Good Hotel Guide Review
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!’
23. 9 in cottages, 4 apartments, 2 cottages suitable for disabled.
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.
in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed, cots free, extra bed £35, children's menu, play park.
allowed in cottages and apartments (£25 charge), not main building.
B&B doubles from £200, singles from £183. Set-price dinner £40–£55, tasting menu (Thurs–Sat) £85.
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