A Warm Welcome
Expect the warmest of welcomes when you arrive at Durn House.
We're proud to be a boutique Guest House, and you'll notice that we don't operate a traditional reception as we hope to create an intimate atmosphere in our public rooms for all to enjoy.
When you enter the House upon arrival, please make yourself at home in the Great Hall where you'll be met by one of our friendly team.
During your stay, members of our team can be found throughout the house - however, please ring the bell in the Great Hall if you require assistance at any point.
The Great Hall is the first room you'll enter when you come to Durn House. You'll be greeted with a warm welcome by our reception staff, and after signing in, you'll have the option to enjoy the various antiques and furniture in the Great Hall.
The Great Hall, which showcases fine original Georgian features from the house’s construction in 1770, such as the beautiful ceiling rose, plasterwork, doors, and brass door handles.
In the evenings, and during the chilly months. enjoy a glass of something sparkling, whilst curled up on the sofa, by the roaring fire - a delightful way to spend an evening indeed!
Durn House boasts a fully licensed bar which can cater for all of our resident guests as well as any guests that may be attending a private function or exclusive or dining event.
We are completely flexible when it comes to what drinks we have in stock, and for private events, we are happy to provide you with a custom array of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks!
Please note that under 18s are not permitted to enter The Bar.
In addition to our exclusive Bar, our Guests can enjoy intimate dining in our elegant Green Room and stunning Eden Room.
We host regular dining events such as Steak Nights and lunch clubs, and can offer exclusive use of rooms or the restaurant for private dining.
Please note that all restaurant and dinner reservations must be booked in advance.
The Eden Room
The Eden Room makes the ideal setting for afternoon teas, private dining and functions such as baby showers, birthday parties, funeral teas, wedding ceremonies and receptions.
In the Eden room can accommodate from 10 to 25 seated dinner guests ideal for an intimate celebration.
There is a stunning open stone fireplace, a fabulous Palladian style window to the front of the house as well a original plasterwork.
The wallpaper is always a talking point and is called Adam’s Eden, hence the Eden Room. A modern take on an 18th century chinese design.
Currently closed due to Covid restrictions
The Gentleman's Club, as was traditional, is in the basement and was the original kitchen which still features the original bread oven. The large open fireplace would have once had a huge range oven serving the house occupants and it's guests.
Featuring a pool table, and a comfortable seating area, the Gentleman’s Club is the perfect retreat away from our public rooms.
When used exclusively, guests are able to bring along their games consoles for use in the Gentleman’s Club.
Please note that our licensing rules does not permit under 12s to enter the Gentleman's Club.
The private Guest Lounge is located on the second floor and is a cosy yet large room tucked away out of sight.
With a television, snug seating areas, and free WIFI, the Guest Lounge is ideal for relaxing, working, studying or surfing.
There is also a fully functioning brass telescope, a direct tribute to James Ferguson who worked at Durn House in 1720 before going on to become one of the UK’s greatest astronomers.
On the original exposed beams in the room, there are hooks which are still visible. The hooks are features from the construction of the house in 1770, when the top floor of the building was the servants quarters. The hooks would have, at one time, held up washing lines which would’ve spanned the entire length and width of the house.
Simple, serene and a Scottish wildlife haven.
Our Garden sits in historic grounds of Durn House, where guard houses once would have stood near the original pre-1770 stone gates which we still have today.
In the warm Summer evenings, the sunrises and sunsets are famously, especially beautiful.
Equally, in the Autumn and Winter months you can enjoy front row seats to spectacular natural light shows when the Aurora Borealis is on display.
We have enjoyed the pleasure of visiting deer, hedgehogs, ducks, geese, and many small songbirds to the grounds over the years.
As Portsoy is nestled in the Aberdeenshire countryside, and along the Moray Coast, our wildlife is rich and diverse, as well as a treat to experience first hand.