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Fonab Castle Hotel
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Pitlochry
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 April 2014

Just returned home from a fantastic stay at Fonab Castle. We were only at the hotel for one night but will certainly be back again. Everything about the hotel, from the rooms to the staff to the food was first class. Can't wait to visit again especially once the spa is open.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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FonabCastleHotel, Manager at Fonab Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Good morning AlisonM.

Thanks for the review. Its great to see that you enjoyed the food, rooms and the service provided by the team.

We look forward to seeing you again.

Best regards,

Gary White
Deputy General Manager

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Just back from an amazing two nights at Castle Fonab. Wonderful hotel and setting. The staff could not have been any nicer. We enjoyed it so much I've just booked again for the end of May to celebrate my daughter' first wedding anniversary. Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Loved room 607 facing the loch
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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FonabCastleHotel, Manager at Fonab Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Good morning!!

Thank you for your review.

Its great to see that you were well looked after by our team and that your enjoyed it so much you're coming back.

We shall see you at the end of the month!

Best regards,

Gary White
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Such a friendly hotel. Good food in wonderful surroundings. Beautiful decor and high quality feel to everything. Beyond all that, however, it is the fabulous views that make this place special. Call in for coffee if you are walking round Faskally - so reasonably priced, including a shortbread biscuit and views to die for! April is a great time of year for visibility through the trees and autumn/winter are probably spectacular too. Huge picture windows look out over Pitlochry and beyond. Or sit outside in the sunshine on the terrace and take in a vista beyond compare. The tourist crowds seem to stop short at the Festival Theatre but keep going up and park right outside the hotel if you don't fancy the walk. Well worth a visit and probably even better to stay there! Another time ...

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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FonabCastleHotel, Manager at Fonab Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Good morning.

Thank you for your review of Fonab Castle. The views across Loch Faskally and Ben Y Vrackie are stunning and the decor withing the Brasserie, Lounge and outdoor terrace has been done with this in mind.

We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Highland Perthshire.

Kind regards,

Gary White
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We spent two wonderful nights in this hotel last week with our best friends from Glasgow. We stayed in the castle rooms and our friends were upgraded to the penthouse suite. From the moment we arrived until the time we left we were treated like friends. The service was spot on, attentive but not over obsequious. The owners have got this place spot on. It,s nice to go to a top hotel in Scotland that doesn't over egg the tartan short bread image. Don't get me wrong, you still know you are in gorgeous Scotland, you only have to look out of the windows at the stunning views to know that!! I have traveled all over the world both on business and pleasure and this hotel ranks among the best and it's certainly the best I've stayed in in Scotland by a country mile. The staff, food, accommodation are on a different level. We dined in the brasserie on the first night followed by the Sandeman restaurant on the second night, both were superb. The rooms are immaculately clean and very well appointed. The attention to detail is amazing. Best nights sleep I've had in years. It is so obvious that this is not a chain hotel as no expense has been spared to make it a unique experience. I remember passing Fonab a few years ago when it was becoming derelict and was on the "Buildings at risk" register. The 1960's annex that the Hydro Board had attached was an abomination. It is so nice to see this beautiful building restored to it's former glory and available for future generations to enjoy. The whole project has been so sympathetically executed and the owners, architects and planners are to be congratulated . Anyone who doesn't like this venue must have blinkers on or be very jealous. We will be back!!!!!.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a unique flavor of their own.
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FonabCastleHotel, Manager at Fonab Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Good morning!!

Thank you for your amazing review of Fonab Castle.

It's great to read that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay including the rooms, staff and services.

It was a great pleasure to meet you and we hope to see you back at Fonab in the near future.

Best regards,

Gary White
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed at the Fonab for 3 nights over the Easter weekend and we had a great experience. All the staff were very helpful and made us feel really welcome with their friendly, happy demeanour. Our room (103) was in the castle and was excellent, although it was overlooked. We ate in the brasserie twice and the food and service were first class. We did not have the appetite (or stamina) for the 9 course fine dining, but it was fully booked on the Sat night.
We will be looking to go back again very soon and would recommend the Fonab to anyone.

Room Tip: If in Castle, ask for 2nd floor for best views.
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FonabCastleHotel, Manager at Fonab Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Good morning!!

Thank you for the excellent review. I am pleased you enjoyed our hotel. We are working on a solution to room 103 which may involve one way glass.

Its great to hear that you enjoyed the Brasserie and service.

We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

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Gary White
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed at the Fonab Castle for 1 night as our friends were getting married in Pitlochry. The hotel is fantastic and the owners and the staff are a credit to the hotel. The wedding itself was a very quiet affair and there was only the 5 of us, but the owners of the hotel had heard that we were staying at the hotel and insisted that we had a bottle of champagne with our evening meal, which was on the house. The hotel is set in the most beautiful area, with the most amazing views from the bar and brasserie. We ate in the brasserie in the evening and the food was absolutely delicious. The room was fantastic, there wasn't one thing that we could fault, it was luxurious! We have family in Pitlochry and therefore visit every couple of years, but i've been informed by my husband and daughter that we're not staying anywhere else when we visit again. We have stayed in some lovely 5* establishments over the years, but i have to say, this place is special and the loveliest hotel we have stayed in. It is such a special place to stay and, as i mentioned before, the owners and staff make it even more special. The spa and pool weren't open yet, but i'm sure they will be just as luxurious as the rest of the hotel when they are. Anyone that has anything negative to sat about Fonab Castle are obviously the type of people that take pleasure in looking for faults - don't listen to them!!! We will definitely be back!!

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FonabCastleHotel, Manager at Fonab Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Good morning.

Wow!! What a great review. We are all pleased that we managed to make your visit an enjoyable one. The staff are great and work hard to ensure that everybody feels welcome and well looked after. The chefs are amazing and very consistent cooking great meals 100% of the time.

We are pleased that you will be back and we very much look forward to seeing you in the next couple of years,

Best regards,

Gary White
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

It was my wife's birthday on the 9th April so we decided to look for a location not too far from home.

When we arrived at the hotel the manager greeted us in the car park and took our cases. We were shown to our room and given a guided tour of the hotel. We had one of the new rooms overlooking Loch Faskally - the views were spectacular and the room was excellent. We had dinner with our friends which was superb and excellent value. The hotel also provided transport for our friends back to the Pitlochry area. The hotel facilities, service and food were second to none. The staff were exceptionally helpful, friendly and inforrmative. The spa will soon open which will add to this top class hotel. It is very easy to get into Pitlochry over the dam next to the hotel.

Room Tip: The new rooms overlooking the Loch are excellent, but given the hotels approach to service and atten...
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FonabCastleHotel, Manager at Fonab Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Good morning.

Thank you for leaving a cracking review on our page. We are pleased to see that you enjoyed your visit to Fonab Castle Hotel, along with the rooms, staff and service.

We certainly hope to see you again in the near future.

Kind regards,

Gary White
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Address: Foss Road, Pitlochry PH16 5ND, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Pitlochry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Pitlochry
#3 Luxury Hotel in Pitlochry
Price Range: £182 - £330 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Fonab Castle Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fonab Castle is a wonderful and historic building on the banks of Loch Faskally, by Pitlochry. It has been transformed by the Clark family into a fabulous and glamorous new 5 Star hotel. The hotel offers 26 bedrooms including 4 suites and a luxurious Penthouse suite (a number with loch views). The hotel brasserie and lounge provide outstanding vistas of the loch itself and Sandemans our fine dining restaurant is a tranquil setting for experiencing exquisite cuisine and fine wines. The Spa at Fonab is our brand new Spa offering a host of pampering and relaxation experiences. With Thermal Suite, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, treatment rooms and nail bar and pedicure. We look forward to welcoming you to a unique experience. ... more   less 
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