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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This hotel is excellent but let down by the breakfast service.
The location, rooms and staff are first class, the pictures show them better than words.
Breakfast is serviced by very inexperienced staff and this shows. I had to ask for toast more than once. I wanted my overseas guests to sample the local delicacy of butteries/rowies despite asking the replacements for the original 3/4 never arrived.
I can't give this hotel a 5 until this is fixed, it's a shame because this is a great place,
In the area for work paid £105 b&b which was well worth the money. This is a truly class establishment, from the moment you park until you leave it is a joy. Lovely historic main building, great helpful attentive staff, nice welcome. My room was in the new wing, large well appointed with every extra I could think of. The bathroom was large with a fab shower. The bed was very comfortable and the high quality curtains kept the light out. Good quality fixtures & fittings. Dinner was top notch, good menu & really good food; breakfast did not disappoint either. Service level is well above average. A must visit if you are in the area even if you are not a golfer.
We received a warm welcome from the well meaning and attentive reception staff, but attention to small matters of detail was ok only e.g. the morning newspapers ordered did not turn up and the key for our 3 night stay only lasted one night. The hotel was difficult to find due to a sat.nav. address which seems to cover a wide area, except for the hotel’s precise location.
The hotel is a lovely old building but we opted to stay in a Club King Room in the modern wing. This and the housekeeping was excellent in all respects with a great view over the golf course. We play golf and enjoyed a game around the private Meldrum House Course which although a little too open and bland included some wonderful parkland holes and given the recent harsh winter was in surprisingly good condition.
The disappointment was the food and patchy restaurant service. We had Dinner on the first night and despite the setting and ‘fine dining’ prices, the food was disappointing. I ordered the lamb which was just two tiny mouthful pieces and cost £25. Similarly the waitress stated that you needed to order potatoes which I did, only to find that they were included in the order.....so I was ‘long’ in potatoes and ‘short’ on meat. When this was discussed with the waitress, I was told that the chef, whose speciality is bread, had just introduced a new spring menu. Shame that the waitress wasn’t told more about it, but she would pass my comments on! We didn’t dine there again. Our 3 Breakfasts were adequate, although the catering grapefruit segments had to be returned on the first morning because the juice they were in had gone fizzy! The quality and consistency of the porridge varied hugely each day.
A pleasant enough stay in a delightful location, with a little more professional interest it could have been top draw.
Well worth a visit. Extremely high overall standards, with a sense of commitment to excel.
The main building is impressive with an interesting history. It is not very big, so many of the facilities and bedrooms are either a short distance away in the old stable block, or in a modern extension. On entering we were met by three ladies at the desk, which was always staffed when we passed. We were directed to a room in the stable block, but it did take us a little time to find it, There are separate entrances for small groups of 3 or 4 bedrooms, so the direction that ours was on the left was not as specific as it might have been. Worth moving the car across. The room was first class. It took me a little time to work out that the milk for the tea I made was actually a bottle of fresh milk in the room fridge. We went across to the bar for our pre dinner drink, but when we asked, as we normally do, for the menu and wine list, they were not there. The helpful barman immediately went off to get them, and then explained that he could not take our orders, as this had to be done in the restaurant itself. No great problem, but instead of being taken through when the meal was ready, one had to start "from scratch" in the restaurant. I only mention this in the context of otherwise impeccable service. Food well up to the high standards on the place.
The surrounding golf course and landscaping both contributed to our enjoyment of a most enjoyable stay. Independent visitors may wish to check if there is a big wedding or conference planned at the same time
Reception staff were friendly and very helpful and our room in the modern wing was very good with a view over the golf course.
Dinner was disappointing, certainly for the price. The menu was better than pub food but the dishes and restaurant service weren't really there.Small portion of overcooked halibut for £25. The best part was the fat chips side order.
The evening was redeemed by Neil in the Cave Bar who guided me to an excellent Keith wheat beer and later to a local whisky.
Full Scottish breakfast was OK but had an obvious precooked feel.
It's perfectly OK for golf and conferences and well located for tourist sights but the food experience needs attention.