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Reviewed July 4, 2011

We stayed a couple of nights at the Culdearn Hotel in June 2011. It is a very well appointed small hotel with about half a dozen rooms.

The accommodation was very good. We had a choice of room and plumped for a spacious room up on the top floor. Our room had all the usual features including a comfy big bed, TV, kettle, and was relatively uncluttered with good quality fixtures and fittings. There was an internal phone and WIFI in the room and a power point nice and handy for a mirror (for my wife to do her hair!)

Pre-dinner drinkies and canapés were served in a warm and inviting lounge.

Food was very good with a good choice using local ingredients and an impressive wine list which ranged from ££ to £££££. My wife is a picky eater but Culdearn rustled up a tasty fruity starter for her without any fuss.

The only comments I would make were that firstly, the hotel was very quiet over our two night stay. We appeared to catch a lull between two particularly busy periods. Although it was nice and peaceful, the owners made us very welcome with, literally, personal and attentive service.

Secondly, mobile phone reception was poor inside the fine old granite building. Some would view this with dismay, some with delight!

Room tip: Top floor rear is well away from any road noise
Date of stay: June 2011
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Reviewed May 20, 2011

I/we stay in up to 40 hotels per year and this remains a firm favourite and certainly in our top three. If you like old fashioned comfort (large rooms, fine cooking, proprietor driven, lots of attantion to detail) then it doesn't come much better than this.
This is not a cheap hotel but it is a luxury one with the added attraction of being small so that every user feel as if they receive a very personalised service.

Date of stay: May 2011
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1  Thank barney067
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

We came to Culdearn House for dinner during our stay in Grantown on Spey. The owners were very accommodating when we called ahead to let them know that we had been slightly delayed en route from Ullapool due to our late incoming ferry. On arrival we were greeted with a warm welcome from William and some lovely canapes whilst we looked through the menu and wine list. The decor is beautiful and there are interesting books on the local area to look through whilst waiting for dinner.

Every course was delicious and my boyfriend commented that his fillet steak was one of the best he'd had. William gave us advice about whiskys to try after dinner and Sonia provided us with information about the Whisky Festival that was on at the time. When it came to leave, Sonia very helpfully gave us directions to our accommodation without asking. Although we didn't stay at Culdearn House and so cannot comment on the accommodation, we had a lovely evening and cannot recommend it highly enough for the quality food and service.

Date of stay: April 2011
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank LivPops
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Reviewed August 8, 2010

My husband and I arrived at Culdearn House after a long drive in the rain and were immediately welcomed with offers to help us with our bags. Sonia offered us tea and cookies and gave us many options for what to do during our stay. She was spot on with her ideas for where to go hiking and clay shooting. After dinner we played Scrabble and had a night cap, and when we were too tired to finish our game, William and Sonia left our Scrabble board in front of the fire until we could finish the next night. Just like home!

As for the ambiance, Sonia may be less gregarious than her husband, but no less kind and thoughtful!!! We felt that they worked very hard as a team to make us feel comfortable and welcome.

Date of stay: July 2010
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Thank katzacopia
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

We arrived in snowbound Grantown with guests helping the proprietor to clear mounds of recently fallen snow on cars and driveways and made to feel very welcome by all, quickly enjoying the warmth of the drawing room fire and generous cups of tea with homemade Christmas cake. Throughout the stay the snow was a stunning backdrop to a stay in a lovely period private house hotel with excellent service combined with fine wine and very good food.

Date of stay: December 2009
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Thank lizrab
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