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Coul House Hotel

Contin IV14 9ES Scotland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 15/07/20 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
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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foodfan2 wrote a review Dec 2020
Beauly, Inverness-shire224 contributions125 helpful votes
We had a wonderful evening in Coul House. We had a wonderfully warm welcome and the bar where we enjoyed a pre dinner drink was beautiful. The service was terrific, the food wonderful and the restaurant beautiful. We only live about ten miles away and we left, more than happy, wondering why we don't visit more often. We will not leave it so long until we return next time.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Sanz1820 wrote a review Dec 2020
Inverness, United Kingdom154 contributions128 helpful votes
My wife and I enjoyed a dinner, bed and breakfast night at Coul House. As we were the only overnight guests on a December, Covid-era Tuesday, we were upgraded to what was surely the best room in the hotel. It had a glorious view over the sweeping lawns, a wonderful big bed and plenty of tasteful furnishings, plus - wait for it - a TV above the bath! Decadent or what? Coul House is a beautiful building - the original Mackenzie owners had the good taste to employ a fine 19th century architect - not one of the gloomy neo-gothic ones - so the fine big ground floor rooms housing the lounge bar and the dining room are bright and cheerful. Covid guidance was being carefully observed, with plenty spacing for social distancing and the staff all masked. We were also the only guests for dinner - which got us, of course, the best table! We loved our little rabbit starters followed by a fine coq-au-vin. Lovely home-made bread as well. My cheese cake dessert was unusual. Coffee and a dram from the excellent gantry back in the lounge bar completed a fine evening. Would I recommend Coul House? Absolutely - can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Craig wrote a review Nov 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed at this hotel for a couple of nights at the end of October. Very sadly, I was up in the Highlands attending my dear Mum's funeral. It was as you can imagine a sad and difficult time. Thankfully, the hotel was great, the staff were brilliant in particular Chris Mcleod (Manager) and Emma-Fleur Grof (Front Desk). They were both so lovely and supportive not to mention excellent in their roles and a credit to the Coul House Hotel. Room was nice and clean, amazing powerful shower. The breakfast was first class! Was nice in the evening sitting next to the great old big open fire. Very cosy. I will be back again when i'm up visiting my family scattered about Ross-Shire. Thanks Craig
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Date of stay: October 2020
S F wrote a review Nov 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom15 contributions12 helpful votes
We live in the highlands and have been keen to support local businesses when it has been safe to do so. We haven't been on a trip or stayed anywhere other than our house since March so this was a much needed escape! When we arrived the welcome was extremely friendly, we were taken to our room and given robes and slippers. The room itself was lovely, my only minor complaint was that the floor of the bathroom was lino which, given the rest of the fixtures and fittings, seemed a bit of an odd choice. We booked dinner and whilst I assumed the food would be good, it was nothing short of excellent. The crab and the duck were brilliant.My other half cant eat dairy products and was extremely well looked after - to the point of dairy free butter being supplied along with the bread. The bed was big and comfortable and we had a great view out onto the gardens. Would love to come back in the future!
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Date of stay: November 2020
Margaret C wrote a review Nov 2020
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Wonderful stay. Hotel has been beautifully renovated and rooms are luxurious and spotless. Staff are so attentive. Both breakfast and dinner were superb. Hope to return soon. Congratulations sussanah and stuart. This is now my no. 1 choice for a luxury but homely weekend break.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$147 - US$351 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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).