Douneside House

Find a spot for quiet contemplation, as did Guide readers this year, in the expertly maintained gardens or graceful public rooms of this ‘lovely place’ on the edge of the Cairngorms national park. More

Contact details

Douneside House
Tarland
Tarland
Aberdeenshire
AB34 4UL
Scotland
013398 81230

Hotel information

Bedrooms

23. 9 in cottages, plus 4 apartments in Casa Memoria.

Open

all year, reserved for military personnel mid-July–end Aug, Christmas.

Facilities

bar, parlour, library, bistro/restaurant, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room smart TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, health centre (heated indoor pool, spa, steam room, gym, games room), 17-acre grounds (walled garden, arboretum, stream, tennis, croquet lawn, putting green).

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in cottages, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] room from £150. Breakfast £17, set dinner £35, tasting menu £60.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Find a spot for quiet contemplation, as did Guide readers this year, in the expertly maintained gardens or graceful public rooms of this ‘lovely place’ on the edge of the Cairngorms national park. The MacRobert family home has been ‘extensively and beautifully refurbished’: there are portraits on panelled walls, low armchairs by a grand piano, a library with an open fire. On a balmy evening, take drinks on the front terrace facing ‘sweeping views’ of the Grampian mountains. Genteel bedrooms in the main house look over the grounds and Aberdeenshire countryside. Architect-designed apartments and cottages on the estate, most with a kitchenette, suit a family or a group of friends. ‘We had a good room at the back of the hotel. The view of the glorious morning sun spreading its golden rays through the cloud and on to the frosted ground was a sight to remember.’ At lunch and dinner, chef David Butters cooks ‘excellent, inventive’ Scottish menus using organic vegetables and fruit from the walled garden. ‘We enjoyed a pumpkin panna cotta starter and a wonderful Jerusalem artichoke velouté; excellent venison; an elegant cheese plate.’ (David Birnie)

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Culinary Experience

Staying at Douneside means you will be able to indulge in a truly memorable culinary experience, courtesy of our award winning Head Chef, David Butters. Sample six carefully crafted courses from our tasting menu. Following dinner enjoy an overnight stay in one of our beautiful, recently refurbished rooms and awake to a delicious Scottish breakfast. During your stay explore our wonderful gardens and nearby hiking trails, take a dip in the pool, join a yoga class or simply relax and enjoy the breath-taking views from the terrace. £229 based on double occupancy – please quote Good Hotel Guide when booking.

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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Douneside House
Tarland
Tarland
Aberdeenshire
AB34 4UL

Guest comments

'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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