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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The story of the MacRoberts boys is tragic but the response of their mother was inspirational and this house delivers on her intent when she established the MacRoberts Trust. The hotel reopened in Summer 2016 after extensive refurbishment. The rooms are very comfortable, the staff are extremely attentive and friendly, and the food in the restaurant is superb. Douneside House...

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douneside, General Manager at Douneside House, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review, much appreciated and I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay. I also have good news - the bar is set for a redesign, to be completed by end of January at which point it will definitely be back to its 'bar' status! Also, we're delighted that we shall be in possession of...

Sandy
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Douneside house has undergone a major refurbishment over the last 18 months but the character of this wonderful place has not only be retained but improved in every respect. If you have never visited Douneside then put it on your 'to do list'. You will not be disappointed. Family friendly, spectacular location and scenery, 5-star cuisine, pool, sauna, steam room,...

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douneside, General Manager at Douneside House, responded to this review

Retaining the character of Douneside was our upmost priority so it is very reassuring to hear our returning guests feel that we have succeeded on this point! With very many thanks and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Marcel

Reviewed 21 September 2016

My wife enjoyed two exceptional days at Douneside House, our first visit since 2001. Warmly welcomed, the staff were friendly and attentive but not obsequious. The recent refurbishment is stylish and yet retains the 'olde world' charm of previous years. Our room was very comfortable with everything we needed. The public rooms are elegant and immaculate. We took breakfast and...

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Westhill, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Douneside has only recently accepted guests other than the Armed Forces, and we were really pleased with our stay. Fantastic grounds and formal gardens. We had their best room - Lady MacRobert room - and it has wonderful views with a twin aspect. There is a turret with chairs, other armchairs, lovely bed and a beautifully renovated bathroom. We took...

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Booked for an evening meal to celebrate anniversary. Fantastic scenary on drive along back road from Aberdeen and wonderful setting. All other diners appeared to be hotel guests but still made welcome. Currently still fixed no choice menu although offer to prepare other dishes if wished. Excellent quality of food and service. Refurbishment let down by cafe style tables and...

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for an idyllic, stunningly beautiful, peaceful and top quality haven for afternoon tea in Royal Deeside look no further. From the excellent food to the superb and unobtrusive service, the exquisite gardens to the most comfortable conservatory with the most wonderful view, Douneside House provided it all this afternoon. I can't wait to go back. Many,...

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Douneside House has recently opened as a hotel open to the public. It was previously only for the Armed Forces. It has been totally refurbished with a state of the art leisure centre with a pool , jacuzzi, sauna steam room and gym. The chef has previously worked at Gleneagles and the food shows that. There are beautiful gardens ,...

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Billingshurst, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Wonderful location , tranquillity in abundance. Excellent service food to a very high standard. Pool and well equipped gym included in package. Rooms appointed to a high standard. Only downside was internet access was unpredictable at best.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Since our last visit in 2011 Douneside House has undergone considerable refurbishment. The house has been enhanced considerably throughout (both the bedrooms and public rooms) without detracting in any way from the character and charm of the place. The food was very good, as was the wine which was a excellent recommendation from a member of staff. The gardens are...

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Edinburgh
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Our visit to Douneside was fabulous in every way. So much so that I am somewhat loath to 'tell the world' of our new discovery but I suppose it is only fair! We stayed for two nights in the three bedroom 'Gatehouse' whilst my parents stayed in a one bedroom cottage called 'Morven'. This cottage offered disabled facilities and this...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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  • Multilingual Staff
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Douneside House is a truly special place. A calm and civilised retreat from a busy and hectic world, you can expect a warm welcome, fine dining and luxurious comfort in this most hospitable and unique Highland country house on Royal Deeside. Set in seventeen acres of landscaped gardens, Douneside House lies at the heart of The MacRobert Trust Estate in the Howe of Cromar by the Cairngorms National Park. Douneside is an excellent centre from which to explore the North East Highlands of Scotland and to take part in traditional sporting activities such as fishing and stalking, hill walking and ski-ing. The Douneside Health Club is fully equipped with a 18 station fitness suite, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna for the use of our guests. Outside we have an all-weather tennis court and croquet, badminton and putting on our splendid 2 acre lawn. There's plenty to do without leaving Douneside House. ... more   less 

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Address: Tarland, Aboyne AB34 4UL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Aboyne
Price Range: $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 28
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“Best views are at the front of the house”
 of 5 bubbles 789davew, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“very few of the rooms have a bath so ask for one and book well in advance if you want one.”
 of 5 bubbles E5645LDjohnb, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Room 6. Fantastic views. Lovely bathroom”
 of 5 bubbles lindsayburnett001, 19 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Rooms 1 4 and 6 have best views”
 of 5 bubbles moyreenw, 29 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All will be good.”
 of 5 bubbles petersN2134AJ, 25 Jun 2016 | Read review
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