Just returned from an unforgettable weekend at Ballathie. Seven fishers all seeking our first salmon and celebrating David's last weeks of the single life. All were warmly received on Friday even though I was very late. Chef had prepared a delight of cold meat, cheese, parfait and salmon accompanied with warm bread, crispy oatcakes and Ballathie butter, a great welcome. We stayed in the very spacious sportsman's lodges which were comfortable, clean and exactly what we needed to give easy access to the river with minimal disruption to other guests by wellie wearing fishers.
The Tay was almost unfishable, but under the expert tutelage of George and Garry the expert Gillies of Ballathie beat (I cannot recommend their services more highly, they are both knowledgeable and hilarious in just the right blend), the stag caught his first fish, a kelt of around eight pounds was returned alive and well after a fine 15 minute battle to bring him to the net.
Our rate included dinner, bed and breakfast and as such was superb value for money given the quality of the menu at the hotel. For those who have a passion for wine, the cellar is vast and varied, offering an option for all budgets.
The staff were welcoming, helpful, accommodating and tolerant of seven chaps having a great weekend. They are a great bunch with an obvious sense of humour, having posed for a 'naked' charity calendar. Make sure you get a copy, it's in support of a worthy local charity Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL), the staff who were working signed their pages on our copies which was a lovely personal touch. Jody and Gail you are both funny, your comments really made us chuckle, thanks for putting up with us. Having the chance of a chat with the boss (Mr December) before dinner, who knew about the stag's catch, was the touch of a hotelier that has the interest of his clientele at heart. Please know that your staff are a credit to you.
If you like great service, good food, wine, salmon fishing, scenery, peace or fresh air. You simply must go to Ballathie.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ballathie Country House Hotel is a 4 star Country House Hotel located on the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire, Scotland. We have an award winning 2 Rosette restaurant in which we provide a tranquil setting to enjoy the wonderful food that our kitchen brigade create with locally sourced produce. Awarded Best Rural Restaurant of the Year at the 2010 Hotel of the Year Awards and Country Weddings Award at the 2011 Hotel of the Year Awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballathie Hotel Perth
- Ballathie House Hotel Stanley, Scotland