Culdearn House

Grantown-on-Spey, Highland

Guests can follow the Speyside whisky trail from the Marshall family's bay-fronted Victorian house, then return to sit by the fire with a dram from a list of fine malts and rare single-barrel casks. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Guests can follow the Speyside whisky trail from the Marshall family’s bay-fronted Victorian house, then return to sit by the fire with a dram from a list of fine malts and rare single-barrel casks. The atmosphere is warm and informal; Sonia and William have distilled the essence of Scottish hospitality with ‘the enjoyment of their guests at heart’, and are a mine of local information. Of the six bedrooms, in eclectic country house style, ‘lovely, well-furnished’ Dunnottar looks out to one of the ancient woodlands encircling the town. Dual-aspect Craigievar has a bathroom with double-ended bath and walk-in shower, views of woods and the Cromdale hills. Guests gather for drinks in the drawing room, with ‘little treats on savoury biscuits’, before a ‘simply served’ but delicious four-course dinner, cooked from locally sourced produce by Sonia. Dishes include the Culdearn steak, ‘so tender it melted in your mouth’, with a Drambuie sauce, or monkfish tail with crayfish and Parmesan sauce. Breakfast, with free-range eggs, is ‘all one could wish for’ before a day that might be spent fishing, birdwatching, or on a whisky tour.

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, parking.

Background music



aged 10 and upwards welcomed, younger children by arrangement.


only guide dogs.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £160. 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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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.