Culdearn House

Set back from the road beside woodland on the edge of this Speyside town, this 'four square Scottish dwelling house' is run as a small hotel by William and Sonia Marshall. 'It is clear that they take tremendous pride in their hotel/home,' says a visitor this year. 'They deserve congratulations for the standard of cleanliness and tidiness.' Guests gather in the lounge for pre-dinner drinks ('a nice opportunity to chat'). Sonia Marshall cooks a four-course dinner on a daily-changing menu which might include tower of mango and melon, raspberry coulis; roast breast of duck, Grand Marnier glaze. 'Good if not fine dining; plain potatoes, unadorned steamed vegetables.' For a post-dinner drink, William Marshall can suggest a suitable local whisky (he has more than 50 on offer). 'Our bedroom at the side of the house was immaculate; beautiful wallpaper and wall hangings; a pristine bathroom.' Breakfast has 'excellent' poached haddock and kippers. The Marshalls are ever-present: 'This must be a labour of love; it is a well-run and caring operation.' There are forest walks and distilleries to visit. (David Birnie)
  • 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

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Further Information


6, 1 on ground floor.


all year.


lounge, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 3/4-acre garden.

Background music

pre-dinner classical in lounge.


not under 10.


only guide dogs allowed.

Credit cards

Diners, MasterCard, Visa.


[2014] per person B&B £70-£82, D,B&B £100-£145. À la carte £43.