Culdearn House

Grantown on Spey, Moray

Elegant Highland base with comfy rooms and excellent cooking - ancient castles, fabulous walking and over 50 distilleries await


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3.30pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Children over 10 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner, 4 courses, £48.


Nightly price
from £160
Singles £120-£150.
1 Twin
From £160
4 Doubles
From £160
1 Twin/double
From £160



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.


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


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The neighbourhood

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.