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The Knowes Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   78 Market Street, Macduff AB44 1LL, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Macduff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
dh301 Swansea, Illinois
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Swansea, Illinois
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did not stay at the hotel during our time in Macduff (we had a nearby cottage), but frequented the restaurant for dinner twice while we were there. Both times, we arrived around 7 pm for dinner and were among just a handful of people dining. The food was really great....steak & ale pie, prawns, fish and chips, and plenty... More

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A comfortable and welcoming small hotel on a hill with great views of the sea. Spotless well maintained rooms. Excellent breakfast and varied dinner menu with very generous portions. Good service from friendly staff. Well located for exploring the scenic Banffshire coast.

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We have been coming to Macduff and the Knowes Hotel for a few years now and absolutely love staying here. Exceptionally clean room with a comfortable bed and superb views out over the Moray Firth. Breakfast is always very tasty and generous portions and sets us up for the day!! Debbie and John are fantastic hosts - very welcoming and... More

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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

Friendly welcome...super room.fab breakfast.. amazing views..sooo relaxing with wee wine in lovely surroundings.. staff cant do enough will be back soon as its a good base to visit local areas. Beaches are amazing even in the rain..

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We had a long weekend in this area and were already booked into the Pennan Inn for the second night but hadn't booked anywhere for the first night. By 8p.m., we'd found nowhere available and followed the sign up the hill to the Knowes. Thankfully they had vacant rooms. We got two lovely rooms with all the facilities, and very... More

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The view out of the top rooms is outstanding! The food is home-like and the service is very friendly. Make sure to book, for three reasons: it is packed even off-season, the rooms can be very cold if they don't prepare them upfront, and try to get one of the top rooms! You will need to play a little to... More

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Eyemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The Mansefield House recommended the Knowes Hotel for evening meals, and they were right to do so. The Owner Debbie made me most welcome and the Bar staff were all very friendly, and efficient and professional at the same time. I happened to mention that I had a birthday whilst I was away, and Happy Birthday was sung for me... More

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18 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We travel down to MacDuff to get our workboat refit at the shipyard and are always guaranteed a warm welcome at The Knowes Hotel. Debbie and John go out of their way to make sure we are comfortable and well cared for. We arrived without a reservation and we were given the very top room (number 5) and there was... More

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Ashby De La Zouch, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I stayed for one night while touring the coast of Scotland by motorbike. The welcome was warm and helpful, without being overbearing. The parking was ample and felt secure, albeit on a steep slope. The cooked breakfast was excellent. The room was clean and the bed comfortable; the shower was an unlit plastic cubicle standing in the corner - entirely... More

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Newcastle Upon Tyne
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We visited Debbie & John Anderson with a view to present them with an historical Lithograph which we had owned for over 40 years. Research showed that The Knowes Hotel building was formerly a 'Ragged School' which was built in 1849 with funds donated by businessman John Murray who loved Macduff and wanted to help the destitute children in the... More

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Address: 78 Market Street, Macduff AB44 1LL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Macduff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Knowes Hotel 3*
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