It sounds a bit strange now, but to the Victorians, swimming in freezing spring water was just what the doctor ordered. So it goes that in 1868, under the management of physician Thomas H. Meikle, we opened our doors as The Strathearn Hydropathic Establishment Company.
Of course, a lot's changed since then (we've got a catchier name for a start). And the £40 million we've invested in recent years really shows. But what hasn't changed is the lineage behind the hotel.
Meet the management
Our management team practically grew up in the hospitality business (in fact, a couple of them practically grew up in this very hotel). So they know what makes the difference between a great leisure break and a crummy one. Are they insightful? Yes. Innovative? Undoubtedly. Photogenic? You decide.
A bit about the business
We may be Scotland's oldest trading company, but there's nothing Victorian about our approach to business. As well as exploring new opportunities within Crieff Hydro, we always have an eye out for new commercial ventures.
But whatever avenue we explore, we never forget that much of our success is owed to our talented and enthusiastic team. Over 600 people work at Crieff Hydro, and it's their knowledge and experience that impresses our guests and brings them back to the hotel time and again.
After 140 years in business, Crieff Hydro is now managed by fifth generation descendants of Dr Meikle, Stephen Leckie.
Stephen stepped into the role of CEO of Crieff Hydro Limited in 2011 and announced exciting plans which would take Crieff Hydro to the next level. In spring 2014, we became a family of eight hotels, all set in locations that act as an ideal base to explore the heart and soul of Scotland and the North of England.
With over 200 bedrooms, 50 self-catering units, 60 on-site activities and 7 places to eat there is certainly something for everyone at Crieff Hydro. This means that lots of people love to visit us and over the past decade we've managed to scoop a few awards along the way!
Here's just a few of our recent awards
2014 - Outstanding Contribution, Herald Scottish Family Business Awards
2014 - Most Hospitalable Hotel, Regional Winner, Thistle Awards
2014 - Spa of the Year, Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards
2014 - Family Hotel of the Year, Scottish Hotel Awards
2014 - Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
2013 - Family Hotel of the Year, Scottish Hotel Awards
2013 - VisitScotland – Silver Thistle Award (Stephen Leckie)
2013 - Springboard - People Innovation & Best Management
2012 - Family Resort of the Year, Scottish Hotel Awards
2011 - Nominated comfiest beds in Laterooms Best Kept Secret Awards
2011 - Scottish Family Hotel of the Year, Scottish Hotel Awards
2009 - Green Tourism Business Silver Award