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.