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“Excellent Value and Wonderful Service”
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Coul House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Contin
Certificate of Excellence
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“Excellent Value and Wonderful Service”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

My husband and I just spend a wonderful romantic break at Coul House. We had a large room overlooking the mountains; the bed was huge, the storage space good and everything was clean. The bathroom was more than adequate and suitably clean.
The food in the restaurant was great - not a huge choice but then there wouldn't be would there, considering everything was home cooked! it was well prepared, tasty and very well priced, as were the drinks.
The grounds outside are fantastic and the views were great.
What makes this hotel really stand out though is the brilliant and friendly service by all the staff and the owners.
A first class experience all round and we shall be returning again and heartily recommend this hotel to others.

Room Tip: Try and get a large double with mountain view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ipswich, England.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We stayed here five years ago and now wish we hadn't left it so long to return.
All of the staff are outstanding, along with the food which is served in a beautiful dining room overlooking the gardens.
Our spacious room overlooked the small pitch and put golf course and lawn, in the distance the mountains.
Make sure you take time to walk around the gardens, go through the 'Fairy trail', even if you haven't any children with you!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Midlands, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We found this lovely hotel using my TA app. We followed a car down the drive and this turned out to be the owner Stuart, who was a charming host.
As the weather was gorgeous he suggested we sat on the terrace to admire the views - and what views they were.
The service was exemplary - genuine interest, knowledge, humour and more.
The menu was varied. Our lunch arrived after a perfect length of time, and the presentation was wonderful. We all agreed absolutely delicious.
The was a photographer there taking photos for their website, but this did not impact on our enjoyment.
We hoped to call back here on our way to Inverness airport, but unfortunately time was against us.
Please visit this establishment - you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is a good place to stop on the way to the NW Highlands and is in a pleasant semi-rural setting with some short walks in the grounds. Our newly renovated room was comfortable and spacious.

The dinner menu had some novel and interesting items on it. My crab cake with celery remoulade was excellent, however the chicken with lentils and Coupe Liegeois were less to my taste.The dining room is large and pleasant, however the modern pictures seem out of place in the period setting. Service was good.

The price for B&B is on the high side, for dinner reasonably priced for the quality of food on offer.

Room Tip: Room 16 on the top floor is newly refurbished, spacious and with good views over fields and hills to...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Just what we needed after city jumping for a couple of weeks. Beautiful surroundings, attentive staff, great food. Just outside of Inverness but definitely worth the extra 10 minutes drive. Take a mini break here, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Falkirk,Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

The hotel and setting are lovely - fairy and scary trails through the woods made me wish my girls were younger! The room was comfortable though the newly-refurbished bathroom was a bit fantoosh! The menu was disappointing after such rave reviews and people around us complimenting it. It didn't change daily so we opted for B&B on our second night. There were a few specials but they were not that appealing - I had fish pie which was fairly tasteless ( mild cheddar used?) and the potatoes and vegetables were what you would get for a pub lunch. I am not fussy and was letting my hair down but the desserts did not tempt me at all - too many cake-like options. The staff were all friendly and efficient so perhaps it is just what food you like. Most other guests were foreign and maybe that is the market their menus are aimed at.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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366 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

We had rented a house in Contin and the hotel was but a short walk through the woods. We went there, ten of us, for lunch. As it happened there was a wedding celebration going on so that added to the experience. The service was friendly and attentive, the food quite acceptable. The house and grounds are quite lovely. I think most of us made it easy on the busy staff by ordering the soup and sandwich option with a few pints and glasses of wine thrown in. After all ,we were walking. it was a very pleasant lunch in equally pleasant surroundings..

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Coul House Hotel
Address: Contin, Contin IV14 9ES, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ross and Cromarty > Contin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Contin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Coul House Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Georgian house built 1821 loving restored to create a warm and comfortable country house hotel. Log fires in each of the public rooms, stunning mountain views and lots of natural light. A unique octagonal shaped restaurant that offers an extensive a la carte menu including several vegetarian options however, it is the service that the staff provide that is the most memorable aspect of ones visit to Coul House genuinely warm, friendly and relaxed. Even your four legged friend is made welcome. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Coul Hotel Strathpeffer
Coul House Hotel Contin, Scotland

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