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Reviewed 18 September 2015

The food was excellent except they informed us upon arrival that they have no weekday liquor license. Had we known we would have brought our own wine. As it was, they sent someone out to get a bottle. The website does not make this clear. We stayed in the family room - Tartan, and did not know in advance that...

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 September 2015

I was allocated a room in the attic of the building - the bathroom was accessed by crossing the landing at the top of the stairs to this floor. i.e to get rom the bedroom to the bathroom one had to go across a common walkway to other bedrooms. To make matters worse there was no hot water so I...

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Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

Excellent service. Exceptional dinning. Beautiful room full of furniture in keeping with the charm of Durn House with a very comfortable bed. A tranquil place, full of charm and character. Surrounded by stunning landscape and close to fabulous coastline.

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John S, Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

Hi Fiona, Thank you for kindly taking the time to leave such a pleasant reveiw. All to often trip advisor can be used to portray only negative comments, and it is a pleasure to know that what we do is valued. We are extremeley lucky to be in such a beautifull part of the country, and love for guests to...

Dundee, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 September 2015

Booked Durn House on the spur of the moment purely from the pictures on the website. On arrival, was all I hoped it to be, a splendid late-18th century Scottish Georgian House which had been sympathetically refurbished and refurnished. The drawing rooms are extremely well appointed and comfortable. Bedroom was enormous with a four-poster bed and a bathroom the size...

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John S, Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

David, Wow thank you for extremeley kind words. We have spent a great deal of time and effort in restoring and maintaining the house and it is all made worth while when we know it is appreciated. All to often, traditional country houses are overlooked for modern trendy hotels, and it is a pleasure to allow visitors from all over...

Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 8 September 2015

The Durn Suite was excellent with stylish period furnishings and a massive en suite. Dinner was one of the best I have had in Scotland, although the wine list was rather limited and the BYO option had only just been withdrawn. Breakfast was also first class. The service was willing if rather amateurish. Overall a great experience.

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John S, Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

Hi Graeme Thank You for taking the time to leave a positive reveiw on trip advisor. We are extremelly lucky to be in a peacefull enviroment and love to show off the house to guests. We are currently expanding our wine list, and since june have invested heavilly in staff training, as i hope you found when you reurned this...

Macduff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 September 2015

Booked a room for sons 40th birthday lunch. Beautiful room, the young staff were very pleasant and helpful. The food was all delicious and presented beautifully. The two waitresses were on hand to top up drinks etc regularly and were very nice. We could not fault anything at all. This is a beautiful building and we thoroughly enjoyed it there....

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John S, Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your kind words here on trip advisor and indeed for the email that you sent. It means alot that we were chosen to be part of your sons big birthday. Iona and sammy-Jo were delighted to be personally recognised for their hard work. It means a lot to the team to be appreciated. We hope to...

Craigellachie
Reviewed 4 September 2015

We booked a table to celebrate our anniversary and were looking forward to sampling the food that had been highly rated in a local magazine. I have to say the food didn't disappoint us. It is remarkably good value at £28.95 for a 3 course meal with canapés and petit fours, all home made. The chef had taken a lot...

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John S, Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your views on trip advisor. I am glad that you enjoyed the food that was on offer that evening, indeed the chef takes great pride in his cooking of fresh , seasonal ingrediants. We are currently changing over our menu for Autumn, and as such, the choice has been limited over the last couple of weeks,...

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Charming and quaint. Beautiful old house. Our room was very comfortable and quiet. great bed, nice bathtub. The staff was very nice and friendly. The food for both breakfast and dinner was exceptional. We really enjoyed our stay!

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John S, Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your 5/5 review, i am personally delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we met your expectations. I hope to welcome you back to scotland in the future. Kind Regards

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 August 2015

Stayed here for two nights in the Culloden Suite. Can find nothing to fault our stay at the hotel, the food, the room, the location and staff were all very good. Would recommend to anyone thinking of staying in Portsoy. Also a much shorter walk into town than it looked on the map!

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John S, Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

Hi Luke, Thanks for taking the time to leave such a positive reveiw. It was a pleasure to have you both stay with us, and we hope the last leg of your journey back to aberdeen was as pleasurable as the rest of your trip. (it can be a long journey on the bus) We hope to welcome you back...

Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 16 August 2015

On the way back to Aberdeen wen spent a night in Portsoy, at the Durn House. A historic landmark, very well kept and decorated. A warm reception with hot tea served, a warm burning fireplace and Frank Sinatra playing in the background. Could not have been any better after a long drive and rainy day.

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John S, Manager at Durn House, responded to this review

Hi Andre Thank you for your reveiw of Durn House. We strive to create the best atmosphere possible for our guests, so it is good to see that what we do is appreciated. I hope to welcome you back, perhaps on your next visit. The Durn House Team

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Durn House nestles on a quiet country road, by a small stream, and within easy walking distance of the main street and Portsoy's famous 17th-c. Old Harbour. Durn House is an elegant Georgian Mansion House in its own grounds offering luxury accommodation in large rooms with luxury en-suites or private bathrooms at sensible rates. Warm hospitality, excellent service and sumptuous breakfasts await our guests. Steeped in history, Durn House was believed to have been built in the Adams style by Sir James Dunbar of Durn in circ. 1770. The house has retained many of its original features with huge open fires, superb plasterwork, magnificent stone spiral staircase, and very large rooms. Durn House has many important historical links including the Battle of Culloden, as well as being home to the famous Scottish Astronomer James Furguson. ... more   less 

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Address: Durn House Durn Road, Portsoy AB45 2XT, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Portsoy
Price Range: $128 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Durn House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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