Coul House

Contin, Highland

Set amid gardens and woodlands, this Georgian country house has been a labour of love for Susannah and Stuart Macpherson since they first opened to guests in 2003. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Set amid gardens and woodlands, this Georgian country house has been a labour of love for Susannah and Stuart Macpherson since they first opened to guests in 2003. Our inspectors have found much to like, from the ‘warm, inviting’ atmosphere, to a ‘large bed with crisp sheets’ in a ‘lovely room’. Public rooms have striking original features, antiques, paintings, a grandfather clock, a stag’s head above a carved fireplace. Bedrooms are all dog-friendly, and range from small but adequate doubles to master rooms with perhaps a modern four-poster, an espresso machine, a double-ended bath and walk-in shower, with views to the mountains of Strathconon. The showpiece is the octagonal dining room (astonishingly, the splendid mansion was once split into two competing guest houses). Garry Kenley’s seasonally changing menus are long on meat – slow-roast pork belly, venison, coq au vin – but there are veggie options and a fish of the day. After breakfast, wander the grounds to admire the ‘beautiful mature trees’, notably ‘two giant sequoia and a huge Douglas fir’. Children love the fairy trail.

Hotel details

Address

Contin
Strathpeffer
Highland
IV14 9ES
Scotland

Telephone

01997 421487

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year except 23–26 Dec.

Facilities

lounge bar, drawing room, hall, restaurant, in-room TV, wedding/conference facilities, 8-acre grounds (9-hole golf practice area), EV charging, ground floor wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in lounge bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, no charge for under-5s, extra bed 5–15 £25, over-15s £35 on extra beds.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£9.50 per night), all public rooms except restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £150 (single occupancy rates on application). À la carte £45. 1-night bookings refused New Year.