Coul House

Steeped in stories of baronets and scandalous affairs, Susannah and Stuart Macpherson’s ‘beautiful Georgian house’ is today a ‘simply lovely hotel’ standing in extensive gardens ‘magnificent with mature trees’. More

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Coul House
IV14 9ES
01997 421487

Hotel information


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


all year except 24–26 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

‘mixed’ in bar, classical in restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in some bedrooms, all public rooms except restaurant.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2017] per room B&B single £75–£110, double £95–£325. À la carte £32.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Steeped in stories of baronets and scandalous affairs, Susannah and Stuart Macpherson’s ‘beautiful Georgian house’ is today a ‘simply lovely hotel’ standing in extensive gardens ‘magnificent with mature trees’. (‘A special “fairy trail” through the rhododendrons is worth a visit whatever your age.’) ‘There’s a real feeling of warmth and invitation. They even made a tremendous fuss of our cockerpoo,’ say Guide inspectors in 2017. Investigate the public rooms hung with hunting scenes and ‘interesting paintings’ before settling into one of the traditionally decorated bedrooms. ‘Our fine, restful room looked towards a backdrop of hills. There were crisp sheets on the large bed; the small bathroom (a little old-fashioned) was stocked with fluffy towels and good-quality bath products. Among the local information were Stuart’s fascinating accounts of the ups and downs of hotel-keeping.’ Chef Garry Kenley’s ‘imaginative, well-cooked’ dinners are served in the chandelier-lit dining room. ‘We enjoyed venison and well-seasoned chicken.’ In the morning, the ‘colourfully described’ breakfast menu is a pleasing start to the day. ‘Promptly served, our Gardener’s Breakfast was excellent.’

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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
'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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