Congratulations to the best hotel in Scotland – it’s official

Scotland’s Hotel of the Year has been revealed as a Perthshire family business.

East Haugh House in Pitlochry, a four star boutique country house hotel, took home the top award at the second annual Prestige Hotel Awards, presented by Allied Irish bank, in Glasgow.
They were named as Scotland’s ‘Hotel of the Year’ at the 2018 Prestige Hotel Awards.

Over 18,000 votes were cast to find the best of Scotland’s hotel trade; competing venues from across the nation were whittled down by public vote, then judged by an independent judging panel who visited each of the hotels.

East Haugh House’s (from left) director Sophie McGown, general manager Steven Dobbin and proprietor Lesley McGown

Bought in 1989 by husband and wife team Neil and Lesley McGown, the 17th century country house was lovingly converted into a luxury 12 bedroom hotel and restaurant, and has established itself as a popular destination for tourists from the UK and overseas.

Renowned for its locally sourced seasonal food, specialising in seafood and game, chef patron Neil McGown leads a talented and passionate kitchen team with East Haugh’s restaurant recommended in the Michelin Guide.

A comfortable bedroom at East Haugh House

Steven Dobbin, the general manager, joined East Haugh House from Cameron House in 2016, and attended the glittering awards on Sunday along with owners Lesley and Sophie McGown.

Lesley, proprietor of East Haugh House, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have won the main award of Hotel of the Year at the 2018 Prestige Hotel Awards.

The award-winning East Haugh House

‘After almost 30 years in business, this recognition couldn’t be a more fitting accolade. It reflects our fantastic team’s dedication to delivering a very personal service for our guests with first class hospitality and exceptional food.’

There’s no resting on their laurels at East Haugh, as they are hosting their first Scottish tapas night on Saturday,17 March. The menu will feature contemporary tapas-style dishes, with a focus on flavour and creativity.


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