all year except Christmas, New Year.
drawing room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, computer available, in-room TV (Freesat), 1½-acre garden (pond, summer house), veranda, parking (garage for motorbikes and bicycles).
quiet Scottish music at breakfast ‘with guests’ permission’.
not under 12.
only assistance dogs allowed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B single £135–£155, double £175–£195.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘There is no finer place to stay to explore the Highlands,’ say fans of Carol and Gordon Bulloch’s ‘friendly’ B&B, ten minutes’ walk from town, on the edge of the Cairngorms national park. It receives a full entry this year for ‘lovely amenities’, hospitality and attention to detail. The ‘gracious’ hosts ‘have thought of every possible personal touch’. The early Edwardian stone house, designed by Alexander Marshall Mackenzie (architect of London’s Waldorf Astoria), overlooks ‘beautiful gardens’, with summer house, woodland and pond. New arrivals are welcomed with tea and home-made scones by the drawing room fire. Each bedrooms is named after an Arts and Crafts designer and has freshly baked cakes. Well-equipped bathrooms have underfloor heating, Scottish toiletries, a choice of a whirlpool bath, a double-ended slipper bath with rainfall shower over, or a walk-in shower with body jets. A breakfast that’s ‘worth skipping dinner for’ serves porridge with cream, whisky and heather honey, eggs from the resident free-range hens, a full Scottish with haggis, local sausages, black pudding. You can ask for a packed lunch before hitting the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail or spending a day fishing. (Nancy Iriye)