This used to be my local watering hole back in the 80's and from afar it looks about the same a sort of drab 2 storey utilitarian building of the 70's build design....But things have changed. Driving up via the quaint St Combs villiage Im seeing a large car park with covered entry, spacious reception and glorious open fire in the lounge and dining room with large clean windows looking over the coast for more than a 180 degree view. Im checked in to a suite on the first floor and offered assistance up the stairsfrom more than one staff member; the room is modern and airy with a comfortable Queen bed and again the same marvellous views over the coastline and down to the lighthouse - the Full moon is rising. Quick splosh in the bathroom, down to the restaurant and bar for a very good and reasonable value local Scottish fare. Rested overnight we went to breakfast and were the only ones present - the food, a typical NE scottish fry up with my favorite "Kippers" is hot and delivered quickly - offerings of coffee and tea and more toast.. We walk out of the Duck and head down to the beach and walk along the rough sea punctuated with some of the largest sand dunes in the country. Seals pop their heads out of the surf, and sea birds sqwark and run away...one of the main reasons for the hotels success is the closest of the bird reserves along the coast here. We check out quickly and efficiently - well its been some 25 years since we were last there and its obvious a large investment has been made and its paying off. You may hear the odd creak off a floor board in your room as you walk but the place was a haven of quietness, just the roar of waves if the window was open.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated with panoramic coastal views, the Tufted Duck Hotel is located on the North East coast of Scotland, within the historical fishing village of St Combs. Only 40 minutes from Aberdeen, the hotel offers rest and relaxation in its resplendently decorated interior, accompanied by superb dining, fine wines and of course impeccable service. We’re already looking forward to welcoming you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tufted Duck Fraserburgh