Good Hotel Guide Review
Some retirees get a gold watch. The Countess of Seafield did her estate manager, John Smith, rather better, commissioning this handsome house for him in 1910. It was designed by Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, architect of London’s Waldorf Astoria – a smart hotel, indeed, but lacking in that personal touch which Carol and Gordon Bulloch bring to their ‘idyllic’ B&B. Home comforts include tea and scones by the fire, home-baked treats delivered daily to guest rooms. There are ‘so many lovely amenities’, write readers, citing ‘luxury bedding, heated bathroom floor and towel racks’. Bedrooms, each named after an Arts and Crafts designer, have a handmade bed. Taylor has furniture designed by Ernest Taylor, a contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Benson has Art Nouveau pieces. All rooms have a silent mini-fridge, ground coffee, chocolates, still and sparkling water, Scottish toiletries. In the garden, red squirrels play and hens lay eggs for an award-winning breakfast that includes porridge with heather honey, cream and malt whisky, local sausages and haggis, potato scones, scrambled eggs with Glenfeshie hot-smoked salmon. ‘You should go out of your way to stay.’ (NI)
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), not suitable for disabled.
quiet Scottish music at breakfast ‘with guests’ permission’.
not under 12.
only assistance dogs allowed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £145–£155, double £185–£195.