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“Wonderful Family Retreat!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Duchally Country Estate
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Auchterarder
Certificate of Excellence
scotland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful Family Retreat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

The lodges at Duchally Country Estate are to a very high standard and they are modern and tastefully decorated, we could still smell the paint! This was the only criticism I would have as I would struggle to fault this place in any way. We stayed in a 3 bedroom lodge which had everything in it that we needed, it was especially exciting for our 3 year old who loved feeding the birds and watching them eat on the patio. Feeding the ducks and watching the rabbits, especially the baby ones, was most enjoyable too and there was plenty of space outside to run about and have lots of fun. The leisure centre pool was another great part of our stay as we pretty much had it all to ourselves most days. All the staff were very friendly and helpful although we didn't eat in the restaurant so I can't comment on the food, though I would say avoid the hotel take-away option as most of our food went in the bin! I notice most of the reviews have commented on the check out time which at 10.00 am is very early as the cleaner was actually waiting at our door at 9.55am! This was not an issue for us as we are always very early risers but it would be good if late check-out times could be included as an option, at an extra cost if required, as I'm sure most people would be happy to pay for this and I tried to leave my lodge as spotless as when I arrived thus reducing cleaners time and we only used one bedroom/bathroom though I can appreciate this would not normally be the case.
We did not receive a 'welcome pack' but we only stayed here for two days so perhaps this is only provided if you stay longer. I should also mention this is a great base for surrounding areas such as Perth and Stirling as they are a short journey away and Gleneagles is very close as is Auchterarder which has everything you need, shops, restaurants, take-aways, pharmacies, etc.
This is a perfect place to stay and thanks for a great break, we will definitely be back again!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CLCWorld, Guest Relations Manager at Duchally Country Estate, responded to this review, 26 May 2014
Thank you for your comments. Our guests of all ages have fun feeding our wildlife visitors! I was glad to see that you enjoyed your accommodation and stay with us, but sorry to see that you were disappointed by your take-away meals and I have passed this on to the kitchen. It is possible to arrange later check-outs subject to a surcharge but this is entirely dependent on availability as our lodges are very popular and do take time to thoroughly prepare for incoming guests, so I am afraid that we cannot guarantee to meet all requests. We do have secure luggage storage facilities at reception and changing facilities at the leisure centre for guests wishing to make a leisurely departure. We hope to welcome you back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

We had a 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Cottage, which was lovely, very clean, with everything you could possibly need. Two Bedrooms were on suite. Very nice spacious open plan, kitchen, dinning, lounge area which was tastefully decorated. Lovely French window with outdoor seating. We loved feeding and photographing all the very friendly birds.
Although there are many properties, it was very peaceful. The nature walk is fun, and if you are lucky, like us, you will see the red squirrels.
We ate in the bar the two nights we were there. Meals were very good. As a Veggie, I cannot praise the food enough. Very imaginative Veggie choices, some of the best I have ever had!!
The staff were all, friendly and welcoming.
A big bonus for us was the Saturday night entertainment from the very talented Sand Marshall, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Overall a very relaxing, enjoyable stay. We will recommend, and return.

Room Tip: Whole of the Estate is lovely.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pat K
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CLCWorld, Guest Relations Manager at Duchally Country Estate, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Thank you for your review. I was pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and I have passed on your kind remarks to our chefs. As an award winning restaurant we set ourselves high standards and aim to bring an imaginative approach to our menus so it was good to see that you enjoyed your vegetarian choices. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

The lodges are superbly furnished and equipped. Staff are genuinely friendly and helpful. Local info supplied was very helpful, enjoyed several really good walks and drives. Wifi available in the smart leisure centre, also in the bar but this was a bit patchy. Ideal location for serious golfers as gleneagles is a matter of minutes away

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank paul j
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

The lodges at Duchally are gorgeous, beautifully designed and spotless. The area is so peaceful and close to great walking country. The staff are lovely and helpful - I totally recommend it. Perfect for get-togethers and also very kid-friendly (we all loved the ducks!). Thanks for a great weekend.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hazel M
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Scotland
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

We had one of the self catering lodges for 3 nights and had a great time. The accommodation was spacious and well laid out with some very nice touches. All the equipment provided was very clean and in good condition. The grounds are well maintained and although our first impressions were that there were lots more lodges and cottages than we expected the layout made it feel still quite private. The on site leasure centre had a nice pool and a good baby pool but we didn't try any of the other facilities. The children's park at the side of the leasure centre is basic but nice to have and our little one was far more interested in watching the ducks, doves and pheasants all of which were very tame. There are some nice places to visit locally for families including bigger parks and a local petting zoo which has a fantastic soft play barn. The people at the hotel were all very friendly and helpful, organizing stair gates etc at very short notice. We didn't try the restraunt (our little girl won't sit through dinner yet) but there are some very good local take-aways especially the Indian. Not many negatives, but the check in time is quite late which was difficult with a little girl wanting a nap and it wasn't the easiest to find since the access road has markings which suggest it is an exit only. We'll certainly be back here!

Room Tip: We had a garden lodge looking out over the hotel and backing onto the spa, it also had a back way ou...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joboii
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CLCWorld, Guest Relations Manager at Duchally Country Estate, responded to this review, 13 May 2014
I was pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our wildlife guests are very popular with our visitors of all ages and the ducks are a big hit with youngsters! Our lodges are designed to provide a home from home experience and the check-in time, which we state on our website, reflects the time it takes for our housekeeping team to ensure that they are properly cleaned and prepared for new arrivals. I do apologise for any inconvenience caused for your little girl, and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

stayed in 210 a 3 bed lodge,booked as we needed self catering food with a 2 year old with us. Best location, with ducks, pheasants and rabbits as visitors. my 2 year old enjoyed this holiday and has been her best yet.
have been to aberfeldy which is a 1.5 hr drive, and also loch Tay.
here the mountain safari was wonderful with some amazing views

Room Tip: the 501-507 have the best location as far as being in the middle of nature is concerned
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank naveen k
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Doha, Qatar
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

We had a gift voucher for a meal at Gleneagles Hotel but ridiculous price for one night stay there so Duchally Estate selected from reviews on this site and absolutely ideal. Beautiful large room , Nr 4, lovely pool, helpful smiling staff and great breakfast. Over all too soon but not before we had wandered round the chalets in the grounds. All full but it didn't feel crowded in fact pool was empty.

Save yourselves £250 without any drop in quality, attentive staff and surroundings and give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: Nr 4, lovely bay overlooking the front lawns
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rod S
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Property: Duchally Country Estate
Address: Duchally Country Estate Gleneagles, Auchterarder PH3 1PN, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Auchterarder
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Auchterarder
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Duchally Country Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Duchally Country Estate is set in prime Perthshire parkland near to Gleneagles and is the ideal base for a holiday in Scotland. Duchally Country Estate, while secluded, is perfect for short breaks and overnight stops in the Country House Hotel or a full Scottish holiday in luxury lodge accommodation that is conveniently located for easy access to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands. ... more   less 
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