We took a scenic drive through the Trossachs National Park to arrive at our next stop, The Four Seasons Hotel. A charming hotel and restaurant set right on the banks of the gorgeous Loch Earn. Even though the weather wasn’t quite on our side the hotel looks so picturesque, surrounded by a gorgeous scenery. We just knew it would be the perfect base for us to get out and explore the Trossachs.
The Hotel is well-known for its great food and superb dog friendly service so we were excited to experience it for ourselves. We received the warmest welcome from the team, and their gorgeous hotel dog before being shown to our room.
We were so lucky to be staying in one of their loch facing rooms, the large windows gave us the most spectacular views across Loch Earn… I couldn’t think of a better view to wake up to. The homely feel continued up into the bedroom, they were simple but cosy. What you would expect for the Scottish highlands.
The rooms were well equipped with the essentials, tea, coffee and homemade Scottish shortbread… What more could you want? A lovely cosy place to hide from the not so glorious weather! A little hint for you, when the forecast predicts 100% rain, it really is no joke!
For when the rain finally subsided the hotel had left us a list of local walks, something I really appreciate as it saves that extra worry of finding a good place to walk. Obviously being a spaniel Alfie believes in walking whatever the weather, so we got to make the most of them – Even if he did sulk about it after!
The bathroom was clean and spacious, with a lovely selection of Arran Aromatics bath products… Just what you need after a day of exploring. Alfie was very excited by the rubber duck, trying is hardest to get his little paws on it to play!
For your pooch
The Four Season Hotel truly is a dog friendly establishment, they have thought of everything you could possibly need for you and your dog to enjoy your stay. They do above and beyond to cater for your dog, offering a variety of services. From pet sitting to dog walking your dog will be given the best quality care.
Something that I was really impressed with was their pet listening service. If we had a normal pooch [not an overly clingy spaniel] James and I could leave Alfie in the room whilst we dined. Someone would listen in whilst we are away making sure that he is ok, alerting you if there were any problems – Which is really handy if you fancy trying their fine dining!
Dining at The Four Seasons
If you want to dine with your dog [which of course we always do] then you can sit in the bar area of the restaurant. We took our very sleepy spaniel down for dinner, he could barely hold his own head up – Scotland hit hard! The atmosphere was so calm and relaxed that Alfie could spralw out and catch up on some much needed sleep.
The menu was plentiful, with a great selection of classic dishes, more fancy affairs, and some daily specials. For our first dinner at The Four Seasons we went all out and had three courses. James went for the soup of the day, which changes daily. This days soup was leek and onion and was served with a basil oil. With a luxurious main coming I just went for some simple garlic bread.
We both went for classic mains, and they were both gorgeous. I had confit duck leg with pommes puree, beans and tasty, rich jus. I have found a love for duck this year and this was up there with the best I’ve tasted. James’ main was even more classic – ‘bangers & mash’! Ok, so it was more than just bangers and mash. The sausage of the day was venison and the potato was super creamy and it came with a delicious caramelised onion gravy. They were the perfect hearty dinners after another day exploring!
As I’m sure you all know now, I have a crazy sweet tooth so pudding was always on the cards! I had an apple and hazelnut crumble, and get this…with custard ice cream! Best of both worlds! James went for a banana and honey comb parfait. It was really pretty on the plate and tasted just as good – so I was told…it was gone before I got a look in!
What was really special for us was that Alfie could dine with us. The bar area was contiguous with one of the restaurants so it wasn’t even like we had to hide around the corner out of sight. On top of that there was even a little menu made for dogs! All freshly cooked dishes with fresh and all natural ingredients. Alf was spoilt as always and got to try the ‘rooster and rice’.
We awoke early each morning for breakfast, as dog’s were not allowed in the breakfast room [This is usually the case in most hotels] a table had been set up for us in the lounge. I really love it when a hotel does it can to cater for the dog owner.
There was a whole array of breakfast waiting for us: some cereals, fresh fruit and pastries, and then there was a menu full of cooked dishes. It was only right to tuck in! I had a fruit salad, and some pastries [I just couldn’t resist]. James went for the full Scottish breakfast... It looked delicious! As always Alfie patiently waited for some sausage, nobody can resist those puppy dog eyes.
The Four Seasons Hotel, is set in the heart of the Trossachs. You didn’t have to go far for great scenery, with the loch on you doorstep and a woodland set on the back. You really could walk for miles. I have written a separate blog on our favourite walks, so be sure to check it out here.
Alfie was very excited to be staying so close to the water, every time he went out for a wee he just had to dip his feet in the loch… Lets face it, he dived straight in!
A huge thank you to The Four Seasons Hotel for inviting us along, we had such a wonderful relaxing break. I honestly could not speak highly enough of their dog friendly service. Alfie was treated like a member of the family, something I love!
Emma & Alfie xox