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On the MacRobert estate in the heart of Royal Deeside, this crenellated country house with turrets and a tower re-opened as a luxury hotel and leisure club following extensive renovation in 2016. More

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Douneside House
nr Aboyne,
Tarland
Aberdeenshire
AB34 4UL
Scotland
013398 81230
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Good Hotel Guide Review

On the MacRobert estate in the heart of Royal Deeside, this crenellated country house with turrets and a tower reopened as a luxury hotel and leisure club following extensive renovation in 2016. Choose one of the newly appointed bedrooms, apartments or cottages. Rooms in the main house are characterful, with antiques and artwork; in the grounds, four cottages have their own patio, and a wood-burning stove in the sitting room. Families or large groups might consider one of the modern, architect-designed apartments next to the main building. There’s plenty to explore, from the restored tennis court to the state-of-the-art gym, pool and sauna, to the open, fire-warmed library. The extensive grounds include immaculate terraced gardens. Come dinnertime, sit down to modern Scottish dishes using garden-fresh produce whenever possible. Cairngorms national park is on the doorstep. The building is the ancestral home of the three MacRobert brothers killed in flying incidents (two while on active duty during World War II); in honour of their memory, the house is reserved for military guests over six weeks in summer and during the Christmas period. Bar, parlour, library, bistro/restaurant (background music), conservatory. Free Wi-Fi, in-room smart TV (Freeview). Background music. 7-acre grounds, gardens. Tennis court, croquet lawn, putting green. Health centre (indoor pool, spa, steam room; gym, fitness studio; games room). Children (playpark; high tea) and dogs (in cottages only; £20) welcomed. 23 bedrooms (9 in cottages in the grounds), plus 4 apartments in Casa Memoria. Per room B&B from £130, D,B&B from £180.

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Culinary Experience

Staying at Douneside means you will be able to indulge in a truly memorable culinary experience, courtesy of our award winning Head Chef, David Butters. Sample six carefully crafted courses from our tasting menu. Following dinner enjoy an overnight stay in one of our beautiful, recently refurbished rooms and awake to a delicious Scottish breakfast. During your stay explore our wonderful gardens and nearby hiking trails, take a dip in the pool, join a yoga class or simply relax and enjoy the breath-taking views from the terrace. £229 based on double occupancy – please quote Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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Douneside House
nr Aboyne,
Tarland
Aberdeenshire
AB34 4UL

Guest comments

'A lovely stay. The old home of Lady MacRobert has been extensively and beautifully refurbished. It has sweeping views south to the Grampians. There are several public rooms on the ground floor so it is always possible to find a quiet spot to sit in. The food is excellent and inventive. Breakfast had smoked haddock, two poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce (wondeful) as well as more traditional fare. No fresh orange juice and some stewed berries would not have gone amiss But a jewel on Deeside. ' - David Birnie - November, 2016

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