The Fife Arms
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The Fife Arms

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Located in the historic Scottish village of Braemar, The Fife Arms is a Victorian coaching inn that has been imaginatively restored. Celebrating Scotland’s rich heritage and craftsmanship, the hotel is surrounded by the majestic landscape of Royal Deeside.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Mar Road, Braemar AB35 5YN Scotland
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IanFarnell wrote a review Dec 2020
Skipton, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In short if the Fife Arms was located in America there would be a long queue with security guards vetting all guests prior to admittance.
However it’s in Braemar and all you will get is a warm welcome from a ghillie probably in a kilt as he opens the door for you.

In more detail,
All public rooms are decorated with exceptional art and furnishings, a tour of all of these spaces would take some considerable time so unless you are staying as a guest you need to make multiple visits to fully appreciate the style and the scale.
Bedrooms are all individual even the wallpaper is unique to each room comfy furnishings and excellent beds and bathrooms.
Dining spaces all very different abound.
Tea with Picasso in the lounge.
Beer with endless animals including a flying stag in the bar.
Jacobite glass and the most amazing roof chandelier in the private dining room.
Gluwein with a monster spider in the courtyard.
The best cheese fondue ever in the fog house.
Cocktails with ManRay in the bar.
Coffee with Robert Burns in the lobby as the Steinway plays itself.
The Clunie dining room art is without description.

Food is wholesome nothing namby pamby here but it’s what you need before and after highland excursions. Of course being cooked in a wood fired oven gives a special edge to the flavours.

The wine list is as good as will be found anywhere in the world.

Drinks generally are more at pub prices rather than luxury hotel.

The staff numbers are huge but with all the dining options there can be a lot of mouths to fill so best to kick back and enjoy the ambiance rather than wonder where your burger is right now.

If you visit consider it an experience for the price of a cup of tea you can live like a billionaire.

Thanks to the staff you should enjoy every minute.

PS if you want the best roast beef you have ever had for Sunday lunch get in early because it does run out.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gabriella D wrote a review Apr 2020
Canberra, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My trip to Scotland with my Mum last August was a trip of a lifetime and our stay at the Fife Arms is something we still talk about today. It was pure magic.
Do yourself a favor and book in a trip as soon as you can.

The drive into Braemer from Edinburgh is stunning with Alpine scenery and long endless roads. When we pulled into Braemer we were full of excitement and walking into the Fife was like entering another world. The lovely staff greeted us warmly and showed us up to our gorgeous room overlooking the river and the Fife's garden. We spent the next five days enjoying every aspect of the hotel from the sumptuous breakfasts in the dining room before bagging a Munroe each morning, to relaxing our aching bodies in the beautiful sauna overlooking the gardens on our return in the afternoons. Then it was up to our cozy rooms for a hot bath in the freestanding tub before heading down and propping ourselves up at the bar in the Flying Stag to enjoy a well-earned whiskey and some hearty food. Post dinner we would take a glass of wine and meander our way back to our room, taking the long routes to try and take in a fraction of the Fife's enchanting floors full of artwork, animals, installations and just pure wonder.
On the mornings of our hike, the lovely staff would pack us a picnic to go complete with a thermos of rich hot chocolate, and the very buttery shortbread and hot chocolate in our room was the warmest welcome when we returned each afternoon.
Every single staff member was as warm as the cozy rooms and an absolute delight to chat with and get to know. My mum and I loved sitting at the bar chatting away to the staff and hearing about where the girls came from and their love of Braemer and Ballater while at breakfast each morning.

When we left, we drove to Skye and for the entire 7-hour drive all we wanted to do was turn back and check back in at the Fife Arms. We could have spent the rest of the trip there!
Mum and I are already planning how we can get back there from Australia in May 2021 for Mums 60th. We'll be making it a 10 day stay for sure next time. Bag a Munroe every second day, and explore the beauty and treasures the surrounding area has to offer every other day (including some more fly fishing!).
Prior to this trip I never understood why people picked a spot and continuously came back year after year instead of trying somewhere new. Now I get it and have found my spot to return to.
Thank you to all at the Fife that made our stay in August 2019 such a memorable adventure. We will be back!
Sandy and Gabi, Australia.
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Date of stay: August 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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1Rachel63 wrote a review Oct 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow, this hotel has been refurbished beautifully and is a superb place to have food or a drink. The ante rooms / dining room were all decorated with great taste and touches to make you feel it was very special. We loved the giant stag guarding the dining room! The staff were extremely attentive and looked lovely in their tweed outfits (including plus-fours) and my mother thoroughly enjoyed her afternoon tea. We felt the scone, jam and cream was very good value at £8 but did not feel the full afternoon tea (£28) to include a few sandwiches and 3 small cakes was worth a further £20 for what you received in addition to the scone. Gorgeous selection of tea in hand-tied muslin was fabulous and the coffee was very tasty as well. Would definitely recommend a visit to this wonderful hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Federica Bertolini, Owner at The Fife Arms
Responded 21 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your feedback. We will take it onboard and share it with our kitchen team, we are always at looking at ways to improve. Please try us again during the Christmas period, we will be serving a festive afternoon tea from 25 November and I have reason to believe you would be impressed! We look forward to welcoming you back Federica
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Kris J wrote a review Aug 2020
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is attempting to punch so far above its weight, think Mike Tyson versus Barry McGuigan, only Barry has been in the pub for three months and hasn't bothered to train.

For circa £600 a night b&b, you're attempting to keep up with some fairly exalted company and unfortunately the Fife Arms fails miserably to deliver.

At this level, people expect (rightfully in my view) service above and beyond the norm.

Having to park our car in a bus stop, ask for a sommelier (whilst in the bar, before giving up after our main course arrived and ordered wine anyway) before our £155 bottle of red burgundy arrived freezing cold without apology is wholly unacceptable.

The food is fine (if you're expecting gastro pub) but, again for £600 a night, you expect a choice of pub standard or fine dining. The fife arms does pub standard well but does not do fine dining.

Paying £600 a night will usually cover the little things like a hotel moving one of it's clapped out land rovers out the way to allow you to park your car somewhere more secure than the local bus stop. The fife arms will not do this.

If you have a nice car and are visiting for the roads, my recommendation is go elsewhere.

I appreciate for many, this will sound ridiculous, but for those of you that care, if you have a Ferrari/Lamborghini/Mclaren/Aston/ anything else of significant value, take it elsewhere.

When i go away, i like to remember the experience, the wonderful food, the fantastic surroundings. Unfortunately, all I will remember about the fife arms is the horrendously overpriced bill.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Federica Bertolini, Owner at The Fife Arms
Responded 17 Aug 2020
I am very sorry you were disappointed by your visit. When we reopened post Covid, we started with a single menu across the site to help with social distancing amongst staff in the kitchen. Our Clunie Dining room now offers a separate chef's menu with our Executive chef's special selection. In addition to that, our guests can eat any of the food we prepare wherever they like which we felt was a desirable offering. I cannot explain why we would have refused to move the landrover for your car, we do this all the time. The car park opposite the hotel was leased to the council by the previous owners and we have inherited a coach drop off point. Unfortunately, the government guidelines prevent us from offering valet parking at present. I sincerely hope you will drive to us again and give us another chance. If you'd like to contact me directly I would really like to meet you in person and make sure you receive the welcome and the hospitality we aim to offer Federica Bertolini
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luxuryfinder2904 wrote a review Sept 2020
aberdeenshire, scotland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have now had two lunches here recently and they have both been delicious with service also being very good. However my second trip today I noticed things that made me feel a little uneasy. Upon entering the premises temperature and hand sanitising is required. This is very reassuring and a great first impression. However during our lunch I noticed a few things that could and should be improved on:

1.Two guests arrived without face masks. They apologized and were led to their tables. I believe that face masks are now mandatory and therefore either they should of been turned away or the waitress should of provided them with them BEFORE walking through the restaurant.

2.The waitress spilt drinks on the floor and wiped them up with paper towels using her foot and then picked them up with her hands and placed them in the bin. She then proceeded to take a new tray of drinks to the guests (touching the glasses) and carry on with service. At no time did she wash her hands afterwards, even though there was a sanitiser right next to her. This was poor hygiene and I think as well as guests washing their hands it is important for the staff to do too - and to be seen to be doing regularly.
The staff are lovely, food is great but in these times hygiene is very important and guidelines need to be adhered to. Hopefully this review will be seen as constructive and not damaging as otherwise I felt very safe and protected.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Federica Bertolini, Owner at The Fife Arms
Responded 21 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to write with your constructive comments. I have talked to our Pub manager who recalled the guests you mentioned. It is delicate for us to impose mask wearing. Some people have exemptions often on medical grounds. Our Pub manager discreetly checked with the guests once seated and found out that this was the case. Your feedback has been very useful during our continued training sessions to remind the staff about our guidelines and procedures. You are correct in saying that it has never been more critical that they are adhered to and we continue to place great importance into monitoring and reminding the staff daily. It is our commitment to continue to do so and we really appreciate your genuine concern. We hope to see you again Federica
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Kimberly G wrote a review Nov 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I decided to have a small ceremony outside on their grounds and stay for two nights (a paired down version of the original plans). I cannot thank this hotel and staff enough for the great lengths they went to keep us safe, and make the day extremely special. There is an events coordinator at the hotel who dealt will with my type A personality graciously, and was an absolute pleasure for the last 9 months we were in contact, she said 'yes' to everything I wanted and made the impossible occur. The hotel amended everything to make sure it followed the strict guidelines and doing so without loosing the magic of a wedding. They let us make changes to rooms, guests, locations all at the last minute. Their flexibility is astounding. We held our small ceremony outside, and with no prompting from myself, staff set up chairs in the right place (I hadnt even pointed out the area we were using yet due to lack of time) for the handful of guests, all two meters apart, made sure our wifi connection worked for the guests who couldnt come. Note: Wifi capable for a zoom wedding worked outside the hotel on their grounds....impressive. For dinner, they set up a table for us to eat afterwards, and honestly it was so gorgeously done, better than I could have asked for, they printed menus, nametags, all without me even asking. Service was flawless. The wedding reception in the Fog House was truly beautiful. The food was incredible. The hotel, it goes without saying is in a beautiful location and faultless regardless, but the way they handled a wedding during covid was exceptionally impressive (it was in Sept 2020). It was as if the staff has been military precision trained to make you feel welcome and warm, but also covid safe. The entire staff there deserves a raise! I will be staying here again and again, each room has its own unique flair, and the walks around Braemar are stunning. There is nothing the staff won't do to help out - they even watched my Bichon dog on numerous occasions in the front desk and he was well looked after. Regarding dogs, its helpful to know that they are welcome there, and I have a bad allergy to shedding dogs, but have no trouble staying in any of their rooms as they are exceptionally clean.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All the rooms are very well done, we have preferred nature and poetry
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masaccio wrote a review Oct 2021
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Reading some recent reviews, it feels like we stayed in a different hotel. We actually stayed in the same room as one of the one bubble reviews and the noise of the river is by no means distracting. You can hear it close to the windows, but we didn’t notice it when we were in bed. Our room was beautifully furnished and very comfortable. Linens and toiletries are top class and it’s very rare that I want to buy hotel toiletries, but this was certainly the case here.

Staff throughout our stay were faultless: helpful, friendly, professional and thoroughly warm and welcoming. We never once had a problem getting attention or having somebody get us what we wanted.

Food in the main restaurant, the pub and at breakfast was very good. The food in the Clunie was especially good. My tongue starter was exceptional and the venison main far better than the venison I had in a Michelin starred Glasgow restaurant a few days later. Prices for most things are fair, though wine is very expensive.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Marc Denton, General Manager at The Fife Arms
Responded 7 Nov 2021
Dear masaccio, Thank you for taking the time to write your review and share your experience. We are very pleased to hear you had an enjoyable stay both in the room and throughout the hotel. We will be sure to pass on your feedback and kind words of appreciation to the team and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. With kind regards, Marc Denton General Manager
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writeroundtheworld wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's expensive to stay here - we were quoted almost £1000 for a family room so we decided to just have drinks and dinner here instead. We particularly enjoyed tea and scones in the drawing room, underneath a Picasso. It's an incredible room and the staff made us feel so welcome, even though we were not residents, giving me a tour of the Schiaperelli bar and a quick history of the famous designer Elsa Schiaperelli who was a regular visitor to Braemar in the 1940s. Everything is beautifully done at the Fife Arms (although the food in the Flying Stag pub is good rather than great,) and art is everywhere, as you would expect when the owners are also the founders of the Hauser and Wirth art gallery empire. A lovely experience I would recommend if you are anywhere near the Cairngorms.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Richard7561 wrote a review Jan 2020
United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed over the Christmas period and got to know the Hotel and Staff quite well. This should be a Five Star Hotel, the staff are all warm, friendly and welcoming and quite chatty. (A special mention for Jamie, who advised on the whisky).

We ate in both the Flying Stag Pub, and the Clunie Dining Room in the Hotel, and the food was outstanding on all occasions. As you can imagine the Hotel was fully booked over Christmas, and even as residents we had to make reservations in both the Pub and the Dining Rooms for meals.

The decore is outstanding with over 14,000 pieces of Art/Furtiture etc throughout the Hotel and Pub, including a Picasso in the Drawing Room. The Library with the permanent resident (wax work of Queen Victoria), was a haven if you wanted to get away for some quiet time.

All the bedrooms seem to be decorated in a Victorian/Hunting theme, and are extremely comfortable and individually themed.

How anyone can not give this Hotels Five Stars is beyond me. This is luxury, and not cheap.

It is well worth a visit and we will be back!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Geophysics8 wrote a review Jan 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived around 12:30 to get a nice coffee and a cake in the lounge. We were seated by 1 person then after asking about coffee was told that they do not serve Coffee and cakes but provided a High Tea ( sandwiches, cakes and scones) and Cream Tea (tea, scones and cream) Menu. After a little, after being prompted 2 times someone different came and took our order for 4 Cream teas, but not before being asked if we had made a reservation (down her Nose). After a while a third different person came out and said that they do not have any scones. Considering the menu only had options which contained scones! They offered us in stead a desert from from the Bar menu instead of the cream scones. In fact these deserts were very good. But when we came to pay we were initially charged for Cream Teas at £8.00 each plus deserts at £7.00 each.A longer wait and an embossing discussion the price was adjusted.

The style of the service and the manner they kept us waiting was very poor. If i was not with my guests I would have spoken to manager.
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Date of stay: January 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Answer from Rachel T
Derbyshire, United Kingdom90 contributions2 helpful votes
The Artist’s studio, whilst beautiful is not really designed to accommodate a tall body in comfort. Suited to a light framed 5ft 8 and below only! Also, one person will be clambering over the other if a comfort break is needed. The Scottish Culture rooms are more abundant in space for sure. As are the N&P rooms… I recommend ordering the Fife Arms book to drink in the room options, each room in the categories is lovingly and beautifully photographed. Enjoy!
Martyn wrote a tip May 2024
Bright, Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book well in advance to avoid disppointment"
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maida22 wrote a tip May 2024
England311 contributions288 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you book treatments, dinner, excursions etc in advance. It gets busy."
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Sheila G wrote a tip Apr 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not book rooms on the top floor ."
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Philip C wrote a tip Apr 2024
Carrickmacross, Ireland23 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be careful with your drams in the whiskey bar… you could get caught with a few expensive drinks"
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ettyspagetti wrote a tip Feb 2024
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom361 contributions323 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking available free of charge opposite hotel if outside is full"
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Fife Arms
Which popular attractions are close to The Fife Arms?
Nearby attractions include Linn of Dee (0.4 km), The Braemar Gathering (0.4 km), and Mar Lodge Estate (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Fife Arms?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Fife Arms?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Fife Arms?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Fife Arms?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bothy, Farquharson's Bar and Kitchen, and Gordon's Tearoom & restaurant.
Does The Fife Arms have airport transportation?
Yes, The Fife Arms offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Fife Arms located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.02 km away from the centre of Braemar.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Fife Arms?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Fife Arms?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Fife Arms offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Fife Arms?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kindrochit Castle (0.1 km) and Braemar Highland Games Centre (0.4 km).
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