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Knockendarroch Hotel
Higher Oakfield
Pitlochry
Perthshire PH16 5HT
Tel: +44 (0)1796 473473
From £74 to £104 per person for dinner, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing. There are great dinner and B&B rates too.
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Knockendarroch Hotel

Pitlochry, Perth, Scotland

Classic Highlands Hospitality

This quintessentially small Scottish gay friendly hotel has a rich theatrical heritage but there is nothing staged about the genuine warm welcome you receive when you walk through its doors today.  So, walk in, sit back and enjoy the very best of Scottish country house experiences and the amazing foodie restaurant.

Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice Award winner 2013: Best Small Hotel UK

Location

High on a hill at the back of the town of Pitlochry with breathtaking views across the town to the hills and forests. The village itself has plenty of tea rooms and more than enough places to stock up on shortbread and tartan trousers.  

Pitlochry is at the southern tip of the Cairngorms National Park. Perthshire has motorway connections all the way to southern England and you can alight by train in Pitlochry direct from London (six hours) – and just walk the 30 minutes it takes to reach Knockendaroch or hop in a taxi. It’s also easy by coach or a one to two hour drive if you fly to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Dundee.

And once you have arrived, you are literally surrounded by mountains to climb, waterfalls to see, outdoor activities to sign up for or local culture to indulge in – all with good local food to boot.

About The Owners

Liz Martin and Elaine Muldoon left their careers in London to take on this imposing property four years ago and have spent a large chunk of that time refining and retuning the place in to an elegant country house hotel. The 12 rooms all have stunning views over the surrounding countryside.  The house has close connections with the well-known Pitlochry Theatre which started its life in the hotel's originally extensive grounds back in the 1950s. Today they'll ensure guests enjoy a top meal then travel in comfort to see a performance at the theatre which is now a few minutes across the town. Elaine and Liz have a real passion for the place and its people and it shows.

  • What We Like

  • Facilities

  • Your Reviews

  • The food in the restuarant is amazing. Some of the best we had in Scotland. Angus McNabe is their chef. The dinner which comes as part of the bed and breakfast deal is fantastic. Start with canapes in the lounge and choose from a variety of finely cooked local produce - each main meal coming with different veg! After a home-made pudding, finish with petit fours and coffee in front of the fire. The food has been awarded “One Rosette” by the AA for the superb quality of ingredients and the imagination and technical skills of the chef.
  • The hotel is easy to get to. It's on the main road from Edinburgh to Inverness and east coast main line trains from London stop at the town's station (six hours from London) and about 30 minutes walk or a short cab ride from the Pitlochry train station to Knockendaroch. So you could leave the car at home!
  • Liz and Elaine are very calm and friendly. All their guests are made very welcome. They are also accomplished tour guides with great local knowledge; they'll happily suggest somewhere nearby for a day out.
  • Relaxing with one of the many fine malt whiskies in the imposing residents' lounge with its two roaring log fires. There are plenty of books, newspapers and board games to while away an hour or two in one of the super comfortable sofas.
  • The original house dates from 1880 and its features have been carefully conserved by the various house owners. There are magnificent ceiling roses, ornate glass and huge sash windows from which to gaze out over the Tummel Valley.
  • The fact that there's plenty of opportunity to make the most of the great outdoors with salmon fish or hill walking. Stroll by the Pitlochry salmon ladder, visit the nearby tourist attractions of Dunkeld, the River Tay or the House of Bruar (the "Harrods of Scotland") , spend an hour or so on a distillery. And you can easily walk back from them too. We spend a wonderful evening down by the river just having a drink and watching the salmon jump.

  • It has very much a country-house feel to it. Antlers decorate walls and there are huge mirrors and paintings. Unlike some country homes though, it's not chilly!
  • No two of the bedrooms are the same but all have great views; some double aspect. Two rooms come with balconies (thought to be unique in Pitlochry). Modern bathrooms and king size beds are on offer. And if the mood takes you, one room has a magnificent Queen Anne four-poster.
  • They have an ace of a chef in Angus McNabe. The dinner which comes as part of the bed and breakfast deal is fantastic. Start with canapes in the lounge and chose from a variety of finely cooked local produce - each main meal coming with different veg!  After a home-made pudding, finish with petit fours and coffee in front of the fire. The food has been awarded “One Rosette”by the AA for the superb quality of ingredients and the imagination and technical skills of the chef.
  • Breakfast is enough to set you up for the day's potential walking in the hills. The black pudding is highly recommended and, of course, they make a mean bowl of porridge too!
  • Nothing is too much trouble here and the guests are the first priority of the expertly-trained staff. Some guests come back again and again, simply to have their breakfast served by the Spanish waitress!
  • Did we mention the whisky on offer in the lounge? There are more than 20 of them, some best served before a meal, others suited to a leisurely fire-side chat afterwards. Or have both!
  • Rooms have flat screen TVs and wi-fi access is available throughout the hotel.

We stayed at Knochendarroch Hotel in Pitlochry this weekend having found it through Further Afield. The hotel is amazing. Great room, lovely staff, nice setting and fabulous food. Thank you

Roy: March 2017

   

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