It feels strange to be back here blogging, having posted nothing – not a single sausage – on here since the pandemic struck! I have a couple of posts planned, and I thought that since my last post was an afternoon tea, I’ll start with another afternoon tea to restart my blogging!
I’d never heard of Murrayshall Country House Hotel until just recently, and after a quick Google I was really excited to visit. I used to live just north of Perth, and it’s such a beautiful part of inland Scotland – I was excited to drive the road there again after so many years, taking in the countless miles of farming countryside.
We arrived to Murrayshall to become immediately enchanted by our surroundings. The beautiful 400 year old house looks petite from the outside and is snuggled into the trees and beautiful gardens. Before it lies the 27-hole golf course and over 350 acres of stunning Perthshire countryside.
Indoors, the beautiful views continue. It is clear that a lot of time and effort has gone into the decoration of this stunning building – the decor is contemporary and stylish, yet still keeps in touch with the essence of the old house. The fireplaces are absolutely stunning, and I can imagine staying there and enjoying a nightcap by the fire on that stunning blue couch.
We only visited for the day and had an afternoon tea in the Lynedoch Lounge. The lounge is at the front of the house with a large window which boasts views out over the countryside, a massive fireplace and a grand piano. It’s the perfect setting for an afternoon tea.
The afternoon tea consisted of your usual sandwiches, pastries, scones and cakes. I am usually all about the sandwiches – I LOVE sandwiches, but in this case it was their pastries which really stole the show for me.
The mini quiches are so, so tasty – I don’t know which cheese they use but it was so punchy and creamy – I could’ve eaten a bundle of them. I love haggis, but I like my haggis traditional. I ate the haggis sausage roll first because I assumed it would be another gimmick that I wouldn’t be that into, and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed it – it was so, so tasty and was better than any other sausage roll I’ve eaten before. The sandwiches were nice enough – the fillings didn’t excite me much to be honest, and usually that would disappoint me but in this case it was just as well – there was a huge selection of food in general, and usually I fill up quickly on the bread, pastry and scones before I even get to the cakes!
The sweets were abundant – we ended up taking a lot of it home with us as it’s so difficult to finish everything! The strawberry mousse was really light and fresh, so we tackled them first and then moved onto scones. The profiteroles and the mini fruit tart were both delicious too.
We packed up our leftovers and took off for a walk around the hotel, gardens and down towards the countryside to burn off some of the afternoon tea, and the views were just breathtaking. We really enjoyed some fresh air, sunshine and admiring all the beautiful flowers and shrubs in the gardens before setting off on our journey back home.
Murrayshall is somewhere I would definitely recommend to anyone to visit – it would be a great place for a romantic weekend away, or even as a day trip to celebrate a special occasion. Larger occasions would also be stunning here – I had a peak at their function suite and main bar area too.
The excursions they offer to guests look amazing – I can definitely see myself next summer taking part in the kayak/paddle boarding tours with matching picnics! What a cool way to discover lesser known parts of Scotland?! I know that despite living in Perthshire for a year, I have seen very little of it.
Thanks to Murrayshall for having us – we had a really lovely day and are keen to come back!
Murrayshall Country House Hotel & Golf Course