Behind the scenes of Fonab Castle & Spa with general manager Niall Thompson

30 November 2020

April French Furnell

Surrounded by breath-taking Ben Vrackie and awe-inspiring Loch Faskally, Fonab Castle & Spa boasts commanding views of the stunning Scottish Highland scenery, nestled close to one of Scotland’s most beautiful towns, Pitlochry. Spotted for sale by the family owners while driving past, it was lovingly restored originally as a wedding venue for their daughter, and then as a beautiful boutique hotel.

General manager Niall Thompson took Citywealth behind the scenes to discover what makes the hotel unique.

“Each day begins with the welcome aroma of freshly baked morning pastries and bread wafting through the hotel from the kitchen.

Our hotel is a family affair. Fonab Castle’s family owners are extremely involved in every aspect of the hotel, from the design and décor to the menus and spa treatments they have a say in it all. Their ethos has been here from the beginning and everyone at the hotel follows this philosophy whether you’re a kitchen porter or working on the front desk. Our goal is to ensure that every single guest feels special and enjoys an unforgettable stay. A huge emphasis has been placed on teamwork to create a hotel they’d be happy to stay at themselves.

Personal service is at the heart of everything we do, from a warm welcome every time a guest checks in or arrives to dine at one of our restaurants to a tour of the hotel by concierge. We pride ourselves on going the extra mile and delivering a truly wonderful five-star experience.

From our tranquil Woodland Spa, which is undergoing extensive renovation to be completed in Spring 2021, with its wide range of treatments such as our indulgent Kaviar Facial! To our activities, including canoeing, walking, cycling and hiking as well as 4x4 driving, bungee jumping and quad biking for the more adventurous! We can also put on a private falconry display in our grounds.

Foodies have plenty of options too whether it’s a tipple from a local distillery overlooking the loch in the Lounge Bar or 3 AA Rosette awarded fine dining at Sandemans. Our Brasserie offers laid back loch-side cuisine, perfect for leisurely lunches, afternoon tea or just a great spot for whiling away the hours with a good book and a glass of Sandeman’s Port (a brand which plays a big part in Fonab Castle’s history). And this year we’ve introduced our new glass pods which command stunning views over Loch Faskally and the grounds of Fonab Castle Estate. Whether you’re looking for a romantic intimate dinner or the perfect place to reunite as a group of six, our luxurious Pods offer ultimate privacy. Dine in comfort in your own personal restaurant, enjoying unparalleled Lochside views that bring the outside in. They’ve been designed for fun, so play your own music and benefit from your very own member of staff for an unforgettable dining experience.

The hotel never sleeps. My team of night manager and staff continue to serve guests and answer queries 24/7.”

Find out more and book: Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa | 5 Star Hotel in Pitlochry

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