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“Great day out”
Review of Duff House

Duff House
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$41.69*
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A magnificent early Georgian mansion, designed by William Adam for the Earl of Fife. It is considered to be an Adam masterpiece and is one of the most important buildings in the North. The foundation stone was laid on the 11th June 1735 and the building was finished five years later, although it took over 100 years to complete the interior. Duff House is a jewel set in a stunning triangle of coast, river and parkland. There is a tea room and shop on ground-floor level, as well as temporary exhibitions by visiting artists and societies.
Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Family came to stay with us so we went here for a days outing. Only thing that spoilt it was the showers as there was an excellent play park outside for children and grounds to walk around which we missed. The house though was very interesting full of history and very friendly staff. A real bonus was that they provided a complimentary pushchair (and wheelchairs available too) to use making it Very baby friendly something I wish other places would consider. Would have liked more variety on the lunch menu but the soup / sandwich was very tasty. Would recommend a visit.

Thank GigglingGirl
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Enjoyed the marvelous grounds of Duff House before making our way inside the beautiful old house. We enjoyed our visit at the recently updated cafe, having a mavelous soup and coffee and a very nice cake for dessert. Staff were attentive, helpful, and very friendly. Fortified, we made our way to the gift shop to purchase our tickets, then watched the short movie on the restoration of the house.

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the house and grandly appointed rooms. We spent over an hour exploring the house with the occassional chat with staff. Came away very pleased to have whiled away the afternoon at Duff House. My only suggestion would be a small exhibit explaining the layout of the house and its grounds which are quite lovely in themself and help sit the house in a gem like location.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

good food well priced and pleasant staff, photo is of Duff House a historic building next on adjacent site.

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Nice for walks, exhibitions and cafe has a lovely old fashioned feel great for snacks and lunch- good all year round place to visit. Has a park for children

Thank Red2549
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Held in the first week of September each year. This is a well organised golf week, where you may play one practice round and five competition days of various formats. The majority of participants play for fun, however, if you are paired up with a 'must win' partner, bring 'em down a peg and miss a putt or two.
The organisation is superb and if you have a partner, you will be separated in the draw, therefore, single folk are made welcome.
You should take advantage of the Free tuition from the top quality golf professionals each day.
The course was laid out by Dr. Alistair MacKenzie who designed the U.S.Masters Course at Augusta National. It is fairly flat and has made good use of the land surrounding Duff House. The cleverly contoured greens bring out the best in your putting skills.
Wildlife abounds in the area of the Deveron river, herons, squirrels, otters, seals & ducks etc...
To date, I've ticked off the herons, squirrels and ducks in my ' I Spy ' book!.
This coastline is famous for cetacian visits, especially Bottlenose Dolphins...the largest in the world apparently. There are plenty of interesting walks to be had in the area, if you have any energy left, after your golf.
The clubhouse boasts an excellent choice of catering, available all day and friendly bar staff make you feel at home from the outset.
Apres Golf activity, watch players playing their shots onto the eighteenth green from the clubhouse with a pint in hand. Enjoy!
Check out my review of the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay and make sure you visit the Rockfish Chipper in nearby Whitehills. Banff has a good spread of shops and restaurants.
In the last three visits, we have only had three or four days with rain, supporting the theory that this area of Scotland, has it's own microclimate.
Where else an you play six rounds of golf on a quality course with excellent evening entertainment in pleasant surroundings, for circa £130 per head?.
It's a No Brainer!!!

Thank Bravehearted
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