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Culdearn House - Hotel in Moray

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Woodlands Terrace, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3JU, Moray
Scotland, United Kingdom

Sonia & William Marshall

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+44 (0)1479 872106(landline)

Smart Highland base with comfy rooms and excellent cooking - ancient castles, fabulous walking and the odd distillery wait

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Grantown is a great base for Highland flings. You can fish the Spey, jump on the whisky trail, check out a raft of castles, even ski in Aviemore. Loch Ness is close, as is Royal Deeside, there's golf everywhere and the walking is divine; in short, expect to be busy. As for Culdearn, it stands in a row of five identical houses that were built in 1860 by Lord Seafield, one for each of his daughters. These days it's a lovely small hotel where William and Sonia look after guests with unstinting kindness. There's an open fire and facing sofas in the smart sitting room, panelled windows and a marble fireplace in the dining room, then stylish bedrooms that offer the sort of comfort you hope for after a day in the hills. You get the comfiest beds, the crispest linen, then decanters of sherry, fresh flowers and robes for spotless bathrooms. Back downstairs, William looks after a tempting wine list and 60 malts, while Sonia whisks up delicious four-course dinners, perhaps West Coast scallops, bramble sorbet, fillet of beef, a walnut and maple syrup parfait. Don't miss the ospreys at Boat of Garten.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Local points of interest from Sonia & William Marshall:

Local points of interest from
Sonia & William Marshall:

  • Situated in the heart of Speyside in the Cairngorm National Park where stunning scenery, fresh air, local produce and fantastic whisky is all on your doorstep. Visit local castles Ballindalloch and Cawdor or historic ruin of Urquhurt Castle and Loch Ness
  • 50 distilleries all within a radius of 25 miles where nosing and tasting tours can be arranged as well as bottling your own and watching the Coopers at work making whisky barrels. There is nothing better than sitting by the fire with a fine malt, or two.
  • Local Osprey can be found in nearby Abernethy Forest where visitors can watch from the hides and observe the hatching, feeding and growth of the young chicks until fledged and they make their way to South Africa later in the year.
  • Salmon and Sea Trout fishing on the River Spey which is within walking distance of Culdearn. Hire a ghillie for the day as well as all the equipment and enjoy and master the art of spey casting. You can fish for the day or for the week.
  • Walking in the fabulous Cairngorm mountains nearby where the air is so fresh, the flora and fauna unique in the UK. Take the funicular railway to the top, watch the reindeer, see the capercaillies and off season enjoy skiing and snowboarding.
  • Nearby at the Moray coast watch dolphins and seals and on occasions, whales and sea birds. Visit the historic towns of Findown and Elgin for cashmere.
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Guest feedback
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"One of the best small hotels that I have ever visited. A very warm welcome. Excellent and spacious rooms- very well furnished and appointed. The reception rooms are extremely comfortable and the food - both dinner and breakfast - quite delicious - and a very extensive and impressive wine list. We certainly intend to stay again and cannot over recommend it."


September 2015
"I recently stayed at Culdearn House for the third time in six years - and it continues to be a very special place. We live in California, so our stays at Culdearn have been purposely planned as a part of our visits to Europe. 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 very comfortable. But, what makes Culdearn House so special are the owners Sonia and William. They extend sincere friendliness/warmth towards their guests - they made us feel special. The food is delicious, great wine list"
May 2015

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  • 4 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin/double
  • , 1 Twin
Price:(i) £150 to£170 per night

Singles £125-£175. Dinner, B&B £100-£150 per person.

Booking info:

Children over 10 welcome.


Dinner, 4 courses, £45




Woodlands Terrace, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3JU, Moray

Hotel 4 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 150 to £ 170 per night
Hotel 1 Twin/double room
Price: (i) £ 150 to £ 170 per night
Hotel 1 Twin room
Price: (i) £ 150 to £ 170 per night

Sonia & William Marshall

Visit website Check availability

+44 (0)1479 872106(landline)