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“Idyllic - brilliant location, comfortable room, lovely food + great sculptures” 5 of 5 stars
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The Four Seasons Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   | Lochside, St. Fillans PH62NF, Scotland   |  
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“Idyllic - brilliant location, comfortable room, lovely food + great sculptures”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

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.

Room Tip: The loch view rooms are magical - upgrade if you can.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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infoatthe, Manager at The Four Seasons Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
……….certainly five stars within its target market - a stylish small hotel in a lovely location with a good chef and restaurant”………Thank you very much for your great review touching on so many points of the hotel. Delighted to hear that you so appreciate what we are and what we do. Future Sculptures are at the discussion stage, so keep in touch. They were quite stunning, and it will be a challenge to put in something equally mesmerising. Good to hear we hit above the mark with the food. We look forward to seeing you soon
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Comrie, Fife, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

Friendly, quality food, lovely selection of places to sit, library and games room is great, and the view is simply amazing.
Wonderful attention to detail to a food intolerance in our party, offering alternatives to just about every choice on the menu.
A few small things that dropped the overall review from 5 star:
Inconsistencies in level of service - sometimes outstanding, sometimes lacklustre.
Glassware smeared or just dirty on 2 separate occasions.
Cleanliness in the bathroom not the best, smears on the mirror, grime around the tap fittings.
Mattress a little on the firm side for me.
However, I would certainly recommend and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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infoatthe, Manager at The Four Seasons Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
……….” However, I would certainly recommend and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again”……….Many thanks for taking the time to review, and for your constructive feedback. My apologies that the small inconsistencies were not up to standards, and thank you for taking the time to point them out
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Just back from a 2 night stay to celebrate my wife's 40th birthday. Stayed in one of the chalet's (no.4). Have to say, not sure why this hotel is only a 3 star. Its probably one of the best weekend breaks i have ever had, anywhere. A lot of it is down to the location. In terms of view's i doubt there is anywhere better. It is simply stunning. Then there is the food. We ate in the bistro both nights. Just amazing and good value too.Then there is the service. Friendly and efficient. As for the chalet itself, its both warm and homely. Couple that with the views/ location and i doubt you'll find anywhere better.....we will definetly be back!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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infoatthe, Manager at The Four Seasons Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
……….” Then there is the food. We ate in the bistro both nights. Just amazing and good value too”………Thank you very much, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed one of the best weekend breaks you have ever had…with us at the Four Seasons. We look forward to welcoming your back, and please don’t forget the great deals you can only get by booking direct
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I am currently staying at this fantastic hotel in the superb chalet attached , I booked last minute at a very reasonable price and from the minute we arrived we have recieved first class service from the reception to dining staff, there is a really good attention to detail everywhere. The breakfast was so good and possibly the best poached egg I've had!... The location is just the best and we will most certainly be returning soon .

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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infoatthe, Manager at The Four Seasons Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
……….” from the minute we arrived we have received first class service from the reception to dining staff, there is a really good attention to detail everywhere”……….. Many thanks for your encouraging review, such feedback will be passed on to the hard working team. Look forward to welcoming you back for another Romantic Break soon.
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Inverness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The hotel is in a great position for views down Loch Earn. The sunset was fantastic viewed from the dining rooms or our bedroom.
Our bedroom was spacious with relaxing decor and interesting old photos. The beds were comfortable although slightly too soft for my liking. We enjoyed the homemade shortbread left for us in our room.
The overall atmosphere was friendly and welcoming with an interesting mixture of decor and furnishings from quirky Eastern to modern contemporary.
The staff were helpful and friendly
The food was delicious and there was a very good selection of dishes including mussels, scallops and venison. The portion sizes were just right although my friend's "salmon platter" starter looked a bit small to be called a platter. It meant there was room for a delicious damson pannacotta for dessert without feeling uncomfortably full. The others in the party managed sticky toffee pudding, creme brulee and a cheese selection
The bottom line is, I would definately go back again

Room Tip: Rooms on the front have beautiful views of the loch and the sunset.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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infoatthe, Manager at The Four Seasons Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
………..” The food was delicious and there was a very good selection of dishes including mussels, scallops and venison. The portion sizes were just right”………Delighted to hear that you so enjoyed your Break with friends with us. Thank you of touching on so many of the salient points of the hotel, especially the food. Some great dishes on the current menus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My partner and I stayed here for 2 nights. What an amazing location. You're literally facing the loch and about 3 steps away from the waters edge. Lots of walks, cycle routes and water sports on the loch (in season). The site of the hotel really can't be faulted. It was nice waking up to a view of the loch every day.
The food at the hotel was out of this world!! Breakfast was thoroughly Scottish with many, many choices (smoked salmon scrambled egg, kedgeree, full Scottish, porridge with Drambuie as well as cereals, pastries, fresh fruit etc).
We had dinner here one of the nights which was beautiful. This trip for us was definitely a culinary treat! Very traditional in their service and courses (first amuse-bouche I've ever had!). My epic 4 course dinner consisted of potted crab, carrot and paprika soup, catch of the day - sea bass and monkfish with crayfish risotto and a lobster bisque and for pudding a warm parsnip bread with vanilla and ginger ice cream and a lemongrass syrup - needless to say it was all amazing. My boyfriend had game and pistachio terrine, sorbet, steak with haggis, black pudding and whiskey sauce followed by a gorgeous cheese selection.
The wine and beer selection at the hotel was really good and was quite extensive.
The room we were in was quite basic but it was clean and that's all I ask! All we needed was a bed and bathroom, so the hotel more than delivered.
There are many wee nooks and crannies in the hotel, so plenty places to lose yourself in the scenery.
The hotel staff were all very welcoming and it didn't seem like they ever left! All very hard working. It was a very laid back place to be.
Would definitely visit again to soak up the relaxing atmosphere.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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infoatthe, Manager at The Four Seasons Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
………..” The food at the hotel was out of this world!! Breakfast was thoroughly Scottish with many, many choices ………..We had dinner here one of the nights which was beautiful”……….Many many thanks for your generous review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the culinary highlights of the Hotel. Your encouraging words have been passed back to the Team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon, don’t forget our great three nights for two…such bargain.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

In the half century since The Beatles spent two nights at the Four Seasons Hotel, a few things have changed. Like the menu. The sixties may well have been swinging, but 'deconstructed partridge' and 'venison carpaccio' were yet to have swung onto the menu of this now stylish Trossachs hotel. It is also very doubtful whether the full and varied wine cellar so in evidence today would have existed then; probably just a few bottles of Hirondelle. However, one thing at least would be the same: there are certainly hotels offering a better location and views from the dining room. But not very many.

Located at the eastern end of Loch Tay, The Four Seasons offers beautiful views down the loch and - even during our three night October stay - sunsets that were jaw droppingly breathtaking. It was enough to distract you from the food. Almost.

There is a new confidence, daring and serious ballsy intent in the better Scottish cuisine, all of which is in evidence here. Every evening we were presented with a new menu, offering a catch of the day together with a couple of mains from previous days. Clearly the intent was to create surprise with Scotland's staple fare. Smoked mackerel and a poached duck egg on a crumpet was a novel take on Eggs Benedict. The deconstructed partridge was cooked beautifully and accompanied with cherry, broad beans and chorizo. The following evening it was a pigeon that had undergone deconstruction. In different dishes, beef and scallops were paired very successfully with black pudding.

There was some inconsistency in how the daring of the intent was matched by execution. A roast crispy pork belly was less crisp than it could have been, and the lamb wellington was wrapped in pastry that was as underdone as the lamb. While this works with lamb, it rarely does with pastry. However, for the most part, the food was excellent - as good as the service which was professional, attentive and very friendly. The dining room has a stylish decor that complements the food very well.

As for the accommodation, we made use of one room at the front of the hotel that was extremely comfortable and had a view to die for. We also took one of the six cabins that are situated up the wooded hill behind the hotel. Two of these have blue plaques attached to indicate that they were each occupied by a pair of Beatles, one of which was ours and provided warm, comfortable and clean accommodation for our three nights.

I would recommend it for all the reasons above. However, with our three nights for the price of two deal, our long weekend provided remarkable value for money. In more ways than one, it was a Fab Four Seasons stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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infoatthe, Manager at The Four Seasons Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
………. I would recommend it for all the reasons above. However, with our three nights for the price of two deal, our long weekend provided remarkable value for money. In more ways than one, it was a Fab Four Seasons stay”……….Many thanks for such a great review, and delighted to hear that you appreciated the “ballsy cuisine” in this stunning loch side setting. Thank you also for the recommendation, and we hope to see you soon for another Fab Four stay.
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Address: | Lochside, St. Fillans PH62NF, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > St. Fillans
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in St. Fillans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Four Seasons Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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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