We have just returned from a short stay at Fortingall. We chose this hotel because friends had recommended it and we had also passed it on previous occasions and liked the look of it. My husband and I were looking for a relaxing and romantic escape prior to his departure abroad for three months, and we like to travel with our small dog. Situated in an Arts and Crafts Village about 6 miles from Aberfeldy, the hotel is an excellent base from which to discover the area, or like us, to do a Munroe. This time we climbed Shiehallion which is within about 10 minute's drive. The hotel is welcoming with small public rooms, library etc., with open fires, and the rooms have been refurbished to a high quality with flat screen TV's, bath robes and even shoe polish. The Arran Bath Products are a pleasant change from Moulton Brown too. Many of the original period features are still evident in the public rooms which are tastefully appointed.
The food was good, with a comprehensive wine list. We were particularly impressed with some of the New World Wines including several unusual dessert wines, although we would like to have seen the choice of a fourth pudding. (Perhaps a sorbet with seasonal fruit in addition to lemon tart, chocolate bomb and Cranachan - all delicious but perhaps not quite a wide enough selection). My husband is still raving about his Foie gras and Venison terrine and his duck main course.
We only had a couple of small niggles at Fortingall, and the main one was that the bedroom was rather small very noisy. We were unable to have the bedroom we wanted due to an electrical problem, so were shown a room at the rear. All night there seemed to be boiler/air conditioning type noises gurgling downstairs, and we wondered if any of the other guests had encountered this problem? Our other small gripe, was that the dining room carpet is pretty dirty and needs replacing. Otherwise, we were impressed with the hotel, and should we return again we would insist on checking out the likelihood of noises in the bedroom as this definitely coloured our stay somewhat as we did not feel as refreshed as we had hoped. The bottom line is that this hotel compares very favourably to two of our other favourite hotels - The Torridon and Inver Lodge, but be particular about where you sleep! Our other wonderful discovery on this mini-holiday was the Watermill in Aberfeldy. This is the most marvellous independent book shop, coffee shop and art gallery which is an exceptional find.
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- Also Known As:
- Fortingall Hotel Aberfeldy