About the award
Introduced in 1992, this award is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to hotels that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market.
From the small family-run hotel to the most ambitious commercial ventures, hotels of every size and style are potential winners.
This elegant Victorian mansion set in Perthshire countryside was acquired by tennis champion Andy Murray in 2013, and has been lovingly refurbished and transformed into a beautiful 15 bedroom country house hotel.
It re-opened two years ago and has certainly put itself on the map. The hotel is run by Inverlochy Castle Management International who have considerable experience in running quality hotels in Scotland. Service and hospitality are outstanding, while bedrooms and suites are stylish and individually beautifully appointed with rich fabrics, quality furnishings and state-of-the-art technology.
All have stunning views over the beautiful grounds and gardens. The Chez Roux restaurant, is headed up by chef Darin Campbell whose pedigree includes a stint as head chef for Andrew Fairlie and executive chef at One Devonshire Gardens. Cuisine is classic French and the menus often draw from the kitchen gardens.
As you would expect with a sporting owner, the hotel boasts a range of activities on its estate that include tennis, archery, clay pigeon shooting and fishing.
2015 – Rufflets Hotel
2014 – Meldrum House Country Hotel, Aberdeen
2013 – Cringletie House, Peebles
2012 – The Torridon
2011 – Blythswood Square
2010 – Boath House
2009 – The Gleneagles Hotel
2008 – Norton House Hotel