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    4* rated luxury Crieff Hydro Hotel Resort & Spa

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    60 onsite activities available to keep you all busy

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    Childcare is FREE for 2-12 year olds

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    Family bedrooms in this 4* rated hotel

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    Discover Crieff Hydro Hotel, a well kept secret, not to be missed

crieff hydro hotel & self catering, perthshire, scotland

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Crieff Hydro Hotel, an experience to embrace. Located in the charming market town of Crieff in Perthshire, Crieff Hydro offers a family friendly holiday that's only one hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Crieff Hydro sits within a 900 acre estate that is home to the hotel, 55 self-catering cottages, seven places to eat and over 60 indoor and outdoor activities. You can also savour the enchanting Scottish scenery and local tourist attractions with country markets, safari parks, historic landmarks and more all within reach.
Crieff Hydro offers the perfect choice for short breaks, weekend breaks, self-catering and family holidays. All those that stay at the resort can enjoy inclusive access to the leisure pool, gym, cinema and daily entertainment programme and younger guests can go along to BIG Country, a fully registered kids club offering 6 hours of FREE childcare for 2-12 year olds.
Mum and dad can also enjoy some 'me time' when relaxing in the spa, experiencing a round of golf on Culcrieff golf course or simply enjoying a meal without the kids in one of the secen on-site eateries.
Over 60 onsite activities are available at this family friendly hotel in Scotland including: archery, badminton, pony rides, cinema, gym, golf, adventure playground, quad biking, mountain biking, squash, swimming, indoor play, tennis, boat hire and woodland walks
Accommodation includes single and double rooms, family rooms and interconnecting rooms in this luxury hotel, as well as self-catering accommodation. Babies and toddlers have also been considered with stair gates, cots and more available. A stay at Crieff Hydro is an experience worthy of mention on everyones 'to do' list.

Accommodation available at this luxury hotel & self catering lodges in Scotland:

  • Standard bedrooms with lovely bathrooms, fresh decor. Ideal for singles or couples.
  • Executive bedrooms, ideal for singles & couples who would like a bit of extra space.
  • Signature bedrooms, ultimate luxury bedrooms
  • Family rooms - perfect for young families with a double & single bed to sleep up to 3
  • Family suites & studios – option to have a separate rooms for the parents & children, sleeping 4-6 people
  • Self catering holiday accommodation - 5 star luxury cottages with 1-6 bedrooms or 3 star cozy cabins real value for money with 2 bedrooms and sleeping up to 4.

Free kids club, Childcare & 60 activities available here in Scotland

Big Country Kids Club: Your 2-12 year olds will love the friends and fun at BIG Country. And you'll love the fact that two three-hour sessions a day are included in your room rate, even for self-catering guests. We take family holidays in Scotland seriously. So our incredible child care facility is far more than just a kids' club. It's packed with every activity you can think of. One session they'll be exploring the indoor castle; the next they're out discovering local wildlife. There's always something new to keep them busy. And rest assured - BIG Country is brilliantly supervised by our highly trained, disclosure checked team. It's the sort of approach you should expect at a family friendly hotel.
Big Country Creche: suitable from the under 2s at a small additional charge.

Disabled accessible holiday accommodation in Scotland

Hotel and room disabled access: The main hotel meets Visit Scotland's Grade 3 accessibility standards with drop off parking, 4 internal lifts with access to all our rooms & leisure facilities. Adapted ground-floor bedrooms are situated close to a private, wheelchair-accessible bathroom, and we also offer a choice of accessible family accommodation.
Self-catering disabled access: Located next to the main hotel near the Golf Course, Abercairney Cottage is five-star self-catering holiday cottage that meets Visit Scotland's Grade 1 accessibility standards. Wheelchair users have comfortable access to all public spaces, including the open-plan living area and outdoor deck. There is one wheelchair-accessible en-suite bedroom, with a hoist to aid travel from bed to bathroom.
Dining access: All of our restaurants and dining areas are spacious and offer good manoeuvrability. Each can be easily accessed via our wheelchair lifts and has specifically-adapted toilet facilities nearby.

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14 family holiday recommendations, average rating 4.8 out of 5
Best rating: 5 out of 5
Worst rating: 4 out of 5
We stayed self catering in a large 3 bed apartment. There were 6 adults and 2 children. The rooms were very clean, modern and spacious. With en suites in every bedroom we were very impressed. The views from the apartment were stunning even though the weather was foul! The hotel caters well for children of all ages and there are many outside activities for both adults and children. Unfortunately it was so wet we didn't really venture outside. The pools were very very busy (prob too busy) when we went but the children enjoyed themselves. Fortunately 3 of us had booked the Victorian Spa which was lovely, quiet and peaceful. All in all we very much enjoyed our stay. Room Tip: If self catering, ask for a cottage/cabin close to the hotel, particularly if you have young children. Laura, Rating 5 out of 5, Nov 2015.
We stayed in a Cosy cabin last week with two toddlers and our dog for four nights - it was amazing! the rain did not stop us having a great time as lots to do in the hotel. My 2 and 4 year olds enjoyed everything about it - and even made it out to ride Polly a couple of times. Us adults enjoyed the luxury of the hotel at the same time which was great. All of the staff were very helpful and friendly. We would go back in a minute! Jacqui, Rating 5 out of 5, Nov 2015.
We stayed here in 2 lodges for a family occasion. The lodges themselves were spotless & had everything you would need for a short break. The only downfall is that some of the lodges are located quite far from the hotel & facilities. There is a shuttle bus that runs up and down but it was not clear as to where or when you could use this. The resort has an abundance of activities to keep children & adults amused, would possibly stay here again. Louise, Rating 4 out of 5, Sep 2015.
Just arrived home from this amazing hotel. Travelled with 3 children 5 years, 3 years and a 3 Month old. We have had the most relaxing time. Even though we have not stopped. The room 125 was perfect for us. I really appreciate all the help from Aleksandra regarding the choice of room we could have. She really was a big help and sent us an email with loads of info regarding the hydro. Just stayed for 2 nights, bed and breakfast. Breakfast was just amazing. Everything was so hot and yummy and the staff were so efficient. Brilliant. The outdoor activity bundles are a great idea. The girls loved the Quad pods and the crazy golf. We loved watching them have so much fun. Even managed a ride on a pony. Back inside and in the Hub was a bouncy castle and a lady doing all sorts of different crafts. We loved this. Girls had nails painted and filled bottles with coloured sand. Was great fun. Even softplay was a winner when we first arrived. Our only downfall really is some of the menus in the restaurants are a bit too fancy for children. We ate at the clubhouse on our 2nd day and that was perfect. The girls had simple meals which consisted of tomato soup and jacket spuds followed by ice cream. Fantastic. We had 2 happy girls. The staff again were so helpful. They arranged transport for us back to hotel as there was nowhere to park due to a wedding being held. All in all we have had a brilliant time. And we will definately be coming back. Rating 4 out of 5, Aug 2015.
Best hotel we have ever stayed in whilst in Scotland, rooms were tastefully decorated as was main hotel. Golf club and hub area could do with a bit of tidy up. Grounds beautiful - entertainment team and all staff so friendly and welcoming. Food and cocktails perfect. Only stressful experience was Miekle dinning - meant to be fine dinning, food was lovely but staff were running round like headless chickens, furniture grubby, noisey , and generally worse 2 hours of holiday! We had a 8y old felt children's menu portions were too small for children over 5 and no intermediate portion between this and adult meal - when desert in Miekle arrived the shocked look and comment "is this it" made us smile - even funnier was a teenager eating bangers and mash in shape of hedgehog. Overall really enjoyed holiday and will definitely return. Rating 5 out of 5, Aug 2015.
Crieff Hydro is a fine, Victorian building which is very up-to-date inside. The hotel staff are warm and welcoming and the room I had booked was of a high standard, immaculately clean with en-suite facilities, toiletries and tea and coffee facilities. We ate each evening in the Meikle restaurant, the waiter service restaurant witha menu that varied each evening. The food is a highlight of any stay with high calibre meals, presented beautifully e.g. salmon, lamb, roast beef and lovely starters and desserts. Breakfast is excellent and there is a full variety of choices on the breakfast buffet - full Scottish breakfast (eggs, bacon, haggis, sausages, beans, tomatoes, hash browns), fruit, cheese, cereals, juices, yoghurts, tea, coffee, toast. It is a help yourself buffet and very generous with choices and portions........enjoy! There are a wide range of on-site activities including a swimming pool and Victorian Spa, beauty and wellness suits, horse riding, quad biking, golf, children's club, paint-balling, ropes and wires in the woods etc Lots to do, but charges apply to a number of the activities. The winter-garden large conservatory is very relaxing for an informal lunch. The site is very safe and family friendly. I brought a disabled family member with me and the trip was thoroughly enjoyed. Well worth a visit. Well done, Crieff Hydro. Rating 4 out of 5, Jul 2015.
I loved this place last year and was excited to visit again during half-term, this time opting for a cozy cabin instead of Executive Studio, which we loved!!!! Perfectly positioned a couple of minutes from the main hotel, these cutesy, woodland cabins were immaculate, stylish, comfortable and enough like a fairy-tale cottage to set our girls imaginations racing. The facilities for families with children are second to none; they loved swimming, pony rides with Polly and Romeo, bouncy castles, zip wires and trampolines, whilst we enjoyed Segway and G & Ts in the sunshine (not together). The area itself is also gorgeous and we visited Blair Drummond Safari Park (highly recommended and excellent value), Drummond Castle gardens and the shops and eateries in Crieff itself. Looking forward to next year already!!! Rating 5 out of 5, May 2015.
Perfect venue for all ages. Stayed for our 2nd visit as a family group of 6 adults and 3 children. Beautiful food in exquisite surroundings, elegant dining rooms. Well staffed, all very friendly & helpful, where nothing is too much trouble. Sampled the various accommodation options and particularly loved the executive suites for families. Spacious and quiet, never feels over-crowded.Tried numerous activities, couldn't fault anything. Very well organised, loved the option to eat separately whilst the children enjoyed the Big Country club. Family disco afterwards was enjoyed by all - fun DJ! Already planning our 3rd visit. Would highly recommend to anyone. Our five year old son said he wanted to live in the Crieff Hydro forever! Louise, Rating 5 out of 5, May 2015
Myself and my two oldest children went to Crieff Hydro for the weekend to hopefully have some family bonding time without the babies. We stayed for two nights. Had plenty of fun doing Aloft, a beginners hack and quad biking. Quad biking was definitely our favourite. Needless to say my son would now like a horse and a quad bike. Hotel great and very family friendly. Food good and service was amazing. All staff very friendly and always willing to help out. Only down side for us was the activities were quite expensive as that is the reason for our trip but that aside we had a great weekend and once we've saved up we will be going again but next time with the babies. Rating 5 out of 5, Apr 2015.
Perfect family holiday, completely relaxing yet loads to do. Ideal hotel for that transition from being just 2 adults to 3 of us. Thank you. Rating 5 out of 5, Paul, received Feb 2013.
We were amazed with the huge number of activities, childcare & lovely holiday accommodation - completely ideal for families as there is enough to keep everyone happy. Would recommend to anyone - we went on a short break so excellent value for money. Rating 5 out of 5, Mary, received Feb 2013.
What an absolute joy! We had a short break at this luxury family friendly hotel & loved it. Excellent choice of activities & the whole family just loved it. We also loved the free kids club - we didn't use it for the full 6 hours but if we wanted to pop to the spa or a quiet dinner in the evening without the children it really suited us. The location as well is perfect - we didn't realise how beautiful Perthshire & the surroundings were - we wouldn't consider going anywhere else for another holiday in Scotland. Rating 5 out of 5, Fiona & Jason (+ 3 kids), received Jan 2013.
We stayed in the self catering holiday cottages which suited us better but was also really good value. The onsite activities were great fun & pretty much catered for whatever you wanted to get up to. Highly recommended. Rating 5 out of 5, Jane, received Dec 2012.
We loved it - family of 3 & I just really needed a break so perfect - our 5 year old loved the creche & as it came free was a great bonus for us. Perfect relaxing, luxury holiday, would go again. Rating 5 out of 5, Emma, received Dec 2012.

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I visited with my children and elderly parents. Having stayed many times several years ago we were very impressed with the upgrading and work which has been done. The rooms were spotless and well equipped- far above our expectations. It was a very busy weekend yet after the busy check-in we were not aware of the crowds at all. The hotel has something for everyone - of all ages. My parents were happy sitting having a coffee and reading, teenagers played games and I could go for long walks. Many of the extra activities are quite costly but they are of a very high quality. (We tried the high rope course and horse riding.)The menu in the main dining room does not change much which was a disappointment and I believe that it is the same for all the eating areas. By the third evening my mother was struggling with her choices. The main thing about the hotel is the amazing staff. Every single person we met was so helpful, welcoming and friendly. We are already planning a return visit.
Stayed at Culcrieff Lodges with family for my 60th BIrthday celebration had a great time lodge was really lovely, and had everything you needed,view from windows was breathtaking, had 2 dogs with us took them on great walks, did a couple of outdoor activities which were fun, had a couple of issues with water and heating on the Saturday wasn't fixed till Sunday lunchtime but they refunded price of one of our activities and took 50% off our meal at the Meikle Restaurant which was lovely, would not let this put me off as will definately go back and would ask for same lodge only thing is i feel it is a lot to pay £10 every time youwant to use the Victorian Spa i thnk a weekend pass would be better.
We were at the Hydro to celebrate my husband's birthday,we had all our family with us ranging from 80 year old to 3 year olds and there was lots to do for everyone. Our rooms were brilliant and one of my daughter's had a luxury suite which was fabulous for four of them.We all loved our time there the food and staff were excellent we did not want to go home will definitely go back I hope.
we have just got back from a four night stay in a self catering chalet and we could've stayed for weeks. The chalet admittedly was a little worn around the edges and I do believe there are some refurbished ones but to be honest they were clean and tidy although a slight musty smell. we were given two rooms one with single beds and one with bunk beds - I think me and my other half were expected to sleep on the sofa bed which we didn't want to do. After a phone call the hotel sent someone up with an extra bed for the bunk bed room and to move our room around pushing the beds together and putting a mattress topper on so we never knew the difference. Maybe this discussion could be had before people turn up so its sorted on arrival. Box and chocs and a bottle of wine for our troubles though. There was also a welcome pack of biscuits,, filter coffee, assorments of teas and sweets, really nice touch.
Our kids, two 5 year olds and an 11 year old loved the big country and were booked in twice a day, while we took advantage of the many activities on offer of just had a meal or a few drinks in the bar. We took part in the 4 x 4 off roading (with kids) the golf and the air rifles. Watch out for discounts on the daily newsletter, we took advantage of this even though we had booked weeks ago. We also had a Hendricks afternoon tea. A few things to take account of. The chalets are only two minutes walk but this is up a very steep hill (a shuttle is provided). Our chalet 521 was very dark outside and we did stumble a few times and the entertainment at night is not really up to much. You will have fun here if you want to its fab and the staff are the best I've encountered in a long time. Well done all...
We stayed at Crieff Hydro for the weekend with our 8 year old and 6 year old. The hotel itself is very attractive with lots to do. The restaurants are fab and staff are very helpful and polite. The bedrooms are very clean with modern decor. The only downside to our stay was The Big Country kids club. After filling in forms for both children we were then told that our girls would have to split up and go into separate rooms due to their ages. With my daughter being incredibly shy this meant she didn't want to go in. My other daughter and her friend went in but my youngest was left very upset. I think this should be pointed out to parents before asking them to fill out forms!! Apart from that we would definitely stay here again and would recommend Crieff Hydro to anyone looking for a relaxing, child-friendly holiday.
We stayed in the luxury lodges, it had 2 bedrooms and was based up at culcrieff which is a 20 min walk from the main hotel. The path through the wood isn't really suitable for a pushchair but the views up at culcrieff made it worthwhile. The lodge was very well equipped and very roomy. We used the pool, spa, brasserie, and diving range, all were very good. I liked that the children's activities were all included in the room rate. We have booked to go back in June although we are staying in a different lodge so we are closer to the hotel.
Just back from a two night break with my mum and aunt. We stayed in room 178 which has a fantastic panorama view. All the staff were so helpful from housekeeping to reception .We were delighted to note that the Meikle restaurant food has vastly improved in quality and selection from 2 years ago,using Scottish beef and lamb with good portion sizes. The puddings were beautifully presented and tasted sublime .Although we stayed last year we didn't go to the Meilke restaurant as the food the year before was very poor .Another great stay in a quality hotel
My partner and I stayed for a week in one of the Culcrieff Cottages at the Hydro. Wow! The cottages are first rate and so cosy and comfortable. We will definitely be staying here again. The standard of the cottage was high and very clean. The views from our cottage were beautiful and we were lucky to get some snow. We got up to a white blanket and the caretakers had already been out and gritted our path and the roads within the resort, very impressed. We were able to use the facilities which included a gym, pool, sauna and steam room which we made good use of. We ate in the Brasserie a couple of times where the service was top rate and the food too. We had coffee in the Winter Garden which was a lovely relaxing environment. Roll on our next stay here!
Amazing Victorian Hotel set in its own grounds with log cabins has various different Restaurants and a Cinema as well as a Swimming Pool and Spa. We ate in the Bistro and had a nice steak, good choice of drinks and entertainment in the main hall in the evening. Amazing Conservatory for an Afternoon High Tea. Best Deals are Sunday to Thursday and off peak. Has a great free kids crèche to allow couples to have a nice meal together . Only downside is availability of taxis recommend taking your car although there is a mini bus available to take you around the resort itself we used to go to the Land Rover Off Road 4x4 Experience which I had been given as a gift voucher for my Birthday would highly recommend doing this but there are lots of other activities if this isn't your thing.
Just back from 4 nights in the cosy cabins. We were in the Ben Ledi cabin. The cabins are wonderful and equipped with everything you may need. They have a lovely rustic feel to them although the bathroom and kitchen are finished to an excellent standard. We were a bit concerned about the bedrooms upstairs as we have two small children but we were put at ease when we arrived to find stair-gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. The facilities at the hotel were excellent. The kids pool was great and never busy (I think we were here at a fairly quiet time). We put our kids aged 3 and 4 in the kids club (Big Country) twice and they absolutely loved it. We took the opportunity to have an afternoon in the Victorian Spa and also a lovely evening meal in the Brasserie. The staff were so helpful and friendly throughout. This was a very different type of holiday for us but we are already planing a return. We really didn't want to leave and wished the snow had got a bit heavier, possibly making it impossible to leave ;-) A wonderful holiday in a wonderful place.