those looking for a very early start. A warm welcome, a comfortable bed and a hearty breakfast awaits you at Dunmurray ... we hope to meet you soon. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dunmurray Lodge Pitlochry, Scotland