No.1 Visits: Ballathie House Hotel

ballathie house review

If somewhere to relax with beautiful surroundings and delightful food is your kind of thing, Ballathie House Hotel should be next on your list.

With a picturesque entrance that boasts what feels like miles of stunning flowers and trees, Ballathie House stands in its own estate on the west bank of the River Tay.

Given its beautiful remote location, Ballathie House isn’t somewhere you might just stumble upon by chance – but is rather somewhere to hide away and unwind or switch off from the outside world. You truly do feel like you’re in a fairytale, surrounded by greenery and a captivating river.

However, for those who are looking for a little more action on their weekend break, Ballathie has a lot to offer. The helpful staff are on hand to tell you all about the available activities, which include golf and fishing to name but a few.

After a stroll around the magnificent grounds, which we were lucky to do as the weather stayed dry for us, we were welcomed with a piping hot pot of tea and biscuits in the drawing room. This was beautifully decorated with an extravagant ceiling, traditional furniture and an open fireplace.

Next, we were shown to our room which provided a homely feel, was perfectly clean and exuded the traditional Scottish theme of the property. As well as a luxuriously comfortable bed and plentiful tea and coffee, we had a stunning view of the river which made the space feel extra opulent.

ballathie house review

Image: Ballathie House

And, as we later found out the room becomes pretty toasty at night, I could tell the House would also be perfect for providing a warm welcome in colder months too.

With a selection of rooms on offer, including 25 bedrooms in the main house, 16 riverside annexe rooms and a sporting lodge, Ballathie House has accommodation to suit everyone’s tastes.

Plus, you’ll never go hungry at the estate as food is always available to those looking for a bite to eat.

Whether you indulge yourself with a five-course meal at their 2 AA Rosette restaurant, enjoy an afternoon tea in the drawing room or sample soup and a sandwich in their relaxed bar lounge, there is something to satisfy all appetites. The hotel can even offer a packed lunch for your travels, priced at only £9.50 per person.

And, while I can’t vouch for the packed lunches (I took full advantage of relaxing and taking in the tranquil view from a comfortable spot rather than venturing into the great outdoors), the dinner served in their restaurant was the star of the show on our stay.

We were seated with an unforgettable view of the grounds and our servers were incredibly knowledgeable about each individual item on the menu. The meal was a very relaxed experience and we didn’t feel rushed at all which is important, considering it consists of five wonderful courses.

Whether you’re a meat lover, a seafood fan or prefer something vegetarian, you will certainly never be stuck for choice.

A stay at Ballathie House Hotel is truly a memorable experience – and now we know why rumour has it that the Queen Mother loved to party here!

Prices start at £179 per room, per night.

Visit: Ballathie House Hotel, Kinclaven, Stanley, Perthshire, PH1 4QN


Eve MacDonald

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