The Four Seasons Hotel (St. Fillans, Perthshire, PH6 2NF) is one of the best-kept secrets in The Trossachs National Park. I was very kindly gifted a night’s stay and a complimentary meal in exchange for an honest review of my experience. As nervous and excited as I was by this amazing opportunity, I’m very pleased to write that we had a wonderfully cosy, welcoming and relaxing stay at The Four Seasons and I have spoken nothing but marvellous things about our brief time there to anyone and everyone who will listen.
I live in a village in Fife and although I’m lucky enough to already have a lovely view of the farming fields beside Lochore Meadows, nothing compares to the jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery outside our car window on the drive to St Fillians. I’ve lived in Scotland my whole life and our little adventure definitely made me appreciate how often I take my beautiful country for granted. Our twisty drive led through Crieff and then Comrie, a delightful historic conservation village which still had flower displays and bunting dotted around from their gala celebrations.
The hotel sits with one of the most dreamy views in Scotland, westwards from Saint Fillans across the 7 miles of Loch Earn, at its doorstep. A row of brightly coloured wellies sits by the door, welcoming walkers and their pooches inside. The Four Seasons is dog-friendly and they even have ‘Pet Concierge Services’ that can be booked in advanced which includes pet-sitting and walking – they even have a specially selected canine menu available! We even got the chance to meet Finn, the hotel’s resident and ever-so-loveable lab. If we ever have the chance to visit again you can bet Alfie will be travelling with us next time, as he’d love the endless amount of walk trails which surround the hotel.
As soon as you walk into the cosy entrance you’re greeted by the loveliest staff imaginable. Throughout our stay, everyone was so attentive, down-to-earth and clearly cared deeply about their customers leaving with the best possible memories of their stay. There is not one but two lounges; one with a crackling log fire and bar, and another decorated with fresh flowers and ample seating and a pile of classic board games. Upstairs, there’s even a small library where you can cuddle-up on a plush velvet sofa and lose yourself in one of the many, many books overflowing on the shelves around you. There is also an award-winning Two Rosette restaurant on-site, The Meall Reamhar, which serves traditional Scottish cuisine with a modern twist. We had the most amazing meal there; I’ll go as far as to say it was one of the most delicious meals I have ever had the pleasure of scoffing down, which I will share with you shortly in a separate post dedicated to our scrumptious meal and service coming soon.
The restaurant also boasts wonderful views, although I don’t think there is a window at The Four Seasons that doesn’t. The dining room was the location of our buffet-style breakfast the following morning. While I enjoyed a rather modest meal of fresh fruit, croissants, yoghurt and toast served with a freshly brewed pot of coffee (I was still full from the marvellous meal we devoured the night before), my husband happily dined on a huge plate of sausages, black pudding, scrambled eggs and freshly prepared salmon.
As for our room, we had a very generously sized double with what can only be described as a spectacular view of Loch Earn. We didn’t even bother closing the curtains or using the TV because it was honestly so mesmerising. Our room had tea and coffee facilities (there was even a sachet of Galaxy Hot Chocolate which I wasted absolutely no time at all drinking), a radio, hairdryer and an affectionately named ‘Narnia’ ensuite bathroom which was located through a cupboard!
We had such a relaxing stay at The Four Seasons, my only disappointment was that we could have dropped the children off earlier at their gran’s so we could have enjoyed a long walk just the two of us before dinner. I can imagine that the hotel would be even more dreamy and romantic during winter. What made our stay really special was all the little touches, such as the shortbread biscuits on the table in our room, the earthy smell of the log fire lingering through the corridors, the rubber duck that sat on a huge pile of fluffy towels in our bathroom, the vintage suitcases sitting in the Hogwarts-inspired reading room, the boardgames by the bar, the dog treats by the entrance and the wellies at the door. All these tiny details make you feel truly taken care of.
To check availability and book a room at The Four Seasons (St. Fillans, Perthshire, PH6 2NF) visit their website here or contact 01764 685 333 for any additional enquires.
* This post includes a complimentary stay, however, all opinions are my own.1