More about Craigatin House & Courtyard
Fabulous Place to Stay
My wife and I stayed for 2 nights following a booking via their website. The website was inviting and informative. The only room available was the 'Suite'. A bedroom, bathroom and its own lounge! Five star luxury at a price comparable with a mainstream hotel, glad I booked it.
The suite was spotless, well maintained and with all necessities provided.
The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful and provided a wholesome, freshly cooked breakfast.
Only a short walk from Craigatin House into the middle of Pitlochry to shop or eat and a short drive to lots of attractions. So overall 'A fabulous place to stay'.
Topclass bed and breakfast accommodation
We were looking for 2 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Pitlochry to break up our long journey to Wick. Following good reviews on tripadvisor we opted for the Craigatin House and were not disappointed. We had a deluxe room which was tastefully decorated and spotlessy clean with unbroken views of the lovely countryside. The hotel grounds are spacious with plenty of off road parking and a beautiful garden, which can be viewed when having breakfast in the conservatory. The breakfast was excellent with lots of choice (the smoked haddock omlette was delicious) and served in lovely surroundings by very pleasant staff. Plenty of choice for eating out at night nearby (5 minute walk) and lots of places to visit - Blair Castle well worth a visit.
We based ourselves at Craigatin for a short break in Perthshire, and would readily recommend this and/or return there. The location was a short walk from the centre of Pitlochry, but far enough away for noise and parking not to be a problem. The rooms were spacious, modern and clean (we stayed in two because we'd left our booking until almost the last moment, and had to move rooms). Staff were all courteous and friendly - unlike lots of other places we visited in Perthshire, who seem to employ surly Eastern Europeans - without being intrusive. Breakfast was delicious with lots of choice and there were lovely views of the beautifully tended garden from the conservatory. No bottled water, and a rather feeble shower (in both rooms) meant that the room facilities were good rather than excellent, but plenty of cupboard space, a lovely seating area and a high standard of finish, meant that these were minor issues. The setting was absolutely stunning with views of the surrounding hills and countryside from both rooms. Rates were very reasonable and well worth the experience.
Were Our Expectations Too High??
We booked Craigatin for 2 nights, after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor. We booked the suite at a total cost of £180 which to us, was expensive, however we thought we would treat ourselves and splash out.
We arrived and were shown to our room. The room was nice but I am afraid we did not get the wow factor we thought we would. In the bedroom were a huge 6 foot double bed, MDF bedside tables, and a rather cheap looking wooden chest of drawers and a dressing table. The lounge had a window seat which overlooked the garden, and two chairs, MDF wardrobes and shelving. There were tea and coffee making facilities and we noticed one small packet of shortbread. We thought that was maybe an oversight; however it was not, as the following day it was replaced with another single packet!
There is car parking in the grounds however when the car park is full it is quite a tight squeeze to manoeuvre in and out.
The bathroom was small and had a shower (no bath) and a rather annoying cheap toilet seat that moved when you sat on it! There was a light bulb not working over the shower which made it quite dark. Also as this was an “attic” suite you had to watch that you did not bang you head on the eaves in the bedroom and bathroom. Upon getting into bed at night we were quite shocked to see that the sheet had a hole in it!
Breakfast was served in the lovely conservatory. One of the owners did come and say good morning, but we did find during our whole stay, the owners did not really seem to interact with guests. For example, I would have asked my guests if they were comfortable, had a nice day, had a nice meal etc. We felt that sort of hospitality was missing. My husband enjoyed his whisky, cream porridge the first morning and we both had that the second morning. Sadly I think they forgot the whisky that morning. Also the apple pancakes with maple syrup seemed to lack apple. I was also a little shocked to see the chef standing outside the kitchen smoking which I witnessed on three separate occasions during our first breakfast.
Finally in the rooms was a folder which told you about the area. One sheet described activities ie swimming, fishing etc. In this same sheet was information about climbing, explaining how dangerous it can be and how many people are killed on the mountains. We were then quite shocked to read that if you intend to go climbing, please make sure your bill is settled before you go!!!!
To summarise, had we paid £25 per person per night (which was the price a lot of local B&Bs were charging) we would not have been so bothered about any of the above, but for a 4 star and for what we paid I have to say we were disappointed. I do appreciate that some of the above comments may be classed as minor and petty, but I felt for what we paid, the standards should have been higher.
Great spot in Perthshire
You won't do better than this in the centrally located town of Pitlochry. Large, hotel-type B&B, stylishly decorated, with friendly owners and wonderful breakfasts. Our standard room was cozy but not cramped, with good seating and lighting.
There should be more like this!
All I can do is re-iterate the winderful comments others have written! We return after a week or so in Scotland and only wish we had found more places like this to say in. Very chic, helpful, splendid, comfortable etc! Thank you to the hosts.
great bed and breaksfast
What a lovely refurbished house. Owners very helpful and room was warm and spotlessly clean. We booked a standard double which was lovely. and spaceous.Tourist information folder available in each room. The owners are happy to book dinner for you in the town. Surrounding scenery in breathtaking!
So warm and inviting you don't want to leave.
This wonderful bed and breakfast hidden away in Pitlochry is so warm and inviting you really don't want to leave.
Our room was decorated with an understated class you rarely find in a bed and breakfast. It was also very comfortable and we found it hard to drag ourselves out. But every morning we managed to make it for the fantastic breakfasts we'd read about in the hotel guest book. You really shouldn't miss them.
It's an easy walk to Pitlochry with it's pleasant high street in one direction and a short drive in the opposite direction takes you to Blair Atholl and some breathtaking highland countryside.
Great B&B and Lovely Village
Stayed 1 nite w/wife. Had a nice large room upstairs w/wee view of back gardens. Nice house overall, very nice grounds, located a 5-10 minute walk to the village center. Pilochry (the village) is a very quaint place, lots of shops, etc. Seems to be a busy tourist area. Our room was nice in size, large bed, nice bath and well kept & clean. I don't recall any brandy or sherry which would have been a nice extra touch. Breakfast room is nice in atrium w/views of gardens, decent food. Hosts were pleasant. Has a good experience. Visit nearby Blair Castle...nice side trip.
Second to None
Stayed only one night but wished it had been longer. The room was very comfortable and owners and staff extremely friendly. The breakfast was superb. Will definately return.
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