‘We believe in good old-fashioned hospitality,’ says owner Henrietta Fergusson, ‘and always welcome guests with a complimentary afternoon tea.’ And there lies the secret of this adorable hotel: the down-to-earth, very Scottish warmth and hospitality extended by Henrietta and her tartan-trousered staff. With direct access to the beautiful Pass of Killiecrankie, the whitewashed 1840s house has been a hotel since 1939 and, despite upgrading and redecorating, its traditional homely feel has been retained. A four-course table d’hôte dinner is served at white-clothed tables in the dining room, with lighter dishes available in the Bar Conservatory. The ten bedrooms are elegant, with rich colours and fabrics, and fresh flowers. They overlook what is perhaps the most memorable feature of Killiecrankie: its enchanting, old-fashioned garden. ‘I don’t want this to be a “treat” sort of place,’ says Henrietta, ‘I just hope people might say, “Let’s go to Killiecrankie and unwind for a couple of days”.’ Absolutely. Doubles from £250.
Do: See salmon jump, glimpse an otter and contemplate the Soldier’s Leap along the River Garry (guided by Beanie, the cocker spaniel).
Eat: Enjoy delicious fine dining in the hotel’s dining room.
Buy: Go pony trekking in the Perthshire Highlands.
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