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Douneside House

Tarland, Aboyne AB34 4UL Scotland
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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
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
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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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Polish
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sc0ts_away wrote a review Oct 11
aberdeen63 contributions20 helpful votes
The sunday lunch here is a real treat - mouth watering describes it best! In the post-lockdown period the location and venue proved relaxing and most enjoyable. The food and preparation as well as the service were of the highest quality but in an unfussy way. A must for all even if you have to travel to get there!
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Date of stay: October 2021
mike r wrote a review Sep 2021
8 contributions1 helpful vote
Douneside House is an exemplar of the very best of hospitality on Royal Deeside. We were warmly greeted on arrival and enjoyed drinks overlooking the wonderful gardens before sitting down to a perfect meal. The service was excellent from the staff who attended us and the meal itself was superb. A truly wonderful experience, Douneside is well worth its 3 AA Rosettes and it must surely be only a matter of time before a Michelin star is given?
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Douneside House, Owner at Douneside House
Responded Sep 10, 2021
Dear Mike It is always our pleasure to welcome you for a visit and our sincere thanks for such fantastic comments. We want to make sure every person visiting enjoys their experience, so we're delighted you did! Hope to see you again soon, The Douneside team
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Dafox76 wrote a review Aug 2021
Uk12 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed here for 5 nights with our family. Everything was fabulous and nothing was too much trouble. The food was amazing especially the roast on Sunday,the Cote de beouf on the last night and the burger was one of the best I have had. All the staff are excellent a truly special place thank you
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Douneside House, Owner at Douneside House
Responded Sep 10, 2021
We are so pleased you enjoyed your family break here with us at Douneside. It has been a fantastic Summer, and there is nothing better than seeing families enjoy the house and grounds - particularly after this past year! We hope to welcome you back to Douneside again. Kind regards, The Douneside team
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Tom R wrote a review Aug 2021
Oxford, England, United Kingdom63 contributions18 helpful votes
Really impressed with the work that has gone into Douneside since a visit several years ago. Amazing dinner served in conservatory, friendly and helpful staff throughout and enjoyed exploring gardens plus croquet!
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Date of stay: August 2021
Response from Douneside House, Owner at Douneside House
Responded Aug 10, 2021
Dear Tom, Many thanks for your review. It is fantastic to hear that you were impressed with the changes - we've changed quite a bit of the interiors over the last few years - we are continually striving to enhance our guest's experience. Glad to hear you had the opportunity to enjoy a game of croquet in the grounds too! Our thanks again and we'll hope to welcome you back for a third visit. Kind regards, The team at Douneside
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MHLS wrote a review Jul 2021
Echt, United Kingdom60 contributions37 helpful votes
Cannot write a review that sums up how amazing our stay was. The whole house and grounds are stunning. The staff are so friendly, attentive and polite. The bartender was brilliant (young man with longish hair). Our evening meal was out of this world and our interaction with the sommelier was wonderful. The pool facilities are sparkling. What an absolute treat. Well worth a stay at Douneside House. Could fault nothing and was so sad to go home. Thank you.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Douneside House, Owner at Douneside House
Responded Aug 10, 2021
Your review really has made our day. In fact, it is currently on display in our kitchen for all of our team to see, including Leon our Bar Supervisor (with the longish hair!) and James our Sommelier. We thank you so much for sharing and we're delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. We all hope to welcome you back to Douneside again soon. Kind regards, The Team at Douneside House
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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 Migvie Stone (2.8 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, The Airedale, and Angie's Cafe.
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).