Murrayshall House Hotel, Perth

Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

With Paddy moving down south last year, our staycations have been few and far between. It’s been difficult to coordinate any time away amongst his visits home and my odd weekend in the Midlands, so our love of visiting nice hotels and escaping for a weekend has been less indulged over the past 12 months. In a change to our usual programming, we actually managed to fit in a night away on Paddy’s most recent visit home and took my lovely new car for a trip up to Perth.

The Hotel

The reason? To visit the recently refurbished Murrayshall House Hotel. The hotel is perched in the Perthshire hills, not far from the town of Scone and just over an hours drive from Glasgow. Situated on a 36-acre estate, the hotel is home to two golf courses, an array of rooms, a cocktail lounge, a restaurant and a brasserie.

The building itself is beautiful, and the grounds even more so. We were lucky in that we visited during a surprisingly Spring-like weekend so got to see the hills bathed in sunlight, which is a far cry from the Scottish weather at the moment. After checking in around 4pm we had a quick wander around the grounds to soak up some of that crisp Scottish air and have a bit of a nosey at what was going on.

The main car park was full when we arrived and it was clear that the Murrayshall is a favourite for many visitors. We ended up parking round at the back of the hotel, which would appear to be where the clubhouse for the golf course is, and as we walked back to the main door we could see just how busy it was inside.

Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Room

Our home for the night was the Murray Room, one of the Superior style rooms at the front of the hotel. I’d been stalking the hotel a wee bit on social media prior to our visit and I was very excited to sink into one of their giant beds, and the rest of the room was pretty great as well. The recent refurbishment has been completed to a really high standard, with beautifully finished rooms and a very welcoming interior throughout the hotel.
I was delighted to see a decent sized bath in our en-suite, which made for a lovely spot to read some of my book before getting ready for dinner. The room was well equipped, with tea making facilities, blackout curtains and a good telly, too. The blackout curtains did block the heaters, which made the room a tad chilly as darkness fell, but once tucked in bed you barely noticed – and there was an extra heater stored in the wardrobe too.

The bed was lovely and cosy, but I was a bit disappointed to see that it was made up of two single mattresses, which is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. It didn’t impact on the great sleep I had, but I do think it would have been a show of real attention to detail, especially in such a beautiful room. That aside, it was still perfectly comfortable!

Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Dinner

The star of the show for me, as per usual, was undoubtedly the food. We were booked in for dinner at the Lynedoch Brasserie on the Saturday evening to sample their menu which consists of a range of classic dishes and modern takes, all championing local produce of the highest quality. Hotel food can sometimes be a bit lacklustre, but this was anything but.

We started our meal with a couple of drinks and I was very excited to see Edinburgh Gin’s raspberry gin liqueur on the menu. I’m not a big drinker these days, but I am very partial to a good gin and tonic! For starters, I decided on the crispy pork with an apple and cider compote whilst Paddy opted to try the Great Glen charcuterie with venison, bresaola, salami and chorizo alongside a radish and artichoke salad. The charcuterie was quite a big portion for a starter and would probably be more suited as a sharing dish – which we were advised of before we ordered – but as always we were feeling hungry and decided on one dish each regardless. The crispy pork was a real highlight of the meal and is something I would love to have again, the breadcrumbs were deliciously light and complemented the pork and apple perfectly.

I was torn when it came to choosing a main, but in the end, I went for the Goosnargh duck breast with cabbage, honey, pomegranate and potato rosti, which was a very good choice. Duck can often be quite a tough meat, but this was deliciously tender and flavoursome. I even enjoyed the cabbage – which is a sentence I never thought I’d say! Paddy had his classic choice of the cheeseburger which, again, was delicious. I’ve been off burgers for the past year or so but even I loved this, as it was packed full of flavour and cooked perfectly. The chips were a winner for us, too.

By this point, we were pretty stuffed, but I rarely say no to dessert, and at the last minute Paddy decided he’d have one too. He chose the Creme Brulee, but unfortunately, this had a really strong almond flavour that hadn’t been mentioned on the menu, which just didn’t work for us as it was very synthetic. Luckily, I was feeling generous, and I let Paddy share some of my dessert instead. I opted for the white chocolate mousse which was served with bitter chocolate tart, hazelnut crumble and praline ice cream. It was just as divine as it sounds! The mousse was beautifully light but well flavoured, and the bitter chocolate tart accompaniment helped cut through the sweetness to stop the white chocolate being sickly or overpowering. I’d definitely eat that again.

After dinner, we rolled round to the neighbouring Lynedoch Lounge cocktail bar, where we enjoyed another drink in front of a roaring fire. The lounge was delightfully cosy, with plush navy velvet sofas that I would have quite happily taken home if I could. 

Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The Breakfast

We returned to the Lynedoch Brasserie for breakfast the next morning and it was lovely to enjoy the views over the countryside with our breakfast. The breakfast offering at Murrayshall consists of your standard breakfast buffet with an additional menu of hot dishes, made to order. I was disappointed not to see any pastries on the buffet selection (this girl loves a pain au chocolat) but I did have a delicious Greek yoghurt to start me off. Paddy ordered a full Scottish, but I poached his, eh, poached egg to have with toast as he doesn’t like eggs. The Scottish breakfast was delicious, with particularly nice sausages, and was a great way to start off a Sunday. The restaurant was quite busy, so service was a bit slow and there were a few mix-ups with orders being sent to the wrong tables, but the staff were all friendly and you can’t fault service with a smile!

The Verdict

Overall, I’m really impressed with Murrayshall. The room was beautiful, with a big comfortable bed and a decent bath meaning I was quite happy. There’s no denying that the setting is just stunning, and I think it would be a beautiful place to visit in summer when the plants are in full bloom.

I think the only thing Murrayshall is missing is leisure facilities, which probably isn’t the easiest thing to add when working with a building of this stature. Being in Scotland, you always need to consider rainy day activities, which is where I think Murrayshall was lacking a bit. Personally, I’m not a fan of golf, and I think I would struggle to fill a whole weekend there if the weather wasn’t at its best. Although looking at the afternoon tea offering, I could be wrong there!

In true Four in a Bed style, I think the ultimate test of the quality of a hotel is whether I’d go back again, and in the case of Murrayshall I definitely would. It made for a lovely little night away with excellent food in beautiful surroundings. 

Visit the Murrayshall website to find out more

I received complimentary dinner, bed and breakfast in exchange for an honest review – read my full disclaimer here
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