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Richmond Arms Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Tomintoul B&B and Inns
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Glenlivet, United Kingdom
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“Hotel and hosts have charm and character”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

I live nearby, so had simply called in to ask to see menus for a forthcoming treat with friends. Richmond Arms Hotel is under new management and Martin proved to be a very welcoming host. Although clearly very busy with refurbishment, he duly printed out menus for us to take away, and we were treated to being shown all around the hotel.

Following several years of closure, it is exciting to see this lovely Victorian building coming back to life! The vestibule entrance has a beautiful etched glass door panel, flanked by coloured glass to each side, and opens on to the original mosaic tiled floor. The spacious lounge bar retains the original coloured glass ceiling lights, decorative wooden panels, and as with the finished bedrooms we saw, is flooded with light in the daytime.

The elegant en-suite bedrooms have high ceilings with their original mouldings and outlooks over Tomintoul`s pretty village green.

When we returned for our evening meal out, we were met with a genuinely warm, family welcome, a log fire and great service. The menu reads as rather predictable, with main course dishes such as steak and ale pie, fish and chips, and pasta. However, what we hadn`t realized is that these meals are prepared by the hotel, supporting local businesses by using local produce. We have eaten elsewhere locally, but imho, this beats the local competition hands-down.

- My friends` choice of fish had been delivered by our local fishmonger`s van and beautifully cooked to order in a light, crispy batter. My vegetable balti was delicately flavoured, with a good variety of veg., good colour and texture. I consider myself to be a cheesecake aficionado - and this one is the rather unctious, real and delicious thing. What a change! The whole banana fritter with maple syrup hit the right spot too.

If you appreciate `safe`, simple dishes of surprisingly good quality and excellent value, this hotel, its extremely attractive bedrooms and friendly service may be for you. Tomintoul is a quiet base, and at the highest point of a famously scenic Highland route. Happy holidays!

Room Tip: A dual aspect double room above the vestibule struck me as particularly light, with very pretty view...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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RichmondMartin, Owner at Richmond Arms Hotel, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Many thanks for your lovely comments. and your stay here was a pleasure one.. We hope to see you again if your in the area.. Thank you dining with us .. Nothing is to much trouble ... Hope to see you again soon
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

Bar food good filling stuff - well cooked and served, with good beer (Cairngorm Brewery).
Room fine, comfortable and clean.
Full "Scottish breakfast", just as I like them, with grapefrui segments and scrambled eggs.
Would stay here again, Good value for money.

Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

...to stay here! Driving without a goal except to see, to experience the scottish highlands we found this hidden gem. With a delicate kitchen! Really worth it´s price.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Richmond Arms Hotel
Address: no 1 The Square, Tomintoul AB37 9ET, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Moray > Tomintoul
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Tomintoul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Richmond Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally built as a fishing lodge in 1898, the Richmond Arms has had a long history, but has remained a firm favorite of the fishing enthusiast.The Hotel has been empty for the last 3 years, but is now under new management and is a family run business. Due to neglect by previous owners, it has taken 6 months of hard work to get it back open again, and to meet current fire and safety legislation.We offer bed and breakfast for residence, along with bar meals in the evening, which can be eaten in the bars, or the dining room. We can cater for children from birth upwards, and have a number of family rooms. Pets are more than welcome to stay.We have specially designed rooms for the disabled or the elderly.By the end of the year we hope to have attained our Visit Scotland 3 star rating.Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland, and is situated close to the Lecht Ski centre, and is on both the whisky and castle trails in this part of Scotland. With the opening of the new mountain bike trails in the area, we will be providing secure storage facilities for bikes. ... more   less 
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