The Stair Arms is a small family owned and managed hotel, that has a warm Scottish welcome. Although it's situated by the main road the hotel has a very country feel so if you’re not keen on the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the place for you. We arrived in the afternoon with the kids and the dogs and were welcomed with open arms. The lovely lady on reception checked us in quickly and smoothly and explained were everything was and how to get to our room. We decided to put all our things in our room first before exploring.
The Stair Arms has recently gone through a fresh refurbishment so our room felt new, modern, chic and fresh. We had room number 3 which has a comfy double bed but joins onto room 4 which has 2 single beds. This was perfect for us and the kids plus there was plenty of room for the dog's bed and of course the dogs to move around. The bathroom was beautiful with a big deep bath, which the kids couldn't wait to use, and we had plenty of storage space for our clothes and things as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Everything you'd every need for a good nights rest. Oh and can I just mention the USB plug sockets beside the beds. What a nice touch. We have so many gadgets to charge and only one plug (silly me) so this was perfect and such a life saver.
The hotel has some lovely warm hospitality and a nice relaxing atmosphere, although the kids tried their best to disrupt this haha. Apologies to other guests for my crazy kids! The lounge and reception are to your left when you walk in and it's all modern with some seriously comfy chairs. After we had put our things in our room we chilled in the lounge for a bit before going outside to the gardens to investigate.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that The Stair Arms Hotel have a lovely play park for the children out back as well as lots of picnic tables and seats to chill in whilst the kids burn off some energy. It was a beautiful evening when we were there so we sat outside for ages making the most of it with a little cider. There's loads of space for the kids and dogs to run around outside here and they have some super cute apple trees that the children enjoyed playing around. They particularly loved the oak tree in the car park which was currently dropping it's acorns. Lots of fun from something so simple.
When it started to get a bit chilly we headed into the comfortable and cosy restaurant, which is beautiful by the way, for some tasty food. We sat beside the fabulous log fire and again the seats were so comfy. There was lots on the menu to choose from as well as a special menu and a children's menu. Both the husband and I loved the look of the specials so we had pan fried scallops and pan fried local wood pigeon breast to start with and the kids had garlic bread. Whilst we waited on the starters the waitress brought us over some homemade bread and dips. OMG!! They were still warm and totally amazing. Everyone scoffed them down and could have eaten them again. Highly recommend ordering these.
Our starters arrived and everything was cooked perfectly. My scallops were just right (as so often they can be overcooked) and the wood pigeon was tender and juicy. The kids enjoyed munching on their garlic bread and everyone looked happy and content. For mains the husband and I order from the special menu again as the choices were fab. I opted for the pan fried Perthshire venison loin whilst the hubby went for the 8oz Aberdeen angus steak wrapped in bacon. The kids decided on pork sausages, chips and beans and chicken strips with chips and beans. All of our dishes were healthy helpings so I was very impressed.
The mains were just as good as the starters. Beautifully cooked and well presented. We tucked right in and polished it off in no time. By this point we were pretty full but the kids wanted ice cream so the hubby and I decided to share a dessert of sticky toffee pudding. What a great choice it was too. Totally homemade it was amazing and melted in your mouth. I would definitely get this again.
By now everyone was super tired so we headed up to our room for a good night's sleep. I ran the kids a bath which they enjoyed since it was like a swimming pool and we chilled before getting some much needed rest. In the morning we headed back down to the restaurant for our breakfast. We were shown to our table and asked if we'd like some tea and coffee. The lovely waitress also pointed us to where the cereal and juices etc were. There was plenty on offer to keep us satisfied from cereals, toast to some tasty hot options. I ordered scrambled egg on toast, Harlow went for boiled eggs and toast soldiers whilst the hubby had porridge and Logan stuck with his usual toast. Everything was delicious.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Stair Arms Hotel and would happily stay again. The hotel is warm and cosy with plenty of places to chill and relax in plus the staff were so lovely and couldn't have done any more to make us feel welcome. We'll definitely be back.
This was a gifted stay in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.