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The Culloden House is one of the most Palatial places that i have ever seen in my life. It still has that Longueville House feel to it, but it also feels like I'm some English nobleman. We were reading the guest list and Tony Blair is on it. This is not quite as secluded as the Isle of Skye, but still that feeling of being cut off from civilization is still there.
... despite huge tourist signs at either end of Cawdor township we could not find a sign in Cawdor that would direct us to the castle. Very annoying. This area close to Culloden which has great local significance being the site of the last great battles of independence from the English. Consoled ourselves with a visit to a local cheese factory where we taste tested a number of cheeses and chutneys. Made a number of cheese purchases. ...
... as well as ascending and descending hills - keeps speed down to less than an average of 100km/hr. Later in the morning the road deteriorates to one lane with many passing bays. Makes for interesting but demanding driving as there are vehicles heading the opposite direction at regular intervals. Made a number of photo stops as there are lots of pretty outlooks and dramatic scenes in this isolated region. Note many places starting with 'Inver' and 'Kin' ...
What a tremendous day it has been today. I don't often say that, but today Scotland totally rocked my socks. And yes, I was actually wearing socks, it's cold here haha.
Last night, I didn't get in until about midnight, which would have been too late if I didn't have to get up at 7 am to go on my 12 hour tour. Yes, you read that correctly, I went on a 12 hour bus tour. Before I get on with the tour, last night I went to an American style diner (lol) for drinks with a girl I ...
... on across the dunes towards the wide estuary of Loch Fleet. Once across the bridge at the head of the estuary there was a long detour through woodland to the north of Loch Fleet. Here there is a peninsula consisting of coniferous woodland and sand dunes extending south to Littleferry. The sun was only just above the horizon as I reached Littleferry and was able to turn north again on the final stretch up ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Culloden House Inverness
Romantic in the extreme.
Simply one of the BEST hotels we have stayed in.
When we go away, we look for comfort and service...and always recognise that we dont have to spend a fortune to find this. Sometimes you find it in lower priced hotels, but this was the best by a long shot.
On our visit to Culloden House,,,,,,,,,WHEEEEEE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, we got that and more!
Cannot fault the room in any way.....absolutly immaculate..........food service....maybe the best we have come across anywhere apart from Dubia or UAE...
For a romantic break away in the Inverness area...this hotel offers everything
Sybaritic splendour after a long day in the saddle
I spent one night here at the end of a short tour of Scotland by motor cycle, having earlier stayed in a 4* hotel in Edinburgh, a B & B on Skye and a charming small hotel on Harris. This was the most expensive hotel of the trip, also the most luxurious in its setting (though not in its facilities).
From my arrival to my departure the staff were exemplary, charming, courteous and efficient. Dinner and breakfast were first rate. The bedroom and bathroom were both enormous, with a most comfortable four poster bed. Mind you, after six hours in the saddle and around three hours on the ferry from Stornoway earlier that day, followed by two rather stiff drinks pre-dinner, I could probably have slept comfortably on the nearby battlefield! It was a fitting place to pause briefly before returning to the real world.
A good place to relax
Stayed for 1 night here in a suite (no. 14) on the 17/4/2005 - got a great deal on laterooms. The bedroom was huge - 2 queen beds, a sofa, 2 chairs, fireplace and lots of other furniture and there was still lots of space! Bathroom was also huge but a little dated, however the shower was good and there was always lots of hot water. Beds were extremely comfortable and lots of fluffy towels provided. The decor is very individual - all period type furnishings and furniture and some of it is a little faded around the edges, but in a good way. We arrived after a long drive and a stressful time and we immediately felt relaxed and 'at home'. The staff were great, and could not do enough for you. However be aware that this is a full service country house, and as such if you want tea or coffeee you have to ring for it on room service. B/fast was wonderful with good service and lots of choice. Public rooms are very decorative and at night are very atmospheric. Did not try the restaurant, but we had told them of a vegetarian in our party and they had produced a wonderful looking special menu just for that person without us asking. Dinner was about £35 for 4 courses
The house is very pretty, looks a bit like a huge dolls house and at night it is stunning. In the summer there is a piper on the lawn, which would be wonderful. It is about 10 minutes drive from Inverness. This is not a modern, sleek or sophisticated hotel, but it is a nice and comfortable place to stay in a grand setting. You are made to feel welcome but be warned it is an individual place to if you are looking for somewhere with all mod cons and elctronic gadgets this is not the place, this is very much a hotel with a personal touch that is a good place to relax.
Best hotel yet!!
What a place! We have just spent three days over New Year at Culloden House and it was fantastic. The staff are professional yet very friendly and make you feel at home, the rooms are of a very good standard and the food was to die for, If you ever want to experience a "TRUE" Scottish Country House experience then this is the place.
The New Year house party caters for about 40-45 guests, seems quite small but it fits perfectly, entertainment on all three nights and also a fab tour of the Culloden battlefield, cold but not to be missed and the tea, coffee, bottle of malt whisky and home baking made up for the cold when we returned to the hotel!!
What I was especially surprised at was that you get a turn down service every night and they leave you a goodie, we had chocolates, diaries, books and whisky left over the three nights, a lot of thought has gone into that.
I will definately return to Culloden House, it was first class, credit to the manager and owner.
Loved the whole experience
We embarked on ther Orient Express Northern Belle on 22nd May this year to Inverness and the Isle of Skye.
The entire trip was magical for both my Wife and myself. The train journey was absolutely superb, thanks to the constant attentions of the train staff. Our train Manager was JAMES HUMPHREYS and our carriage attandants were, principally, SANDRA and JOE.
Our glasses were never allowed to run dry the whole time spent on the train, and the food was comparable to a four-star hotel's cuisine. There was onboard entertainment in the form of a conjurer, a caricature artist, and a pair of excellent gentlemen playing a guitar and a ukele.
The coach transferring us to, and fom our hotel, and across to the Isle of Skye was very comfortable; the drivers all knew their stuff so that, even those disabled members of our party suffered little, or no discomfort.
Culloden Hotel: a magnificent old house set in its own extensive grounds, offered absolute comfort and luxury. Our only grouse was that there were no tea-making facilities in our room which, after a twelve-hour journey-albeit a luxury one, would have been most welcome, as we did not arrive at the hotel until almost 2300hours. In fairness, a call to room service elicited a speedy response to our request for tea but we felt that this should not have been necessary.
Regrettably, due to the lateness of our arrival at the hotel on both nights, we did not get a chance to sample its 'fine wines and superb cuisine', however, if these matched the comfort and qualityof our spacious room, then we would have missed a treat!
Thank you VSOE for a wonderful weekend. We are already making plans for a more leisurely 'Round Britain' seven-day tour where I am sure we will get more chance to sample Culloden Hotel's fine food!
Lovely Highland hotel
Stayed at Culloden House over the Bank Holiday weekend in May 2004. As you arrive, the view is truly breath-taking. Lovely Georgian house, red carpet to the door, huge driveway... very romantic. Our room, which was massive, faced out onto the drive and was truly perfect.
The staff are incredibly friendly and will help you find your way to all the whisky distilleries and other great attractions nearby. Anothe bonus is that if you are flying to or from Inverness airport, it is only about a 15 minute drive away at most.
Dinner: pricey, dressed-up affair, to be done at least once, but a taxi into Inverness for dinner will only cost you about £7 ($11). Nice lounge with log fire and big sofas too.
Breakfasts: didn't make a single one, but my better half assures me that the porridge was great and the cooked breakfasts also pretty nice.
Expensive, but worth it, in my view.
Elegance and Service but watch the prices of scotch
We stayed a Culloden House in November 2003. They had a winter special and the normal $300 a night room rate included breakfast and dinner.
The hotel is lovely. It is very elegant and nothing could be more relaxing than sitting in front of the fire in a beautiful drawing room enjoying a before or after dinner drink. The rooms were large and nicely appointed with period furniture. The service was friendly and attentive. You definitely feel pampered and transported to another time.
If you don't drive, getting around can be very expensive as you can't walk to anything. And watch the prices of scotch. I had a before dinner drink and it cost $18 pounds or $35 .
All in all our stay there was very memorable. We loved the beautiful scottish highlands.
One of the best!
We stayed here several years ago and found everything about the hotel to be outstanding. The grounds are beautiful, the people warm and friendly and the food outstanding. Our deluxe room was huge, more of a suite really, with a luxurious bathroom. Before dinner we had drinks in beautiful den-library while a bagpiper played on the lawn outside.
After dinner, we had dessert in a living room next to a roaring fireplace. The Culloden House was definitely worth the price!
Lovely exterior, fairly average interior
We stayed in the Culloden House Hotel for two nights on our recent honeymoon in Scotland. The view when you pull up is positively breathtaking -- the sweeping front lawn, the ivy covering the gracious three-story Georgian manor, the gardens. The interior, while certainly pleasant, does not quite live up to the exterior, however. I felt that our room could have been kept up a little more nicely. It was certainly not objectionable, and it was quite comfortable, but it was just not all that fabulous for what we paid ($320 per night). However, that was not one of the four-poster rooms; the others might be more luxe.
That said, the service was exemplary, particularly in the restaurant.
The breakfasts are positively delicious and very filling, and the dinners, while pricy, are fabulous. You will want to dress up for dinner, though; most of the men were wearing suits and most of the women were wearing nice dresses. My new husband and I felt pretty out of place in our jeans and khakis!