Knockendarroch Hotel

Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross

‘A stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to town’ is how John Stewart, founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, described this Victorian baronial mansion which in 1951 hosted the first performances in a marquee. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to town’ is how John Stewart, founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, described this Victorian baronial mansion which in 1951 hosted the first performances in a marquee. Now the festival has moved to the other side of the river, but Struan and Louise Lothian's small hotel makes a good base for those attending, as well as for hiking and biking. This year they launch new dog-friendly bedrooms in a timber annexe, with under-floor heating and private patio; plus a huge suite with epic views. Main-house rooms are more traditional, some with a balcony from which to enjoy mountain vistas; binoculars are provided. Log fires burn in lounges with ‘very comfortable seating’ and malt whisky galore. Here, ‘mouth-watering canapés were served before the delicious three-course dinner’. You can dine to the sound of music in the restaurant or in the new orangery. Nick Imrie’s short menu might include guineafowl with Cheddar mustard dauphinoise, assiette of seafood, Highland beef, a vegan option. At breakfast a ‘wide choice includes top-class smoked salmon and scrambled eggs’. (RG, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Higher Oakfield
Pitlochry
Perth and Kinross
PH16 5HT
Scotland

Telephone

01796 473473

Bedrooms

18. 2 on ground floor, 4 in annexe.

Open

Feb–early Dec.

Facilities

2 lounges, dining room with orangery extension, in-room TV (Freeview), 2-acre wooded garden, bicycle storage, EV charging, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

at dinner.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

allowed in some annexe rooms by arrangement (£15 a night up to max. £60), not in main house.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £185. Set-price dinner £49. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.