Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course.
„The Home of Golf" is renowned for its famous links courses, but Scotland boasts great parkland courses as well. One of the best is located just 30 km outside of downtown Aberdeen: Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course. In the mid 1990s the old baronial manor house was transformed into a spectacular golf resort and a hideaway for nature lovers and gourmets complete with highland cattle and swans and far away from big city hustle and bustle. The focal point of the 97 hectare resort is still the manor house built in 1236 and set on the outskirts of the village of Oldmeldrum. Today the Manor House, a solid granite property, complete with spires, turrets and grand external staircase hosts the reception, a lounge, a restaurant, the Cave Bar and ten rooms, each individually designed in keeping with the baronial character of the hotel's history, with original antique artefacts associated with Meldrum over the centuries. The Stables are adjacent to the Manor house, offering 13 generously proportioned double rooms, decorated in a contemporary Scottish style and. In June 2016 a 4,5 million pound annex to the manor house opened. It contains a ballroom for up to 200 people and a selection of 18 Club and 10 Standard Rooms. All Club Rooms have great views over the golf course and countryside beyond.
The private members' 18 hole golf course was designed by Scottish architect Graeme Webster in 1996. This beautiful parkland layout measures a tad more than 7000 yards (approx. 6400 m) from the tips. With ponds on ten of the holes, intelligently placed bunkers cunningly positioned mature trees and undulating USGA-standard greens it is a stern test even for "bombers" and accomplished players. A choice of forward tee positions is available for golfers who want to take it leisurely. The practice facility extends to 10 ha with target greens, a short game area and a golf academy led by head professional Neil Marr. PGA Pro Neil is ranked by "Golf Monthly" magazine as one of the top 25 teachers in Great Britain. Neil offers coaching for all levels of golfers using state-of-the-art technology including ball flight monitor Trackman and V1 video analysis. He also gives on-course lessons, short game and scoring clinics. The comfortable clubhouse includes a well-stocked pro shop.
Due to its location in the beautiful and tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside Meldrum House is a perfect base to play the great links courses of Scotland's north east coastline. The hotel reception can arrange tee times at Trump (25 km), Royal Aberdeen (27 km), Cruden Bay (37 km), Murcar Links (24 km) or Fraserburgh (47 km). Meldrum House also offers stay-and-play packages with some of the famous links courses.
Back at the Meldrum House you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the cozy lounge, relax in leather chairs in front an open fire place and a grandfather clock. The award winning 2 Red Rosette Dining Room at Meldrum House is a real treat for the palate. The Executive Chef takes great pride in his choice of local produce in our delicious dishes. He'll go out of his way to find what's fresh in season to create not just a menu, but a culinary experience that's second to none. After the meal guests can enjoy a nightcap or - as Scots call it - a "wee dram" at the 800 year old Cave Bar which offers more than 120 single malts and a wide selection of Scottish gins. The Cave Bar has been refurbished and boasts nooks and crannies. Guests can even head out to the outdoor terrace that adjoins the bar and sip a drink in the sun. From 12 noon until 5 pm a light-bites menu is available.
Whisky lovers should book a tour of the local distillery Glen Garioch, located only 800 m from Meldrum House. Glen Garioch is one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland. They specialize in producing precious small batch scotch whisky which are rare and well sought after. There are daily tours at the Visitor Centre which showcases the 220 years of craftsmanship that goes into every bottle. The Glen Dronach Distillery Visitor Centre and gift shop also has guided tours running regularly throughout the day. Other places of interest are Pitmedden Gardens (10 km), one of Scotland's grandest gardens, the ruins of Fyvie Castle (13 km) dating back the 13th century or Haddo House (11 km), a homely mansion built in 1736 for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen.