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Coul House Hotel

In The Hills Above Contin, Strathpeffer, Highland, IV14 9ES

Coul House Hotel

In The Hills Above Contin, Strathpeffer, Highland, IV14 9ES

Susannah and Stuart Macpherson are proud to call themselves the owners of this distinguished nineteenth-century house with its unusual octagonal dining room where Queen Victoria attended a Highland gathering in 1881. The hotel is set in eight acres of mature woodlands with splendid views of the Strathconon Mountains from many of the bedrooms. Coul House is an ideal place for walking the banks of the Blackwater River or for biking through the Achilty forest. Rogie Waterfalls, where salmon leap during the summer, is a popular local attraction. The hotel has 21 bedrooms, some gracious public rooms and an excellent reputation for its food. The chef's Sachertorte (Austrian chocolate cake) rivals that served in Vienna.

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Coul House Hotel is part of the following Travel Ideas:

The 10 Best Hotels for Visiting Scottish Distilleries by Adrian Mourby

"Glen Ord – Coul House Hotel: The MacKenzies of Ord are the family behind this fine Highland distillery. The family was granted lands in the west of Scotland by King Alexander III in 1263 and in 1820 Thomas MacKenzie of Ord leased land for a distillery to be built. MacKenzie envisaged an industry where local men could have all-year round employment and also a ready market for his barley. After a chequered history, the Glen Ord 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, known as the “Whisky from the Black Isle”, brought home three international awards in 1994 including “Best Single Malt of the Year 1994-1995”. Stuart and Susannah Macpherson have run Coul House since 2003. This gracious house with its octagonal dining room and open fires lies six and a half miles to the northeast of Glen Ord on the banks of the Blackwater river. Landing in the Highlands, it’s a very pleasant 20 mile drive from Inverness Airport to Coul House via Glen Ord. Ring ahead to book a distillery tour then look forward to putting your feet up with a dram (as it is often referred to) from the exceptionally hospitable Stuart."

Ten luxury Hotels visited by royals by Adrian Mourby

"Coul House with its remarkable octagonal core was built for Sir George Steuart Mackenzie, Seventh Baronet of Coul in 1821. His descendant, Robert Ramsay Mackenzie, the Tenth Baronet, was for many years Governor General of Queensland but returned to live in the house from 1868 until his death in 1873. The Mackenzies then abandoned Coul, but the house was used in 1888 to entertain Queen Victoria, a great enthusiast for Scotland, who had been visiting the nearby spa town of Strathpeffer. In her honour there was a Highland gathering at Coul House and a painting of that occasion is in the possession of Stuart and Susannah Macpherson, the current owners."

Ten Historic Hotels in the Highlands by Adrian Mourby

"Sir George Steuart (SIC) Mackenzie, seventh baronet of Coul, built this remarkable house in 1821. The design is based on a central octagon, an idea fashionable in Scotland, and North America in the early nineteenth century. Mackenzie’s octagon is now the hotel’s august dining room with two diamond-shaped bedrooms on the floor above. Sir George was a noted mineralogist while his son, Robert went on to be governor general of Queensland."

Information on Coul House Hotel , In The Hills Above Contin , Strathpeffer

No. of bedrooms: Total: 21        
Types of room: Single, Twin/Double, Family, Suite
Room rates guide: Single:  £60.00-£95.00
Double/Twin:  £85.00-£250.00
Room with Breakfast
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Solo, Visa
When Closed:  24-26 Dec
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  Dogs Permitted (£5 per day charge applies)
Romantic Details: four-poster suite, log fires, forest walks, candlelit dinners
Eco Friendly: Biomass boiler
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  Yes
Wheelchair Access Details: ground floor rooms
Accreditation: VisitScotland 3 Star Country House Hotel
Room facilities: Flat screen TV, Free Wi-Fi, Luxury toiletries, showers over baths in each room, One four-poster suite
General facilities: 8 acres of gardens, Log fires and great views over the garden and mountains beyond, Restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 1 for up to 80 delegates, 2 meeting rooms, Conference facilities
Outdoor activities on site: Golf practice area with 9-hole pitch & putt, Bike trails, Running trails, Walking
Activities nearby: Archery, Tennis, golf, Beaches, Boat trips, Distilleries, castles, battlefields and much more, Fishing, Horse riding, Quad biking, Sporting clays
Local directions: Please see our website for map and directions.
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Nearest railway stn:
Inverness (17 miles) (25 mins)
Inverness (25 miles) (40 mins) , Edinburgh (165 miles) (3 hours)
Inverness (20 miles) (25 mins)

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Review of Coul House Hotel

Posted on by Sandy OCustomer stayed Jan 2016

Everything first class on our 3 day Hogmany stay. As before proprietors & staff very attentive & genuine & food fabulous. I would recommend Coul House's Hogmany to anyone who enjoys being pampered & thoroughly well looked after. We felt very "at home" here.

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Posted on by Carolyn SCustomer stayed May 2016

This was our first trip to the Highlands and the Coul House Hotel was the perfect stay. Warm and welcoming hosts...beautiful room overlooking the grounds...very comfortable bed, tea service and good sized tub and bathroom. We especially loved the drinks before dinner in the cozy drawing room, then our choice for dinner and walking through to the dining room for dinner. Lovely service. We also enjoyed the grounds....pretty walks and if it hadn't been so cold we would have tried the golf!

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Posted on by Meg GCustomer stayed Aug 2016

If you are in the area and have children with you, stop in at the Coul House Hotel for afternoon tea, or a tea time bite - excellent chidlren's menu. This imposing hotel was once a shooting lodge. Situated in the small village of Garve on the Ulapool raod, don't be put off by the long, long tree lined drive. The owners and staff are so very friendly and the hotel and grounds are magnificent! The sweeping lawns and giant sequoia trees are stunning. But .... the woodlands bordering the lawns hide an amazing surprise...a little wonderland of carved elf, fairy and woodland creature "houses" ... on a long, well maintained network of paths, it's magical! Delightful for children of every age. An absolute must see.

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Posted on by Clare SCustomer stayed Sep 2016

'Deliciously relaxing' is the byline on the board at the end of the drive , and it sums up the Coul House experience. A tranquil and elegant setting for a peaceful night's rest after a delicious supper . And dogs are truly welcome. Room 1 is on the ground floor giving easy access to the outdoors in the early morning. Breakfast offered an excellent choice of dishes . Altogether perfect for a break of journey.

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Posted on by William WCustomer stayed Sep 2016

Exactly what expected of a high quality hotel. The rooms were super, comfortable and en-suites first class. Bar was well stocked and both evening meal and breakfast were beautifully served with menus enjoyed by all four family members. Great place to enjoy at the start of our NC500 trip. Well done Coul House

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Posted on by Travelerlady 6Customer stayed Sep 2016

This hotel is a delight. After six days of total enjoyment, I can not say enough about the facility, the staff, and the management. The food is world-class, and the service is simply the best. Treat yourself to one of the best hotels I've stayed in

Review of Coul House Hotel

Posted on by Alec HCustomer stayed Sep 2016

This was my first trip to Scotland and I couldn't have stayed at a better place. The hotel is beautiful and you can't beat the location. All the staff were excellent, very friendly, great service.
I planned on going out to try different restaurants in the area, but food was so good that never ate anywhere else.
The rooms were a nice size and beds very comfortable.
This was my first trip there, but won't be the last.

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