We booked this hotel last minute as part of a touring break in Yorkshire and Scotland and what a result - this place is exceptional! I wanted B&B because we were only staying 2 nights and opted for a ground floor apartment (one of 4 purpose built apartments each accommodating 2 people - 2 ground, 2 first floor - in a single building just behind the main house) which are used as overflow for the hotel if not booked out as self catering accommodation. This proved to be a very good choice! Our apartment, Killiecrankie, was spacious, spotless, well equipped, modern but not characterless and very comfortable. There is a large open plan living/dining/kitchen which overlooks a great view and has a leather sofa, large coffee table, large flat screen TV with DVD player, IPOD dock, dining table for up to 4 people, large fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher plus all the necessary kitchen equipment (including clean/new chopping board, washing up brush and dishcloth - small details that show a high level of hygiene is observed). The shower room is large and fully tiled with double size shower tray, power shower and heated towel rail and is spotless and a pleasure to use. The bedroom is at the back of the apartment and, whilst it is compact and has no great view, it is beautifully appointed. It has twin beds or a super king size bed as requested (very comfortable) with good quality pillows and bedding, a 2nd TV, a good size dressing table and mirror, side tables and lamps and huge mirrored wardrobes incorporating a chest of drawers. We do not travel light and usually moan about the lack of wardrobe space and hangers in hotels - no such gripes here! In case you should need more storage space for luggage or outdoor gear etc, there is also plenty of space in the walk in cupboard in the hall which houses the vacuum cleaner, iron & ironing board and cleaning stuff. Outside the dedicated parking space is about 10 yards from the apartment door so loading/unloading is a doddle and there's no looking for a parking space when you come back after a hard day's enjoying yourself! There is a small garden right next to the apartments (in addition to the large and very beautiful garden at the front of the hotel) and garden furniture is provided for guests' use. The Claymore is dog friendly and the resident dogs Manny and Dino are lovely but they'll eat you out of dog treats given the chance - Manny was particularly fond of my Airedale's charcoal biscuits! The hotel is located a few minutes walk from the centre of Pitlochry so is central but quiet and Pitlochry offers plenty of choice for dinner (the hotel does not serve dinner). The superb breakfasts are served in the sunny breakfast room in the main house overlooking the beautiful garden and the great view. There is a great choice and the quality of the food, the cooking and the service is excellent. The hosts Dianne and Graeme are friendly, most welcoming and very informative and are truly a credit to the Scottish tourism industry. As you might have gathered from the length if this review, we were very impressed with this place and asked to be shown an example of a room in the main house (as there may be more of us next time). We were cheerfully shown several rooms which, whilst all different, were all spacious, comfortable and of the same high standard that is demonstrated in the apartments.
If you are looking for hotel or self catering accommodation in this area, you will not be disappointed with the Claymore!
Finally, many thanks for a short but fabulous stay and we hope to visit again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm and friendly Scottish welcome awaits you at the Claymore Guest House in Pitlochry. Set in two acres of gardens the Claymore is conveniently situated on Pitlochry's main street. We have private parking and uninterrupted views of the Cluniemore Hills. Free wireless internet access is available throughout the Claymore Guest House.The Claymore is only a two minute walk from the town centre and the rail and bus stations. Personally run by Diane, Graeme and family, we are here to make your Pitlochry holiday as enjoyable as possible.We offer our customers a range of quality accommodation to suit all needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Claymore Hotel Pitlochry
- The Claymore Guest House Pitlochry, Scotland