Hervé Bernier returns to Perthshire to take the helm at Dunkeld House

Hervé Bernier

Dunkeld House Hotel has appointed renowned hotelier Hervé Bernier as its General Manager, marking a welcome return for him to the hotel, where he spent a long period of his early career.

He takes over from hospitality veteran Paul Leitch, who has been acting as Interim General Manager at the hotel since it joined the Crerar Hotels collection in November 2023.

Bernier joins the award-winning Crerar group from Hotel du Vin in St Andrews, where he was GM for the seven years, leading it to some of its best results for profit and guest satisfaction.

But he’s excited to be back with Dunkeld House Hotel, where he has a rich history, having worked there for a long period of his early career, starting as Chef de Rang and working his way up to deputy GM. He met his wife, Jacqueline at the hotel, and they were also married at Dunkeld House Hotel, so the venue is very special to him.

Following his first stint at Dunkeld, Hervé enjoyed a prosperous career in some of the country’s most prestigious roles and Crerar CEO Chris Wayne Wills – who also worked with him throughout his career – was thrilled to secure him back to Dunkeld House Hotel when the time was right.

Wayne Wills said: “Having a team that is truly impassioned by hospitality, location and all that a venue has to offer is vital and Hervé has this in abundance for Dunkeld House Hotel, which makes him perfect to take the reins.

“His passion and personal links to the hotel, along with his unrivalled experience in some of the best jobs in Scotland, will serve him well here and I am confident he will lead Dunkeld House Hotel to great success.”

On his new appointment, Hervé said: “As I embark on this journey at Dunkeld House Hotel, I am excited to showcase the rich history and natural beauty that surrounds us. I look forward to leading our exceptional team in elevating the guest experience, embracing the heritage of this iconic destination, and creating moments that resonate for a lifetime.”

Dunkeld House is a 100-bed four-star, luxury, country house hotel on the banks of the River Tay. It is the eighth hotel in Crerar Hotels collection, which also includes 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.