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As the largest town of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness has long been acknowledged as its capital By the end of the 18th century. Offering theatre, assembly rooms attracted local gentry and wealthy merchants and polite society during winter months with balls, concerts and plays.
Culloden House - A part of Inverness, Scotland History
As the capital of the highlands, Inverness increasingly provided metropolitan sophistication and diversions as the town, attracting wealthy families from all over the Highlands. A ring of mansions and fine houses sprang up around the town of Inverness, where living in style could be enjoyed away from the noise and bustle of town, yet close enough to partake in events and town amenities.
Culloden House has a very long history as the center of a very large estate which provided employment throughout the centuries where many locals farmed and/or rented out surrounding land, feeding themselves and their households from the produce of their lands. The Culloden House's three acre walled garden planted with fruit trees and vegetable, selling the surplus in the nearby markets of Inverness and Nairn for cash, which would have been spent on the house of Culloden itself or on purchasing the fine foreign goods such as silks and satins, ports and wines, fitting the noble lifestyle.
Culloden House is now a 5 Star, Award-Winning historic Home Hotel and one of the finest luxury hotels in Scotland. We can include the historic Culloden House a vacation destination or part of your Ireland or Scotland Tour.
Culloden House first appears on record in the early 13th century, circa 1232, when it is mentioned in a charter of the Bishops of Moray, based in Elgin. By the end of the 14th century it had passed into the ownership of the notorious "Wolf of Badenoch", Alexander Stewart, a younger son of the the first Stuart monarch, Robert II. He was notorious for his burning of the burghs of Forres and Elgin, with Elgin Cathedral, in 1390, as part of a feud with then then Bishop of Moray, Alexander Bur. The impressive remains of Lochindorb Castle, his main stronghold, can still be seen on an island in Lochindorb, just 28 miles south of Invernes.
The lands of Culloden remained with the royal family until 1455 when they appear in the hands of a trusted royal servant Williamson Edmondson, described as "of Culloden" in that year. The Edmundsons were a lowland family, with lands largely in Stirlingshire - this grant of lands in the Highlands to them was part of a concerted attempt by King James II to isolate the powerful Douglas family, who held wide lands in the area, and were considered a threat by the king.
The Edmundsons were absentee landlords who leased out their lands in the north to local families: the first on record were the Strachans, who by 1506 had become the owners of the estate of Culloden. It is they who were probably the builders of the first Culloden House or castle, which is described in a document of 1634, when the estate comprised the lands of Easter, Mid and Wester Culloden, as the "castle, manor place, mill and fishings of Culloden".
This earlier house was designed in a castellated style, and Timothy Pont's cartographical manuscript of 1595 shows it with two square towers apparently protected by barmkin wall. This house was purchased by Duncan Forbes from Lachlan Mor, the 16th Chief of MacIntosh, who had himself acquired the house in 1576 from George Strachan. Duncan Forbes, or Duncan of the Skins, as he was popularly known because he may have been in the fur trade, was born in 1572. he became the Provost of Inverness (mayor) and MP for the Burgh. He undoubtedly bought Culloden House in 1625 with the money earned from the fur trade. Thus began nearly three hundred years of association of the Forbes family.
Culloden House Today
The Culloden House is now an Award-Wnning 5 Star Hotel.
Best Breakfast in Scotland
Gold List - Conde' Nast Traveller 2010
Outstanding Scottish Country House Hotel of the Year
Top 25 Hotels in British Isles
Outstanding Customer Care and Manager Gold Medal Awards 2009
Enjoy Scottish Highland hospitality at Culloden House where service has been elevated to its highest art form without being too stuffy, "proper", or reserved.
Staying at Historic Culloden House
Enjoy the spectacular views that surround this lavishly furnished historic country estate home that offers bedrooms and what is sure to be a memorable visit.
Centuries of history, culture and luxury are combined with a relaxed atmosphere, personalised service and superb cuisine at Culloden House.
Each of the 28 charming bedrooms each uniquely decorated in understated comfort with room service a mere call away. Many of the spacious guest rooms have luxurious features such as crystal chandeliers and marble fireplaces. The luxury of a romantically furnished room with all the modern comforts you expect from a luxury hotel.
The interior features a wonderfully comfortable drawing-room with magnificent Adam plasterwork, many fine antiques and a large open fire. For us it is your house to enjoy all the finest things of life.
Golf as well as corporate activity days can be arranged nearby. Onsite activities at Culloden House include tennis, croquet, woodland walks and jogging trails.
You can fish on some of the best salmon rivers in Europe and shoot over world famous sporting estates. However, these facilities are extremely popular and we are not able to guarantee availability at any time. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.
For more information on sporting activities, please request more details through our contact page and mark for the attention of Stephen Davies, General Manager.
Luxury Dining at Culloden House Scotland
"Here in the northernmost area of Britain is a grand Scottish country house which thankfully takes its food seriously. Chef Michael Simpson draws on superb local and near-local produce: Loch Fyne salmon, sweet Orkney crab, Scotch beef fillet from the Highlands. Even the water here taste good although the whisky tastes better. What's also nice about Culloden is that for a country house it isn't too uptight, although prices reflect its style and standards. Children are welcome, and vegetarians too." - The Top 60 Independent UK Restaurants, Restaurant Guide, The Guardian