Douneside House

Douneside House is a spectacular country house and estate set in 17 acres of beautifully cultivated grounds in Aberdeenshire. Once owned by the MacRobert family, today it welcomes visitors to enjoy a refined and luxurious stay in its 11 bedrooms, apartments and holiday cottages.

For warm Highland hospitality and captivating historic ambiance.

  • Nearest Transport
  • Aberdeen airport 25 miles
  • Nearest train station: Aberdeen
  • Bus service from Aberdeen to Tarland
  • Nearest Attractions
  • Tomnaverie Stone Circle - 2 miles, 5 minutes
  • Queens View - Howe of Cromar - 4 miles 8 minutes
  • Cambus o' May Suspension Bridge - 10 miles 10 minutes

5 Reasons to Stay

  1. Magnificent setting on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park.
  2. Three AA Rosette-awarded, six-course dining experience.
  3. Glorious 17-acre grounds, with walled gardens, arboretum and infinity lawn.
  4. Health club with swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
  5. Wheelchair-accessible and dog-friendly accommodation available.

About the Hotel

Marrying authentic period features with every imaginable contemporary comfort, Douneside House offers guests an incredible setting and the warmest Highland hospitality in Royal Deeside.


Take your pick of 11 bedrooms in the main building, all with individual character and traditional features. Or bed down in one of three immaculate, well-appointed holiday cottages or six guest apartments – perfect for larger guest groups.


Choose from two restaurants, including the Conservatory, a light, airy space filled with plants and fresh flowers, looking out over the leafy garden grounds. Here, you can enjoy traditional fare with a twist incorporating fresh, organic ingredients – many of which are sourced from the estate.

Or there’s the atmospheric, candlelit Library, where a delectable six-course tasting menu promises to tantalise palates – with wine flights to match.



The Douneside House estate and surrounding Aberdeenshire countryside offers myriad opportunities to enjoy fresh air, get active, relax or try something new.
The gardens and grounds offer plenty of walks, scenic spots and quiet nooks. There’s fishing in the estate’s lochan, along with a trove of walking trails that take in the area’s history and majestic scenery. Nearby Tarland has a 9-hole parkland golf course designed by Tom Morris. The hotel can book tee times, which are complimentary to Douneside House guests.
Just 35 minutes’ drive from the estate lies Balmoral Castle and Estate, which you can visit if the Royal Family aren’t in residence - we’d recommend checking dates in advance.

The magnificent 16th century Crathes Castle lies just over half an hour in the other direction towards the east coast. Its walled gardens, fairy tale turrets and rich wildlife make it a fantastic place to explore with kids.

For a more grown-up excursion, the famous Speyside Malt Whisky Trail beckons. Starting an hour away at Glenlivet, this legendary trail takes in no fewer than seven of Scotland’s finest distilleries. Sláinte!


Hotel Details

At a Glance
  • Check-in time: 3pm
  • Check-out time: 11am
  • Free parking
  • 2 EV charging points on site
  • Dogs welcome in the apartments and cottages.
  • 13 bedrooms
  • Six apartments
  • Three holiday cottages
In-room Services
  • Individually designed rooms
  • Views of the countryside or grounds
  • Hospitality tray
  • Luxurious toiletries
  • Hypnos mattresses
  • Antique furniture pieces
  • Contemporary finishes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The Conservatory Restaurant

  • Light-filled space blooming with plants and flowers.
  • Serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
  • A showcase of local produce and culinary creativity.


The Library

  • Triple AA Rosette-awarded tasting menu
  • Wine pairing and non-alcoholic options
  • Intimate space for 14
  • Booking highly recommended

MacRobert’s Reply Bar

  • Residents’ only bar
  • Open seven days, noon to 11pm
  • Cosy wood-panelled lounge with open fire
  • Whisky selection and signature cocktails

Hotel amenities

  • 17 acres of beautiful grounds
  • Two restaurants
  • Residents’ bar
  • Six apartments
  • Three holiday cottages
  • Health centre and fitness facilities
  • Walled garden and sweeping infinity lawn
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible accommodation
  • Dog-friendly options
  • 2 EV charging points on site

Health centre amenities

  • 12.5-metre swimming pool
  • All-weather tennis court
  • Sauna, steam room
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Fitness classes available which are complimentary to hotel guests
On Site Activities
  • 17 acres to explore
  • Walled and kitchen gardens
  • Arboretum and greenhouse displays
  • Trout fishing in the lochan
  • Indoor swimming pool & gym
  • Tennis on the all-weather court


Off Site Activities
  • 9 hole Golf course in Tarland, located at end of hotel drive.
  • Hiking
  • Distillery visits
  • Salmon fishing
  • Local festivals and Highland games
  • Aberdeen day trips
  • Outings to Balmoral, Crathes,
  • Drum, Craigievar and Castle Fraser
  • The Speyside Malt Whisky Trail
Main Contact

Douneside House
Tarland, Aberdeenshire
AB34 4UL, Scotland

Reservations: +44 (0) 13398 81230