An Overnight Stay at The Four Seasons Hotel in St Fillans
Updated: Aug 2, 2019
Let's face it, the weather this Summer has been pretty shocking. It seems Edinburgh has fared worse than most, with rain pretty much every day. For some reason, despite the weather, it doesn't stop me enjoying a break up North - the countryside is so spectacular that come rain or shine, it is still breathtaking. This weekend, we were lucky enough to be invited to The Four Seasons Hotel in St Fillans. We grabbed our cagoules and got ready to make the most of a wee night away.
St Fillans is about an hour and a bit drive from the capital. Situated at the eastern end of Lochearnhead, it is a quietly beautiful little village. It rose to fame around 15 years ago when building was halted on a proposed site to protect fairies that lived under a rock. Whilst you might have a wee chuckle at this, if ever there was a place fairies would want to stay, it would be here.
The hotel itself is right on the waters edge with the most breathtaking views. It is by far the largest and most popular attraction in the village and throughout our stay was very busy. Luckily, the hotel had more than enough people and facilities to make the flock of tourists exceedingly happy.
Accommodation is split into three types- rooms within the hotel, self-catering accommodation and chalets. We stayed in the latter; a cosy little hobbit house that could comfortably sleep four people. In the vicinity, were other slightly larger chalets - all occupied. Although there was always a buzz of people, we felt completely isolated and from our bedroom could view right across the loch.
The chalet itself had a bedroom/living area, second bedroom, bathroom and small kitchenette area - perfectly sized for the two of us. It had a little outdoor area with chairs where we could sit and hear nothing but birds.
Around a three minute walk from the hotel itself, you had access to two restaurants - one formal, one more relaxed - and a cosy little bar with log fire. The hotel is not only dog friendly, but dog orientated which is AMAZING. Loads of furry friends were there, enjoying food from their own menu; this was one of the highlights of the trip, the atmosphere was so lovely.
Prior to enjoying the bar and restaurant (separate post to follow), we decided to take a walk down the loch and enjoy the peace. Despite packing for all weathers, it was pretty much sunny and dry for the most part. There were plenty people around; fishing, walking, enjoying the weather but none of it took away from the quiet of the area.
Whilst the peace may appeal to many, a lot of visitors will be looking for some form of entertainment in the area. You can take part in watersports nearby, but the majority of people staying at The Four Seasons Hotel didn't look like they were there for that reason - more a relaxing break.
With this in mind, the new owner has prepared a schedule of exciting events for the rest of the year, including food and wine pairing evenings (!), St Andrews and Hogmanay shindigs and more to come. With their finger on the pulse, the hotel clearly understands what their audience is looking for - and a right knees up in the cosy bar and restaurant sounds like heaven!
There is so much to say about this hotel, its location and its offering that I will do a follow up post on the food, bar and staff but from an accommodation viewpoint there is something to suit everyone. Whether you are looking for a romantic break, a family break, an adventure break - The Four Seasons Hotel in St Fillans have something for you. Our little chalet offered us a peaceful escape - exactly what we needed.
Stay tuned for part 2.
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