As we draw to an easing of restrictions and boast a cautiously optimistic mood, where better to sample the delights of rural Perthshire than at Murrayshall; a showcase for the region’s amazing larder, set in 365 acres of landscaped grounds, woods and beautiful countryside.
The instantly obvious draw of the surrounding Perthshire landscape, towering trees and golfing parkland, is only strengthened by the culinary delights waiting inside the 400-year-old former home of Lord Lynedoch; a beauty in the prime evergreen heart of rural Perthshire.
Relaxing into the stately home, which is Murrayshall, walls and halls demonstrating the building’s history, there is a calming ambience; a glowing beacon and beautiful building with some 40 luxurious rooms and suites of character and tradition.
With food at the forefront, unsurprisingly, there are a choice of dining options, with space for large gatherings and intimate spaces for more private dining; all with a beautiful vista, cosy fires and luxurious furnishings.
Murrayshall recently highlighted the vast tastes of Perthshire, during Scottish Food Fortnight, when the menu reflected the best local produce, served in a range of appealing dishes crafted by Head Chef, Craig Jackson.
As many flocked to the area for one of the main events in the Scottish culinary calendar, the best available local produce of the season was reflected in key servings, such as black pudding and raisin sausage rolls, Finnan haddie and leek gratin, pea, broad bean and feta tart, confit and BBQ celeriac and Blairgowrie strawberries and raspberries; all featuring in a four-course tasting menu in the hotel’s Lynedoch Restaurant.
No surprise then that the hotel has earned a reputation for its food, with the best of local served up within the most stately of local architecture, amidst the natural beauty of rural Perthshire; perfection? Probably.
Dinner is an event, a relaxed one but an event nonetheless, with the passion of the chef shining through in each and every dish, playing to an audience of both a returning clientele; many of whom have experienced the hotel through generations; and others, exploring Scotland for the first time, who shall no doubt return to Murrayshall’s welcoming walls.
Utterly peaceful, relaxed and extremely comfortable, the hotel’s rooms and suites pay testament to tradition with hints of tweed, unique artwork and locally sourced produce, wrapped up in a contemporary styling and offering an exceptionally quiet night’s sleep; waking up refreshed to a morning of fresh views amidst an ever-changing landscape.
This secret pocket of rural Perthshire is secluded enough to escape the buzz yet close enough to towns and villages to access the wider spectrum of Perthshire life, with defined walking routes, picturesque spots for picnics, paddle-boarding, kayaking and of course golf, all offering a rounded experience for even the most travelled visitor.
Murrayshall is perfect for a weeklong Scottish break or a special night away; no matter which, make memories and immerse yourself in the history, tradition, local produce and activity with a backdrop you will never forget.