Coul House

Approached by a private road, this ‘large, rambling but wonderful’ late Georgian mansion, in ‘magnificent grounds’, is owned and cherished by Susannah and Stuart Macpherson. More

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IV14 9ES
01997 421487

Hotel information


21. 4 on ground floor, 
1 suitable for disabled.


all year except 23–26 Dec.


lounge bar, drawing room, front hall, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room Smart TV, conference/wedding facilities, 8-acre grounds (children’s play area, 9-hole pitch and putt).

Background music

in lounge bar and restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in some bedrooms, all public rooms except restaurant (£7.50 per dog per night).

Credit cards

all major cards.


per room B&B single £75–£110, double £95–£325. 
A la carte £38.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Approached by a private road, this ‘large, rambling but wonderful’ late Georgian mansion, in ‘magnificent grounds’, is owned and cherished by Susannah and Stuart Macpherson. Guide inspectors had ‘a real feeling of entering a warm and inviting place’, and found Victorian hunting paintings ‘very fitting’ in public rooms with original fireplaces and ornate plasterwork. A room at the back, with views across the gardens to the hills, had a thistle-patterned fabric pelmet and valance. Concerns over a ‘slightly old-fashioned’ bathroom have been addressed with a rolling programme of refurbishments – several have been upgraded over the last year. In the octagonal dining room, chef Garry Kenley sources local ingredients for such dishes as fillet steak, shallot purée, sautéed wild mushrooms and a choice of sauces. Not everyone is smitten by the old-fashioned charms (‘like stepping back in time’, says a detractor, meaning no compliment) and, yes, ‘It’s not perfect.’ But it is in many ways ‘a really lovely hotel’. The ‘fairy walk’ through the rhododendrons is ‘magical’. And how many hotels can boast of a Douglas fir planted in 1827 by David Douglas himself?

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Coul House
IV14 9ES

Guest comments

'A lovely hotel in an interesting and beautiful part of Scotland. The extensive gardens are magnificent, with beautiful mature trees. Our welcome was lovely and a tremendous fuss was made of our cockerpoo. The public rooms are warm and inviting. Our bedroom was well furnished with plenty of storage and good lighting. In the lovely octagonal restaurant, dinner was imaginative and well-cooked. Breakfast was good too. ' - JT - April, 2017

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Tourist attractions

  • Culloden Battle Fields

    Visit the site of the historic battle, with exhibitions at the visitor centre.

  • Glen Ord Distillery

    Watch distillers at work creating a malt whisky which is sweet, malty and dry on the palate.

  • Dunrobin Castle

    Dating back to the 13th-century, with 19th-century gardens and falconry on site.

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