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“Enjoyed a nice one night stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Columba House Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Manse Road, Kingussie PH21 1JF, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kingussie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“Enjoyed a nice one night stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I don't get the chance to get to stay in the Highlands as often as I would like, but one thing I notice when I do, is that so many of these small hotels or luxury B&Bs are owned/run by people who have moved to the Highlands from elsewhere in the UK or from overseas. I'm not sure why that's the case, but just like so many of those I've visited in the past, Mark and Yolande (who have come to Scotland from South Africa) would appear to work incredibly hard to deliver a quality service and guest experience at the Columba House Hotel.

I stayed for one night at the end of April, and only became aware of the hotel because it was part of a 'free night' rewards offer I received through Moneysupermarket.com. Since none of the standard rooms were available under the offer, I paid for an upgrade to a 4-poster room (I was given the Spey Suite). The room was large and nicely-furnished. Bed was comfortable too. Decent selection of TV channels, but couldn't seem to find any radio channels. Also slightly disappointed that the wi-fi was only available in public areas of the hotel.

The welcome at the hotel was friendly, and the service remained so throughout my stay.

The bathroom was a good size, with a bathtub and a separate shower. If I was being picky, then I could say that it needed a bit of sprucing-up, but it's perfectly acceptable and, like the room itself, very clean.

I didn't eat dinner in the hotel restaurant, but judging by the comments from other guests in the lounge (where I enjoyed one of the very good selection of Single Malts from the hotel bar), the food had been very good indeed. I did take breakfast the following morning. The selection of cereals, etc was pretty good and the home-made bread was very nice. Unlike most of the other guests, who appeared to be enjoying some very nice Full Scottish Breakfasts, I decided to go for the smoked haddock with poached egg. Given that it was the first time I had ordered this for a hotel breakfast since I stayed at the Battlesteads Hotel near Hexham back in 2007 (didn't review at the time, but great hotel and fantastic food), it was always going to be difficult for the Columba House to come close to the delight of that hotel's thick and flaky piece of lightly-smoked haddock with a perfectly-cooked, runny poached egg on top. Unfortunately the Columba House offering was disappointing. The haddock was very thin and a bit rubbery (almost as if it had been defrosted) and the poached egg was overcooked. Next time I'll go for the Full Scottish - serves me right for trying to be healthy!

One other thing worth mentioning is the private road leading to the hotel. It's a very short road, but it isn't surfaced and has one or two pot-holes.

Overall, I thought the hotel was very good. I'd certainly consider going back again in the future. People like Mark and Yolande have become the back-bone of Scotland's tourism offer and deserve our support and encouragement.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just returned from a two day stay at this fabulous hotel, room with en suite immaculate. Staff very pleasant and nothing was too much trouble. Mark and Yolande are very hands on and the food is excellent, well worth a visit and we will certainly be returning. Thank you both for a wonderful two days.

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My boyfriend took me here for my 21st Birthday and it was wonderful. A very classic hotel. the staff were very accommodating and made us very welcome. We had a beautiful four poster bed in a small, slightly old fashioned room which was ensuite with tea and coffee facilities. A really great stay, will certainly be coming back.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed a whole week at Columba House; that is probably the reason why we got a nicer room (Ruthven suite) in the main house. Breakfast is served, so enjoy. But you definitely have to dine at the restaurant. The menu offers 7 or 8 different starters and main courses, so we tried nearly everything and I can assure you, it was excellent!
One night the chef offered us one of his special pasta creations: just superb.
Excellent wines at reasonable prices. And there is a large choice of single malts!
A week to remember.

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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got a groupon deal! Room with meals on the first night an breakfast. The room was basic but very clean. Meals the first night were amazing to such a degree that we ate there the following night! The owners (who are lovely people) were very accommodating and let us enjoy the drawing room at our leisure. A cosy night of wine, cards, and good chat. These guys deserve to be successful.

Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for a weekend break. Lovely hotel, warm and welcoming staff, very friendly and helpful. The room was large with a lovely view over the hills, although we could see a small part of the A9! Good location for hillwalkers skiers etc and a visit to Loch Insh a must if you're into watersports.
The food was first class, we had intended to eat in Inverness on our second night but after our meal the first night decided to book for the second. I can highly recommend the Scottish Biltong!

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very pleasant overnight stay consisting of b&b with evening meal. A hotel with character and lots of antique furniture, very clean throughout, with friendly and helpful staff. The quality of the meal was excellent and we highly recommend this hotel if you are in the area.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Manse Road, Kingussie PH21 1JF, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Kingussie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Kingussie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Columba House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our Hotel:Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, an oasis amidst the magnificent scenery of the Spey Valley. Shimmering lochs are fringed by sandy beaches, and sparkling rivers lie in the shadows of heather-covered mountains. A paradise for outdoor activities, golf, fishing, climbing, rambling, pony trekking, water and winter sports, and those who appreciate invigorating Highland air, dramatic scenery and Highland hospitality.The village of Kingussie is in the Central Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by the Monadhliath and Cairngorm mountain ranges, it provides the opportunity to explore the peaceful countryside with the chance to see a wide variety of wildlife from Golden Eagle or Osprey to Red Deer Stag and Pine Martin. There is also an abundance of wild flowers, plants and trees. 2 miles from Kingussie is the rspb insh Marshes Reserve, one of the finest wetlands conservation areas in the UK. Many wildlife events are organised from here. Golf Pass available guaranteeing 30% reduced rate at all eight of the finest courses within the Cairngorms National Park.A romantic Highland Retreat, highest standards of accommodation, welcoming hospitality, & customer care. Nestling in a secluded, walled garden with ducks, red squirrels, rabbits, deer, pheasants & numerous beautiful birds in attendance. Regret we cannot accommodate children but offer indulgent refuge for grown-ups wishing to enjoy peace in beautiful surroundings with attentive service, & a relaxed adult atmosphere.All modern facilities while retaining the original charm of the Old Manse & Croft.Various stylish, en-suite, room types, doubles/twins/super-king doubles/a large suite and the superb, triple aspect, Penthouse Suite, with ever-changing views of the surrounding village and mountains, including romantic four-poster rooms with locally hand crafted traditional four-posters, mostly king size, and all with double baths, showers. Personal controllable heating, The pampered comfort we offer tells a story, which speaks for itself, as many guests return time and time again. ”Monarch of the Glen” was filmed entirely in the Spey Valley, including many scenes featuring Kingussie.The sport at which Kingussie excels is Shinty and if the team is playing at The Dell (their local ground) you will have the opportunity of watching one of the oldest Gaelic field sports, performed by a team with an unrivalled record of championship and cup wins in the modern era. So….break free from city life and take to the byways, vast moorland, hills, and highland glens. Breathe in the pure highland air, which brightens the eye and lightens the step. Total freedom to relax, unwind and accept the slower pace of the Highlands. ... more   less 
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