Welcoming country house in the heart of whisky country

THIS AWARD-WINNING, sweet-as-pie Scottish hideaway could be just the place for a flirty weekend in the Highlands. Edged by miles of glens and forests and just a stone’s throw from the famous distillery, it sits at the heart of the Glenlivet Crown Estate amid the sweeping Grampian hills.

Minmore’s friendly managers Lynne and Victor Janssen encourage a house-party atmosphere and you’re sure to meet your fellow guests in the wood-panelled bar or around the crackling fire. Arriving guests are treated to a full-blown Highland tea, complete with Lynne’s famous chocolate whisky cake and home-baked scones.

Be sure to work up an appetite for the delicious four-course candlelit dinner later, though: cooking here is the big highlight. Spacious bedrooms are filled with homely touches, while bathrooms are stocked with hand-made geranium and cinnamon soaps. Gaze out at the views from your bed or snuggle under the feather duvets; Minmore is a TV-free zone, so you won’t be watching telly!

Hit the Spot
At the heart of the tranquil Glenlivet estate

Bag the swish new Tomintoul suite, or hop into a grand four-poster in the bay-windowed Glenlivet suite

Be Savvy
Victor's soufflés are legendary

Be Smitten
It's just the place for your own Highland house party

Speyside malts

This is whisky country through and through, and bedrooms – all different – are each named after a local Speyside malt. There's a secluded walled garden where herbs and home-grown veggies are picked, and a sociable wood-panelled lounge cum bar with a crackling fire where guests gather for a wee dram before (and after) dinner. For some earnest tasting, you’re just minutes from the famous Glenlivet distillery

Minmore House prides itself on good food (your South African born hosts previously ran some  award-winning restaurants), and Victor’s soufflés are a talked-about feature. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but never tastes one of these?” wrote one avid fan in the guest book.

Minmore House was reviewed for Room for Romance by Tim Treyman



Push the boat out at cosy Minmore House, in Scotland's glorious Grampian mountains.

Enjoy some luxurious extras when you stay at Minmore House. Their "Luxury at Minmore" package includes bed and breakfast in the sumptuous Glenlivet or Tomintoul suite, a gourmet four-course dinner, complimentary champagne on arrival, full afternoon tea and one pampering aromatherapy massage or reflexology treatment each. The cost is GBP 350 per night.

* Request "Luxury at Minmore" in the Message box of our Booking Inquiry form.

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Dining in
You’ll be treated to excellent locally sourced Scottish fare: try rack of Highland lamb or west coast scallops seared and baked in lobster sauce. Guests are sometimes even piped into the dining room by a bagpipe player.

Dinner’s not all that’s on offer here; after a morning’s walk you can sit by the fire and enjoy an afternoon tea that’s rated the best Country House Afternoon Tea in Scotland. We couldn’t resist second helpings of owner Lynne’s home-made whisky chocolate and yoghurt cake.

House specialities include Gressingham duck and grilled prawns glazed with a 14-herb butter sauce, not to mention a mean apple and tarragon soufflé. There’s an excellent South African wine list.

Dining out
The best option eating-out option has to be the gourmet safari laid on by the hotel. Travel up the mountain to spot red deer, mountain hare and other Highland animals, then tuck into a picnic complete with white cloths and crystal glasses. In the autumn you may even be lucky enough to spot red deer rutting.


Minmore House restaurant

What’s cooking?
Try medallions of venison in a hint of chocolate, and hot passionfruit soufflé in mango sauce.

Dress the part
Country attire with a dash of glam

Top table?
Retire with a chaser to the drawing room’s bay window and soak up stunning views across the Glen, while you bask in the log fire's warmth

See & Do

It’s all about the great outdoors up here. Walk the 56,000 acres of the nearby Glenlivet estate, tour fairytale Ballindalloch castle and take to coastal trails. If the weather’s gloomy use it as an excuse to take a trip along the whisky trail.
If country sports are more your thing, hire a fishing boat on the river (one mile away) or try your hand at some clay pigeon shooting. This is terrific country for walking and golf, and you could be lucky enough to see rutting deer in the autumn.

Book a visiting beauty massage therapist to chase away your stresses.

For some great local food and top quality wares get yourselves to Brodie Country Fair in Moray. If you fancy taking some woollies home be sure to pop into Johnson’s of Elgin – a feast of cashmeres and Scottish tweeds.

Minmore House is so far north that in the summer it hardly gets dark, making after-dinner country strolls a must. Night time in winter is a time for sampling Highland malts by the fire in the panelled whisky bar.


Sample the finer things in life over the May Bank Holiday weekend at the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival.

Check out (or join in) one of the many Highland games in the region.

Glenlivet, Banffshire AB37 9DB

There is free guest parking.

Aviemore station – 30-40 miles

Approx GBP 90 from Aviemore.

Inverness and Aberdeen – approx 50 miles.

Rooms and suites

Seven rooms, two suites.

Special features
Hop into a four-poster bed in the Glenlivet suite, sink into the stand-alone bath in the Tomintoul suite and enjoy glen or garden views from the other rooms.

The hotel boasts four acres of gardens, a croquet lawn, tennis court and open fires.


Rates guide
From GBP 65 - 152

26 November – 28 December


12 noon

Minimum night stay?
Two nights at weekends in season.

Breakfast here is served until 11am. You'll find locally smoked salmon, scrambled eggs sourced from the hotel’s own coop and home-baked bread.

Room service
Available morning and evening.

Restricted – no children under seven are allowed in the bar or dining room in the evenings.

Dogs are welcome but are not permitted in the suites or public rooms.

Air conditioning

English, French, German, Dutch and Polish

Wedding license

Eco conscience
The hotel keeps its own hens, grows some of its own produce and operates an optional towel changing service.

Coming soon
The Macallan junior suite will be redecorated shortly in the colours of Grouse Moor: muted greens and tweed caramels.

Your contacts
Lynne and Victor Janssen – owners


We'll be adding guest ratings of Minmore House based on your feedback in the next few months.

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