It was Mothers Day weekend and I decided to take my mammie on a wee blogging trip up north to St Fillans for an over night stay at the Four Seasons Hotel.
My mammie has not a clue what blogging is all about. All she knows that I take a lot of photographs, talk into my phone a lot and eat a lot! My greatest fan – just because.
So this is my wonderful mammie and me (she turned 80 recently!).
A little bit about St Fillans. St Fillans is a village, and from what I’ve seen, its really just the main street that runs along the loch’s edge. It sits just about bang in the middle between Lochearnhead and Crieff at the eastern side of Loch Earn; and it’s part of the Trossachs National Park. It’s absolutely beautiful.
The Four Seasons Hotel has a near perfect location. It sits overlooking the beautiful Loch Earn with all the rooms and the dining areas taking in this vista.
On arrival our allocated room was upstairs but due to my mothers mobility issues, Susan (owner and manager) suggested that perhaps a chalet at the back of the hotel would be better suited. We had to wait an hour or so whilst housekeeping got on the case but we sat and enjoyed a few cups of tea and tucked heartily into some superb shortbread.
I’ll remember this moment for a long time. The sun was streaming in the window, skies were blue, the water was calm and my Mum was a very happy indeed – she had a cuppa tea in her hand.
Our chalet was ready. The photograph I took reminds me of a holiday in the Swiss Alps mid Summer. The meadows green and in full bloom and the apex line of the chalets dotted about the landscape.
Now whatever you read, this is not five star luxury accommodation but nor is it horrible. The rooms have an old feel to them perhaps a little dated but that’s no crime. They are comfortable. They are clean and they are fairly spacious.
This Chalet has three beds, two in the main room and one just as you come in the chalet door. There is an adequate bathroom with a shower over the bath and a small nook area to make tea/coffee etc.
We stayed here at the end of March and although the sun was shining it was still chilly. The chalet comes with storage heaters, and as you know they are not the best; so during the night we were delighted to find some large super thick blankets to take the chill off.
The views are lovely, over the hotel rooftop and over the loch.
For dinner we headed to the Tarkin Bar; again with stunning views over the loch.
The staff are tremendous here. Super friendly, and very very helpful. My mum is coeliac – not the faddy diet type, the very serious diseased type and has been a coeliac for over 60 years having be diagnosed in her teens.
Mum loves fish n chips and we were delighted that this could be accommodated and Gluten Free Fish n Chips sorted for mum.
I too ordered the fish n chips. The fish was lovely but the chips leave a lot to be desired. Luckily the fish fillets were whale size and filled us up.
We shared a wee cheese board, minus the crackers.
Breakfast the following morning was standard – a variety of eggs, toast, bacon, black pudding etc. BUT again THAT view!
The remainder of the day was spent driving around Loch Earn, taking in the sights.
So lucky with the weather!
On our travels around the loch, it was soon teatime and we stopped off at a delightful cafe, The Broch Cafe.
What a cracker of a spot. Situated in Strathyre, this wee cafe ticked every box.
- Outdoor seating in the sunshine.
- Dog friendly – I don’t own a dog but love them.
- Caters for Gluten freebies.
- Serves tea.
- Has disabled access from the carpark to the outside terrace and inside the cafe.
It’s a very popular spot with dog walkers, hikers, cyclists and tourists (like us).
We travelled onto Callander with its Mercat Cross; the only one in Scotland that boasts a rampant lion on it column instead of a Unicorn! We purchased some gifts and made our way back to The Four Seasons for Mothers Day Afternoon Tea.
The Four Seasons, has many things in its favour. It’s location is outstanding, the staff are superb, they are dog friendly, the rooms are clean and comfortable and it does come across as a very friendly, charming hotel. There are a few issues to iron out like the food but I am informed that they have a new Chef on board who will hopefully work their magic in time for the crazy busy Summer season.
Would I stay there again?
Yes, I would stay here but I would make sure the food was up to scratch before I ate there.
The Four Seasons, St. Fillans, Perthshire, PH6 2NF. Tel : 01764 685333 www.thefourseasonshotel.co.uk