Tuesday 12th of December 2017 11:52 AM
are delighted to be an accreditied member of the 'Green Tourism Business
scheme. We are privileged to live and work in the stunning Cairngorm
National Park and committed to ensuring that we operate our business
in an environmentally friendly way and encourage others to enjoy and
help sustain the natural beauty in the area. www.green-business.co.uk
Welcome to the Colquhonnie Hotel's Guest Book
The 2 young guys working the bar and serving breakfasts (which was very good and lovely coffee) could not have been more helpful and were totally charming. Hotel needs a bit of tlc, it\'s in a beautiful location and has heaps of potential, I hope it can become the hotel it deserves to be.
Ms. Susan Whyte
- 20th Mar, 2017
What to say about our weekend at the Colquhonnie? Well, driving up to the hotel didn\'t bode too well as it does need some work on external appearance, and walking in didn\'t really make it much better. Checked in at bar and was shown to room - clean and comfortable but a bit tired, which really sums up the fabric of the hotel although the dining room has been recently upgraded. As we learnt, new owners of less than 6 months are trying to run and upgrade at same time - never easy. Dinner on first evening was a challenge as a blocked pipe had put most of the kitchen out of commission - but chef come owner rattled up a fine bowl of pasta - simple and just was we needed.
Sometimes you have to see beyond the surface though, and this is the case at the Colquhonnie. The staff were great through out, breakfasts and dinner all you could ask for, and sitting in the bar in the evening chatting to staff and locals became very much part of the trip.
Bottom line, it\'s work in progress and it will never be the Ritz, but we would have no hesitation in going back next time we are in the area. Overall, good value for money.
Mr. Derek Osborne
- 31st Aug, 2016
Quaint Hotel In Middle Of Now Where
lovely friendly landlady very helpful and good breakfast. Stayed due to attending function in Lonach Hall - catered for our needs. :)
Mrs. Moira Paterson
- 9th Nov, 2015
More Than Professional Friendliness
The hotel is run by a family and they succees very well in welcoming their guests. Attention to details and a warm, open atmosphere where you can choose to keep your privacy or make contact with staff and other guests. Dog- ans child friendly. Simple meals, very well cooked. We loved it!
Mr. Wim Kegel
- 14th Jun, 2015
A Nice Quiet Stay
Helpful staff, good value meals, comfy bed, dog friendly and a wide range of malts.
Mr. Tom Kirkpatrick
- 9th Jun, 2015
Two Nights Whilst Fishing On The Upper Don
I hadn\'t stayed at the Colquhonnie for a few years as our last visit was not so good. However this has all changed now, the new hosts are warm and welcoming, the breakfast was fab, the evening meal was tasty and filling. Bed rooms very clean, bed comfy and a good nights sleep was had by all. The country side that surrounds the hotel cannot be faulted. All in all a perfect base for a few days trouting on the Upper Don. We will be back!
- 17th May, 2015
New Year Stay
We stayed at the hotel on the 2nd of Jan in order to attend the fantastic ceilidh in the Lonach. The room was basic but clean, and the staff were very lovely - which over hotel would negotiate over late breakfast - 11am! We would definitely stay again
Ms. Jolene Crawford
- 5th Jan, 2015
Very hospitable, very comfortable hotel, beautiful surroundings. Jo could not do enough to make my stay highly enjoyable.
- 4th Nov, 2014
The Wrights, Ballater
We stayed at the Colquhonnie for 2 nights recently to attend a wedding in the neighbouring Lonach hall. Room was clean and comfortable but in need of upgrading. Staff very friendly and best scrambled eggs ever!
- 21st Sep, 2014
Welcoming, warm and friendly. Comfortable, very good breakfast.
Mr. Carol Rogers
- 8th Sep, 2014
Our stay at the Colquhonnie House Hotel in Strathdon last weekend was a pleasure. The hotel was warm, a welcoming fire burning in the stove at breakfast, well-heated, very clean ensuite and cheerful, helpful staff. Simple food, well cooked and presented and a skilful chef, eager to please. I can only see this hotel going from strength to strength with its new management and caring, customer friendly policy, in it's delightful location in the heart of Strathdon. Good to know that once again there is a welcome awaiting the traveller in this unique area.
Good luck and hoping for a repeat stay soon.
Mr. Ian Mckenzie Smith
- 30th Aug, 2014
Really nic hotel and good atmosphere.
Mr. Sebastian Baryla
- 10th Oct, 2013
seen a few bad reviews about the hotel,i have stayed there many times with the present owner not had a bad thing to say about the place, staff are helpful and locals friendly.rooms are fine as are the meals.
Mr. Stuart Redhead
- 27th Aug, 2013
Nice place tucked away in the Cairngorms.Beautiful scenery and handy for Balmoral castle. Room was fine and hospitality was great. Very friendly proprietor and lovely staff. Restaurant food including breakfast was excellent and nice atmosphere around the place. Good value for money. Definitely worth a stay.
Mr. Jim Brown
- 27th May, 2013
Paul was the perfect host again and made a meal not on menu specially for my partner.
Mrs. Enid Lowther
- 30th Sep, 2012
Response from Hotel
So glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again.
Didnt catch much, but the Cullen Skink and lemon sole were great!
Mr. Chris Lewis
- 10th Sep, 2012
Response from Hotel
Sorry about the fishing but glad you enjoyed the food!
Stayed as we always do for the evening of the Lonach ball.The room we had this year was not one we'd had before.
It was a double.Everything was clean and well presented,if a little dated.
Paul has finally, after knocking himself out , employed a new lady who welcomed us on our arrival and showed us our room.We also had breakfast there in the mornng and were up for a last orders at 9.30 a.m
Mrs. Kathryn Fraser
- 2nd Sep, 2012
Response from Hotel
Thank you and we are glad you enjoyed your stay!
as always at the honnie had a great time, paul and staff very helpfull rooms nice and cosy food great
Mr. Stuart Redhead
- 28th Aug, 2012
We were made extremely welcome by friendly staff. Have stayed at hotel before and would recommend to all. Good food and hospitality.
Our room well presented as was detail to fire alarm insructions.
Mrs. Margaret Jamieson
- 29th Jul, 2012
Response from Hotel
Thank you for the lovely review and we look forward to seeing you again!
Nice Please To Stay.
The food was great, nice room, good value for money. The staff was very nice and helpful.
We had super weekend break and would like to come back again. Recommend to everyone.
Mr. Ronald Smith
- 28th May, 2012
When we arrived where told the hotel was full even though had booking email . But after speaking to Paul the owner he booked us in and was made very welcome . The room was lovely and clean food was good staff so helpful and the highlight for us was the 2 welcoming westies. Would stay here again when in the area Thank you paul
Mr. William Stephen
- 18th May, 2012
Booked With Groupon
when we arrived we got very nice welcome, clean and tidy room breakfast ok, would go back.
Mrs. Vicki O\'farrell
- 16th May, 2012
Brilliant Place To Stay
Stayed here for one night on our trip around Scotland,found Paul to be a very friendly and pleasant host.The two dogs were really well behaved .The food was excellent and the room very nice and comfy.Will definitely stay here again on our next trip .
Mrs. Enid Lowther
- 16th May, 2012
A Night At Colquhonnie
Good food, friendly staff yet again an enjoyable night.
Mr. Steve Futter
- 14th May, 2012
In deepest Aberdeenshire lies the Colquhonnie House Hotel on the road to the Cairngorms. Small and quiet, a rural retreat from the busling city life. My wife and I enjoyed our stay, Paul and staff were very welcoming. Food and the entertainment were excellent. Although room was basic and in need of some upgrading it was clean and comfortable.
Mr. James Fraser
- 30th Apr, 2012
Amazing, staff very friendly and kind! Deffo going to recommend to family and friends!
Miss. Rozlyn Mundt
- 28th Apr, 2012
Myself and my partner styed recently for one night at the weekend (Grouponing) and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had planned to go fishing, but the weather was terrible so we explored the area and relaxed in the hotel.
It is a very welcoming place and the owner and his dogs are lovely.
The food was fine (breakfast especially) and the staff were exceptionally nice.
Not too much to do around the hotel, but if u are in to the outdoors or just want to get away from everything I would highly recommend it.
It is an old hotel and the rooms could do with some work,but a good value for money stay.
Miss. Eilidh Fleming
- 17th Apr, 2012
have been staying at the colquhonnie now for over 11 yrs.staff are really helpfull and food is top class, rooms very good and locals are great and friendly
Mr. Stuart Redhead
- 9th Apr, 2012
We stayed overnight as part of a walking weekend. The welcome was outstanding, the food very good,and the beds comfortable. Our room was basic but very clean. We would certainly stay again.
Miss. Janette Elam
- 2nd Apr, 2012
One Night Groupon Break
We spent a pleasant evening, had a nice meal, beautifully prepared and presented. Not a lot of people around, (only 31st March). Spent the evening in the bar. Very pleasant bar staff and mine host very welcoming. Breakfast excellent so we left very pleased with our visit, considering it only cost us £35 for B and B that was for the two of us. Can't be bad !!
The only downside was that nobody had heard of our booking despite me receiving two confirmation e mails from you, something wrong with your system ?? As a result we had to have a small twin room. Had to take turns moving around, not a lot of space. Despite this we enjoyed our stay and may return in the future. A splendid piece of countryside to walk or drive in.
Bill and Nancy Galashan
Mr. William Galashan
- 2nd Apr, 2012
Stunning views and plenty of historic places to visit nearby. Food at the hotel was great. Bathroom needs updating but apparently this is being done in the near future. It is a very old building (250 years old) so don't expect modern fittings although the ground floor tv/dining/bar area is nice. Management and staff are lovely and do everything to please. Missed having a radio and hairdrier in the room and the remote control for the digibox for the tv was missing. We were so lucky that the weather on the 2 days we were there was glorious. A really enjoyable break.
Mrs. Ruth Pirie
- 20th Mar, 2012
Escape From The City
As a young(ish) couple who work in the city, an escape for a night to a country location was ideal. This was booked through a Groupon offer and we both thoroughly enjoyed our time away. Paul, the proprietor was incredibly welcoming, the food was delicious and the bedroom was basic but we had a great nights sleep. If it is luxury accommodation you are after, then this hotel would perhaps not be to everyones taste, but if it is a peaceful location, a warm welcome and good food that you are after then I highly recommend this hotel.
Miss. Maggie Muir
- 19th Mar, 2012
Excellent Night's Stay
Our arrival at Colquhonnie House was just what we needed after making the mistake of tackling the winding roads after dark and with the fog rolling in.. the owner was extremely friendly and welcoming, with his two very cute little dogs shuffling around our feet as he gave us our keys. The room was clean and warm, dinner was excellent, and there were a couple of very tasty Scottish beers on tap in the bar; the staff were also attentive and friendly. We had a lovely evening, a good night's sleep, a hot shower in the morning, and then a great breakfast to fill us up before setting off to enjoy the countryside nearby. Especially when considering the price (using the groupon voucher), it was nigh-on perfect...
Mr. Thomas Houslay
- 5th Mar, 2012
Great staff, welcoming and friendly. Room was freezing though could be doing with a hot water bottle or electric blanket on the beds. Lovely meal at the restaurant food was amazing.
Miss. Irene Brockie
- 22nd Feb, 2012
Lovely Time,no Problems
Had a 1 night stay.staff were very welcoming.Rooms were basic but very clean.food was excellent.no problems at all.enjoyed stay
Mr. Ian Mcnulty
- 13th Feb, 2012
The food was very good, dinner in the evening and breakfast.
The room was warm, comfortable and clean. An enjoyable stay.
Mrs. Diane Toet
- 13th Feb, 2012
Firstly the food was first class and staff excellent but our room was only adequate it was in need of a little tender care
Mr. Douglas Trail
- 9th Feb, 2012
Thoroughly good evening spent in the bar after a delicious meal in the retaurant. We played pool with some of the local folk and enjoyed their company very much. We were made to feel most welcome and wished we lived nearer to make it our "Local". Quaint old fashioned accommodation and very comfortable bed, with very up to date bar area. Staff were superb, Laura particularly. Would highly recommend for people wanting good food and good company.Sunday's breakfast was excellent - my wife cleared her plate which she never does elsewhere. Fantastic value for money. More people should go there ( no - we are not family or friends, we genuinely enjoyed our visit - ask me -firstname.lastname@example.org )
Mr. Nigel Taylor
- 30th Jan, 2012
A Pleasant Break
My wife and I stayed in the hotel over 'Hogamany'recently and while it is evident that the bedrooms are 'a work in progress' ours was both clean and comfortable. However, it was over the bar(Room 8)so avoid if you want an early night.
There is a varied menu with an ample selection of wines and whiskies !
Paul and his staff were attentive and pleasant.
Overall, a pleasant break.
Mr. David David@cleehouse.com
- 18th Jan, 2012
Colquhonnie House Hotel
We had a lovely time. Hotel is full of character - staff exceptionally helpful. Room was lovely and clean. The two Westies were wonderful welcoming party - I could have taken Alfie home! Will definitely be back!
Mrs. Marie Walker-greenwood
- 9th Jan, 2012
Nice welcome, lovely room, delicious breakfast all in all a lovely stay!
Mr. Iain Hendry
- 4th Jul, 2011
Below you can read the comments of past guests of the Colquhonnie.
Jackie & Family, Ellon - Very welcoming, Lovely Place, Beautiful Scenery
Kevin & Dave, Leeds - Worked all over the country, the stay was like home from home.
Joan & Sandy Forbes, N Yorks - As always made to feel very welcome, pleasant to stay.
Bob Preston, Wilts - Very good stay, excellent weather & great fishing.
Jeremy, Ann, Alice Roberts. London - What a wonderful place.
Larry & Thea Ferguson, Atlanta USA - Absolutley wonderful food and conversation.
Helena Klominska, Amsterda, Netherlands - Amazing place..love the location and the room & hospitality. Thank you!!!!.
Ian & May McKenzie Smith, Fantastic - you've really cracked it.
P & P Homes, Surry - Excellent hospitality.
Robi & Alan Carter, Australia - Wonderful place, superfood, superb hospitality.
Moray & Justin, New York - An unforgettable weekend - thank you for all you did for us.
Mr R Beams, Chester - Great hotel, great food, great fishing.
Kilgraston Ski Team, Perthshire - Thank you for a lovely welcome and great meals.
Pam, Katherine, Gin & Marie, Highland Horesback - Very good, Spiffing.
Royston-Inn Fiddles, Australia - Came for a wedding, had a hoot of a time.
Mr & Mrs Muirhead, Fort William - Great breakfasts, Thanks !
Mary Whytock, Kent - "Will you no come back again" ? Most definately !
Dave Fraser, Aberdeen - Beautiful decor, fabby breakfast, very obliging staff, wonderful.
Mhairi & Jenna Brooks, London - Made a great 1st experience for us of Aberdeenshire
Dave Wetherell, Norway - Thank you for a great stay Dave / Paul and my little Puff Adder !
McAdam Family, St Andrews - Best Hotel Ever
Alex & Sylvia Burn, Aberdeen - Hospitality / Food and Service All First Class. Must Return
Ce / Karen Cantrell / Dan Bille Roark, Texas USA - Great Food, Warm Friendly People, Thank you