Jan 4 2013 by Perthshire Advertiser, Perthshire Advertiser
A new luxury hotel will soon add to the choice of accommodation for visitors to Highland Perthshire.
Expected to provide an employment shot-in-the-arm for the area, the Fonab Castle Hotel in Pitlochry boasts private hot tubs in its leafy grounds and heated dog kennels.
The hotel near Loch Faskally is waiting on its grading being officially announced, but it is expected to pick up five stars.
Fonab Castle was originally built in 1892 as a plush family home for the Sandeman dynasty of port and sherry fame, but until recently was used as a base for the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board.
Opening for bookings this Easter, the new hotel’s interiors were designed by mother and daughter team Joanne Clark and Becky Cross, who have said they were inspired by the natural splendour, romance and the colours of the Perthshire Highlands.
Guests will have a choice of 31 rooms, 13 of which are housed in the castle. Another 18 rooms are in a modern annex, most of which have direct access to the lochside with French doors and decking.
The glass-fronted restaurant looks out on Loch Faskally and a fourth floor bridal suite features a vaulted ceiling, panelled walls and walk-in shower.
The new high-end destination includes a spa with treatment rooms, gym and pool.
News of the hotel’s plans to open in April emerged as rumours were circulating about Andrew Murray buying Cromlix House, close to his home town of Dunblane.
It is believed he plans to convert the 14-bedroom Perthshire hotel into a private home for himself.
The five-star hotel had been a popular wedding venue, but went into administration in last February and was put on the market for £1.8 million.