The Kirkstyle Inn describes itself as a proper old pub in the countryside, and if that doesn’t sound enticing, I don’t know what does.
Located in Dunning in Perth, I have to agree that it’s in a beautiful part of the country. We stopped for a visit to Scone Palace on the way, it’s a five star attraction with plenty to do, including the maze which we managed to finish on our first attempt! I
We arrived at the historic Kirkstyle Inn late afternoon. The inn and rooms has welcomed people for hundreds of years, and the pub itself was rebuilt in 1716 when the village burnt to the ground (apparently it was no accident).
The Inn & Rooms are separate to one another with the rooms being a short hop across the road. Located in a converted house, our room was a lovely large double complete with an impressive roll top bath. It was really cosy and no expense had been spared on the furnishings or bathroom which felt really luxurious. One major point to note is that the room is open plan, and only a wooden screen separates the bathroom from the rest of the room. If you’re sharing with a partner, this may well be a bonus, if with a friend or child, not so much. I’m also not sure about the open plan nature of the toilet, there were all sorts of horrible scenarios running through my head (what if I need the toilet when my friend is having a bath, what if one of us feels ‘ill’ in the night… and so on). Some people may love it, but I prefer a little more privacy. I’ll leave that one with you to ponder yourself.
No tea in the room is a pet hate of mine (and all too common in Europe), so I was pleased to see we had a coffee machine, which we didn’t manage to work very well, but that may well be us!
After settling in we headed across the road for a drink in the bar. We managed to bag ourselves two comfy wingbacks beside an open fire and spent a lovely hour chatting before heading through to the restaurant for dinner (more on that in my next post).
We had a restful night’s sleep, and fortunately neither of us needed the toilet in the night (much to both of our relief!).
Breakfast was meant to be served to the room continental style. We specified a time but unfortunately nothing arrived, so I can’t comment on the breakfast. We had to leave before we saw anyone or the pub was open so that was a little disappointing and we ended up having to have breakfast at Dobbies on the way home (where I chipped a tooth!)
While the room was lovely (and the pub was really very good indeed), I wasn’t keen on the open plan layout, and the missing breakfast (which we never got to the bottom of), was a wee bit of a disappointing end note of what was a pleasant overnight stay.