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Fonab Castle Hotel
Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Pitlochry
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Took my husband as a surprise for his birthday. Also took my westie hamish. The room was fantastic, the attention to detail unbelievable. Just great to be able to open the patio and take our dog straight out to the grass. Didn't eat dinner in the hotel as obviously could take my dog into the restaurant. Didn't want to leave him on his own. Now I understand that perfectly but I think it would be great for us dog lovers to have a public area we could go to with them ( just a suggestion) may I also suggest it would be a nice touch to have some treats for the dogs that stay as I seen quite a few. This is not a complaint as the stay was wonderful. I took a 'selfie' photo of my husband and I and the dog in the fonab bathrobes to which I friend if mine suggested a robe for the dog would be cool but I think that might be a stage too far! Lol all in all an amazing experience I would love to stay again when your spa us open. If it's anything like the hotel it will be fabulous! Thank you

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

Good morning PamF.

Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read about your visit and your suggestions for Hamish and dogs alike. We are looking into having doggy treats and other we surprises for dogs when they come to stay - unfortunately though, i don't think it includes robes for dogs.

Its a shame you didn't eat dinner, we could have set you up a nice wee table in your room and brought rooms service from the full a la carte menu. Maybe next time.

Best regards,

Gary White
Deputy General Manager

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Stayed for one night in room 602 and loved it. It was very very clean, bed was very comfortable and had a balcony with a brilliant view. Food in the brasserie was great and breakfast was the best I've ever had in a hotel. The decor throughout is stylish and the bar upstairs is a lovely place to sit and sip a wee beverage! Will return.

Room Tip: Second floor with a view over the loch. 602 has a balcony and a neighbour only on one side, great vi...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank NegativeHenry
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FonabCastleHotel, Manager at Fonab Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Good morning.

Thank you for the great review. Viktorija and her team work extremely hard to ensure the Hotel is spotless and really your review is a great credit to the Housekeeping Team. Thank you.

Room 602 is my favourite in the whole hotel with the view straight down Loch Faskally towards Killiecrankie, so i am glad you enjoyed it. The lounge is spectacular and recently won Bar of The Year in it's regional heats at the Scottish Hotel Awards.

We look forward to hopefully seeing you again.

Best regards,

Gary White
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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
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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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Thank Angelicabb
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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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Thank FifeAndy
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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.

Best 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: £183 - £356 (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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