Don't just take our word - browse some of the reviews that have recently appeared in Tourism publications, magazines and National Press.
If you are not sure about staying with us then why not read what
hotel reviewers have to say about us:
THE HOTEL'S PRESS REVIEWS:
"Very occasionally you find yourself staying somewhere that is
simply so good that when the time comes to leave, you do so with
genuine regret. Ballathie House is one of those places."
"The magnificent building and superb setting combine with
excellent service from an impressive team and the result is a visit
to remember, for all the right reasons."
"Guest rooms … simply ooze character… Public rooms are ….
"The food is the best it has ever been. Our expectations were
very high and were surpassed … Our most recent visit suggests here
is a chef intent on delivering the best possible dining
"The hot chocolate fondant with Scottish whisky cherries and
black cherry sorbet was declared by one of the team … as the best
dessert they had ever eaten!"
- UndiscoveredScotland.co.uk, May 2013
Lord in up in historic country
"Before dinner, my wife and I took advantage of the hotel's
superb location to work up an appetite with a riverside stroll
followed by a woodland walk.
We then enjoyed a fine evening meal in the restaurant, which
overlooks the River Tay.
The ambience is pure Victorian grandeur, while the food hints at
a more modern, French- influenced twist to traditional Scottish
fare. With many ingredients sourced from the estate,
the attention to detail is key, right down to the three types
of butter on offer.
The twist that chef Scott Scorer puts on the dishes is something
of a delight, such as my fantastic meaty monkfish main course,
which was terrifically matched with tender pork belly, and my
wife's starter of quail breast with walnuts and foie gras
"Such is the charm of the hotel, it feels almost a grind to
leave it behind and venture back out into the busy modern
Michael blackley, daily Mail, may 2013
"A treat and a joy, a fine old Scottish hotel which clearly
intends to get even better"
"There is a warmth here that neither location nor money can buy.
There is a lot of repeat custom, a sure sign of a hotel doing
"One of those hotels which starts to win you over long before
you're even inside"
"Management has clearly worked hard to ensure the place feels
welcoming to all ... the staff's workrate was one of the most
notable elements of our stay. They could not be more attentive,
helpful and friendly"
- Michael Grant, The Herald, March 2013
"Ballathie is a real jewel. Try it if you can."
"Sumptuous meals and drinks. … The magnificent dining room
overlooking the banks of the Tay is a simply wonderful setting for
fine dining … Ballathie specialises in sourcing good quality local
produce and the quail for starters was the tastiest I've ever
"The perfect Scottish hotel to escape from the rat race."
"You can't help but relax after arriving at this beautiful,
historic setting on the banks of the River Tay…. Our luxury suite
had great views of the river and hotel garden."
"The main house is a lovely old building. Inside, it is
more like a stately home than a hotel, with antiques all
DAVE LAFFERTY, MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, MAY 2013
"The food was first class. My wife had steak so tender you
could have cut it with a spoon."
Yonnie McInnes, Ayrshire Post, June 2012
"Comfortable, informal, and a friendly place to stay with
excellent food… a good base for sightseeing many parts of
Gareth Rose, The Scotsman, February 2012
"Secluded amid glorious woodland, Ballathie House Hotel offers
an escape from the stresses of modern life and a return to
traditional Scottish country living from a bygone age… there is a
feel of a real return to nature."
"The minute we drove through the gates we shed our city-living
worries and started to adapt to the country life… the staff were
warm and friendly… It was bliss."
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Brian Swanson, Daily Express, February 2012
"The location… is picture perfect."
"No one looks down their noses here and the welcome is as warm
as the roaring log fire."
"Makes every guest feel important in surroundings you simply
won't want to leave. Our bedroom overlooking the River Tay
was magnificent, very Downton Abbey and more of a small apartment
than a hotel room… the huge antique wardrobe would have been
perfectly at home in a Narnia film set."
"The cheese board… was like everything else about our new
favourite hideaway, an absolute delight."
Peter Irvine, Scotland the Best, 2012 Edition
"A true country house hotel on the Tay that you fall in love
with… probably the best place to stay near Perth… Good dining,
great fishing, good for a weekend away."
Vivienne Aitken, Daily Record - November 2011
"Truly an idyllic setting for a romantic weekend break."
"Magnificent, with spectacular grounds. You're guaranteed a real
"Our Riverside Suite was more of a self-contained luxury flat
than a mere hotel bedroom … the lounge itself looks out on
beautiful gardens. Open the French doors and you step out to the
springy, manicured lawns - the closest you'll get to an outdoor
"Scottish salmon, scallops, pork belly, duck and steak were all
on the menu and creatively presented with a new take on old
classics. The chefs only use the best of ingredients, sourced
locally, for their art."
Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser, October 2011
"One of the country's most elegant rural retreats … a venue made
to measure for business or pleasure…. A timeless and turreted four
star gem on the banks of theTay."
"Everything about Ballathie is immaculate, oozing old-school
charm from the moment you step into the flagstone hallway."
"Across the pristine tablecloth, my chum was again lost for
words as she savoured the Carved Guinea Fowl Supreme accompanied by
honey roast carrots, lardons andMadeirasauce."
"The service was flawless. It's no surprise Ballathie has been
bombarded with awards."
Andy Swinburne, The Sun, September 2011
"Some country house hotels can be a bit stiff and stuffy.
Maintaining the class and elegance expected of a quality hotel
whilst at the same time encouraging a comfortable, cosy and lively
atmosphere is a neat trick - and Ballathie pulls it off."
"Our room was stunning. A huge bed, period furniture, two
armchairs and still enough room to swing a brace of grouse. And the
L-shaped bathroom incorporating part of a turret was as big as some
city centre hotel rooms I've stayed in."
"Head chef Andrew Wilkie and his team promise a fresh twist on
classic Scottish cuisine. And, boy, do they deliver!"
"The perfect venue for a get-away-from-it-all break, a wonderful
Will Holt, Subscriber review on behalf of Scottish Field, April
"Expert fishermen who have fished the Tay all their lives,
resident ghillies George and Garry were a font of knowledge and
generous with their spey casting tuition."
"Any misgivings about the rather municipal appearance of the
Riverside Suite complex, circa 2000, disappeared once inside."
"A quick scamper over the lawns and we were at the big house for
a genuinely first class dinner. A concise but innovative menu
coupled with an eclectic wine list and attentive staff made for a
"Just 15 miles north of Perth, Ballathie House deserves its
acclaimed country house hotel reputation. It's certainly no bargain
but for keen fisherfolk looking for a bit of a treat it's just the