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Coul House Hotel

Contin IV14 9ES Scotland
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/07/15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 2 hotels in Contin
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Coul House was built in 1821 and is set in the hills above Contin and offers scenic views and an award-winning restaurant. Located within 5 miles of Loch Achilty and Loch Ussie, this hotel is only 20 minutes' drive from Inverness. The spacious twenty one rooms are individually decorated, and many have period features and garden views. All rooms have a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with free toiletries, tea and coffee facilities and a seating area. Free Wi-Fi is included. Many of our repeat guests have their favourite room; whether it is for its accessibility to the outside to let the dog out or for the commanding views down the glen. The restaurant has a unique octagonal shape and an ornate ceiling. Serving a contemporary gourmet menu using local produce, there is also a wide ranging wine list. We are known for our versatility here at Coul House, often saying that our meal times are guide lines not deadlines. Chef Garry offers a range of dining options which includes both contemporary Scottish Cuisine and some more traditional favourites. I am sure you will agree there’s something for everyone to relish whether it’s for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, or Dinner. With plenty of space to relax and wind down, you’ll find yourself in awe of unique architecture, ornate plasterwork, fine craftsmanship and the unusual shapes which adorn the interiors of Coul House Hotel. Magnificent fireplaces, ornate ceilings and great views from all of the public areas create a unique environment with a very relaxing ambiance. Set in eight acres of beautiful mature woodland, Coul House is opposite the biking track to Rogie Waterfalls, in Achilty Forest. Free private parking is available and the market town of Dingwall is just 6 miles away. Beauly can be reached after a 20-minute drive. Nearby attractions include the castles at Dunrobin and Cawdor, Glen Ord Whisky
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Mini golf
Board games / puzzles
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
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Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Seating area
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Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Helen P wrote a review 09 Jun
2 contributions
A very friendly welcome awaits and an excellent menu for dinner meant we left feeling very happy and contented. Stuart, the owner was great advising us on wine choices. The bar and restaurant have a refined feel making you think for a short while that you live there permanently, just what you want from a country house hotel.
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Date of stay: June 2021
WAMM64 wrote a review 07 Jun
Alloa, United Kingdom10 contributions4 helpful votes
Had a wonderful stay at Coul House Hotel. Very relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful hotel and grounds. Evening meal and breakfast were superb! All members of staff were very pleasant, attentive but not overbearing - bravo! Beata, in particular, was a superb member of the team. Will definitely stay again. Thank you 😁
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Date of stay: June 2021
Laurel House wrote a review 04 Jun
West Sussex28 contributions9 helpful votes
Other venues had already closed so we stopped in for Sunday late afternoon tea on the terrace with stunning views, delicious homemade scones, complimentary shortbread, good value and excellent service. What not to like??
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Leon G wrote a review 02 Jun
4 contributions1 helpful vote
From the minute we drove up along the long drive and walked in to the reception hall and found ourselves stood in front of an enormous fireplace with a beautiful ornate carved hardwood surround, we knew we may well have stumbled on to something truly enchanting. We were shown our suite and our baggage was brought up for us. My wife and I are very fussy but what can I say, we were utterly impressed. The bathroom had a free standing bath, television, heated floor, large shower cubicle, 2 sinks and was very large. Our bedroom contained a beautiful 4 poster bed, period furniture with a separate seating area, ample free standing wardrobe space and a small dining table in case we wanted to order breakfast in bed. The room was beautifully decorated. My wife and I both cook well and we consider ourselves to be foodies. So we went downstairs to the hotel restaurant with high hopes but we were not disappointed. The menu is modern Scottish but at the same time perfectly adventurous whilst based on local produce. We ended up dining there every night in an effort to try everything on the menu. The venison is sublime! The rabbit starter paired with a bottle of their Riesling will bowl you over. They have an excellent wine list and I did not think it to be extortionate at all. Even their cheaper bottles were very good indeed. The breakfasts menu is excellent and the dishes are cooked and served at your table. The scrambled eggs and smoked salmon is excellent (especially with haggis on the side). The service is excellent and the owners and staff can not do enough for you. The house is gorgeous with a lovely history. The owners and staff are very knowledgeable and passionate about the house and it's history. The grounds are beautiful and the location is excellent for site seeing around the highlands. We even took a walk after dinner one evening to the old Mackenzie family cemetery, who were the original owners of the manor house. I can definitely say that we will be back again.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Emma H wrote a review May 2021
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We are just home from after a fantastic nights stay at Coul house hotel. We booked for our belated wedding Anniversary, the staff were so attentive they were all so friendly and helpful. The house itself was beautiful and the atmosphere was so chilled. We will definitely be back!!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$147 - US$351 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsRoss and CromartyContin
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Frequently Asked Questions about Coul House Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Coul House Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Rogie Falls (2.6 km), Strathpeffer Pump Room (2.6 km), and Tollie Red Kites (5.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Coul House Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Coul House Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Coul House Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Coul House Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Coul House Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Coul House Restaurant, Museum Cafe, and RedPoppy Restaurant.
Is Coul House Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Contin.
Are any cleaning services offered at Coul House Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Coul House Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Coul House Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Coul House Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Strathpeffer Pump Room (2.6 km).