By the end of the 18th century, fine houses and mansions were built around Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Wealthy families came from all over the Highlands to settle and enjoy the fine life of the rich and famous in the city.
Culloden House still remains and today this fine Georgian mansion, over 200 years old, is open for reservations to stay in this beautiful hotel. Originally, there was a 16th century Jacobean castle on this site and parts of the house still remain and are presently used.
There is a wonderful drawing room with Adam plasterwork, chandeliers and a large open fire or you can relax in the bar with leather seatings and tall windows overlooking the lawn. The baronial Forbes Room has a beamed and chandeliered ceiling, Royal Stuart tartan drapes, oak paneling and a marbled fireplace.
In typical 18th century fashion, the owners grew an arboreteum of trees from seeds collected 300 years ago while exploring China and the Americas. The magnificent forest that surrounds the mansion now is evidence of the planting so long ago.
40 acres of open parkland, bicycle paths, a croquet lawn, tennis court, a duck pond and rhododendron walks are there for your enjoyment. Also included is a four acre walled garden open from the spring through the autumn.
Enjoy fresh Highland air, exercise and pampering with croquet set up on the front lawn, walking or jogging in the Culloden Forest, a new all-weather tennis court or a beauty and massage treatment. Aromatherapy massage, manicures, pedicures and make-up or try one of the newly refurbished guestrooms with a spa tub included.
Culloden House is also known for fabulous food and in a comment from “The Top 60 Independent UK Restaurants, Restaurant Guide, The Guardian”, it’s been said:
“Here in the northernmost area of Britain is a grand Scottish country house which thankfully takes its food seriously. Chef Michael Simpson draws on superb local and near-local produce: Loch Fyne salmon, sweet Orkney crab, Scotch beef fillet from the Highlands. Even the water here taste good although the whisky tastes better. What’s also nice about Culloden is that for a country house it isn’t too uptight, although prices reflect its style and standards. Children are welcome, and vegetarians too.”
A sample of the menu:
Tastes from Scotland
Scottish Smoked Salmon ‘Oak Smoked & Ginger Cured’,
Crème Fraiche, Beetroot, Caper Dressing
Timbale of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties
Whisky & Chive Jus
Tournado of Scottish Beef Fillet, Wild Garlic Potato Cake,
Lamb Sweetbreads, Parsley & Spriach Puree, Port Jus
A confection of Honey, Cream, Whisky and Oatmeal
with fresh Raspberries and Water Ice
Although it is definitely out of my price range, it is fun for me to check out how the other half lives and Culloden House looks like a wonderful retreat away from it all. Very beautiful and opulent. I think it’s a bit telling that the address is merely “Culloden House, Inverness, Scotland” … I think that says it all.
If you’re feeling like you’d like to pop in or maybe send someone there for a nice break, the website is www.cullodenhouse.co.uk