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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We choose this B&B by the wonderful pictures on their website and we were pleased that everything lived up to our expectations. We were treated to a lovely glass of Procesco prior to going into a well prepared dinner. After dinner we escorted into the lounge for a nice dram. We enjoyed a nice after dinner walk around the grounds... More 

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

me and my wife stay here for the second time there was a smell of smoke back then in the first floor but that has now been sorted. the was lovely as it was the last time and clean staff where helpful as always there was one think missing the really nice head chef that we spoke to and produced... More 

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Refton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent two nights mid-week as base to explore Castles and Gardens from Cawdor to Crathes. Easy to find, seemed to have the whole house almost to ourselves. 44 steps up to the Ferguson suite on top floor, but a huge room, well-appointed with a huge shower/tub bath and a lounge across the hall. Excellent breakfasts. Perhaps it's busier/ noisier on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Sadly, little to commend this property, which feels out of step with current standards. The house feels deserted outside of meal times. The guest handbook mentions hot water bottles can be provided on request, but the staff member we asked had no idea if or where these could be found. Our room was not serviced between the first and second... More 

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Thank Linda S
kincraig1, General Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for leaving a review, I am sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your stay. To clarify a few points of your review, unfortunately we did not have any Hot water bottles at the time of your stay, these had been thrown away to be replaced in the Winter months but as we are in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

We got married here on saturday...a perfect venue in so many ways. The house and the setting are absolutely beautiful....intimate, cosy and quirky. We had the whole house to ourselves which just added to the intimacy of the weekend and also allowed us to have a really relaxed meal with close family and friends the night before the wedding. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

We stayed for two days at the Durn House while on our honeymoon and found the property exceptional. Our rating however reflects the poor breakfast experience on day 2. Our breakfast was cold, over cooked, ill prepared and lacked any depth of experience or passion (so disappointing). Sigh...it just didn't fit with such a place! Elevating the food would go... More 

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kincraig1, General Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I am pleased to hear that you feel you received friendly service and Durn House to be Exceptional. As it was your honeymoon we gave you a FOC upgrade to our Durn Suite (best room in the house) on your second night to try and make your honeymoon that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Visited Durn house with a group of 8 from work for a 50th birthday celebration. We were originally seated inside in a lower room which was lovely but some felt the room was a bit dark. Immediately the staff were attentive and brought through some lamps to brighten the room but then later offered us outside as it was a... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

My friend and our daughters just spent an absolutely fantastic afternoon at Durn House. My friend and I both had a lovely, relaxing massage in the beautiful Spa room and our daughters really enjoyed their first ever facial, thanks very much to Julie for the treatments and for making us feel so relaxed and pampered. The Afternoon Tea was fabulous,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Just returned from a three day stay for the Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival which was wonderful. Durn house is an exquisite old mansion in fine renovated shape but needs some tough managerial help. Many "out ofs" eg, Bordeaux, Pinot on night three, Serrano ham for my eggs Benedict. Little things like the bent forks (twice) you know when you jam... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Home after a lovely 1 night stay at Durn house. Was there for a hen party we had the afternoon tea which was lovely. All the cakes and sandwiches were delicious. Thereafter we had the gentlemens club to ourselves and decorated by the staff with our own decorations. They also lay out our food we had taken over which was... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Durn House nestles on a quiet country road, by a small stream, and within easy walking distance of the main street and Portsoy's famous 17th-c. Old Harbour. Durn House is an elegant Georgian Mansion House in its own grounds offering luxury accommodation in large rooms with luxury en-suites or private bathrooms at sensible rates. Warm hospitality, excellent service and sumptuous breakfasts await our guests. Steeped in history, Durn House was believed to have been built in the Adams style by Sir James Dunbar of Durn in circ. 1770. The house has retained many of its original features with huge open fires, superb plasterwork, magnificent stone spiral staircase, and very large rooms. Durn House has many important historical links including the Battle of Culloden, as well as being home to the famous Scottish Astronomer James Furguson. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Durn House

Address: Durn House Durn Road, Portsoy AB45 2XT, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Portsoy
Price Range: $114 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Durn House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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Durn House Hotel Portsoy
Durn House Portsoy, Scotland
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