After the car giving up on us on our way to afternoon tea at Honeycomb & Co, the morning before heading up north to the Four Seasons Hotel was spent looking at cars. We had narrowed it down to just two by the time we left for the picturesque drive, in the running was a Ford EcoSport and a Nissan Quashqai.
One of our favourite places is the Trossachs National Park. An hour’s car journey from the metropolitan hustle and bustle of Glasgow and Edinburgh and you are transported into a tranquil countryside setting, with lochs, hills and forests. You, if you’re anything like me, will come to the countryside equipped with an outdoors type jacket, sturdy footwear, a warm hat and an intrepid spirit of adventure, determined to embrace the fresh air and climb something. These good intentions quickly evaporate however, and are replaced with sitting next to a roaring fire, looking out at the view whilst sipping a nice glass of red commenting to anyone who will listen that it’s too nippy outside for such strenuous tasks as walking.
Of course, you’ll be needing somewhere to set up camp, preparing for such arduous adventures as thinking about climbing a hill by eating a hearty breakfast, indulging in lunch with a drink and unwinding after a long day of thinking about having some adventures. Well, we found such a place!
Situated on the banks of the stunning Loch Earn, the Four Seasons Hotel offers a warm welcome, good food and amazing views of the surrounding countryside. It is made up of bedrooms within the main hotel building and also 5 chalets which are ideal for families. We stayed in chalet 4 which was perched on the hill above the main hotel which made for some quite spectacular views looking out across the Loch.
The main building houses the restaurant and two bars, ideal places for relaxing with a newspaper, playing some board games (remember those?) and generally spending some real quality time with however it is you are travelling with. The hotel staff really are genuinely welcoming and they can’t do enough for you, providing that real “at home” feeling. They also have fantastic local knowledge and can provide insight into everything the surrounding area has to offer.
If you have dogs, they are also made very welcome at the hotel. We had the pleasure of meeting the owners black lab and he also provided a very warm welcome!
An interesting piece of trivia about the Four Seasons is that four very famous Scousers stayed there for a couple of nights in 1964 in between playing gigs in Edinburgh and Dundee. It was quite a thrill for me, as a Beatles fan, to have stayed somewhere that my musical heroes had stayed. I certainly didn’t feel like the Fool on the Hill in my chalet though, although it was a bit of a Magical Mystery Tour to get back up there after dinner and drinks. Not so much Rubber Soul as Rubber Legs!