Dawn Geddes sees out the winter with a cosy night at Murrayshall House Hotel Perthshire
There are many things I love about winter.
I love exploring the stark landscape and wondering what spring will bring. I love feeling the cold winter breeze against my already rosy cheeks. I love wrapping up warm with a cosy hat and snood.
I knew the food would be good. I wasn’t prepared for it to be exquisite
But my favourite thing about winter is escaping it all and whiling away the hours next to a roaring fire with a cup of tea (or a glass of something stronger).
Sadly for me, my house is lacking a fireplace to curl up in front of, so when my husband and I decided to get away for a night together, it was the perfect opportunity to get a wintertime fix at Murrayshall House Hotel in Perthshire.
Of course, the hotel boasts much more than just a cosy fireplace.
Located on the outskirts of the small village of Scone, just a few miles away from Perth, the grand hotel is surrounded by stunning golf courses and acres of beautiful woodland.
Walking into the hotel, I was greeted by the wonderful smell of the hotel’s wood burning fire before being quickly checked-in by the hotel’s lovely receptionist.
We made our way upstairs to our room and were instantly impressed by the breathtaking views our lovely abode had to offer.
Traditionally decorated, our room had all the right ingredients for a relaxing night away – from its luxuriously comfortable bed to its plush bathroom suite – it was clear our night in Murrayshall would be one to remember.
But before we got too comfortable, we decided to explore the area.
After a stroll around the hotel’s stunning grounds, we travelled to Kinnoul Hill, which is just a few miles away.
The woodland walk, which offers spectacular views right over Perthshire, was the ideal way to build up our appetite for dinner at the hotel’s Old Masters Restaurant.
After returning to the hotel for a quick change, we made our way downstairs to the bar, where we were seated in front of the roaring fire while our orders were taken.
Sipping our drinks, and chatting in the snuggest seats in the house, was the perfect way to wind down for the evening and melt away any stresses and strains.
When our meals were ready, we were taken through and seated in the grand Old Masters Restaurant.
With an award-winning chef at its helm, I knew the food would be good. I wasn’t prepared for it to be exquisite! The lamb rump and cheese cake were a particular highlight and I would highly recommend them to any foodies looking to try some mouthwatering cuisine. The service was also fantastic and really added to our dining experience.
After a blissful night’s sleep, we returned to the restaurant for a delicious Scottish breakfast where we admired the stunning views across Perthshire one last time.
Our overnight stay at Murrayshall was the perfect winter time treat and we look forward to returning to that roaring fireplace again next year.
How to get to Murrayshall House Hotel Perthshire without flying:
If you’re driving, follow the signs for the A90/M90 Forth Road Bridge.
Follow the M90 to Perth, and then take A85 Dundee/Aberdeen. Cross the Friarton Bridge over the River Tay and take the exit immediately signposted after the bridge (A94 for Coupar Angus).
Follow the A94 to a set of Traffic Lights, go straight ahead. Straight through the next set of lights. At the 3rd set of lights the A94 bends to the right (still signposted Coupar Angus). Follow this road for approx. 1 ½ miles. You will see a sign for Murrayshall (a right turn).
If you arrive in New Scone you’ve gone too far and should turn back. Follow the turnoff for 1 ¾ miles. The first road on the right signposted Murrayshall takes you to the driving range, do not take this road but continue straight ahead.
Words: Dawn Geddes for Feet on the Ground
Images: Kevin Geddes