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AA Hotel of the Year (Scotland) 2017–18

Douneside House

Award sponsored by Brief Your Market

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About the award

Introduced in 1992, this award is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to hotels that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market. From the small family-run hotel to the most ambitious commercial ventures, hotels of every size and style are potential winners.


Douneside House

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Set in the grounds of the MacRobert Estate, this hotel has only newly come on the scene; its recent transformation has provided a range of accommodation - a wealth of rooms and cottages that are both stylish and luxurious. The public rooms are a contemporary blend of original features with art and antiques. The extensive grounds and estate farms are a source of excellent produce for the kitchen.

The estate gardens have been set up as a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) apprenticeship training scheme for kitchen gardens. Here a team of eight RHS apprentices work hand-in-hand with head chef David Butters and the kitchen team to produce a true marriage of cuisine and horticulture. The health club is also a noteworthy new feature, with gym, pool and fitness classes.

Importantly, the proprietors here have invested in the team, not just the physical aspects. Management are not some back office ‘never seen lot’, but are always on hand to host and ensure guests are well cared for. The staff are professional and friendly and hail from a number of well-recognised establishments.

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Previous winners

2016 – Cromlix Hotel
2015 – Rufflets Hotel
2014 – Meldrum House Country Hotel, Aberdeen
2013 – Cringletie House, Peebles
2012 – The Torridon
2011 – Blythswood Square
2010 – Boath House
2009 – The Gleneagles Hotel
2008 – Norton House Hotel