‘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 constant upgrades and redecoration, 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 and 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 £275, including dinner.
Name to Know: Calum Robertson, manager and so much more, who will advise on everything from walks to the perfect wine to accompany dinner.
See: The magnificent Blair Castle, seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home to the only private army left in Europe, The Atholl Highlanders.
Eat: Choose from one of the hotels two dining options, bistro or fine dining.
Buy: Whisky from the entrancing Edradour distillery, wonderful tour, delicious taste and lots to take home!
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