We returned to Kildrummy hoping to reprise a memorable visit 16 years ago, and it was just as much fun this time. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, the setting is idyllic. If you are reading this, you already know about the mansion and the picturesque castle ruins adjoining (not part of the grounds - it's an Historic Scotland property which you enter from down the road). But the hotel's own gardens (4 pounds entry fee) down along the "wee burn in the den" provide for an nice evening stroll and great views (& photo ops) of the castle looming above. The friendly staff tried hard to us make us feel like "landed gentry" befitting the manison - which we're not.
We didn't experience any problem for breakfast as did a recent visitor, but there is only one harried lady rushing around taking orders and bringing coffee - so I can believe that it might take a while to get your coffee if you arrive at the wrong time. We learned to get some juice and a croissant from the buffet and relax until the waitress could get to us. Our only knock was dinner: the lamb as disappointing and the salmon ordinary. But sometimes you have to make allowences for the ambiance.