Set within the grounds of the MacRobert Estate, Douneside House offers a truly memorable stay in beautiful Royal Deeside. Douneside is steeped in history and full of character. Our award-winning Head Chef will deliver a true Scottish dining experience showcasing seasonal, locally sourced produce. Guests can take advantage of our fully refurbished Health Club on the grounds. After a rejuvenating day spent hiking in the surrounding hills, fishing in the nearby river, or golfing at the local course, there is no better way to unwind than with a relaxing yoga class or refreshing dip in the pool. You may prefer to spend a leisurely few hours in the library, browsing our extensive range of books next to a roaring log fire and sipping a wee dram.
Douneside House is situated in the Scottish Highlands, steeped in history and full of character. Following a major renovation, our historic house re-opened its doors on the 1st June 2016, offering guests a luxurious Scottish countryside stay.
Set within the grounds of the MacRobert Estate in Aberdeenshire, the main House features 14 beautiful guest rooms. The current refurbishment includes a complete re-design of each room to create a classic-contemporary style, whilst retaining important elements of Douneside’s original character through the careful placement of individual pieces of antique furniture and precious artwork.
Adjacent to the main House is the Casa Memoria building, which was originally brought to life by the MacRobert family, as a museum for artefacts collected on their extensive overseas travels. The building’s unusual architecture has enabled its transformation into four contemporary, architect-designed guest apartments, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms.The property further encompasses guest cottages Gatehouse, Pine, Alpha, Dounebrae and Morven. Individual in style and size, each has been re-designed and furnished to the highest standards and features its own, beautifully tended garden and patio, perfect for al fresco dining on a balmy summer evening. During the colder months, wintery scenes of the local landscape can be enjoyed from the cosy sitting room, while keeping warm next to a traditional wood-burning stove.
Guests staying at Douneside House, Casa Memoria or the Douneside cottages can take advantage of our fully refurbished Health Club on the grounds. After a rejuvenating day spent hiking in the surrounding hills, fishing in the nearby river, or golfing at the local course, there is no better way to unwind than with a relaxing yoga class or refreshing dip in the pool, followed by a visit to the steam room or sauna. You may of course prefer to spend a leisurely few hours in the Douneside library, browsing our extensive range of books next to a roaring open fire while sipping a wee dram…Our award-winning Head Chef will then indulge you with a true Scottish dining experience. The carefully crafted menu showcases seasonal, locally sourced produce, perfectly complemented by our extensive wine and whisky list.
Our breathtaking location, coupled with luxurious accommodation, outstanding facilities and a passionate, attentive team dedicated to indulging your every whim, will ensure that your stay with us here in the Scottish Highlands is a truly memorable one.We offer 14 elegantly furnished bedrooms in our main building. While guest rooms range in size and style, all showcase an innovative classic-contemporary design, combining the building’s remarkable heritage with Scottish tradition and modern luxuries.
Our two Small Standard Rooms are ideal for guests travelling on their own. Compact in size, they still offer a host of amenities in line with our other room categories, including a luxury hospitality tray, Molton Brown toiletries and a spacious double bed with Hypnos mattress - the Royal Family’s mattress of choice!
The eight Standard Rooms are slightly larger in size than our Small Standard Rooms and are perfect for double or twin occupancy. Depending on the room, various views of Douneside House’s beautiful grounds are available.Douneside House also offers a range of apartments and cottages, which are perfect for families or friends travelling together, and are also dog friendly:
The Casa Memoria building, which is a short walk from the main house, has been transformed into four contemporary guest apartments. Ranging in size from studio to two bedrooms, each apartment has a small kitchenette and comes with its own patio, with views across the lawn or onto a private garden.
A further two apartments, the one-bedroom Morven and the two-bedroom Dounebrae, are available close to Douneside House. These apartments are ground level and offer easy access to wonderful large patio areas, allowing guests to fully enjoy the great outdoors.
Alternatively guests may choose from three cottages on the ground, adjacent to the main house: Pine, which has two bedrooms, or Gatehouse and Alpha, with three bedrooms each. All cottages feature a small kitchenette, sitting area and garden with patio, providing a cosy ‘home-away-from-home’ feel.
A visit to Douneside House means that you will be able to indulge in a truly memorable culinary experience, courtesy of our passionate new Head Chef, David Butters. We are delighted for Chef Butters to join us from Gleneagles, where he worked with Darin Campbell. He further honed his craft at various other high-end properties, including the five-star Longueville Manor.Chef Butters has created a range of innovative menus to suit all occasions and preferences, from a highly sophisticate ‘Taste of Douneside’ tasting menu, to a ‘Douneside House’ set three course menu with two options each evening. Both can be enjoyed in our elegant Restaurant, which showcases antique furnishings within a contemporary setting.
Lighter lunch or afternoon teas can be served in the restaurant, library or conservatory with its beautiful views of the terrace garden. Each day, between 4pm and 4.30pm as part of our full board dining option, we offer a set selection of afternoon tea and cakes in our conservatory, with tea or juice. Younger guests meanwhile have the option of dining together in the early evening over High Tea.
Non-residents may join us for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, however an advanced reservation is required.
Reflecting the stunning surroundings of Douneside House, The Health Club offers a range of excellent facilities. These include a 12.5 metre swimming pool, sauna and steam room, state-of-the-art gymnasium, games room and all weather tennis court. In addition, there is an extensive range of fitness classes, all run by our team of fully qualified personal instructors.CLASSES
A range of fitness classes have been specially devised to ensure guests and members benefit both mentally and physically from their experiences. Classes include: Aqua Fit, Keep Fit, Abs & Stretch, Swimming Lessons, Yoga, Pilates, Fatburn Extreme and Legs, Bums & Thighs.
The Health Club team also provides you with access to a wealth of health and fitness experts during your stay. Personal training with one of our qualified team of fitness professionals is available to all guests and members who require dedicated one-on-one training.