Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course
What We Love
- An award-winning, 13th-century mansion in the Scottish countryside, with breakfast and moreSampling the world-class Glen Garioch Whisky selection in the 800-year-old Cave Bar
- Admiring the rolling parkland scenery from your spacious, newly built Club room
- Dining on fresh, hyper-local cuisine, like North Sea cod, in the elegant restaurant
What To Know
- Book a Superiror Room for a complimentary decanter of Glen Garioch whisky
- There's nightly turn down service
- Free WiFi is rather spotty
Fresh off a multimillion-dollar upgrade and named the 2014-15 AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland, the four-star Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course is riding high on a wave of well-deserved buzz. This 13th-century baronial mansion in the Aberdeenshire countryside oozes historic charm – its original halls are dotted with grandfather clocks and old oil portraits – while keeping you comfortably ensconced in modern luxury.
This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning country hotel boasts one of the world’s most extensive collections of Glen Garioch whisky and an 800-year-old Cave Bar, so fiery tipples are yours for the taking. The restaurant, too, draws rave reviews, serving up hyper-local dishes like Sutherlands of Portsoy salmon and Highland venison. There’s also a world-class golf course, so whether you’ve come to enjoy an indulgent escape filled with eating and drinking or an active getaway to one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time.
The brand-new Club rooms are the crown jewels of the newly completed, multimillion-dollar wing added onto the original 13th-century manor house. The neutral color palette complements the stunning greenery just outside the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The hotel’s kitchen turns out elegant, inventive dishes that highlight the freshest seasonal ingredients. From a Scottish charcuterie plate, to west-coast scallops to the popular Sutherlands of Portsoy salmon platter, dinner is always a satisfying affair. Days start equally strong with a full Scottish breakfast.
Situated in the Scottish countryside about 35 minutes outside of Aberdeen, Meldrum House lives up to its name as a luxurious country hotel. It’s surrounded by parkland – there’s even a swan pond and a highland cow – and a world-class golf course designed by Graham Webster. It’s about a one-mile walk into the village of Olmedrum, where you’ll find a few shops and cafés.
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The Hotel has obviously undergone changes in management since we were last here in 2012. As a result it‘s become less the kind of Manor House style retreat we would favour for our trips to Scotland. Great place for events and conferences, workshops, etc, I’m sure; quite efficiently run too. The Guest House atmosphere, and the charm so typical for many manor houses turned hotels, is gone. Service and staff attitude absolutely OK for a good hotel. The misunderstanding and wrong expectations were on our side.
My friend and I booked Club rooms that had a view of the golf course away from the main house. When we arrived we were given keys and drove round to where our rooms were situated to find they were on the top floor of an old stable block with no view at all. We decided not to bother changing them as the rooms were quiet and well appointed however we should have been informed of the change when we arrived. The other thing that the staff should have taken into consideration was, that the rooms were up 2 flights of stairs with no lift and we are ladies in our seventies, an offer to help with our luggage should have been made. In the end, between us, we got our suitcases into the rooms.I then found that I couldn't turn the lights on, you have to put the room key in a slot on the wall something a porter would have made you aware of had there been one. There was nothing in the hotel info about lights, there were no numbers for reception or housekeeping on the phone or in the info. I eventually found a number for reception on the card given to me on arrival bur, although I rang it twice, no-one answered. I then rang the main switchboard number and eventually found how to put the lights on! Later that night I found that one of the window blinds didn't work which was a bit disconcerting. i had to drape a bed spread over chairs to ensure my privacy. I reported it to reception the next day but it wasn't fixed during my visit nor was any apology offered. On the morning we left we asked for assistance with our bags at a particular time but no one turned up so,being short of time, we did it ourselves. Reception appears to be a bit of a black hole where information goes in but nothing comes out. On the plus side, the grounds are very nice and the food was excellent. If everything else was the same standard as the kitchens this would be a very good hotel indeed.
Stayed in room 610, which was gorgeously decorated. Bed was comfortable, hot coffee, tea, etc. in room with a refrigerator. Towels and bath robes were plush and the bathroom was outstanding, with a heated floor and towel rack. The television came with Netflix, which was a huge bonus.
We ordered room service for dinner, which came within 20 minutes and delivered by friendly servers. We ordered the Salmon platter, which was fresh and absolutely delicious. Also ordered the Cheddar and Pickle sandwich and am so glad we did. It was really, really, really good!
Walking the grounds is nice, but won't take you long. If you want to venture ou
Amazing location, lovely buildings, comfy bed - staff slow to react eg breakfast items were empty, and customers had to prompt staff to refill this is not a sign of a high class establishment !! barman who was running the bar and delivering drinks to the dining room, meant customers were kept waiting when glasses were empty !!
Both our nights were marred by noise in the room from above - it seems that the waterworks runs well into the night, and as a result the room adjacent to the hotel in the old stable complex is noisy, when we complained the staff were apologetic and explained that they were aware of this !!!!! had we been in the downstairs room this maybe would not have been an issue -
We appreciated the gesture made by the staff and the management on check out, and would return, however we would insist on a down-stair suite.
The room was tasteful and other wise comfy, however the noise let it down.
My other half took me here for my birthday, we had a lovely meal, venison was absolute top quality...would have liked a larger portion, but then it probably would have lost the look!
Bar manager made me up a lovely cocktail, after asking what I liked and disliked, as I don’t usually drink cocktails!
She booked us in, served us at the whiskey bar, and was there on our depart.
Very friendly staff, top service, top food.
What I would say, is that I don’t know if that would be a chosen this place to take the kids (we took our 6 & 11 years old daughters) due to the menu choices.
Feels like a home from home, a real treat retreat...would love to stay over, here.