Robert Stewart had Culgruff built as a wedding gift for his wife, the daughter of the third Baronet of Cardoness. Construction took six years and was completed in 1889. This year the house celebrates its 130th birthday. In 1902, Robert Stewart died. The couple did not have any children so the house eventually passed to the family of Mrs Stewart. In 1947 shortly after the engagement of Her majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duchess of Grafton, made a private visit to the house with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Late in the 1940s the ownership of the house passed to a Mrs McCormick. It was then that the house first became a hotel. In 1970s the house was then sold to a Mr Grayson. Cupid then worked her magic as after meeting a house guest Mr Grayson married her! Mr and Mrs Grayson then continued operating the house with some letting rooms until they sold the house in 2008. Robert Shaw was the next owner and operated the house as a hotel as well as offering meals. We are the current guardians of the house, having bought Culgruff in June 2018.
We took the decision of bringing forward some of the plans we had when we initially acquired Culgruff. Having to have the areas affected by the fire repaired, meant we were going to be closed to guests anyway and we felt that it was an opportune time to utilise this time wisely. Having researched our options we decided that as well as having the tea room, we could hold special events. These could be anything from private cosy dinner events through to conference facilities for business clients wanting a special unique venue. As well as "uplifting" the initial rooms we had completed. We will be expanding on the number of bedroom suites we are able to offer. In turn this will allow us to look at accommodating guests that might wish to have Culgruff as their wedding venue. Our accommodation will therefore also incorporate the top floor . We have listened to suggestions from friends and family and will be looking to have a large games room with a pool table as well as a new bar area. For those wanting to have some pampering, a treatment room for massage as well as a Turkish steam room and sauna room.
We appreciate that there is a wide range of accommodation options out there. We sincerely hope that with our ambitious plans ,we will be able to offer somewhere that will be truly magical. This will take a bit of time so that we can ensure things are done correctly by this beautiful building. We would like to thank everyone who has wished us well to date and are continuing to support us in this venture . Very best wishes, The McCormick family x
We offer two or three course options for dinner at a set price for two courses and for three courses.
Soup of the day
Two options of Focaccia breads with oils, houmous and balsamic vinegar.
Baked Camembert with almonds, garlic and seed/herb topping
Chopped bowl with fresh herbs, fennel, lettuce ,peppers, cucumber with an olive oil and lime dressing.
Marinated chicken and pepper skewers (2)served on a bed of Moroccan couscous with cashews and an aubergine dip.
Tennessee, slow cooked bourbon beef with baby carrots, broccoli, new potatoes and griddled asparagus.
Bacon wrapped loin of pork, in a Drambuie and apricot glaze served with creamed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Turkey meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce with baby corn and petit pois served on a bed of linguine.
Knickerbocker glory (yes really!) with a combination of ice cream, cream, fruit and chopped nuts, drizzled with hersheys chocolate sauce or a Raspberry coulis.
3 cheese , cheese board with dried fruits, grapes, nuts and crackers.
Nanna Elsie's homemade Apple pie with custard or vanilla ice cream.
available from 3pm-9pm
A choice of sandwiches (can be toasted)including ham,cheese,tuna,avocado,egg. On white or brown bread(GF bread on request)served with a salad garnish and salted crisps
Selection of crudites on a wooden platter with dip options. Houmous , sour cream./Typical choices are carrot sticks,celery,peppers,olives,feta/halloumi,stuffed vine leaves, salami,cherry tomatoes, selection of crackers
served on a ciabatta roll with bacon, pickle,onion rings, side salad and fries
This is our single occupancy room. Double bed with an outlook over the formal garden and towards the Loch. Private ensuite, with shower, toilet and sink. Flat screen tv with satellite channels. wifi access, voice activated music system with aromatherapy diffuser to create a relaxing ambience. Complimentary refreshments and snack cupboard.
This room is the 4 poster bed room. There is a large lounge area with two relaxing chairs and a chaise longue. the room is East facing so receives morning sunlight at breakfast time. Views are out over the woodland . Private en suite bathroom with shower, wc and sink. flat screen television with satellite channels, Wi-Fi access, voice activated music system as well as aromatherapy diffuser to create a relaxing ambience. complimentary refreshments and snack cupboard.
This room has our Superking size bed with lounge area and 3 seater couch with a table for two. Private en suite with shower, wc and sink. Views over the woodland glade and the formal gardens at the front of the house, which lookout over the loch. flat screen television with satellite channels. wifi access, voice activated music system and aromatherapy diffuser to create a relaxing ambience. complimentary refreshments and snack cupboard
This room has two double beds with lounge area and table for 2. private ensuite with bath, shower, wc and sink, flat screen television with satellite channels. Wi-Fi access, voice activated music system and aromatherapy diffuser to create relaxing ambience. complementary refreshments and snack cupboard.
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