A country house in an idyllic setting which oozes charm and sophistication
Scotland B2B spent a lovely, sunny evening at Garvock House Hotel in Dunfermline recently and has been smitten ever since.
In fact, our recommendation can’t come highly enough because this country house oozes charm like no other Fife hotel we’ve had the pleasure of staying in.
Despite its location in the town, not far from East End Park (home to Dunfermline Athletic Football Club) and all the trappings of Halbeath, the hotel is surrounded by acres of well established, beautifully landscaped grounds which instantly transport you to a more rural and idyllic Fife – even if only in your mind.
Inside, its soft and romantic ambience – punctuated by period features – continues through to the reception, rooms and restaurant.
It is (in our opinion) a stunning place to impress and entertain corporate guests, whether it’s for a simple networking event, business lunch, private dining occasion, or evening drinks in the lounge, which also serves as a breakout area.
The owners’ passion for the place really shines through.
“We’re just as excited about the place 20 years on,” Pamela Fernandes, who bought the property with her husband in 1997, told us.
In fact, the Fernandes have just carried out a £500k refurbishment of the hotel, culminating in the completion of the Rosemalen Suite, which is already proving popular for weddings.
“It’s important to move with the times,” said Pamela. “People are more widely travelled these days and their expectations have changed.”
Pamela is no stranger to the hotel industry, having grown up lending a hand in her parents’ hotels before finally embarking on her own hospitality venture.
“Standards are higher,” she says.
“That’s why we like to continually improve while retaining the traditional features that make Garvock so special.”
The hotel, which has a strong local following, has built its reputation and loyal client base largely on word of mouth recommendations.
Midweek, it hosts primarily business travellers and is a firm favourite among those in oil and gas, as well as clients and employees of Lloyds and Scottish Water.
As well as providing luxury accommodation, Garvock offers four different rooms for corporate entertaining which cater from four to 150 guests: The Dunsmuir, Transy, Harviestoun, and recently refurbished Rosemalen Suite, which is the largest of the four and suitable for mid-sized conferences.
For meetings, delegate day rates start from £15 per person and include breakfast rolls or pastries or afternoon cream tea and refreshments.
Benefits include free Wi-Fi, free on-site parking, equipment hire, catering and 26 beautifully appointed rooms available for corporate travellers.
Dinner is a grand affair and you can expect to be waited on hand and foot by a large number of waiting staff who, at times, can almost seem a little too eager to please. It makes for a refreshing change, however, from the lacklustre customer service we’re all too used to receiving.
During our stay we sampled the sirloin steak with roasted plum tomato, button mushrooms, battered onion rings and homemade chips with pepper sauce, which was expertly cooked and tasted amazing.
Our stay was topped off by the friendliness of the staff and by the little touches, such as the ‘Do Not Disturb’ Scottie dog (pictured) and the personal tour given by Pamela herself.
The only oddity was the en-suite tap which seemed to have been fitted the wrong way ‘round and gave us a right good soaking every time we washed our hands.
Luckily, a hairdryer was supplied and we were able to dry the ominous marks off our good clothes in time for dinner.
A small sacrifice for an otherwise delightful stay.