REVIEW : Accommodation, Kirkstyle Inn, Dunning

Scotland is beautiful, you cant dispute that. It’s also steeped in history and the one thing I love is that most small villages to larger towns and cities all hold a link to the past.

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Dunning, is no exception. It centres around the 12th-13th century former parish church of St. Serf, where the 9ft Dupplin Cross is displayed. (Dupin Cross is a monumental Pictish stone, which dates from around 800 AD). It has also been burnt to the ground by highlanders in the 18th century and it is said that here St Serf slayed a dragon!

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This was our stop for an over night stay - The Kirkstyle Inn in Dunning, Perthshire which is located in the very centre of the village and next door to St Serfs Church.

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The Dunning Burn runs alongside the hotel and outdoor area, one of the tributaries of the River Earn, just adding to the charm of this village.

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The Kirkstyle Inn has 4 rooms with en-suites and amazing super king sized beds with orthopaedic mattresses for extra comfort. They can be split into twin beds. The lined is crisp, clean and fresh with luxurious fabrics used for the throws, cushions and the curtains. It has a touch of luxury about it without being pretentious but still managing to retain its country charm.

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Our room was large with ample room to move around the bed, large freestanding wardrobe, a dressing table and a set of drawers for those staying more than one evening.

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We loved the seating area right next to the coffee machine and the Tunnocks Teacakes, and just in front of the Smart TV, so you can curl up on the soft chair with blanket or lounge in the bed and flick through the channels.

The room comes with Wi-Fi access, hairdryer and toiletries.

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Your view from one window is over St Serfs Church where you can easily imagine a dragon landing on the roof of the church breathing out fire and wreaking havoc whilst the other is a view across the village.

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But it was the bathroom that we fell in love with. The dark blue colour contrasted with the stark white and the chequered flooring make this visually striking and I loved every aspect of it.

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Gorgeous attention to detail with lovely toiletries and super fluffy white towels. 100% decor and bathroom goals #bathroomgoals, although I might change the paintings (all a bit too random for me!)

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Sea salt scrub to use in the roll top bath with chrome claw feet. The absolute height of indulgence and I really liked it that you could switch off the main bathroom light, leaving on the light by the sink and hand basin, to soften the lighting and allow you to relax and unwind in this fabulous bath! The bath however is meant as a bath and although it has a shower attachment, this is more meant for washing your hair rather than taking a shower. You can choose a room with a shower, should you prefer.

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After popping across the square to the Kirkstyle Inn pub for dinner (review coming soon) we retired to our room as we just couldn’t wait for a bath and to snuggle up in that bed.

After a most peaceful sleep, we were woken at our requested time with a large breakfast hamper delivered to our door. Breakfast was served.

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At dinner, you choose your continental breakfast. Choices are freshly baked croissants with jam and butter, muesli, and yogurt with seasonal fruits. Choose one, choose them all; its up to you. They do cater for special dietary requirements - just ask.

We opted for warm croissants with jam and butter and some toast.

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An Espresso Machine which also dispenses hot water, tea, coffee pods, sugar (milk is delivered with breakfast) and cups and saucers are already available in your room ready for you to enjoy breakfast in bed or in your seating area whilst you wake up and prepare for the day ahead.

I thought delivered breakfast to your room was a nice touch and a very clever way for the inn to manage in the mornings.

After finishing off our lovely warm croissants, dressing and opening the curtains to reveal what kind of day it was, it was time for check out. We walked back over to the pub, handed over our keys and settled our bill.

We thoroughly enjoyed our overnight stay at the Kirkstyle Inn, Dunning. The staff are warm and friendly and its lovely to see a small pub be a home to locals and tourists alike.

Rooms rates : £115-£155 per room per night, dependant on which day of the week you stay.

Kirkstyle Inn and Rooms, Dunning, PH2 0RR. Tel : 01764 684248 www.thekirkstyleinn.co.uk

My Spoon Award - Silver Spoon 8/10

  • Room - 9

  • Ambience/Decor - 9

  • Service - 8

  • View/location - 8

  • Food - 8

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I was invited by the Kirkstyle Inn to review their accommodation. Bed and breakfast were complimentary but the views are very much my own.