Hotel Profile – Moness Resort, Perthshire

When you become a parent two things happen in regards to holidays – you want to get away from it all to somewhere that’s child friendly and suits your needs but still feels fabulous, and your relatives (including your in-laws) want to see you.  Well actually they want to see your cute mini-me, you are suddenly far less important.

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The Moness Resort in Perthshire works on many levels.  This relaxing gem of a resort in the heart of Perthshire offers 106 cottages with self-catering facilities – ideal for families – and a four star hotel where no two rooms are the same – ideal for your mother and father in law.  Joking aside this resort works for families, couples and lone travellers but it’s also a solid solution for large parties, reunions or for multi-generational trips where people want to book different things yet still be together.  Its location, in the centre of Scotland and close to all of the nation’s major cities and airports, makes it a great spot for a meet up or family getaway.  Here’s why.

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20160615_154546_resizedCheck In – check in starts at 4pm and we arrived at 3.30pm.  Our cottage wasn’t quite ready so we were courteously invited to wait.  Inwardly I thought ‘Meh’ but we soon discovered a playroom with a ball pit, tunnel, jigsaws and games.  It had huge glass windows and was right next to the Terrace bar so we persuaded ourselves to have a beer (after all the driving) and watch the children make instant friends with other children whose parents were doing exactly the same as us.  I have never been so delighted not to check in immediately in all my days, we spent a relaxed hour supervising the boys and chilling out, we didn’t go to our cottage till 5pm.

The Cottage – our two bedroom cottage, ‘Bracken’, was notably spacious with an ensuite bathroom and a separate family bathroom; two bathrooms did feel hugely indulgent.  The bedrooms and bathrooms are on the ground floor, which makes perfect sense when you’re lugging heavy luggage, and the open plan kitchen/dining room/living room is upstairs.  You could cook proper meals in the well equipped kitchen and there was room for the children to play.  We particularly liked our inquisitive neighbours who Mr Toddler harassed every moment he possibly could – lucky ducks.

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There’s somebody at the door …

There are five types of cottages (one, two or three bedroom) to choose between to suit your preferences.  We stayed in the Garden Wynd properties close to the leisure centre and hotel, whereas the Walled Garden cottages, set further afield within the original farm garden, offer a more private, tranquil setting in log cabin style bungalows so there’s something for everyone.

Dining – there are two restaurants onsite.  The Flemmyng Restaurant offers proudly Scottish fine dining including ample seafood, pork belly or highland venison loin. The Terrace offers low key bar meals such as battered haddock and chips and good old macaroni cheese.  It also has outdoor seating for Perthshire’s summer days.  The service we received from the waiter in the Terrace was exemplary, even offering to return Mr Husband’s main course to the kitchen to keep warm when he vanished with Mr Toddler for a toilet break.  [Must teach Mr Toddler that it’s politer to go between courses!]

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Facilities – Onsite there’s a swimming pool with a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi as well as indulgent spa facilities.  Needless to say both our tots adored the swimming, splashing and jumping in.  A pool table and television make the Terrace bar area a laid back mixing point – we saw a couple playing pool as their newborn slept in its car seat and we remembered how much you could get up to in those early days.

Location – The picturesque town of Aberfeldy is a mere walk away, and Birnam, Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Loch Tay are a short drive on winding Scottish country roads.  Golf is on the doorstep at the Aberfeldy Golf Club, and key attractions such as the Scottish Crannog Centre, hand-feeding red deer at Highland Safari and Dewar’s World of Whisky are all within easy reach.  We also stopped by the famed Macbeth Oak in Birnam Wood and visited the Beatrix Potter garden at Birnam Arts Centre (separate posts coming).  A lot of activities can be organised through the hotel which makes life easier and sometimes this can lead to discounts as well – we booked the ‘Red Deer and Barn Owl Experience’ at Highland Safaris through the hotel and received a two for one offer.

For more information on the hotel and the local area visit http://www.moness.com and http://www.visitperthshire.co.uk.

The Lowdown – we drove from Aberdeen to Aberfeldy which took about two and a half hours.  For additional travel advice please click here.  When we visited the weather was really wet yet we found so much to do; I can only imagine what it’s like when it’s dry or if the sun shines.  Tots2Travel were guests at the Moness Resort for two nights with a complimentary evening meal.  The friendly ducks were such a highlight.  Quack!

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June 23, 2016

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29 Comments

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    Little Pickle's Mom

    June 27, 2016

    Awwwwwww!!! We honeymooned VERY near here – in Kenmore just down the road. I’d LOVE to head back to this beautiful area and this resort looks perfect. Definitely one to look at for the future. LOVED the distillery too.

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      tots2travel

      June 27, 2016

      It was great for kids as we had our own space but could tap into the ease and facilities of a hotel whenever we wished. Lovely area to honeymoon in, hope you can return.

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    Little Steps/Dean B (@LittleStepsTwit)

    June 27, 2016

    Oh this looks lovely and looks like a perfect place to visit especially like you mentioned, families with young kids. I do love the look of that indoor pool 🙂

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      tots2travel

      June 27, 2016

      When we visited a vintage car club was there too and its members were mainly over 60 so it just seemed to work for all ages. They were cooing over our babies 🙂

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    Ana De Jesus

    June 27, 2016

    This looks like heaven on earth and I like that they cater to families with young children which is so important to have in a resort. Its beautiful x

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      tots2travel

      June 27, 2016

      Lovely part of the world, desperately green and relaxed. Thanks for commenting.

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    Charlotte

    June 27, 2016

    I am thinking maybe it’s time for a staycation! This place looks amazing with a touch of luxury, Glad you enjoyed and it’s ALWAYS good to make the inlaws happy!

    The Blonde B

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      tots2travel

      June 27, 2016

      Too right! It was one of those few places that you make whatever you want to make of it. Loved the fact we were self catering but could tap into hotel facilities whenever we wished.

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    Danielle

    June 27, 2016

    This place looks amazing, I always find it hard to find somewere that suits for a little one brilliant pictures, that pool is making me so jealous xxx

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      tots2travel

      June 28, 2016

      It felt like a holiday but the cottage also felt like home. Nice balance.

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    Alina

    June 28, 2016

    Such a pretty place and perfect for the family. The food looks top quality too – very posh 🙂
    Looks like there’s plenty to do there as well as will make sure to check it out!

    Alina | DIY home blogger UK

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      tots2travel

      June 28, 2016

      Good food always a winner for me with 3 strapping lads!

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    Kara Guppy

    June 28, 2016

    It looks like the perfect place to stay and the facilities look really good. Not sure I would get mine out of the pool

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      tots2travel

      June 28, 2016

      Just promise them they can go and harass the ducks 😉

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    Beautyqueen UK (Beautyqueenuk)

    June 28, 2016

    Oh what a beautiful place to say and those ducks are just divine x

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      tots2travel

      June 28, 2016

      Very homely and a great location too. Thanks for commenting.

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    fashionandstylepolice

    June 28, 2016

    The food looks great. I like the fact that there is a pool as well.

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      tots2travel

      June 28, 2016

      A pool works for all ages, throw in a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna and (for the adults) it’s even better.

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    Anosa

    June 28, 2016

    I think a hotel that can cater to the kids, couples and lone travelers is always a winner for me and I am loving the look of this one

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      tots2travel

      June 29, 2016

      Yes, I like places where you can all be together yet apart at the same time, quality time rather than in each other’s pockets.

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    Sav Chin

    June 29, 2016

    Food looks great and looks like a really nice place as well. It’s always nice to have a pool when you go away, a little bit of exercise.

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      tots2travel

      June 29, 2016

      Or just a wee splash about!

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    Jenni

    June 30, 2016

    Wow this place looks incredible, I love that there is something for both kids and adults. The food looks divine x

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      tots2travel

      June 30, 2016

      It helps that it’s set in beautiful countryside too.

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    Anna

    July 1, 2016

    Woow this place looks awesome, i love that’s in the countryside, you get to relax and enjoy the family time more.

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