The four seasons hotel in St Fillians is a lovely getaway not far from Stirling yet makes it feel as though you are nestled in the highlands away from the rush of the city. The hotel comprises of main building rooms over two levels and a handful of cabins dotted up a hill behind the main building. With a cosy friendly vibe this hotel is a great place to stay for one night or an extended weekend away.
The best part of the hotel I would have to argue was the stunning view onto Loch Earn, our bedroom faced on to the Loch itself and the changeable Scottish weather provided an ever changing landscape resulting in endless photo ops! This stunning view can be had in all but two of the rooms in the hotel and from the stylish and modern restaurant on the main floor. During the summer months I can only imagine this being a hub of activity, in mid-September most guests were hikers or holiday makers squeezing in a last long weekend before the winter cold set in. However; the activities available in the summer months, including water sports, are enough to keep any range of visitors entertained and busy.
The rooms were modern, warm and tastefully decorated and we were impressed with the level of commitment and environmental measures taken to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint. Several communal spaces were well furnished and cosy during the windy night we spent at the hotel, sitting areas and comfy bar space allowed us to speak to other guests or have a quiet drink. My favourite space within the hotel was by far the reading nook, just across the hallway from our room and packed with novels and a variety of literature for all ages as well as a fireplace, comfy seats and lounges. On a longer stay this would have been my hideaway!
Our meal in the evening was modern and fresh, each course was delightfully presented and tasty. Boasting fine dining quality we both enjoyed the variety of the menu and the large wine list, although the waiting staff couldn’t tell us any more about the wine than the menu description and were a bit bamboozled by our questions about which would go nicely with each meal. As the evening wore on we enjoyed a delicious cheese platter and then a lounge in the bar area with the happy bubble of chatter and companionship.
We would highly recommend this lovely hideaway we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return to this picturesque loch side hotel soon.
Weekend escape to St Fillians