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“Closed and being developed as flats”
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Drummond Hotel
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Drummond Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 St Fillans B&B and Inns
Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

Abandoned and closed. Some would say not before time. The nearby Four Seasons hotel is brilliant. StFillans is beautiful location ideally placed for exploring Scotland. Loads of red squirrels and lots of good dog walking. FSH a genuine dog friendly hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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10  Thank Micabu
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

this was a great hotel 20 years ago, needs alot of money spent on it and a new owner, has got great views across the loch and handy village shop that do good food.we had booked in for three nights but only stopped 2 nights as wife didnt want to stop anylonger.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank dougie g
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

we paid a substantial amount of money to have our wedding in the gardens of the hotel in August with the understanding that we would have exclusive use of the jetty and garden. When we arrived no one from the hotel was anywhere to be seen, the garden was unkempt and overgrown and people were having a BBQ on the jetty. We have emailed, called and wrote to the hotel on numerous occasions since and no-one seems interested in dealing with our complaint at all. An absolutely shocking and inexcusable way to do business.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Donna L
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

We arrived on Friday 21st Sept and had booked for the Fri/Sat night. It was the 1st time my mother-in-law had visited Scotland so we wanted her to experience the beauty of Scotland and wake up in the morning to the stunning views of the loch when she opened her bedroom curtains.

When we arrived late on the Fri night we were greeted by a foreigner (eastern European?)who took us to our rooms.As you walked into the very impressive hallway and fantastic staircase the smell was of grease - a chippy smell. When we arrived at our rooms... OMG the decor was shocking... Pimps paradise... There was black bedding which I'm not 100% sure was fresh! The rooms were freezing. They hadn't turned on the small wall convectors for us arriving. As per other comments there was no tv or other basic essentials you would expect from a hotel. There were tea/coffee facilities but nothing to rave about. It took the toilet about half an hour to refill due to the trickle in the cistern.

None of us opened our cases because we didn't know whether to stay even one night. Due to the late hour we felt it would be best to just put up with it and find somewhere else in the morning. Climbed into bed and it was hellish - well for me anyway. I found it firm and a bit springy - a very cheap spring mattress that you can feel every spring even when it's new. A mattress topper would make a huge difference to this bed...

In the morning we went down for breakfast but 1st had to walk through the hallway that still smelled of grease. We walked into the breakfast room and were stunned to see other guests. We actually thought the hotel was empty other than us.

As we sat we were talking about finding somewhere else when the owner appeared to take our order and suddenly everything changed! The owner is fantastic!!!! He explained that he had only bought The Drummond Hotel in Apr 11 and had a HUGE renovation project underway. He talked about his plans and ideas, the problems he's had and still has in terms of construction work. The front porch ceiling collapsed just a few weeks earlier and he had to re-roof it with new electrics which was evident when you walked through the porch. He wants to strip back all of the woodwork and staircase to the original wood which is going to be THE best feature of this hotel without a doubt. Most of the plumbing had to be replaced as well as the electrics. Huge problems with damp and the list went on and on. But his passion and commitment was impressive. He was so friendly and funny and attentive. Basically everything every hotelier should be.

When he walked away I looked at my mother-in-law and we both said at exactly the same time that we wanted to stay now. Suddenly all of the wrong's and unacceptable conditions were acceptable because we admired him and his plans and commitment for the hotel. It's a stunning building no matter what anyone says and to know someone wants to bring it back to it's former glory was great to hear and by staying there we were supporting his plans/dreams to make it happen i.e. bringing in some money to help him. So we stayed the 2 nights.

The bar and lounge areas are lovely. Nice furniture and a nice ambiance. The local Dave who's gay (this is how he he introduces himself!) is hilarious and worth a visit just to experience although you definitely need to be able to cope with a gay who blatantly eyes up your other half and describes him as 'having potential...'

All I can say is stay here. Help Andy renovate this absolutely stunning building because the man deserves the recognition for what he has taken on and his passion for what he's trying to do!

Unfortunately you do need to put up with less of the little luxuries we expect now. The one thing that is evidently missing is a woman's touch. Small little things like bathroom shelf with glasses and little soaps. Mirrors. Correct bedding, i.e. white linen. Small detail on the breakfast tables etc. There are some small inexpensive things that could be done to make a big difference to someone's stay but overall bearable and tolerable only because of the owner.

Room Tip: Any of the front rooms - rooms 5,6,7,8. All rooms are large and very spacious but the front rooms ha...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank 09D_T2012
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

6 of us turned up for lunch. We hadn't booked a table. There was no one serving at the bar and no-one at reception. The one member of staff who eventually appeared wasn't able to serve at the bar. Someone was eating in the lounge bar but it was hard to imagine how she'd managed to order the food. There were no other guests around. We looked at the menu, hung around for a bit to see if anyone would take our order. No one did, so we got up and left.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Chrisalis79
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

hotel a mess This hotel has definitely gone down hill and as the previous reviewer wrote, should now be closed in its present state. Work on hotel has still not been completed. The hotel is in a superb location and it should be exceptional. Unfortunately, it has a huge amount of work to do before I could recommend it.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank bob t
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

This hotel has definitely gone down hill and as the previous reviewer wrote, should now be closed in its present state. Work on hotel has still not been completed. We stopped off for a bowl of soup which turned out to be watered down carrot and lentil, with a very small roll, for £4.95. Very poor. Would not return to this property unless drastic changes were made. Much nicer places to stay and eat around the area. Such a pity because the hotel is well situated.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Carribe2
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Additional Information about Drummond Hotel

Address: On Loch Earn, St Fillans PH6 2NF, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > St Fillans
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in St Fillans
Price Range: £72 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arran Brewery have taken over this hotel. Its currently a work in progress. As can be seen from previous reviews there is a lot of work to be done. ... more   less 
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Drummond Hotel St Fillans, Scotland

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