Culdearn House

‘Probably the best small hotel we’ve visited,’ a guest says this year. More

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Culdearn House
Woodlands Terrace
PH26 3JU
01479 872106

Hotel information


6. 1 on ground floor.


all year.


drawing room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ¾-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

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not under 10.


not allowed.

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MasterCard, Visa.


per person B&B £75–£85, D,B&B £100–£125. À la carte £45.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Probably the best small hotel we’ve visited,’ a guest says this year. Next to woodland, William and Sonia Marshall’s Victorian country hotel is ‘a well-run and caring operation’. ‘The hands-on hosts gave us a very warm welcome.’ Fans like the traditional atmosphere. There are plenty of books and ornaments; an open fire burns in the marble fireplace; original features have been retained. From first- and second-floor bedrooms, look out over greenery and local woodland. ‘Our spacious bedroom was extremely comfortable and very well appointed’; bathrooms are ‘immaculate’. Guests gather in the ‘well-decorated’ lounge for amuse-bouche and drinks before dinner. In the dining room, Sonia Marshall’s ‘superb’ daily-changing four-course dinner might include game terrine, home-made onion marmalade, sweet poached pear; fillet of sea bream, orange and ginger glaze. Wake up to ‘generous’ servings of coffee at breakfast; an ‘excellent’ poached egg and kipper are cooked to order. The hotel is on the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail: whisky aficionados have an ‘extensive and impressive’ list of fine malts and rare single-barrel casks to choose from.

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Special offers

Autumn Break Special Offer

October and November 2017: Autumn is in the air so why not treat yourself to a well-earned break before the rush of Christmas. Here in the Highlands, and being in the Cairngorm National Park, the air is pure, the autumn colours magnificent and the scenery spectacular. 2 and 3 nights breaks available offering a discount of between 15% and 20% per person per night dinner, bed and breakfast. 1 night- £100.00 per person per night; 2 nights – £85.00 pppn – 15% discount off normal rate per person per night; 3 nights – £80.00pppn – 20% discount off normal rate per person per night. Offer is based on double occupancy in a superior twin or double room. Offer not applicable to luxury room.To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


Culdearn House
Woodlands Terrace
PH26 3JU

Guest comments

'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
'I recently stayed for the third time in six years. It continues to be a very special place. The property is in a quiet location, but still central to visiting the area attractions (many top-notch distilleries nearby). The rooms are large and comfortable. But what makes it so special is the owners, Sonia and William. From the moment we arrived their sincere friendliness/warmth was felt. We felt like family rather than paying guests. The food was amazing! ' - Daniel Weinstein - May, 2015

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