Fonab Castle Hotel
In the heart of Scotland lies a hidden gem in the form of a luxurious castle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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