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Murrayshall House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Scone
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
100 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, excellent food & service, but rooms could be better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2008

I stayed here for a night at the end of April 2008 on business.


Hotel
The approach to the hotel is amazing. Through the countryside and then up a long semi-steep driveway until you reach the hotel at the top. It’s a very old traditional Scottish brick building – exactly the sort of hotel you’d expect in Scotland! The interior of the hotel is very traditional with dark wood panelling and a small reception by the entrance with a sweeping staircase up to the rooms.

Check-in
The check-in was efficient and low key which is the correct way to be in such a hotel. No queue. The room key was adjoined to a big silver and solid weighty key ring which had the room number on it. No credit card-esque door keys here – more traditional. I can’t remember the last time I actually used a proper key for a hotel room door! Just a word of warning - remember to lock the door behind you whenever you leave the room as it doesn’t close and lock automatically behind you.

Price
The room price was about £85 for bed and breakfast. I stayed on a weekday (Wednesday night) and it may have been a corporate rate, so not sure if these would make a difference to the price. Payment was upon departure.

Location
The location is fantastic but you do need a car / taxi to get to the hotel. It’s about 10 mins from Perth centre but along country roads and up a driveway. As the hotel is at the top, the view is amazing and looks out onto other hills and down below into Perth. There is nothing near the hotel – it’s surrounded by immaculate hotel gardens, a golf course and countryside - absolute peace and tranquillity and you really feel you’re getting away from everything. The hotel promotes itself for golfing holidays.

The only downside would be that the town isn’t walkable and if your intention was to have a night out in Perth and not want to drive / incur taxi fares etc, then it would be better to stay at a hotel nearer to Perth town.

Room
The room I had (number 7) was a prefect temperature and quite spacious with high ceilings. It was traditional in style with dark wood furniture. The room was only a short walk up the wonderful staircase from the hotel lobby / reception.

The bed was very comfortable - it was 2 single beds pushed together with a double-bed sheet / duvet etc.

It had the facilities you’d expect - tea making (but nice touch with Churchill teapot and cups/saucers), full sized ironing bard and iron, hairdryer and a TV with the usual TV and radio channels (not Sky) and a writing desk. It was the view that really sold the room - out onto the immaculate huge gardens and plants / trees with a tennis court in the distance.

The room and bathroom were immaculately clean, but both need renovating and modernising – they were rough around the edges and would benefit from new bathrooms and redecoration. This was the only negative I can think of about the hotel. Have a look at my pictures of the room on tripadvisor.

Meals
The hotel has a bar and lounge and also a dining / breakfast room. I had an evening meal in the hotel and breakfast the next morning. Together with the location, this was the best thing about the hotel – the quality of the food. The dining room had big wooden windows and dark wood panelling - very grand. The windows overlooked the hills and down into Perth – fabulous. I can imagine it being very cosy and romantic in winter.

The tables are well spaced apart so there was no hearing of the table next door’s conversation and vice-versa. The food was sublime. As a starter, and courtesy of the hotel, gaspacchio was brought. Nice touch.

I had lamb and pureed potato for main. The lamb melted in the mouth and the potato was perfect – light and tasty. Not the biggest portion though which is expected with the type of food served. The dessert was ‘assiette de chocolat’ – a small selection of chocolate desserts on a plate which consisted of a scoop of white chocolate ice cream, small chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse and dark chocolate drizzle.

It was all silver service, white table cloths, waiters wearing white gloves and they unfolded your linen napkin onto your knee - polite but unobtrusive service. The plates were Villeroy and Boch – seems a small point to mention but good quality shone through. The table was not pre-booked. When we checked into the hotel, we were given a choice of 2 times that evening for our sitting. . We spent about 3 hours at dinner and were not rushed - it was a given that we had the table for the whole evening. The price was reasonable – about £27 each for 2 courses and a couple of soft drinks and 2 bottles of wine between 3 of us.

The breakfast was also excellent. Various fruit juices, cereals and jams which were all self-service Tea, coffee and toast was brought to the table by the waiters. There was a choice of hot breakfasts - I chose the full breakfast which had the usual bacon, sausages, egg (choice of fried, scrambled or poached) and mushrooms etc, but also had black pudding and haggis.

Summary
To summarise, it’s an ‘oldie worldy’ hotel in a fabulous country location about 10 mins drive from Perth. Very reasonably priced – just don’t expect a modern room. Food and service is excellent and would recommend staying there.

  • Liked — Wonderful views, tranquil location, excellent food and service
  • Disliked — Rooms need updating
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank willdc1
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Aberdeen UK
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2008

Stayed for a wedding. First off, on booking we were asked for 50% non refundable deposit!! This is a first for us, never had anything like this anywhere else we've stayed!! Any refund in event wedding was called off would be at management discretion - mmm - not a good start! Only special request I made was to ask for queen size bed at least - I always do wherever I stay - a 4'6" is a no no so far as I'm concerned - I'd prefer twins to that!!

Got there, looked very nice, got to room - it smelt musty of smokers (all rooms should be no smoking in UK unless specifically requested), it was small and pokey, the bed was a 4'6"!! Went back to reception to complain and in fairnes sthe manager came up - he told us they had no queen beds so he didn't knew why we'd been told we'd have one - then after a lot of foot stamping we finally got shown to another room which had - you guessed - a 5 foot bed - one of the ones you don't have quipped my husband to the manager!! Room wasn't much bigger, but didn't smell at least!!

We later dscovered the best man was palmed off with our former room and he wasn't happy either!!

Breakfast next day - the kitchen ran out of mushrooms, my husbands egg was missing from his grill, service was so so slow - 40 minutes wait for hot food!!

Wedding went fine, and bride and groom happy which was main thing, but I'd not stay again. Potentially a lovely hotel but I'd say badly managed.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Broomsticklady
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West Yorkshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2008

Have just returned from another wonderful stay at Murrayshall. My wife and I have not visited the hotel fro a couple of years, but friends of ours in the area had recommended that we make a return visit.

The Hotel appointed a new Chef last september, I undrstand he came from another country house property near by, what a triumph ! The food and service have always been good, but now the service was as good, but the food was outstanding.

We both enjoy visiting the hotel, and have seen it change over the years, but we both agree it's major selling point is it's staff, you couldn't hope for a more warm and freindly approach, somthing so often lacking in alot of hotels.

If you want to relax and be looked after by people who actually seem to enjoy what they are doing, then this is the place for you.

We spoke to the manager on the morning we were leaving, he was helping at breakfast. He has been there a couple of years having moved up from southern england, he said he could not think of anywhere else he would rather be - we can see what he means - well done!

  • Liked — Clean, high quality fabrics, great views
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank JMCWestYorkshire
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
175 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2008

My wife and I had a wonderful romantic weekend at Murrayshall. The location is in a beautiful setting with woodland and a golf course. Looking west and north there is a magnificant panorama of the Scottish Highlands which were snow covered.
We had a lovely superior room. As other folk suggest the bathroom was a little tired looking but nevertheless the bedroom more than compensated.
Dinner was excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful.
It is worth the gentle climb through the woodland to the top the nearby hill where there are 360 views of Eastern Scotland.

  • Liked — Location, room, bed, staff
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Eros
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2007

Just returned from a two night stay at this overpriced and over rated hotel. Our room was tiny with a view of a wall and next to a loud generator which kept us awake. The wardrobe emitted a very unpleasant smell and we have since had to throw away the clothes we put in there. To top it off, there were flies in the room and the previous occupants underwear left in the dressing table drawers! Breakfast was no more than average. A very disappointing experience.

  • Stayed September 2007
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
9 Thank lms13
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glasgow
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2007

Just back from a one night stay in this lovely country house hotel the experience was a delight from beginning to end. The hotel is in beautiful Perthshire countryside surrounded by two golf courses. the room was lovely with a stunning views only small gripe was the bathroom was a bit on the tired side. Food excellent and staff very friendly and attentive. Cant wait to go back

Stayed May 2007
Helpful?
1 Thank ashleighGlasgow
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Property: Murrayshall House Hotel
Address: A94 Coupar Angus Road, Scone PH2 7PH, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Scone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Scone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Murrayshall House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With forty-one bedrooms including sixteen suites, all our bedrooms are individually styled, furnished and decorated, giving a unique blend of tradition and modern day luxury. All rooms are tastefully designed and well equipped, colour TV, telephone, Wi-Fi broadband Internet, tea and coffee making facilities, plus complimentary mineral water and shortbread. Every bedroom also includes a trouser press, high quality linen and a spacious well-appointed bathroom with luxury Elemis products. We can also provide a gun cupboard, golf club storage, fishing tackle storage and a drying room. Whether you're staying with us on a weekend break, for a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon, or for a field sports or golfing holiday, our varying styles of bedrooms can accommodate all your needs. ... more   less 
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