When it is a hotel or restaurant I like to give the star rating on its standard within its type. This place is not the Ritz so would not get five stars in a comparison, but it was certainly five stars within its target market - a stylish small hotel in a lovely location with a good chef and restaurant.
We came here at the end of a break in the Trossachs after a Fleetwood Mac concert in Glasgow. We wanted somewhere to chill-out and as a base from which to tour around to find some locations from the Kenneth More film - 39 Steps.
We obtained a three nights for the price of two in one of their finest rooms looking down the length of Loch Earn. The hotel is beautifully situate and we were lucky to discover that they had one of Rob Mulholland's sculptures located just off their private beach. See images. These sculptures change their appearance each day and at different times of the day and were a reason to stay at the Four Seasons in their own right. Andrew, the General Manager, told us that they are not there permanently, but if it were my hotel, I would secure them as a permanent exhibit. They could be an important marketing tool for the hotel and restaurant.
Our room was large, with magnificent views down the loch. A large bed and easy chairs plus all the expected services - tea, coffee, shortbread, large wardrobe and drawers plus a good sized bathroom. We were very comfortable and slept well.
The décor in the dining room and anteroom was fascinating, to say the least. Oriental and European art of the highest quality. The tables each evening were dressed in the finest linen and perfect for romantic dinners.
The chef was very good indeed, although some dishes were a tad too rich - the signature scallop dish and the deconstructed partridge. Other dishes, venison fillet and liver, fish dishes and vegetarian options were excellent, the starters and sweets lovely, too. The cheese option was extremely good.
The restaurant staff were excellent, young and local. The hotel staff were invisible and efficient and the General Manager took an interest in every guest.
We'll be back here as soon as possible - even quicker if we know the sculpture is permanent!
As regards the one star reviews this hotel has had in the past - I think those people must have been staying on another planet. This hotel is rated as three stars by the Scottish Tourist Board - it was far and away better than the usual three star hotel. If the décor in reception and our room were refreshed it would easily achieve four stars. The restaurant was certainly better than any three star hotel I have ever encountered. As I say, we'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the banks of Loch Earn, offering complimentary WI-FI and free parking, this hotel is surrounded by breath-taking scenery of the Scottish Highlands.The Four Seasons was built in the early 1800s and was converted into a hotel in the 1900s.The hotel is cosy, comfortable and well-presented with unique furnishings, with warm colours and light creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere for guests. Views across the Loch are ever-changing throughout the seasons: fresh new colours of spring, long, light summer's evenings, spectacular sunsets to the west, morning mists shrouding the loch and the snow covered Bens, making this one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland to visit. The 12 bedrooms are all en-suite and individually styled and spacious, with hairdryer, colour TV, direct dial telephone, radio/CD player and tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms over-looking the Loch boast picturesque views whatever the weather. There are 6 chalets situated within a secluded hillside behind the hotel with double/twin beds and a bunk room for two, all have the same amenities as the rooms within the hotel. For an extra special stay we have our elegant 4 poster rooms for that bit of added luxury.For an extra special stay we have our elegant 4 poster rooms for that bit of added luxury. The Four Seasons has a choice of two restaurants, the stylish Meall Reamhar offers fine dining (evenings only) serving a contemporary Scottish cuisine, consisting of fresh fish, Scottish beef and lamb, and locally grown vegetables. The Tarken Bistro offers the same standard of cuisine in a more informal setting, providing light lunches, blackboard specials and suppers. A range of fine wines, champagne and whisky are available; enjoy a cool glass of Chablis on a summer's evening or malt by the warmth of the log fire in autumn! The hotel is the perfect location for that special occasion whether it is a traditional dinner party, birthday or wedding. Facilities for business meetings and conferences are available for up to 70 delegates. The location of the hotel makes it the perfect place to explore and admire the natural beauty of the Scottish highlands. Enjoy great dog walks in some of Scotland's finest scenery. The resident friendly canines welcome fellow pets free of charge. The beautiful village of St. Fillans has a 9-hole golf course and offers water sports, hill walking and fishing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The 4 Seasons Hotel
- Four Seasons St Fillans
- Four Seasons Hotel
- St. Fillans Four Seasons
- The Four Seasons Hotel St. Fillans, Scotland