Culdearn House

Grantown-on-Spey, Highland

On the edge of the Cairngorms national park, William and Sonia Marshall’s bay-fronted Victorian house looks on to a tract of the ancient woodlands that surround Grantown-on-Spey. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

On the edge of the Cairngorms national park, William and Sonia Marshall’s bay-fronted Victorian house looks on to a tract of the ancient woodlands that surround Grantown-on-Spey. It is more ‘fine guest house’ than hotel, say readers. When our inspectors last visited, they found ‘an atmosphere of comfort and warmth’, the six bedrooms done in eclectic country house style (dual-aspect Craigievar has some fine antiques). The Marshalls are welcoming hosts: ‘We had a very pleasant room, and interesting chats with the man of the house.’ Guests gather for drinks before dinner in a lounge ‘with family photos on the sideboard’. Sonia Marshall’s nightly-changing menus, which some readers report are ‘more akin to home cooking than fine dining’, are a showcase of local ingredients: free-range eggs, humanely reared beef and fish from the Moray coast. ‘The meat and game were so tender and full of flavour.’ At breakfast there is ‘lovely fruit salad, home-made marmalade, and a good choice of cooked dishes’, including haggis. Fishing, shooting, golf, wildlife-watching and whisky tours can be arranged.

Hotel details


Woodlands Terrace
PH26 3JU


01479 872106


6. 1 on ground floor, with wet room, suitable for disabled.


all year except Feb, Mar, Christmas (open New Year).


drawing room, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), ¾-acre garden, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music



10 and upwards welcomed, younger children by arrangement.


only guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £125–£150, double £160–£180. Fixed-price dinner £48.

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Comments about Culdearn House

Our stay at William & Sonia Marshall’s delightful, traditional, small country house could not have been bettered. We so enjoyed their warm, friendly personal service, our comfortable bedroom with excellent en suite facilities and the superb food. William, with the help of Lizzie, a good-humoured local lady, provided attentive service at breakfast and before, during and after dinner. There was a good choice of drinks including wines and especially whiskies, William’s experience being educational, helpful and amusing. Culdearn House is top quality - Geoff Float - May 2018
A lovely hotel in s beautiful part of Scotland. A lovely bedroom. At dinner all the dishes were simply served and cooked to perfection. The Marshalls are a very friendly coup who obviously have the welfare of their guests at heart. - JT - May 2018
We had a wonderful time. First-class in every sense. Warm greeting; Bedrooms uniquely decorated and with all the essentials. Lovelhy lounge. Food out of this world. - Terri Phillips - January 2018
My wife and I recently stayed at this wonderful Victorian country house hotel. Our spacious bedroom (Cragevar) was beautifully furnished, well appointed, with a splendid view over gardens and woodland. Following pre-dinner drinks in the superbly decorated drawing room, we enjoyed a splendid four-course dinner. The menus changed daily, and all meals were beautifully cooked and presented by Sonia. William's fine wine list was extensive - but as naught compared to the number of malt whiskys on offer! A wonderful stay. - Professor Kevin Sykes - June 2017
The attentive hosts seemed genuinely concerned for my well-being when I returned cold and damp from the mountains. They were happy to give me early breakfast when I departed by an early train. The fillet steak at dinner was probably the best since my last visit. - Mike Bennett - March 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide