I was in Stirling for a charity bike ride, and when looking for accommodation, I found this place, a bit out of the way (being some 5 miles from the start line).
However, the extra miles ridden were very much rewarded; the very friendly owners were incredibly welcoming and helpful. When I first rolled up to the house I was convinced that I'd made a mistake, believing there was no way that this manor was my destination for the night.
It turns out that it was, and I had one of the finest stays I've had anywhere.
It's an astonishing place on the edge of the Ochils set in stunning grounds, within easy reach of the Wallace Monument and with easy access to amenities (although the A91 is not particularly cycle friendly, you can't fault the owners for that!)
My room was spacious and affordable, with a great view across to the Ochils.
I only wish I had a chance to sample the breakfast before sprinting off to the start line of my event, because if it was prepared with the same attention to detail as every other aspect of my all-too-brief stay, I'm certain that it would have been excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Powis House is an 18th-century mansion set in beautiful grounds beneath the Ochil Hills, four miles northeast of Stirling. Hosts Colin and Jane have taken great care to restore the three classic bedrooms, Thistle, Heather and Hazel (the twin). Warm and comfortable, the rooms combine original features such as the Georgian fireplaces and polished flooring, with handmade Harris Tweed curtains and bed throws. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower and complimentary fine Scottish soaps. A range of traditional and herbals teas, coffee and hot chocolate, as well Jane’s homemade Florentines are available in each room. Guests are also welcome to enjoy use of the large sitting room, with open fire, board games and DVDs. (Please note that we do not have disabled access to the rooms, as they are reached by the main staircase.) Breakfast is served in the grand Dining Room and offers the best of Scottish produce, including eggs from our own hens. Dinner is also available (though we kindly request two-days notice for this). Colin is a passionate cook, and the four-course Table d’Hote menu will feature local ingredients, including home-grown lamb and vegetables from our garden, homemade chutneys and preserves. We also enjoy cooking with locally-stalked venison and game. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Powis House Stirling, Scotland