Coul House

Contin, Highland

A private road leads to this singular Georgian mansion in lovely gardens and grounds, with ancient trees, a pitch-and-putt area, and a fairy trail through the rhododendrons for children. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A private road leads to this singular Georgian mansion in lovely gardens and grounds, with ancient trees, a pitch-and-putt area, and a fairy trail through the rhododendrons for children. Susannah and Stuart Macpherson bought it as a hotel in 2003 sight unseen, and have been refining it ever since. Bedrooms, with muted decor, range from small doubles to a junior suite with a large bed and chesterfield sofa bed, mood lighting, a roll-top tub with TV, and a separate walk-in rainforest shower. The most sought-after have mountain views; the hotel is on the doorstep of the North Coast 500 driving route. Every bathroom is now connected to the pressurised water system for a good spritz. Public rooms have ornate plaster ceilings, arches, columns, antiques, blazing fires, and a sea of patterned carpet. In the octagonal dining room, Garry Kenley’s seasonally changing menus cater to all tastes, with such dishes as Mongolian fire pot vegetable stir fry, fish of the day or loin of venison with rabbit sausage. You can eat more simply in the dog-friendly lounge (soup, sandwiches). Breakfast is ‘excellent and promptly served’.

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 smart TV, wedding/conference facilities, 8-acre grounds (9-hole pitch-and-putt), ground floor wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in lounge bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B double £130.50–£385 (single occupancy rates on application). À la carte £39. 1-night bookings refused New Year.