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Auld Kirk Hotel
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   31 Braemar Road, Ballater AB35 5RQ, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #8 of 16 Ballater B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Aberdeen
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

What a delightful place to stay, this renovated church is just lovely, comfortable and excellent service. Room and shower room was great - plenty of space, very clean and comfortable. The staff are very friendly and helpful, but not overbearing and the breakfast is exceptional - we could have sat there grazing all day!! Great selection of meats, fruits, cheeses, breads, muffins, cereals, juices (with big glasses!) as well as a wide range of home cooked options and nothing was too much trouble. Just wish we got this kind of service everywhere! We had a lovely stay - a fantastic place to explore Royal Deeside from. Close to Balmoral, Braemar, Crathie and lots of beautiful countryside and the open top Royal Deeside Bus passes by. Only downside was that they no longer have a restaurant there but its only a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Ballater where there is a choice of evening dining venues and the staff will be more than happy to talk you through the options.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gourdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Spent a couple of nights here last week. Very nicely decorated but still incorporating church features. Relaxed friendly atmosphere, easy walk to pubs and restaurants. Breakfast was super, great choice and muffins to die for! Thanks Peter and Tony.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We had just spent 2 nights at the Fairmont in St. Andrews, so we were ready for something a little cozier. The Auld Kirk is a renovated church in the quaint town of Ballater, near Balmoral Castle. The rooms are small but nicely decorated. We have 3 kids, so we needed 2 rooms. The rates were quite reasonable, and we could walk to town in 5 minutes.

The breakfast was delicious - it was served in a beautiful dining room, loved the decor. There was a cold buffet with fruit, cheese and freshly baked muffins, as well as hot dishes made to order.

I would definitely recommend the Auld Kirk - thanks for the hospitality!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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32 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

I found this hotel when planning a trip to the Cairngorms to ski. I decided on Ballater as there are shops and restaurants places to walk round in the village if the snow was poor. This converted church is fabulous, it is so unique with much of the church features incorporated into the rooms. The owner was so helpful with info about the surrounding area and where to walk and where to go. He even checked the roads each morning to see if the ski resorts were open. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. This is definitely a hotel in its own right, although I was sorry to see that they have closed the restaurant and bar as the judging by the quality of breakfast the food must have been excellent. If you're up in or around Ballater definitely stay here purely for the unique nature of the place and the excellent service.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

I recently stayed here for one night as my husband had to be in Ballater for work.
The booking was a bit last minute and we weren't sure what to expect but the Auld Kirk was easy to find, straightforward to check in to and the room was nice. Some parts of it looked a little tired but it was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was lovely and seemed to have been recently refurbished too.
Breakfast in the morning was a surprise. There was a very tasty looking continental selection but we both opted for the full Scottish breakfast. It was very good and the lady who served us was very chirpy and helpful.
We would be happy to recomment this to others and return again in the future.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

You can't fault it. A building with character and charm (a converted church). A warm welcome. Cheerful staff delivering a fresh, modern dining experience at breakfast. Tasteful interior decoration. And a short walk to the pubs of Ballater.

All of this must pain the po-faced former owners of this establishment.....

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Cupar, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Very friendly welcome and service throughout our stay. Well appointed and comfortable rooms all topped off with an excellent breakfast. It's a shame that their restaurant is no longer running as that reviews on here and accolades on the walls of the hotel reception demonstrate that it must have been pretty special. However, it's only a short walk into town with a number of restaurants to choose from.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Auld Kirk Hotel

Address: 31 Braemar Road, Ballater AB35 5RQ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Ballater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Ballater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Auld Kirk Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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