The East Haugh Hotel team celebrate with their award
The East Haugh Hotel team celebrate with their award

It’s two in a row for Scotland’s Hotel of the Year

A Perthshire hotel is celebrating after being named Scotland’s Hotel of the Year (under 50 rooms) at the 2019 Prestige Hotel Awards.

Presented by Allied Irish bank, the ceremony took place in Glasgow last week.

Fighting off competition from hotels across Scotland, East Haugh House were back to defend their title of Scotland’s Hotel of the Year 2018 and successfully scooped the award for a second time.

East Haugh House, a 4 star boutique country house hotel located in Pitlochry, was bought in 1989 by husband and wife team Neil and Lesley McGown and 2019 marks their 30th anniversary in business.

The 17th century private 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 was last year crowned Scotland’s Game Chef of the Year. East Haugh was also Highly Recommended at the awards on Sunday for Best Dining Experience in Scotland.

The East Haugh House team celebrate with their award

Over 18,000 votes were cast in the Prestige Hotel Awards 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.

Lesley McGown, proprietor of East Haugh House, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have taken home one of the top awards, Scotland’s Hotel of the Year, for a second year running at the 2019 Prestige Hotel Awards.

‘This year, my husband and I celebrate 30 years in business at East Haugh House so 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.’