Boath House

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. More

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Boath House
Auldearn
Highland
IV12 5TE
Scotland
01667 454896
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

8. 1, in cottage (50 yds), suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, whisky bar/library, orangery, restaurant, health/beauty spa, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 22-acre grounds (woods, gardens, meadow, streams, trout lake).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, not under 8 in dining room at dinner.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single £190–£260, double £285–£365, D,B&B £380–£450. Set dinner £45–£70.

Good Hotel Guide Review

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. Original architectural features are a unique backdrop to the continually changing exhibition of Scottish artwork staged around the house. ‘Well-equipped’ bedrooms are individually styled with tartan accents and the odd antique. In the ‘delightful’ grounds, pick any one of the interconnected paths down to the natural lake, through the wild flower meadow and into the walled garden; secluded seating areas dot the lawns. After canapés and aperitifs, sit down to Charlie Lockley’s ‘beautifully cooked, no-choice’ menus in the ‘elegant’ dining room. The Michelin-starred chef prepares succinctly described dishes – perhaps langoustine, amaranth, hazelnut; lamb, black olive, kale – using organic produce from the kitchen garden. ‘I loved it.’ Breakfast is ‘as elegant and well presented as dinner’. Start the day off right with fruit smoothies; porridge with fruit compote and crème fraîche; home-baked bread slathered with ‘delicious’ marmalade. (BW)

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Boath House
Auldearn
Highland
IV12 5TE

Guest comments

'A lovely Regency house, popular as a restaurant as well as a place to stay. Our basement ‘garden room’ (we had our dog with us), was perfect for our needs. Recently refurbished, it was very comfortable. The grounds are wonderful. Dinner is served for everybody at 7,30 pm and it is a set menu. I had the most amazing piece of halibut that I have ever tasted. It is very obvious why this hotel has a Michelin star and I’m sure it helps to keep the food so good by limiting choice for such a comparatively small dining room. It’s a real treat to eat there. And a great place to stay. ' - JT - April, 2017
'We stayed in Room 4, beautiful in every way; it was extremely large, and looked on to the wonderful kitchen garden in one direction and, from another window, over the gardens and lake. All the furniture was good, and there was an excellent tea tray. The bathroom was large, with a roll-top bath and an over-bath shower, All the food was exceptional. Dinner, no choice. beautifully cooked. The dining room was extremely elegant....and full. Breakfast was excellent. Four courses! More like an elegant and well presented dinner. The grounds were delightful to walk in. ' - Barbara Watkinson - June, 2014

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Tourist attractions

  • Benromach Distillery

    Visitors are warmly welcomed in the Malt Whisky Centre, which was formerly the old drier house.

  • Strathspey Steam Railway

    Take afternoon tea on a steam train, travelling from Aviemore to Broomhill.

  • Loch Ness

    A stunning loch, which is supposedly home to the Loch nes Monster.