We stayed at this magnificent four-star Country House Hotel, and would highly recommend it for those who love elegance and grandeur in a tranquil setting. The red sandstone building looms into view, and because it is located on a slope, it has an immense, towering impact.
But even the imposing exterior yields no clue to the luxurious environs within. This is what the Grand Hall looks like:
The famous hallway was inspired by the famous cruise liner the Mauretania back in the glory days of the Edwardian era. The opulence is still here today and open for all to enjoy. There is the vast roaring fire in under a magnificent marble surround and you are welcome to sit beside it. The chandelier and light fittings are actually from the liner. What a stunning entrance indeed!
Climb upstairs to your room, and you are likely to stop short: the sheer grace and comfort before your eyes is healing to the soul:
In the main house there are fourteen guest bedrooms, each of which is individually and tastefully designed, each has an en suite bath or shower, satellite television, tea and coffee making facilities and private telephone. Some have a 4 poster bed, and most offer a South facing view over the vale of Strathmore.
Then you step out into the extensive four-acre grounds overlooking the valley, and to me, that view is the showstopper!
How can I not talk about the food! The restaurant is an effusion of Scottish style, and sources the freshest ingredients–some from its own backyard–for the delicacies served here. We innocently asked for “cream tea,” supposing it to be a creamy variety of tea, until we were told with a polite smile that it is more than a cup of tea–it is an afternoon ritual, presented thus:
Once in a lifetime, if you haven’t done so already, drive across the beauteous vales of Scotland, and if you cross Perthshire, stop over at the Lands of Loyal.
My tip: Engage Johanna Campbell as your tour guide. She is knowledgeable, accommodating, interesting and intuitive–everything a great guide should be!
Lands of Loyal Hotel and Restaurant, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. PH11 8JQ – Tel: 01828 633151 – Email: [email protected]