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Muckrach Country House Hotel
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Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights. We were placed in the Castle Suite which consisted of two rooms on the 2nd floor facing the rear of the property. One room was very large with a king-sized bed, small couch, wardrobe writing table and bureau. The had placed a small cot in the room at our request and there was still plenty of space.

The second room consisted of two twin beds, a wardrobe and a bureau. Both rooms have wonderful views of Muckrach castle on the adjoining property.

Our stay was 'uneventful' everything was as expected and described. The staff was helpful but not hovering and breakfast was delicious. We very much appreciated Andy letting us use the breakfast room one evening for our own 'picinc' since the restaurant was closed.

Sitting on the front deck in the evening was very pleasant and relaxing. It is very peaceful and beautiful. If you have the time, walk up to the castle for the views.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Having stayed here a couple of times over the years, and had a good experience both times, I thought I would go back.
We were the only diners on a Tuesday night. We had a good well cooked meal in the conservatory.
All in all we enjoyed our night, it seemed just a shame that there was no one else around. I would say that I thought the bill was expensive for what we had, maybe this price level is what puts people off. As everyone else comments, it's in a great location.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank WilliamRose2000
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We spent two nights here last week using the Groupon deal, which brought the price down to about £35 per person, per night. This included two breakfasts and a three course meal with whiskey tasting. I can't really comment on the full price rates but using this deal I can't stress enough how good that value actually is...

Room was small but perfectly formed, clean, nicely decorated (ie. not Highland twee or attempting to be glamorous with stupid lights or big abstract block prints on the wall. just a nice room really); this was the smallest twin room available and I'd suggest if you plan on spending more time in your room than just for sleep, or you're really tall, probably worth upgrading to a bigger room. No complaints though.

Staff were all really friendly and let us stash our bags for the morning when we arrived about 5 hours ahead of the time we were supposed to check in at.

Evening meal - this was great. Starters were a selection of salmon smoked in different ways, I had haggis and black pudding. Salmon was great; the haggis and black pudding rich and delicious - constructive criticism would be to add something to contrast with the richness a bit? Maybe like a bit of radish or watercress? Really good though.

Main course - she had the lamb. This was absolutely superb, really flavoursome, tender, great vegetables on the side. I had the steak - to be honest this was the only thing that makes this a four star rather than five; I asked for the rare side of medium rare - the thing was tasty enough but pretty much grey all the way through, not great quality meat really. Didn't have the heart to complain as we were the only people eating and the deal was so good, but if the manager is reading I'd say get the steak off the menu and cook more like the lamb. Desserts were spot on, really tasty, plus there was whisky tasting which was fun - 3 small measures to try.

Breakfast - this was awesome. Had full breakfast one day which was classy, well sourced meat, everything cooked right, second day was smoked haddock and two poached eggs which was honestly one of the best things I've had to eat before 10am in my entire life. Really, really good. Plus teas, coffee, toast, cereal, fruit, muesli, juice, jam etc etc. As much as you want. Just the thing for setting you up for a day in the Cairngorms.

I would recommend driving to this hotel if you can; we got there easily by train and bus from London, but in terms of what you do once you get there a car is handy as there aren't a lot of walks immediately available from the hotel itself (we ended up going through the forestry commission bit to a radio mast one day, which was a bit weird, and then another day we tried to walk to grantown on spey and got stuck in a boggy field and had to climb over loads of barbed wire, that took about 2 hours). Bikes would be fine too, it's just walking that's tricky.

In summary, exceptional value, clearly a good chef working (except as mentioned earlier re: steaks but maybe I was just unlucky), beautiful spot, well located for those with suitable transport, clean, good staff, recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank James D
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

We booked Muckrack a couple of days out and were lucky to get a room as on arrival the hotel seemed busy. The service throughout was very good and we are particular fans of this location. The food was very nice, it seemed fresh and likely locally sourced. I did think the food was a little on the expensive side, but was enjoyable all the same.

The room was nicely done out and had a fantastic grandeur to it. The room was warm throughout the night. We did book a double room, but had two single mattresses put together; for this reason the beds weren't the most comfortable but I still managed a reasonable nights sleep.

We had an early breakfast due to a 12hr walk the following day; the hotel were very flexible to our needs and this made a good stay all the better.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Muckrach, our dinner not so much. The rooms we stayed in were large enough, clean, and quaint. The views from our windows were lovely. The surrounding area was quiet, picturesque...a perfect setting. We thoroughly enjoyed drinks on the terrace & thought how we could carry away the highland cattle that live in front of the lodge without getting caught.
Dinner. Dinner was a disappointment. The pork was overdone & overseasoned and was served only with plain white rice...what no veggies? My husband's duck was okay. There wasn't any vegetarian offering but they were able to throw a salad together & veggies.
The staff...they were wonderful. Chatty in a good way, helpful, & polite.

Bottom line? We would stay there again to spend more time exploring the countryside but we would definitely find another place to dine.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

When we had to cancel our trip in February (owing to illness), we gladly paid the £30 reallocation fee and £60 to upgrade to a superior room. The staff were very understanding about our postponement and we visited a couple of months later. The hotel has certainly seen better days but is a lovely building and the lounge has books and DVDs to take to your room which I think is a great touch.

The room was cold (but then it was very cold outside), and a small noisy fan was provided which took the edge off the room. The bed was cosy and warm and we made full use of the tea and coffee provided. The bathroom was large but the shower was broken: it partly worked one day, then packed in the next!

We enjoyed the dinner on the first night - presentation could have been more upmarket, but the food was delicious and the waiter very helpful and friendly. We retired to the lounge for coffee and drinks (which with a reasonably price bottle of wine at the table pushed the cost to an extra £50 for two of us). The fire was not lit, though, so we hastened up to bed to put the fan heater on.

Although we had planned on eating at the hotel more than once we ended up eating out for the rest of our stay - which is easy as there is a great deal of choice within easy driving distance. Because of this, though, when we got back at 9pm "to have a drink in the bar" we were disappointed to see the lights off and absolutely no one around. We did ring the bell and hang around for a while, but when we read the information pack upstairs it does clearly say to ask for the bar to be opened specially before you leave in the morning; we hadn't read that bit! As we weren't sure what time we'd get back, we found a hotel bar in Grantown the third night so didn't have that problem again.

Breakfast could have been better organised: on most mornings the order was taken and then when one person was served you found out your choice was not available, i.e. we got out of kilter with one of us eating the main course and the other eating cereal or toast! Years ago I stayed in a field centre where you made your own toast and added a tea bag to a pot to make your own tea: Muckrach has the same system. The three interesting-sounding choices of porridge were not available, nor was the fruit salad that was listed on the menu as part of the buffet breakfast. There was a delicious home-made jam to try, but a "2 for £1" part-opened jar of Spar marmalade was a bit of a surprise for the choice of marmalade!

The hotel definitely isn't 4-star, but it's a lovely country house hotel which needs a bit more attention to bring it up to speed. It's in a perfect, quiet position within easy reach of Grantown and the wider area. We nipped up to Findhorn, Brodie Castle and Nairn one day, and explored the River Livet and Speyside another day. There are some wonderful pinewood walks in/around Dulnain Bridge too.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

The whole experience was a disappointment. The room was very small with no heating. A fan heater was in the corner which when put on was very noisy. The single glazing made the room lose heat rapidly. We were asked what time we wanted dinner and said 7·30. After sitting in the lounge for nearly 45 minutes with an overpriced drink the owner came in dressed in shorts and dirty Tshirt, and told us the dining room was not open as he was cooking sauces. We did sleep well and the bed was comfortable. Breakfast was not very good in fact we have had a better selection in a travel lodge. The hotel has a 4 star rating to us we would struggle to give it 2stars. The only pleasant person was a Australian girl on the first morning.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Dulnain Bridge | Nr Aviemore, Grantown-on-Spey PH26 3LY, Scotland (Formerly Muckrach Lodge Hotel & Restaurant)
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Grantown-on-Spey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Grantown-on-Spey
Price Range: $126 - $276 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Muckrach Country House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Muckrach Country House Hotel is under new management & re-opened in May 2015, as a 4 star 11 bedroom Victorian Shooting Lodge. Muckrach Country House Hotel was bought in January 2014 and has been fully renovated over a 15 month period. Muckrach Country House Hotel sits in the heart of the Spey Valley, set in 10 acres surrounded by pastureland and mountains. No activity is far away; whether it be winter sports, field sports, fishing, walking, golf, mountain biking or adrenalin-led fun, they are all accessible within half an hour or less. All bedrooms have a contemporary porcelain-tiled ensuite. 1 Bedroom has an inter-connecting family room option, although z beds are available to add to most rooms. All bedrooms have underfloor heating, free WIFI, entertainment system, tea/coffee making facilities and Hypnos beds. The Coffee Shop / Restaurant and Bar are open to non-residents from breakfast through to supper. Our chefs bring the best of Scottish produce together in their menus. Choose to take Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room, a wee dram in the Bar or organise a private dining party for up to 16 in The Grant Room. A Highland welcome awaits you. ... more   less 
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