Coul House

A long drive on a single-track country road leads to this Georgian house built for a baronet, today an ‘outstanding’ traditional hotel owned by Stuart and Susannah Macpherson. More

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Coul House
Contin
Highland
IV14 9ES
Scotland
01997 421487

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year except 24–26 Dec.

Facilities

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

‘mixed’ in bar, classical in restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, discounts up to age 15.

Dogs

allowed (£7.50 per day).

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single £95–£105, double £175–£325. À la carte £25-£35.

Good Hotel Guide Review

A long drive on a single-track country road leads to this Georgian house built for a baronet, today an ‘outstanding’ traditional hotel owned by Stuart and Susannah Macpherson. Step into the large hall, its stag’s head over the open fireplace, to be greeted by ‘friendly and professional’ staff. Beyond, find a cosy drawing room and a lounge bar ideal for ‘stretching out in, by the log fire, after a bracing walk’. In the octagonal formal dining room (a showpiece, with an ornate plastered ceiling and huge windows), chef Garry Kenley serves ‘a very good lobster’ – and more besides. His ‘enjoyable’ menus have a modern touch, perhaps including wild mushroom pâté, aubergine caviar; Baharat-spiced lamb rump, caponata, rosemary potato cake. Bedrooms, which have been refurbished this year along with new carpets, vary in size and shape, though all are traditionally decorated. Choose one with views towards the Strathconon mountains. Bring your dog, or borrow residents Alfie and Bella for ‘a spectacular walk’: you can’t miss the Douglas fir planted in 1827 by plant hunter David Douglas himself – it still stands in the grounds. (HM, and others)

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Coul House
Contin
Highland
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
'Beautiful views. Our ground-floor room was pretty in blued and turquoise. Public areas well decorated. Pretty octagonal dining room. Relaxed atmosphere. Very enjoyable dinner. Breakfast good too, but extra charge for kippers. ' - David Birnie - August, 2014
'Outstanding hotel in a beautiful situation. The owners and staff are totally professional but also relaxed, friendly and helpful. The food is worth recognition for imagination, presentation and taste - perfect portion sizes and the most delicious selection of home-made ice cream. Dog-friendly too - we all stretched out in the log-fired lounges after bracing walks and found it hard to choose from the well-stocked bar. Extremely comfortable beds. ' - Hilary Murray - February, 2014

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Tourist attractions

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