Country house hotels in Scotland

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Country house hotels in Scotland

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Culdearn House

Culdearn House - Autumn Break Special Offer

Grantown-on-Spey

‘Probably the best small hotel we’ve visited,’ a guest says this year. Next to woodland, William and Sonia Marshall’s Victorian country hotel is ‘a well-run and caring operation’.
From £75.00 per night
  • country_house
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
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Glenfinnan House Hotel

Glenfinnan House Hotel - Three nights for Two Special Offer

Glenfinnan

There’s a touch of magic and romance on the ‘idyllic’ shores of Loch Shiel, where stands the MacFarlane family’s ‘lovely, traditional’ hotel.
From £140 per night
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Ardanaiseig

Ardanaiseig

Kilchrenan

The scene is pure theatre: the Scottish baronial mansion, built in 1834, with turrets, chimneys and crow-stepped gables, stands against a backdrop of Loch Awe. Inside, owner Bennie Gray, an antiques dealer, has filled the place with ‘eccentricity’ and ‘a pleasingly old-fashioned air of country house grandeur’.
From £217 per night
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Boath House

Boath House

Auldearn

Once thought of as the most beautiful Regency house in Scotland (it was designed by Aberdeen architect Archibald Simpson), this ‘wonderful’ luxury hotel is owned and run by the Matheson family.
From £295 per night
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Prestonfield

Prestonfield

Edinburgh

‘An orgy for the senses’, James Thomson’s opulently decorated baroque mansion, next to Royal Holyrood Park, is a more-is-more celebration of gilded furniture, lavish flower arrangements, swags, velvets and brocades, leather-panelled rooms and black-kilted staff.
From £335 per night
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking
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Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island

Eriska

Rumble across a bridge at the mouth of Loch Creran to reach this ‘simply faultless’ Victorian baronial mansion, a luxury spa hotel, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, on a private pleasure island. ‘A magical place,’ say guests in 2016.
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • view
  • activities
  • wine
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • disabled
  • wifi

Fairytale castles and historic country house hotels in Scotland

With a history that goes back thousands of years and a nobility that spans the centuries, Scotland is rich in country houses, many of which have become hotels, all showcasing the warmth and hospitality of a country accustomed to hearty celebrations and bracing against the winter cold.

Surrounded by mountainous vistas and dramatic coastlines, these spectacular Scottish locations are a haven for wildlife and perfect for walkers and hikers and combine their sometimes eccentric and sometimes lavish style with superb food sourced from the surrounding area.

Fish on the lochs or sail into the deep blue yonder at the likes of Toravaig House, where the owners have two yachts that can be used in fairer weather.  There must have been a moment in time when Scotland had an army of barons for the number of mansions they appear to have acquired over the years, many of which enjoy historic design features such as turrets and crow-stepped gables which give a real sense of being in a fairytale castle.

Scotland’s country house hotels are of a uniquely different style to those common in England.  Where England has a number of refined, Georgian country house estates, Scotland’s idea of aristocracy has a rather more dramatic impact, in many cases the age of the buildings really is breathtaking.

That said, it’s not short of its Regency offerings, the likes of Boath House is a delightful and luxurious experience designed by architect Archibald Simpson, while Prestonfield in Edinburgh gives another aspect entirely.  Next to Royal Holyrood Park, this city based hotel has been described enticingly as ‘an orgy for the senses.’