Douneside House

Tarland, Aberdeenshire

An Edwardian Scottish Baronial fantasy mansion, with crow-stepped gables and castellation, stands on the edge of the Cairngorms national park with views over the Howe of Cromar. More

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An Edwardian Scottish Baronial fantasy mansion, with crow-stepped gables and castellation, stands on the edge of the Cairngorms national park with views over the Howe of Cromar. Created for Sir Alexander MacRobert, it retains the feel of a family home, and is filled with antiques, paintings, photos and touching mementos of three sons lost in flying tragedies, two in WW2. Military guests get a discount, and all can use the health club, tennis court and croquet lawn, or wander the ‘stunning, meticulously maintained grounds’, with arboretum and luxuriant borders. House bedrooms range from snug to the sumptuous Lady MacRobert suite. One has a roof terrace, and there are characterful dog-friendly apartments in annexes. In the conservatory, new head chef Matthew Price’s short menus feature locally farmed and fished produce, with fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Typical dishes: roast partridge with truffle linguine; sea bass with wild mushroom foam; pumpkin risotto. An amazing breakfast brings peat-smoked haddock, duck eggs Benedict. ‘Quality in every respect – accommodation, location, views, walks … and the food!’

Hotel details

Address

Tarland
Aberdeenshire
AB34 4UL
Scotland

Telephone

01339 881230

Bedrooms

23. 9 in cottages, 4 apartments, 2 cottages suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, wine bar, piano lounge, library, conservatory restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, health centre (indoor pool, tennis court), 17-acre grounds, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, cots free, extra bed £35, children's menu, play park.

Dogs

allowed in cottages and apartments (£25 charge), not main building.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £200, singles from £183. Set-price dinner £40–£55, tasting menu (Thurs–Sat) £85.

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Comments about Douneside House

An amazing experience!!! Quality in every respect, accommodation. location, views / walks, and the food! Well the best I have ever tasted!! Excellent staff and the history of the place is so very interesting. - - January 2020
First-rate cooking; each course was mouthwatering. Finely judged portion control, so that we enjoyed pudding. Our room in a nearby, separate building was excellent for dogs, with ground-floor access and a good drying porch. Well designed shower room. Stunning grounds, meticulously maintained. But beware the muzak, which - as I told them - does the place no favours. , - Pauline Gower - September 2019
Top of the range in every respect. Fittings of the highest quality and taste. Beautiful grounds. Dinner was wonderful. Breakfast promptly and courteously served. - Robert Gower - September 2018
A wonderful place to stay on Royal Deeside. Beautiful location, gardens, leisure centre, good food, friendly service, and the view across the lawn from our room was probably the best we have ever enjoyed - Philip Bright - September 2017

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.