The Gardens at Coul House have been created and tended to by incredibly hard working, local gardener Ana Ross over the last ten years and make for a beautiful environment in which to meander and enjoy; full of surprises, flowers, ancient trees, fairies and scaries aplenty. Look and ye shall find…
Come on by have a walk about and enjoy some lunch on the lawn and remember we are dog friendly so you can bring your furry friends.
Floranne Reid`s birthday was on Sunday May 27th , she have several generations of her family here to celebrate with her, many of which had traveled north to be with here on her birthday . She hosted a delightful afternoon tea with prosecco on arrival in the Octagonal Room overlooking the gardens.
We wish her many happy returns and look forward to hosting here next special occasion.
Contact us today if you’d like to celebrate at the Coul House Hotel.
Coul House Hotel is currently looking for detail orientated, enthusiastic hard working people to join the restaurant team.
Experience preferred but not essential, a good attitude and a willingness to enhance our guests visit is more important. If you know of anyone that fits the bill or indeed yourself please make contact with us as soon as possible.
We have live-in accommodation available if necessary and offer good rates of pay. Full or part-time work available.
Coul House Hotel is a stunning country house hotel located in the wee village of Contin, Ross-shire near Strathpeffer.
Whether you want a deliciously relaxing break, some leisurely pursuits, or a full on adventure there’s something for everyone, very nearby.
Don’t just take our word for it, this client from San Diego, USA gave us a 5 star review on TripAdvisor
“Where to start reviewing this beautiful property? The hotel itself is so elegant, rooms are beautifully designed and set up. The grounds are so appealing and full of charm (and beautifully maintained, I might add). We adults walked the children’s Fairy Walk and enjoyed it as much as the little ones.
Service and food — utterly amazing. Dinners were Michelin Star worthy. We were talking with a local couple who dine here regularly as the food is consistently superb. The wine selection is very good, and all of the public areas decorated for elegance and comfort. Service was top notch. I loved our stay so much that I was reticent to check out. We spent 12 days touring around Scotland and this by far, was my favourite hotel.
Alfie, Bella and Stuart have been captured on the local wildlife camera several times, the camera is within a mile from the Coul House Hotel.
Volunteer and SNH ecologist Phil Baarda talks camera trapping and helping Scottish Wildlife Association.
One of the pleasurable things about being an ecologist with SNH is that you come across a lot of interesting and worthwhile projects, some of which I get involved with in my own time. One that I’m particularly enjoying is the Scottish Wildcat Action project to Save Our Wildcats.
The ‘Highland Tiger’ used to be reasonably common across Scotland, though now is reduced to a handful of small populations. At least, that’s what the research suggests, and which the Scottish Wildcat Action project is examining – with a team of volunteers working alongside the experts, looking for cats in the wild.
I’ve been a volunteer with the project for the last couple of years, and have been running one of the many camera traps set up within the project’s ‘hotspot areas’. However, I hadn’t seen a cat on my camera trap in all that time – until recently.
I live in Contin, which is in the Strathpeffer hot spot. The land is highly suitable for cats – it’s largely an area of non-intensive agriculture, with pockets of scrub and trees and rough grassland, and cats have been seen locally for many years.
I’d seen a wildcat-like cat walking past my kitchen window one winter’s morning a few years ago, which very swiftly disappeared as soon as I opened the back door. I’d even found a dead wildcat-like cat freshly killed on a road, but, a live cat, on camera, was proving much more elusive.
I had, however, captured photos of a remarkable amount of other wildlife: pine martens, badgers, deer, the odd buzzard and even mid-flight blackbird – as well as a load of dogs, walkers, and cows. But, frustratingly, no cats.
Recently, though, the wait had been worth it. On checking one of the two cameras I look after, the bait had gone, and the camera’s photo bank showed a series of images of a cat tearing at the dead quail bait, and then coming back for more.
After a call to Project Officer Nicola Tallach, and a visit from project volunteer Lara, I’m now looking after a cage trap too – baited and ready to catch a real cat – which would then go off to the vets for a health check and DNA analysis. If the cat’s a feral hybrid we might then neuter it before returning it back in the wild – to prevent it reproducing, and therefore passing on and diluting true wildcat traits into future generations.
Exciting times – let’s see what happens!
Article by Phil Baarda from Contin.
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A Delicious Dining Experience at Coul House Hotel.
Our new a la carte menu has just been launched to rave reviews…
Whether you’re coming for a quick or leisurely lunch, a romantic meal or to celebrate a large family occasion, you’ll find the surroundings beautiful and the atmosphere relaxing for a delicious dining experience.
Just 17 miles North of Inverness in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, come in and experience the Coul House Effect.
Children simply love the magic of the Coul House Gardens. Take flutter round the Fairy Trail or, if you’re brave enough, venture into the scary trail. Play pitch and putt or simply relax, the choice is yours. All are great fun for kids and right on your Coul House doorstep.
For adults, feel free to wander around the immaculate grounds and discover rare species of ancient trees and the beautiful flowers that bloom at this time of year. Treat yourself and your family to a traditional afternoon tea on the terrace or a delicious meal in one of our stunning lounges.
We still have availability for April and some rather special offers which are available on a first-come first served basis.
Contact us on 01997 421 487 or visit our website for further information.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
“Fantastic place to visit. My kids love the fairy trail, beautiful area and food was delicious. Also such a friendly place to visit too.”
Weddings at Coul House have a unique and romantic feel, we don’t do off-the-shelf. Instead we work with you to create your Dream wedding for a Deliciously Romantic, Stress Free experience and a day you’ll never forget.
A Classic Country House Hotel with great food and glorious gardens for the most stunning wedding photography, Coul House really is the perfect wedding venue.
Winter, Summer Autumn or Spring, you decide. Coul House changes with the seasons and with each comes its very own charm. Roaring coal fires in the Winter make for a cosy romantic setting, In Summer, garden receptions are not uncommon. In Spring you’ll waken to frosty mornings and the low Sun, in the Autumn, walk amongst the leaves which fall from our beautiful range of rare species trees.
Why not treat someone you love to a sumptuous meal at the Coul House Hotel.
Enjoy a drink from our generous selection of fine Wines and Spirits by the fire whilst we prepare your meal from scratch, using only the finest local ingredients. Chef Garry offers a range of tasty dishes including both contemporary Scottish Cuisine and some traditional favourites. There’s something for everyone to relish and enjoy within our deliciously relaxing Country House Hotel.
Treat someone you love today (or tomorrow). To book a table or a well deserved romantic retreat, contact us.
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