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Douneside House

Tarland, Aboyne AB34 4UL Scotland
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#1 of 2 hotels in Aboyne
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Douneside House is a truly special place in heart of The MacRobert Estate. Here you can expect a warm welcome, fine dining and luxurious comfort in this most hospitable and unique country house on Royal Deeside. Set in seventeen acres of landscaped gardens, Douneside House makes the perfect base to take part in traditional sporting activities such as fishing and stalking, hill walking and ski-ing. The Douneside Health Club is fully equipped with gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Outside we have an all-weather tennis court and croquet, badminton and putting on our splendid 2 acre lawn. Our restaurant offers a range of award winning menus including lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and our signature tasting menu. Douneside has a three rosette restaurant and was awarded AA Hotel of the Year (Scotland) 2017/18. Douneside House is independently owned and run by The MacRobert Trust. A Scottish charity, originally set up by Lady MacRobert, based in Aberdeenshire.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Game room
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Mini golf
Tennis court
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Children's playground
Car hire
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Steam room
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Coffee / tea maker
Electric kettle
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Polish
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melaniej20 wrote a review May 2020
Watford, United Kingdom79 contributions37 helpful votes
We really loved this hotel, the views are amazing! we mainly booked it for the indoor pool as we were staying in January and unsure of the weather, however we never made it to the pool. The hotel is so warm and inviting. It has a very relaxed atmosphere that makes you feel at home. The bar is lovely and quiet with a roaring fire. The rooms are spacious and clean with everything you need including the Scottish shortbread. The staff are friendly, and know how to make you feel really welcome yet at the same time giving you space to relax and unwind. However its the food in the restaurant that really has the edge to make this hotel stand out. We thought we would just have dinner the first night and then venture out to try different restaurants in the evening, We ate there every night as we knew anywhere else would of failed in comparison. We were also shocked how much there is to do in the local area if you have a car.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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janemD943VA wrote a review Mar 2020
23 contributions8 helpful votes
Can't fault them on anything. A beautiful setting, quiet and secluded. The staff are exceptional and genuine. They seem to like working there. Food is wonderful. Rooms are lovely. Not many places I give 5 stars. But this place deserves it.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from James Payne, General Manager at Douneside House
Responded Apr 7, 2020
Dear Jane - thank you for highlighting so many of the core elements that really make Douneside House tick. I’m sure each member of the team will be thrilled to be referred to as “exceptional and genuine” and you are right. On behalf of the Douneside Team, James Payne Operations Manager
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loanvillaaberlady wrote a review Mar 2020
Aberlady, United Kingdom4 contributions4 helpful votes
Enjoying a lovely stay here away from all the madness, wonderful staff, grounds, room and esp. the food. Great gym and spa. Would stay for 4 motnhs if we could. Pls come if u can. We will def. be back next year!!!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from James Payne, General Manager at Douneside House
Responded Apr 7, 2020
Dear Donna - how fortunate you were to be among the last guests to enjoy all of the benefits of a few nights away before Coronavirus forced such drastic changes to our daily lives. Thank you for your kind words that sum up the best of Douneside and our Health Club too. We look forward to welcoming you back. On behalf of everyone at Douneside, thank you. James Payne Operations Manager
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David M M wrote a review Mar 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom183 contributions16 helpful votes
Highly recommend this hotel. Very peaceful beautiful location. Comfortable rooms and very friendly helpful staff. We had to taster menu. What a wonderful experience. Every course was a true delight served in style. Recommended wines were lovely. Breakfast was really good too. Gym and pool is a bonus!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from James Payne, General Manager at Douneside House
Responded Apr 7, 2020
Dear Mr. Morrison - thank you for taking the time to express what made your stay at Douneside “Brilliant”. Our tasting menu and accompanying wine flight represents the pinnacle of the Douneside Dining Experience. Hopefully you will be able to return in the not too distant future for more indulgent treats once we are all able to plan our futures following these challenging times. On behalf of The Douneside Team, May I express our gratitude to you both. Kind regards James Payne Operations Manager
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mcg2 wrote a review Feb 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom142 contributions61 helpful votes
We only drove 30 miles and discovered Heaven! We know that Tarland and the Howe of Cromar is beautiful and has some lovely walks but Douneside is the jewel in its crown. It is a really cosy homely country house, traditionally decorated , with modern touches , full of the family artifacts and original furniture of the Macrobert family. To learn that a lady who lost so much could give so much to others is very moving . Here the mostly young staff are welcoming,the food is delicious, the leisure centre a bonus and the gardens delightful. Come here and enjoy the peace of the countryside in comfort and leave refreshed. Can be most economically enjoyed on a dinner bed and breakfast mid week deal in the low season booked direct with house.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from James Payne, General Manager at Douneside House
Responded Apr 7, 2020
Dear Mr. & Mrs. McGregor - how good of you to recognise so many of the details that contribute to making a stay at Douneside House such a restorative experience. Thank you. We sincerely hope to be able to welcome back ‘local’ guests from rural and urban Aberdeenshire once the current restrictions will hopefully be lifted in the not too distant future. On behalf of everyone at Douneside, May we wish you well. James Payne Operations Manager
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$153 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomScotlandAberdeenshireAboyne
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Frequently Asked Questions about Douneside House
Which popular attractions are close to Douneside House?
Nearby attractions include Cambus O'May Forest (4.9 miles), Tomnaverie Stone Circle (1.6 miles), and Marketvillage (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Douneside House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Douneside House?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a fireplace, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Douneside House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Douneside House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Douneside House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Commercial Hotel Restaurant, Angie's Cafe, and The Airedale.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Douneside House?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Douneside House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Douneside House offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a banquet room and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Douneside House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to Douneside House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tomnaverie Stone Circle (1.6 miles).