Glenmorangie House, Cadboll, by Tain, Scotland on Sunday travel wishlist

A dram fine taste of Scottish hospitality

Each of the nine bedrooms is unique, with subtle traditional touches in the decor

Glenmorangie House, Cadboll, by Tain

Overlooking the unspoilt shores of the Moray Firth and nestled amongst the ruins of an old castle, Glenmorangie’s Highland home is luxurious and intimate. With everything you would expect from a five-star hotel, plus the warmth and personality of a country house, this is a special place to experience the rugged beauty of the Highlands.

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Glenmorangie bought the 17th-century house amongst the rolling barley fields of Easter Ross (from which they make their Signet whisky) more than 30 years ago. What began as a Hospitality House soon transformed into a hotel that offers the perfect setting to unwind. There are numerous areas to explore: the six walled gardens, the hidden church, coastal villages and the Pictish Hilton of Cadboll stone which inspired the Glenmorangie logo.

Glenmorangie House can be booked for exclusive use, and has nine unique rooms, six in the main house and three in cottages

Glenmorangie House has taken a different approach to Covid-19 restrictions. Rather than take bookings on an individual basis, they are offering “Exclusive Use” for a set price where guests have access to three rooms with the knowledge no other guests have use of the House. Further rooms can be added up to a maximum of five which allows for social distancing if friends and family are from different households. New procedures include increased cleaning regimes, hygiene stations throughout and a compulsory “rest” day between bookings.

The House still retains the informality of a Hospitality House – there is no formal check-in desk and no TVs in the bedrooms, with the view that time at the House is for reconnecting with others.

Service staff take great delight in helping discover your favourite Glenmorangie whisky or showing you how to make the perfect pre-dinner cocktail, while the chef will share his ultimate scallop ceviche recipe (with whisky, of course).

Budget or boutique?

Owned and operated by the Glenmorangie Company, Glenmorangie House strives to offer the ultimate Highland boutique hotel experience.

Room service

There are nine unique rooms with four-poster beds, six in the main house and three cottages, converted from stables, that are perfect for those with children.

Wining and dining

The House comes alive at night with head chef John Wilson creating a bespoke four-course gourmet menu, featuring the best local produce – fresh lobster from Balintore and Aberdeen Angus from Lairg.

Guests eat together around the long dining table, surrounded by portraits from Glenmorangie’s history, with stories and tales told long into the night.

As you would expect, this is the perfect place to explore the world of Glenmorangie Single Malt whiskies, with the opportunity to taste the full range, including some very special single casks.

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s an abundance of activities both in the House’s grounds and surrounding area including archery, clay pigeon shooting and interactive falconry displays. For golf fans, there’s courses at Royal Dornoch and Tain.

Glenmorangie supports the Marine Conservation Society. By joining a Highland Sea Safari where a crew takes guests to explore the Moray Firth, you will discover the wealth of marine life around the area, including basking sharks, dolphins, minke whales and seals.

History lovers can take a walk back through time, from the legacy of the Picts to the Stuart monarchy’s establishment of Tain as a religious centre.

Whisky experiences abound, from building up an understanding of the different aromas and flavours through either a sensory experience or cocktail masterclass, while connoisseurs can learn about innovations with a Private Edition tasting.

Little extras

There is high-speed wifi, parking and complimentary Glenmorangie in the rooms.

Guestbook comments

If you love whisky, golf or nature, put Glenmorangie House on your bucket list.

Prices for exclusive use are from £1,500 per night for three rooms for double occupancy and include

four-course gourmet dinner, full Scottish breakfast, overnight accommodation, exclusive use of the House and VAT. Additional rooms are available (to a maximum of five) at a cost of £320 per room per night. Glenmorangie House, Cadboll, by Tain IV20 1XP (01862 871671, [email protected], www.theglenmorangiehouse.co.uk)

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