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The Firs
Ranked #1 of 3 Blair Atholl B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful!”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Firs Guesthouse in Blair Atholl. Kirstie and Geoff were friendly, attentive, and informative. Check-in was easy and short, the wireless internet was strong, and the room and bathroom very nicely decorated, clean, and kept. We stayed in one of the standard rooms and were perfectly content -- the bed was exceptionally comfortable! The sitting room, with its big, comfortable couches, felt like home, and we enjoyed talking and eating snacks in there rather than our room. Breakfast in the breakfast room was delicious, we selected the Scottish breakfast and were not disappointed. Overall, the B&B was just what we needed, not to mention as just what we expected a great B&B to be like. All of my expectations were met and I would highly recommend the Firs Guesthouse!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Kirstie C, Owner at The Firs, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thank you for the great review. Looking forward to your next stay. Kirstie
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Wendover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

I left The Firs earlier this week after a ten day stay. I had stayed several times before in the last three years, and my opinion is unchanged viz. Kirstie and Geoff run quite the best guesthouse that you could wish for. All elements of the rooms, service and meals are beyond reproach: everything is aimed at ensuring the guests' contentment. There is an aroma, or perhaps an ambience, on entering that confirms you have made the right choice, and this remains for the whole stay. I was staying during the Atholl Highlanders' big weekend of Castle Parade and then their Highland Games gathering,( Geoff is a Company Sergeant Major and was heavily involved on both days), yet guests' needs (including early morning cyclists') were still met as usual, a tribute to how hard both he and Kirstie strive to deliver. I have no hesitation in recommending The Firs, and will return for the September Horse Trials. Geoff and Kirstie have easily succeeded in becoming hoteliers first and friends to all guests foremost!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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cambridgeshire
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

My husband and I stayed at The Firs Guest House for three nights in April. We have stayed at The First several times and it is always a most enjoyable stay. This fantastic Guest House has a wonderful host and hostess Kirsty and Geoff. The accommodation is very well maintained and very clean. The bedrooms are beautiful and everything in them is immaculate. Breakfast, normally cooked by Geoff and served by Kirsty, is delicious. The food is excellent and always gives a great start to the day. The location just off the A9 in Blair Atholl provides a great selection of activities and public transport if required. There is no doubt we will be returning to the superbly run House. Geoff and Kirsty are always there with a warm welcome and we would recommend the First Guest House to anyone looking for a great place to eat and sleep!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

My husband and I stayed at The Firs twice, once on our way up to the North Coast and then on our return journey two weeks later. Due to being on Chemotherapy at this time, I was a little nervous about where we stayed having booked in advance without knowing The Firs at all, but there was no need. We found the house beautifully kept, the room we stayed in was immaculate, warm and homely. Bed, bedding, towels etc were spotless and of good quality (something you don't always find so we take our own). En suite was also immaculate and shower was good and also quiet ( a worry of mine as we are early risers). Menu and breakfast couldn't be faulted and Kirsty and Geoff are the loveliest of people, warm and attentive without being intrusive. The Firs will definitely be our place to stay when in this part of the country or when passing through. I don't often recommend places to people as one person's pleasure does not fit all, but we personally could not find fault with The Firs or Geoff and Kirsty.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cornwall, England
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

I booked a room at The Firs some months prior to our proposed stay and circumstances forced me to cancel several weeks before the date.
It does of course say that a deposit is non-refundable, but I think given the time scale it was not unreasonable to expect the £50 deposit to be returned. The owners corresponded courteously and offered a refund if the room was relet, but since we were booked in March this was unlikely, so on 2 counts a refund would have been quite reasonable - they hadn't turned anyone away because of a shortage of rooms and March in Scotland is not high season.
We did not receive a refund of our £50 deposit. I'm sorry that they are in the business of taking money from people without providing a service.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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houston,scotland
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Had a very comfortable nights stay at the Firs. The room was lovely, full of character, quality bedding and towels and spotlessly clean.
Kirstie and Geoff gave us such a warm welcome and the breakfast was superb with a wide choice and great local specialities.
We could definitely recommend the Firs

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kendal, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed March 15, 2014

What a lovely warm welcome at the end of a long drive....exceptionally clean, excellent breakfast ... wish I could have stayed longer. Definitely recommend this gem ...such caring hosts
This is a very well placed guesthouse for exploring a beautiful part of Scotland

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Property: The Firs
Address: The Firs St. Andrews Crescent, Blair Atholl PH18 5TA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Perth and Kinross > Blair Atholl
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Blair Atholl
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Firs 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A friendly family owned guesthouse run by Kirstie and Geoff Crerar in a quiet highland village just north of Pitlochry and close to the famous Blair Castle home of the Atholl Highlanders. All rooms are en-suite with colour TV and courtesy coffee/tea tray. Charming guests' lounge (with a real fire if it's chilly) and breakfast served by your hosts personally in our spacious conservatory breakfast room. ... more   less 
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