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Coul House Hotel - Contin, Strathpeffer

3 star Hotel Strathpeffer

Contin Ross-shire - Strathpeffer

Price starting from £ 75.00
Secluded in the hills above the village of Contin, just 25 minutes from Inverness, this family-run country house offers scenic surroundings, fine-dining and a deliciously relaxing atmosphere.

Originally built in 1821 for Sir George Mackenzie, this remarkably unique building is infused with the traditional charms of its historic past. This inspired atmosphere is further complemented by 8 acres of mature woodland, tranquil gardens and unspoilt views over the mountains and beyond. Having been sympathetically refurbished, the building is now a delightful family-run hotel and it takes great pride in its natural passion for hospitality. Both peaceful and relaxing, it’s the perfect place from which to discover the romantic beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Specialising in contemporary Scottish cuisine, the restaurant has garnered an impressive reputation for its unique dining experience and ever-evolving seasonal menus. Garry the chef is something of a traditionalist, preferring to make his own breads, pastries, deserts and stocks for all his sauces and he even cures and smokes on site using traditional Highland methods. Committed to using the fine produce and ingredients, much of what is used is sourced locally, including fish from Billy McGlinn of Inverness based Highland Fish, meat from Campbell`s Prime Meat and lobsters and scallops from Dingwall based Keltic Seafare. The dining room itself is one of the grandest in the house and within its remarkable octagonal walls are an ornate ceiling, large black marble fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The property is located in the hills above the village of Contin and is just a 15 minute drive from the A9 and 20 minutes from Inverness. What’s more it offers plenty of free on-site parking for all guests. Inverness offers excellent transport links and there is also a local train station at Dingwall, just a 12 minute taxi ride from the Hotel. For those flying in, Inverness Airport is just over a 35 minute drive away.

Nestled amidst the rugged splendour of the North Highlands of Scotland, the Hotel’s privileged position makes for the perfect base from which to explore the area. With miles of wooded trails for hiking or biking, secluded lochs for kayaking or fishing, glorious glens with magnificent views, ancient forts and castles, gardens and galleries, boat trips, and battlefields there is certainly a plethora of things to do. There’s the magnificent Dunrobin Castle, the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland, the beautiful Rogie Waterfalls, Macbeth’s Cawdor Castle and Glen Ord Whisky Distillery. Of course for those who like to do a spot of monster hunting there is the world-famous Loch Ness.
Venere Guest Rating
Guest Rating 8.8 Excellent
Based on 4 hotel reviews © 2014

An excellent country house hotel with quality across all the services you expect f...

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Breakfast at Coul House Hotel

A free breakfast is served each morning.

Facilities at Coul House Hotel

  • Bar
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Baby sitter
  • Personal newspapers
  • Luggage room
  • Room service - limited hour
  • Pets accepted
  • Dogs allowed
  • Entire property is non-smoking
  • Garden
  • Meeting Room
  • Conference room
  • Internet/Email services
  • Free parking

Know before you go

  • A resort fee is included in the total price displayed.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Check-in: between 3 PM and 10 PM.

Check-out: before noon.


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

City tax and/or any other fees charged by the hotel

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet deposit: GBP 5.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Coul House Hotel is also known as

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Coul House Hotel reviews

9.9 Outstanding!
  • November 2012
  • Venere Guest
  • Germany

Fantastic place, awesome. The fireplace, the house, the owners, the Whisky, the food, the location - incredible nice.

8.7 Excellent
  • July 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • United Kingdom

Nice place. Public areas and grounds were lovely but our room (standard double)though very comfortable, definitely needed updating. But then somehow this fitted with the old fashioned sort of place this is. Breakfast was quality (the evening dining not quite so good) and the level of service is about the best I've experienced at a hotel. They do really need to master the repeat function on the MP3 player in the dining room though. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a traditional style country hotel to visit for a few nights and see myself returning for another stay some time in the future.

7.8 Good
  • September 2013
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • Germany

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Room Details

Book your business-friendly accommodation at Coul House Hotel, offering 21 guest rooms with designer toiletries. Guests can kick back at the end of a busy day and enjoy 22-inch flat-screen televisions with digital channels. Corporate travelers will benefit from free wireless high-speed Internet access as well as desks, complimentary newspapers and phones during their Strathpeffer visit.

Individual décor and furnishings make each stay a unique experience. A good night's sleep in comfortable beds with premium bedding will have visitors waking up refreshed and well-rested throughout their vacation or business trip. Private bathrooms are outfitted with shower/tub combinations, hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Rooms also include coffee/tea makers and blackout drapes/curtains.

Irons/ironing boards can be provided on request.

Accommodation Services

  • Telephone
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Baby cots/cribs available
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Ironing facilities on request
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Desk
  • TV
  • Wireless Internet access

How to reach Coul House Hotel

By car
Follow the A9 north over the Kessock Bridge, at the Tore roundabout take the second left sign posted Dingwall and Ullapool A835. At the next roundabout again take the second left to stay on the A835 sign posted to Ullapool. The next village is Contin about 6 miles from the roundabout. Once in Contin the entrance to the driveway is the third right (approximately 200 yards) after the petrol station. The Hotel is located up the hill at the end of the half-mile gravel driveway.

By train
Inverness - 27 km

By airplane
Inverness Airport - 50 km

By public transportation
Inverness - 27 km

Distances from Coul House Hotel

Upper Pump Room - 2.7 km / 1.7 mi
Muir of Ord Golf Club - 9.5 km / 5.9 mi
Glen Ord Distillery - 10.2 km / 6.3 mi
Beauly Priory - 11.8 km / 7.3 mi
Ben Wyvis - 11.9 km / 7.4 mi
Moniack Castle - 15.3 km / 9.5 mi
Caledonian Stadium - 22.8 km / 14.1 mi
Eden Court Theatre - 23.1 km / 14.4 mi
Inverness Cathedral - 23.2 km / 14.4 mi
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery - 23.2 km / 14.4 mi
Inverness Castle - 23.3 km / 14.5 mi
Eastgate Shopping Centre - 23.4 km / 14.6 mi
Bellfield Park - 23.6 km / 14.7 mi
Fortrose Cathedral - 25.9 km / 16.1 mi
Original Loch Ness Monster Visitor Centre - 26.6 km / 16.5 mi
The preferred airport for Coul House Hotel is Inverness (INV) - 30.5 km / 18.9 mi.

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometer.

Transportation services Coul House Hotel

  • Free parking