Douneside House

“Local produce in historic country house” - AA Inspector



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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Soft/partially open
Our COVID-19 measures:
Full PPE has been provided to our housekeeping team, including face masks, visors, disposable gloves and aprons. Under strict supervision, our housekeeping manager is applying Ramsol biocidal disinfectant on departure to all soft furnishings within our accommodation on a controlled rotation to ensure all areas are covered. In terms of our bar operation, as everything is happening outside, and socially distanced, we believe this to be the best way to mitigate the risk of any coronavirus transmission. This is also the case with our meal delivery service to external accommodation.

Our Inspector's view

Surrounded by 17 acres of stunning grounds, Douneside House spent many years as an establishment for military guests. Family portraits still hang on the walls of this colonial-style property which has enjoyed a contemporary makeover, successfully blending period style features with its varied and colourful history. The kitchen utilises modern skills to create dishes of wonderful clarity and depth of flavour. Exciting and interesting dishes incorporate the best estate produce including ingredients from the splendid kitchen garden. Wonderful views of the garden and terrace are available from the light-filled, elegant restaurant.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Douneside House
Tarland,ABOYNE,AB34 4UL
Phone : 013398 81230


  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 24
  • Wines over £30: 70
  • Wines by the glass: 9
  • Cuisine style: Classic

About the area

Discover Aberdeenshire

Visitors to Aberdeenshire with any kind of interest in history are in for a treat. There are more castles to the acre in Aberdeenshire than anywhere else in Britain. They range from evocative ruins to lonely tower houses, from well-kept baronial strongholds to royal palaces. Four notable castles worth factoring into your itinerary are Dunnottar, Fyvie, Huntly and Tolquhon.

At Buchan Ness you’ll find yourself at the easternmost point of Scotland. From here you can follow the coast further down this stunning north-east shoulder of Scotland south to Peterhead, once an important whaling community. Beyond it is Aberdeen, where the eastern spur of the Grampians gives way to the North Sea, and two famous salmon rivers, the Don and the Dee, reach the end of their spectacular journey. 

Heading west out of Scotland’s granite city, you are soon in a magical world of heather moorland, rolling hills and densely wooded valleys, cut by meandering rivers and picturesque lochs. It is here that you can discover the staggering number of castles and ancient strongholds. However, it’s not all palaces and ruins. Bottlenose dolphins are an everyday sight in the Moray Firth and off the Aberdeenshire coast so grab your binoculars and head to the shores.

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