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Murrayshall House Hotel 4.0

Scone, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

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Pros

  • Historic country house set on a beautiful 350-acre estate
  • Bright, traditionally decorated rooms and suites
  • Self-catering lodge sleeps up to six
  • Two restaurants and bars include a renowned fine-dining establishment
  • Two 18-hole golf courses
  • Meeting rooms and event space available
  • Breakfast included in room rate
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • The old-fashioned decor might not suit all tastes 
  • Restaurant gets mixed reviews
  • Spotty Wi-Fi signal

Bottom Line

The 41-room Murrayshall House Hotel is a charming four-pearl country retreat set on a sprawling estate near the village of Scone that includes two 18-hole golf courses. A variety of rooms and suites are available, all traditionally furnished, with lovely views over the grounds. Rooms include flat-screen TVs and tea- and coffee-making facilities; some might find the old-fashioned decor, while in keeping with the property, a bit dated. A self-catering lodge is also available for groups and families. The renowned Old Masters restaurant is a fine-dining establishment, and there’s also the more casual Club Bar and Restaurant, as well as two bars. Travelers might want to check out the comparable Huntingtower Hotel Perth or the Sunbank House Hotel.

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Country house hotel set on 350 acres near the village of Scone

This charming country retreat is set on a beautiful 350-acre estate of woodland and Perthshire countryside. The historic house dates  to 1664 and has been in the hands of a succession of aristocratic owners; now it provides a secluded and peaceful respite for guests seeking a dose of the countryside or a golfing holiday. The interiors are traditionally decorated (though some might find the decor a bit old-fashioned), and are filled with wooden furnishings and antique pieces, like the grandfather clock and large wooden front desk with intricate decorative carvings in the reception area. The elegant decor extends to the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, a sunlit space filled with white tablecloths, oil paintings, a log-burning fireplace, a grand piano in the corner, and lots of natural light that streams in through large windows. The cocktail bar is bedecked in bright floral wallpaper, a lovely backdrop (though it might not suit all tastes) for an assortment of comfortable couches and chairs in an eclectic mix of colors and patterns, and another cozy, log-burning fireplace. In the more casual Club Bar and Restaurant, decor is toned down and the atmosphere is relaxed.

Location

Rural location set on a sprawling estate; a short drive to Scone and Perth

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The hotel is situated on 350 acres of grounds near the village of Scone, surrounded by the beautiful Perthshire countryside. The village, where travelers will find a few restaurants, bars, and shops, is a five-minute drive away from the hotel. The nearby city of Perth, a 12-minute drive away, has more offerings. The historic Scone palace is worth a visit (a 10-minute drive away), as is the gorgeous Glamis Castle (40-minute drive). Other nearby sights include the Black Watch Castle and Museum and the Perth Museum and Art Gallery (both within a 10-minute drive), and the Huntingtower Castle (16-minute drive).

Rooms

Bright, pleasant rooms and suites range in size and decor, and a self-catering lodge is available

Rooms and suites are all individually decorated in a tasteful and traditional style and warm color palette. The bright and inviting spaces are filled with lots of natural light from the large windows, and colorful details like bedspreads, couches, and patterned curtains. The rooms are pleasant and in keeping with the nature of the property, but some might find them dated. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi (though the signal can be spotty). Other thoughtful freebies include bottled water and cookies. Rooms vary in size: Superior Rooms offer more space than Standard Rooms, and Suites consist of either open-plan studios or units with separate living rooms. Modern bathrooms are stocked with Elemis products and have shower/tub combos (some rooms also add walk-in showers).

For families or groups looking for more space and privacy, a self-catering lodge is also available. Occupying the gate house near the entrance of the property, the three-bedroom lodge sleeps up to six people and has a fully equipped kitchen, as well as a living room.

Features

Two 18-hole golf courses, two restaurants and bars, free breakfast, plus meeting rooms and event facilities

The hotel’s sprawling grounds include two 18-hole golf courses, as well as a well-stocked golf shop and golf training facilities. There is no fitness center, however. Catering to business needs, the hotel offers several meeting rooms and conference facilities for a variety of functions. The hotel is also a popular wedding venue and can accommodate up to 130 people.

The hotel has two restaurants: the fine-dining Old Masters restaurant that has been awarded two AA Rosettes and serves seasonal and locally sourced Scottish fare, and the more casual Club Bar and Restaurant, which has a kids’ menu. The restaurants get mixed reviews, however. There is also a lovely, atmospheric cocktail bar with a fireplace. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and some room packages also include dinner. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.

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Address

A94 Coupar Angus Road, Scone PH2 7PH, United Kingdom

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