Culdearn House

A one-time home of the Earls of Seafield, this ‘delightful’ but ‘unassuming’ Victorian house was found by returning visitors ‘just as good as before’. Set ‘peacefully’ beside woods on the edge of a pretty Speyside town, it is run by ‘charming’ William Marshall and his wife, Sonia, whose ‘good, home-cooked food’ was much enjoyed. There are ‘lots of armchairs and sofas’ in the lounge, which has a log fire, and where visitors are welcomed with tea. Bedrooms, decorated individually with a mix of antique and modern furniture and floral curtains and covers, vary in size. Spacious bath/shower rooms are ‘immaculate’. This is whisky country and it is a subject on which Mr Marshall, with 50 on offer in the lounge, is ‘very knowledgeable’. The four-course dinner menu changes daily and is served by candlelight. ‘Beautifully cooked meat’ might include medallions of pork with a lime and coriander sauce. Breakfast has ‘outstanding’ warm fruit compote and lots of cooked dishes. Outdoor activities abound and there are distilleries to visit. Culdearn ‘provided just the right setting for our wedding reception’ for one couple this year. (Jill and Mike Bennett, and others)
  • A comfortable four-square Scottish dwelling house. Warmly welcomed by William and Sonia and offered tea on arrival. Excellent rooms. Ours, at the side of the house, was immaculate; beautiful wall paper and wall hangings, an immaculate bathroom. It was clear that William and Sonia took enormous pride in their hotel/home and they deserve many congratulations for the standard of cleanliness and tidiness. Guests assembled for pre-dinner drinks in the sitting room around 1900, a nice opportunity to chat. Dinner is four courses for £40; I would have preferred the option of having just two or three courses at a reduced price. The food is very good although not fine dining. Breakfast buffet slightly dull but good cooked breakfast. William and Sonia seem never to go away, so this must be a labour of love. They should be congratulated on the the quality of their hotel. A very well run and caring operation.

    David Birnie, 25/08/2013

  • A return visit to find things just as good as before.

    Jill & Mike Bennett, 19/01/2013

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Local attractions

Strathspey Steam Railway
Take afternoon tea on a steam train, travelling from Aviemore to Broomhill.
RSPB Loch Garten
Visit an osprey centre, with pinewood walks.
Alpine Nursery and Gardens
Producing hardy plants since 1938 in picturesque but sometimes harsh surroundings.

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Contact Details

Culdearn House

Woodlands Terrace GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY Scotland PH26 3JU


01479 872106

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Further Information


6, 1 on ground floor.


all year.


lounge, dining room, free Wi-Fi, ¾-acre garden.

Background music

pre-dinner classical in lounge.


not under 10.


only guide dogs allowed.

Credit cards

Diners, MasterCard, Visa.


per person B&B £69-£79, D,B&B £100-£140. À la carte £43.