Dunkeld House Hotel joins Crerar Hotels and secures four-star AA rating 

Dunkeld House Hotel has officially joined Crerar Hotels as its eighth property in Scotland.

The 100-bed hotel, set within a 280-acre estate of natural woodlands on the banks of the River Tay, is said to offer guests all the ‘decadence and period features’ of a country house, but with modern-day amenities.

Dunkeld House has also welcomed interim general manager Paul Leitch, a hospitality veteran who has since secured a four-star AA rating for the hotel and an AA Rosette for the hotel’s Garden Restaurant.

CEO of Crerar Hotels, Chris Wayne-Wills, described the Perthshire hotel’s hospitality proposition as a ‘perfect fit’ for the Crerar Hotels group, which was recently named as the AA’s UK Small Hotel Group of the Year, incorporating the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Oban Bay Hotel, Balmoral Arms in Ballater, Glencoe Inn, Thainstone House in Inverurie, Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa in Inverary and Golf View Hotel & Spa in Nairn.

Dunkeld’s Atholl Suite

Dunkeld House recently underwent a major £800k refurbishment creating three new guest rooms and reimagining its flagship suites, The Atholl and The Duchess.

Further planned projects include the addition of eight high-end woodland lodges in the Woodland Dell, expansion to the leisure and spa facilities, expansion of the current restaurant and the addition of a new food and beverage offering.

As a resort-led experience, Dunkeld House also offers experiences such as County Clays, which is the largest clay pigeon shooting range in Scotland; the Land Rover Experience; Quad Trek Adventures; and of course salmon fishing on one of Scotland’s most famous salmon fishing beats.

Wayne-Wills said: “We are delighted to welcome Dunkeld House Hotel into the Crerar Hotels collection. Its luxury, authentic hospitality offering is well aligned to our current portfolio and complements our existing mix of hotels well.

“Its recent investment also brings it in line with the high-quality experience people expect with Crerar Hotels.

“Furthermore, we are committed to investing in training, recruitment and various opportunities for the Dunkeld House team to ensure it delivers on the experience people expect when they come to a Crerar Hotel and it’s great to bring Paul onboard as the interim General Manager to really drive that vision forward.”

Dunkeld’s Duchess Suite

Wayne-Wills continued: “By bringing Dunkeld House Hotel into our portfolio, we have a fantastic opportunity to use our wealth of experience to invest in it further to enhance the offering here and develop it as an all-encompassing luxury adventure resort within the Scottish Highlands.

“Dunkeld House Hotel is a perfect fit with Crerar Hotels and all we aspire to be,” he said. “It’s a beautiful hotel in an unmatched location that offers an exceptional guest experience, and we are looking forward to building on the huge opportunity that the setting offers us to expand and enhance the offering within national and international audiences.”