Culloden House Hotel, Inverness – 4 Star
Discover the Luxurious Culloden House
At the time of the Jacobite uprising in 1745-46, Bonnie Prince Charlie used Culloden House as his lodging and battle headquarters prior to that fateful battle on Culloden Moor.
Today, this handsome Inverness luxury hotel stands in nearly 40 acres where you are free to wander about the woodland and private gardens to enjoy the exceptional peace, tranquility and majesty of the grounds.
Undoubtedly our greatest asset is the staff. Here Highland hospitality has been elevated to its highest art form without being “stuffy” nor too “proper” or reserved. After all you deserve, without compromise, the very best.
Hundreds of years of history, culture and luxury are combined with a relaxed atmosphere, personalised service and superb cuisine at Culloden House.
The interior features a wonderfully comfortable drawing-room with magnificent Adam plasterwork, many fine antiques and a large open fire. For us it is your house to enjoy all the finest things of life.
Culloden House is rated four star with two Rosettes for food & boasts a Silver accolade with Eat Scotland
Wireless Internet access is complimentary throughout the building.
Twenty-eight charming bedrooms each uniquely decorated in understated comfort – your private domain with room service just a call away. Some of our spacious rooms have delightful features such as crystal chandeliers and marble fireplaces. Combine the luxury of a romantically furnished room with all the modern comforts you need and you won’t want to leave.
“Here in the northernmost area of Britain is a grand Scottish country house which thankfully takes its food seriously. Chef Michael Simpson draws on superb local and near-local produce: Loch Fyne salmon, sweet Orkney crab, Scotch beef fillet from the Highlands. Even the water here taste good although the whisky tastes better. What’s also nice about Culloden is that for a country house it isn’t too uptight, although prices reflect its style and standards. Children are welcome, and vegetarians too.”
The Top 60 Independent UK Restaurants, Restaurant Guide, The Guardian
In addition to our modern Scottish cuisine menu, we offer a “Taste of Scotland” experience.
Dress code in our Adam’s Dining Room is “Smart Casual”. Please note that whilst we do not operate a “Jacket & Tie” policy, we do strictly enforce a no denim jeans, trainers or collarless shirt policy. Thank you for your cooperation.
Your romantic stay in Scotland
By all means, enjoy the beautiful house and the majesty of the grounds.
Croquet is set up on the lawn and there’s a new tennis court for your pleasure. Keep fit by walking or jogging through the grounds and onto Culloden Forest’s trails.
Indulge yourself with fine dining and wines, our superb collection of rare whiskys, and afternoon tea by the fire. Please note our dress code policy on our “Fine Dining” section.
Sleep in rooms with wonderfully comfortable beds and all the niceties expected in a fine hotel.
Detox in a sauna located deep in the dungeon. Be pampered with in-room massage and beauty treatments.
Wander among the flowers, fruit trees and wildflower meadows in our freshly re-designed four acre walled garden.
Stay long enough to experience the world-class sites and attractions located practically on our doorstep – from championship golf courses to National Trust treasures. See our Top Ten recommendations.
The House :
“Princes past and present have enjoyed the ambience and hospitality of the elegant Palladian mansion…”
Culloden House is a Grade A listed mansion with parts of it dating back to its medieval origins.
The house features a wonderfully comforable drawing room with magnificent Adam plasterwork, chandeliers, and a large open fire for you to enjoy, yet ease and unpretending luxury prevails.
Relax in our cozy bar with its leather seatings and tall windows overlooking the lawn. See if your ancestors are listed in the “Prisoners of ’46”. Sip rare and wonderful whiskys.
You can choose to dine in our Adams Dining Room or privately in our elegant Morning Room.
Our handsome baronial Forbes Room with its beamed and chandeliered ceiling, Royal Stuart tartan drapes, rich oak paneling and marbled fireplace adds a special feel to your private event.
This white mansion has spacious bedrooms and baths and is located next to the walled garden. The self-contained house includes four double ensuite bedrooms and a living area.
The Gardens :
Upon entering the gates, first your eye is caught by the beautiful house and the sweeping lawn.
Then you may notice the towering trees circling the drive.
In the 18th century, it was the fashion to grow an arboreteum of trees newly discovered by plant hunters. 300 years later seeds collected while exploring China and the Americas have grown into the magnificent specimen trees before you.
The 40-acre estate includes for your pleasure seasonal bluebell and rhododendron walks, open parkland, bicycle paths into Culloden forest, a croquet lawn, tennis court, duck pond, and a small photogenic herd of shaggy-haired Highland cattle.
Our four-acre 18th century walled garden is designed for your enjoyment from early spring flowering bulbs through autumn orchard fruits. Six years ago it received a stylish new design by Michael Innes, the former Gardens Advisor for the National Trust of Scotland.
Whatever your golfing requirements we are delighted to assist with reservations.
Castle Stuart Golf Links
Rarely has any golf course opened to such instant universal acclaim as Castle Stuart Golf Links (pictured above). Lying just two miles from Culloden House, this man-made championship links course was the brainchild of Mark Parsinen. Spectacularly set and sublimely designed, Castle Stuart Golf Links is something truly special and destined to become one of the best courses in the Scotland and the world.
Construction of the course began on a dramatic, split-level 430 acre site hugging the coastline of the Moray Firth in June 2006. Castle Stuart is the work of American architects, Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse. Parsinen is of course best known for his contribution to that masterpiece of modern Scottish links design – Kingsbarns Golf Links, near St Andrews – but unlike Kingsbarns, this man-made links required very little earthmoving. Castle Stuart exploits the natural contours and elevation changes of a superb site and is unashamedly old fashioned, using many elements from the “Transitional Era” (1890-1935) – also reflected in the striking circular Art Deco Clubhouse. The rumpled fairways are wide, with undulating ground and angles of play the main course defense. Bunkers are derivative of early open sandy links play – raw-edged and unkempt sandy areas, with revetting only on steep faces and heavily trafficked areas. The greens are relatively small, with much of the movement built into edges and margins, and often spectacularly sited on infinity edges against the dramatic backdrop of the Moray Firth and landmarks like the Kessock Bridge, Fort George or the Chanonry Lighthouse.
This young pretender has carried off the impossible, having been open less than 2 years not only was it awarded Scottish Golf Course of the Year 2010 but it has now secured a European Tour event and hosted the coveted Barclays Scottish Open starting in July 2011
Royal Dornoch Golf Course – Ranked 11th Best Course in the World
Although golf at the Dornoch links dates back to 1616, the club itself dates from 1877 when the Sutherland Golfing Society applied to play golf over the links. It was King Edward VII who bestowed the title ‘Royal’ on Dornoch Golf Club in 1906. As might be expected the club has a rich history and an association with some of the greatest golfers of the past.
Initially designed Old Tom Morris in 1886 and later modified by JH Taylor and Donald Ross. It has won accolades from many quarters not least from Open champion Tom Watson making it one of the most popular golf courses in Scotland.
The course, like many historic links, goes almost straight out and straight back, but the angle changes subtly at each hole; the greens are big and undulating and many are plateaux requiring well hit shots; nothing is hidden, but it requires a golfer playing at his best to see it all and adjust his strategy. There is plenty of room off the tee, but where to place the drive depends on the wind and the pin positions.
Nairn Championship – Ranked 46th Best Course in the World & Host of 2012 Curtis Cup
Nairn Golf Club, this Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course was created form a wilderness of whins and heather and talents of professional and amateur alike. Founded in 1887 and added to and extended by Archie Simpson, Old Tom Morris and James Braid it is now one of the best course in Scotland. It is regularly chosen for national championships, including the Scottish Amateur, Scottish professional and in 1994 hosted the ‘Blue Riband’ of the Amateur Calendar the ‘Amateur’Championship. Nairn hosted the 37th Walker cup in 1999.
The magnificent New Clubhouse which was built in 1990 is the envy of many and adds to the pleasure of playing at Nairn. As well as the challenging Championship Course,
Other local courses include –
Fortrose & Rosemarkie
Boat of Garten
Spa & Fitness
You don’t have to leave our grounds to enjoy fresh Highland air, exercise and some pampering. Come enjoy:
– Croquet set up on the front lawn
– Walking or jogging paths into Culloden Forest.
– An all-weather Tennis court
– A Sauna located deep in the dungeon.
Beauty & Massage Treatments
We are able to offer you a range of beauty and massage treatments in the privacy of most guestrooms. Treatments include sport and aromatherapy massage, manicures, facials and make-up.