There is a very long driveway leading up to Ballathie House Hotel...
The room was huge, clean & bright and tastefully decorated, with desk and mirror, flat-screen TV, coffee table and chairs.
We were greeted by the pleasant sight of fresh fruit, water (both still and sparking) and a good tea and coffee selection including a teapot and Clipper and Twinnings tea etc. The window looked out onto a large well-kept lawn and trees.
A very comfortable bed with extra cushions for support were provided.
The best bit was in the bathroom.....
A huge original bath, big enough for two (I think 😉 ). Lovely original features but with the bonus of a modern shower as a separate area at the side. The wash basin/make up area was located in the turret, which gave excellent lighting for washing/make up/preening.
After amazing ourselves with the bedroom and bathroom, we sauntered down for dinner.
Black pudding venison spring roll with celeriac purée and orange purée. Lovely crisp spring roll pastry with strong black pudding and venison. Delicious.
A very light Carpaccio with which the beetroot and asparagus went well. Very crunchy croutons to offset the smooth beer. Caperberries and horseradish mousse provided more zing. Horseradish was strong but without being overpowering.
Smooth, lightly cooked scallops, with melt-in-the-mouth ham. Curried purée was nice addition, worked well with the ham.
Lovely light and refreshing palate cleanser
More delicious, smooth flavours. Moist meat, buttery champ and liqueyfying fat from the belly.
Smooth mustard tasting puree, perfectly cooked lamb. Light flavours to the mint and parsley salsa worked well with the sweet breads.
Apple doughnut, calvados tiramisu, mini apple pie
More stunning cookery. Light, full of taste. Words really cannot describe how all these flavours tasted. Try it!
Zingy rhubarb worked well with the cranachan. The tuille was chewy, sugary and gave the right about of sweetness to the delicious rhubarb.
The meal was delicious, cooked perfectly with just the right amount of time between each course to let things settle.
After dinner we retired to the drawing room for some coffee and a little cookie (no room for this after such a good dinner)
A buffet breakfast area is set up in the hallway ....
....with a selection of pastries, cereals, yoghurts, fruits and juices.
Inside the dining area there is a menu for hot items.
This was a popular choice. Creamy scrambled egg and light, smokey salmon.
Special mention for the thick bacon and the delicious sausages and black pudding.
After breakfast we went for a walk around the grounds.
View from riverside
Overall, a lovely place to visit for a well needed rest. Staff are friendly and helpful, there is free wifi in the bar, hall and lounge area with plenty of seats to relax in. The food, provided by Chef Scott Scorer ex Gleneagles, is a must do. We would have no hesitation in visiting again.
A competition to win a 2 night stay at Ballathie House can be found here: http://www.scotrail.co.uk/ballathiehotel (closes 30th June 2013)