Durn house on approach is imposing, though not on a grand scale. The perfection of the early Georgian architecture delightful and unaltered and when the old iron locks on the front door swung open our hosts met us with such warmth and hospitality we felt at home at once. The reception areas are beautiful and stuffed with comfortable antique furniture and nick-nacks. The dining room is elegant, with period style hand blocked wallpapers lending themselves to the Georgian proportions and windows. Sandra is rightly proud of this room. The bedrooms are spacious, even on the second floor, spotlessly clean with well thought out acessories, you lack nothing.
John is a knowledgeable and amusing host, Sandra, an accomplished cook and perfect hostess. Both will go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your stay in this truly undiscovered corner of Scotland. The Banffshire Costal trail is a treasure trove of tiny villages, small fishing harbours and castles. Well worth a few days exploring, with craft workshops and exhibitions to discover we will be heading back again before the year is out.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Durn House Hotel Portsoy
- Durn House Portsoy, Scotland