Fonab Cas­tle Ho­tel

In the heart of Scot­land lies a hid­den gem in the form of a lux­u­ri­ous cas­tle

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Even if you con­sider your­self some­what of a lux­ury ho­tel afi­cionado you’d be for­given if Fonab Cas­tle doesn’t ring a bell. The ho­tel opened in 2013 and is qui­etly es­tab­lish­ing it­self as one of the top lux­ury ho­tels in Scot­land. No.1 just had to check it out.

Lo­ca­tion

It’s a per­fect base for any­one look­ing to ex­plore Pit­lochry, the east coast, or the High­lands. The Cas­tle is sit­u­ated just out­side Pit­lochry making it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from the A9. Perched on the bank of the River Tum­mel, guests can take a path from the cas­tle down the bank to the Pit­lochry Dam and Fish Lad­der, where you can watch salmon make their as­cent up river.

Who is it for?

Fonab is per­fect for cou­ples look­ing for a ro­man­tic week­end, or a group of friends on a quiet spa break. The wood­land rooms, which are joined onto the cas­tle, also make it an ideal des­ti­na­tion for fam­i­lies. It’s worth point­ing out that the wood­land rooms are dog friendly if you are trav­el­ling with ca­nine com­pan­ions and the ho­tel also of­fers top of the range ken­nelling fa­cil­i­ties if you’d rather not share a room with Fido.

Style

A stun­ning Ba­ro­nial Cas­tle, Fonab was orig­i­nally a pri­vate house be­fore the Clark fam­ily pur­chased it. Re­fur­bished to an in­cred­i­bly high stan­dard the over­all feel is one of tra­di­tion mixed with con­tem­po­rary op­u­lence. Orig­i­nal fea­tures have been spared in the sym­pa­thetic re­fur­bish­ment, while lux­u­ri­ous em­bel­lish­ments have been added.

Din­ing

In the brasserie, floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows look out over the scenery and we found our­selves dis­tracted from the menu as we watched huge salmon leap from the river high into the air. It was only when a de­li­cious look­ing dish passed us en route to a hun­gry diner we quickly got back down to busi­ness. The menu made for very pleas­ant read­ing. We opted to start with the twice-baked cheese souf­flé and the In­ver­awe smoked salmon, fol­lowed by the Fonab burger and the tian of crab and smoked trout. For dessert we se­lected the sum­mer berries and the sticky tof­fee pud­ding. All three cour­ses were as en­joy­able as they looked – an ab­so­lutely de­li­cious treat. Af­ter our feast we both agreed that we would hap­pily drive back for the food alone it was such a high stan­dard.

Value for money

With mains be­tween £15-£23, it was a real bar­gain con­sid­er­ing the high stan­dard of food. Rooms start from £180 for bed and break­fast.

In short

The whole ex­pe­ri­ence left us feel­ing as though we had been on a week-long re­lax­ation re­treat. The food is ab­so­lutely de­li­cious, the ser­vice im­pec­ca­ble and the ac­com­mo­da­tion geared up to im­press those who ex­pect only the best. Fonab is a lit­tle piece of heaven in the heart of Scot­land and I wouldn’t hes­i­tate to rec­om­mend it.

The menu has the wow fac­tor

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