This country house has been developed to provide an impressive range of facilities, with…
The Library at Douneside House
“Estate-grown produce in elegant country house.” - AA Inspector
This colonial-style property spent many years as an establishment for military guests, and family portraits still hang on the walls. Surrounded by 17 acres of stunning grounds, Douneside House has enjoyed a contemporary makeover, combining period style features with its varied and colourful history. With wonderful views of the garden and terrace, the light-filled restaurant is the backdrop for exciting and interesting dishes incorporating the best estate produce including ingredients from the kitchen garden. Octopus piri piri, hay-smoked potato and preserved lemon might precede a main course of cod, sea herbs, warm tartar sauce and oyster tempura.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 40
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 24
- Wines over £30: 70
- Wines by the glass: 9
- Cuisine style: Modern British, Modern Scottish
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About the area
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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