Culdearn House

Grantown-on-Spey, Highland

‘Our stay at William and Sonia Marshall’s delightful small country house could not have been bettered,’ wrote happy readers. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Our stay at William and Sonia Marshall’s delightful small country house could not have been bettered,’ write Guide regulars. ‘We so enjoyed their warm, personal service.’ The Victorian villa, built in 1860 for Lord Seafield’s daughter, retains the atmosphere of a family home, with open fire, paintings, photographs. Bedrooms are individually styled with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture. Dual-aspect Craigievar has views of the hills of Cromdale and local woodland, a double-ended bath and separate shower. Dunnottar, writes another reader, ‘is a lovely room with attractive, soft, blue-patterned wallpaper, not large, but it felt roomy enough’. At 7 pm guests gather for drinks. ‘Mr Marshall was there to chat. We had a local gin and tonic with delicious little treats on savoury biscuits.’ Sonia Marshall’s short menus showcase local produce. ‘We had Cullen skink, venison and lamb, cooked to perfection, and for dessert a pavlova with raspberries and passion fruit.’ Whisky aficionados are in Scotch heaven. In the morning, ‘the breakfast menu offered a wide choice including Scottish favourites such as haggis. . . We picked a winner!’ (G and CF, J T-P, and others)

Hotel details


Woodlands Terrace
PH26 3JU


01479 872106


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


all year except Feb.


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

Background music



10 and upwards welcomed, younger children by arrangement.


not allowed, except for guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per person B&B single £125–£170, double £80–£90, D,B&B £110–£170. À la carte £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