Hospitality veteran Hervé Bernier takes charge at Dunkeld House Hotel

Hospitality veteran Hervé Bernier takes charge at Dunkeld House Hotel

Hervé Bernier (Credit: Crerar Hotels)

Dunkeld House Hotel has appointed hotelier Hervé Bernier as its general manager marking a welcome return for him to the hotel, where he spent a long period of his early career.

Mr Bernier takes the helm from hospitality veteran Paul Leitch who has been acting as interim general manager at the hotel since it joined the Crerar Hotels collection in November 2023.

Joining the award-winning group from Hotel du Vin in St Andrews where he was general manager for the seven years, leading the hotel to some of the best results for profit and guest satisfaction, Mr Bernier is excited to head up the four-star Perthshire resort hotel and drive forward its success.

Mr Bernier has a rich history with Dunkeld House Hotel having worked there for a long period of his early career, starting as chef de rang and working his way up to deputy general manager. He met his wife, Jacqueline at the hotel, and they were also married at Dunkeld House Hotel, so the venue is very special to him.

Following his first stint at Dunkeld, Mr Bernier’s career has given him experience in some of the country’s most prestigious roles. Crerar Hotels Group CEO Chris Wayne Wills – who also worked with him throughout his career – was thrilled to secure him back to Dunkeld House Hotel.

Mr Wayne Wills said: “Having a team that is truly impassioned by hospitality, location and all that a venue has to offer is vital and Hervé has this in abundance for Dunkeld House Hotel, which makes him perfect to take the reins.

“His passion and personal links to the hotel, along with his unrivalled experience in some of the best jobs in Scotland, will serve him well here and I am confident he will lead Dunkeld House Hotel to great success.”

Mr Bernier says: “As I embark on this journey at Dunkeld House Hotel, I am excited to showcase the rich history and natural beauty that surrounds us.

“I look forward to leading our exceptional team in elevating the guest experience, embracing the heritage of this iconic destination, and creating moments that resonate for a lifetime.”

The hotel which recently had a major £800k refurbishment, creating three new guest rooms and renovating the flagship suites, plans to add eight high-end woodland lodges in the Woodland Dell, expand the leisure and spa facilities and the current restaurant and create a new food and beverage offering.

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