The Fife Arms
Reviewed by James and Fiona Stewart from Tarbert
Located in the historic village of Braemar, the Fife Arms has been extensively renovated and restored to the former glory and splendour of its Victorian era with the standard of a luxury modern hotel.
Areas of the hotel are enhanced by world-class art, reflective of owners Iwan and Manuela Wirth's background in art. There are key pieces by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso and Lucien Freud. Victorian Scottish art is on display alongside commissioned works such as The Red Deer Chandelier and an abstract ceiling mural which reflects the contours of the surrounding area.
There is a lovely sense of engagement with the community, particularly in ‘The Flying Stag', the hotel's public bar. The walls are adorned with sketches of various characters in the local area.
Each of the 46 rooms has a story that is connected to the history and surroundings of Braemar. We were in ‘The German Emperor’ room, inspired by Frederick III, who was intimately connected with the area. Bespoke Melias wallpaper in green and gold decorates the walls and historic portraits hang on the walls. Hand-crafted chocolates, fruit and whisky were placed on our coffee table.
Prior to dinner we enjoyed a cocktail in ‘Elsa’s Bar’. Thereafter a delicious meal in ‘The Clunie Restaurant’ was washed down with wine recommended by our sommelier. After dinner we strolled to the not-to-be-missed ‘Berties’ Whisky Bar’ for a whisky tasting.
The warmth and thoughtfulness of every member of staff we encountered was individual and genuine. The whole experience was exceptional. I have never been as impressed by a destination as I have been with The Fife Arms.