Culdearn House

‘A four-square Scottish dwelling house’, William and Sonia Marshall’s Victorian granite villa is set back from the road next to woodland, a stroll from the centre of the Speyside town. The owners take ‘tremendous pride’ in their hotel, and ‘should be congratulated for the warmth, welcome and quality’, says a visitor. Open fires burn in original marble fireplaces. The style is traditional, with the atmosphere of a lived-in home – sofas, books, clocks, ornaments. Each of the ‘excellent’ bedrooms is individually furnished; the bathrooms are ‘pristine’. In the evening, guests are given amuse-bouche with drinks in the lounge. Sonia Marshall is the cook, serving a daily-changing menu of seasonal dishes, perhaps warm leek and Stilton tart, pear dressing; saddle of Morayshire lamb, port and plum jus. Breakfast has ‘generous servings of coffee’, a small buffet; ‘good’ cooked options include an ‘excellent’ kipper. For a post-dinner drink, William Marshall can offer an extensive selection of single malts and single cask whiskies (there are 50 distilleries within 25 miles of Culdearn House). Whisky breaks are a speciality. (DB)
  • Probably the best small hotel we have visited. The very hands-on owners gave us a warm welcome. The bedrooms are spacious, extremely comfortable and very well appointed. The public rooms are comfortable and well decorated. The food is superb (both dinner and breakfast). Very convenient for owners with dogs as there are large woods opposite.

    V H, 22/09/2015

  • 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 Highlands Scotland PH26 3JU


01479 872106

Further Information


6. 1 on ground floor.


all year.


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

Background music



not under 10.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Diners, MasterCard, Visa.


per person B&B £75--£85, D,B&B £100--£125. À la carte £45.