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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"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."
"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."
"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:||
Types of room: Single, Twin/Double, Family, Suite
|Room rates guide:||
Room with Breakfast
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
Flat screen TV, Free Wi-Fi, Luxury toiletries, showers over baths in each room, One four-poster suite
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
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 major airport:
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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Mon 02 Feb 2015 – Sun 15 Mar 2015
2 NIGHTS B&B WITH DINNER ONLY £99 PER PERSON
This winter enjoy a luxury break to Coul House enjoy,
2 nights b&b
3 course dinner on first night
All from an amazing £198 per room per stay.
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