Douneside House

‘A beautiful location, lovely gardens, good food and friendly service – and a view from our room that was probably the best we have ever enjoyed. More

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AB34 4UL

Hotel information


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


all year.


bar, parlour, library, restaurant, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room Smart TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, health centre (12.5 metre indoor swimming pool, all-weather tennis court), 17-acre grounds, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in cottages and apartments, not in public rooms.

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MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B from £154, D,B&B from £230. Set dinner £35–£45, tasting menu £69.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A beautiful location, lovely gardens, good food and friendly service – and a view from our room that was probably the best we have ever enjoyed.’ The MacRobert family’s ‘wonderful’ hotel on the outer reaches of the Cairngorms national park was much praised by Guide readers this year. The family home since the 1880s, it has been ‘extensively and beautifully’ refurbished. There is a newly designed ‘conservatory’ restaurant this year. The graceful furnishings and low armchairs by the grand piano are also new; the antiques, silverware, ceramics and an extensive library are heirlooms. Open fires keep out the Scottish chill until warm days, when the terrace doors are flung wide open, allowing drinks with ‘sweeping views’ of the Grampians. Classic bedrooms with natural tones and the odd bit of tartan look across the Aberdeenshire countryside from the main house. On the estate, apartments and cottages (several recently renovated) have a kitchenette. At lunch and dinner chef David Butters’s ‘excellent, inventive’ Scottish menus exploit the walled garden for such dishes as halibut fillet, braised oxtail, carrot and anise, baby gem, citrus beurre blanc. For breakfast, ‘smoked haddock, two poached eggs and a wonderful hollandaise sauce; good coffee’. (Philip Bright, and others)

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Special offers

Autumn/Winter Luxury Break Special Offer

£299 for two nights with breakfast, three course dinner on one evening and a bottle of Prosecco. This Autumn/Winter stay two nights at Douneside House in a classic room or a (dog friendly) one- bedroom apartment. Full Scottish breakfast is served on both mornings. Enjoy three courses from our award-winning table d’hote menu on one evening and a bottle of prosecco will be awaiting your arrival, all for £299 (£149 per person). This Luxury Autumn/Winter Break is available from 1st September 2018 until 31st March 2019. Certain dates are excluded and this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer. Based on double occupancy. A charge of £50 per day applies to reservations for a Friday and Saturday. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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Douneside House
AB34 4UL

Guest comments

'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
'A lovely stay. The old home of Lady MacRobert has been extensively and beautifully refurbished. It has sweeping views south to the Grampians. There are several public rooms on the ground floor so it is always possible to find a quiet spot to sit in. The food is excellent and inventive. Breakfast had smoked haddock, two poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce (wondeful) as well as more traditional fare. No fresh orange juice and some stewed berries would not have gone amiss But a jewel on Deeside. ' - David Birnie - November, 2016

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide