We have 4 Guest Bedrooms, every one different with its own distinguishing features and each one named after an animal or bird native to this area.
All of them give you superb views over the valley, with 3 of our rooms located on the first floor and 1 on the ground floor.
The morning sun pours into the main windows of each bedroom, whilst at the end of the day, the scenery on the other side of the valley is bathed by the rays of the sun setting behind us.
All our rooms are very spacious and we have equipped them with everything you need for an enjoyable stay.
Whichever room you choose, you’ll find top quality beds, made up with Sanderson and Dorma bed linen.
There are cosy non-allergenic duvets to snuggle under, though we’ll happily make up your bed with a sheet & blankets if you’d prefer. We offer a combination of feather & non-allergenic pillows. (There's no problem swapping the feather ones for non-allergenic, of course.)
There are reading lights to both sides of our beds, so you don’t have to annoy your companion if your book keeps you riveted into the small hours of the night.
Comfortable seating gives you somewhere to relax and the handcrafted hardwood tallboys and bedside cabinets offer you more than enough drawer & storage space for your belongings.
There’s the convenience of up to the minute features like our remote control 19” LCD TVs (with FreeSat from Sky giving you some 200 channels to choose from), I-pod docks to allow you to enjoy your own music and the free WiFi Internet Access available in every room.
We’re proud of the pictures that decorate each bedroom’s walls too. They all mean something to us on a personal level and we hope that you’ll enjoy them too.
There’s oodles of wardrobe space with loads of hangers and two cosy fleece robes, lots of drawers, shelves & cupboard space plus the small but important items such as individually controlled heating, a digital alarm clock, a hairdryer, clothes brush, mending & shoe-clean kits, hot water bottle and lovely big mugs for your tea or coffee.
As you’d expect, each room has a refreshment tray. Ours come complete with a choice of teas, herbal teas, fruit teas, coffee & hot chocolate, not forgetting the Walkers shortbread biscuits & Scottish sparkling mineral water. There’s a wee dish of chocolates & toffees to tempt you too.
You can snuggle up in a cosy fleece robe and in your bathroom you’ll find loads of soft, fluffy towels, luxury toiletries from Scottish Fine Soaps, tissues, cotton wool balls and, of course, those all important cotton buds.
We feel that it is only fair that we point out that our bedrooms, like the rest of the house, do not offer any facilities for guests who wish to smoke.
So, that’s an overview, why don’t you take a look at each room individually?
Here at Crubenbeg House, Irene has, justifiably, got quite a reputation for her expertise at the stove.
Firstly, and perhaps, most importantly, she rustles up our marvellous and increasingly infamous breakfasts, day in, day out - something our guests tell us they really look forward to.
Secondly, she also conjures up superb evening meals for our guests, 5 evenings a week, Wednesday to Sunday, but not in in July & August, when we offer Bed & Breakfast only.
Irene prepares a delicious, "Menu of the Day", comprising a small Appetiser, a Main Course & Dessert, carefully taking into account any guests' dietary needs or preferences that she knows about and, of course, whatever fresh ingredients are available that day.
On any evening, throughout the year, when we are not cooking dinners, we are happy to offer an equally delicious, home-cooked light supper, specifically for unsupported cyclists and walkers.
Over the years, we have developed a wide and varied repertoire of dinner and supper dishes, doing interesting things with good local, Scottish produce. We are proud that what we offer seems to be very much to our guests’ tastes, judging by the number of folk who choose to eat in.
Irene’s always trying out new recipes too, so that our returning guests can experience something new, though there’s nothing wrong at all with her very popular core menus, so we're told!!
Wherever possible, we try to use locally sourced Scottish ingredients in our cooking. In the main, our meats, cheeses and eggs come from our local butcher, George Gow, our veg from local suppliers, and our Hot Smoked Salmon from Glenfeshie. In season, our soft fruits come from Alvie, our plums from our neighbours' trees (with their permission) and our rhubarb from behind our shed!
Irene also bakes our delicious breads and pancakes, not forgetting the cakes - oh those cakes!!
We have always prided ourselves on catering for our guests who have food allergies, or other dietary needs, ensuring that they enjoy their food during their stays with us, something on which we've been complimented since we started all those years ago.
However, under the new, EU-imposed, Food Information Regulations, we are now required to formally advise our guests that all our food is prepared in a kitchen where nuts, gluten and other allergens are present and also that the descriptions of the dishes on our menus do not include all the ingredients.
If you do have a dietary need or, importantly, a food allergy, please let us know when you are making your booking - we'll also check this with you when you arrive.
We can then advise you of which dishes, if any, contain any of the 14 allergens listed in the new Regulations. These include Gluten, Crustaceans, Molluscs, Fish, Peanuts, Lupin, Tree Nuts (such as Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Almonds), Soya, Eggs, Milk, Celery, Mustard, Sesame & Sulphur Dioxide.
More importantly, we will also be able to adjust the menu to take account of your allergies or dietary needs, allowing you to enjoy your food to the full.
Take a look at our typical menus and, if you think you’d like to join our other guests, again please just let us know when you make your booking.
John has also jumped through the hoops and leapt the hurdles of the new Scottish Licensing System so that we can continue to make your stay complete by offering a range of super wines, local real ales and a selection of whiskies & other libations too.
Lastly, we should not forget to mention that we also offer our packed lunches and, in the afternoon, our Crubenbeg Teas.
All in all, simply scrumptious!!!
Irene has always loved to cook; indeed, it is one of the things that she really enjoys about what we do here at Crubenbeg House. It is also one of the many things that guests are kind enough to tell us she does really well.
Over our 11 years in business, she has developed a superb, wide-ranging repertoire of dishes, with something to suit all tastes and dietary needs. She has also gained an enviable reputation, not only for her stunning breakfasts but also for her splendid dinners.
In April and again in December each year, we host a Cookery Weekend which, we are pleased to say, are always well supported and usually booked up well in advance. We have also been asked to arrange whole-house bookings for groups of guests who come to cook.
In between times, she is more than happy to share her recipes with guests who are kind enough to ask.
As something new for the website this year, we have been encouraged to post a few of her recipes for you to copy, try out in your own kitchen and, we hope, enjoy.
Over the past 2 years or so, whilst we've been fundraising for Maggie's Cancer Care, guests have been kind enough to make donations for the recipes.
If you would like to do the same, you still can by visiting John's Just Giving page. We'll be thrilled & grateful to you. Equally, if you prefer not, we'll be just as pleased to know that you've enjoyed making and eating one of Irene's signature dishes.
We will update the recipes on this page from time to time, to keep things fresh but, to get the ball rolling, here are some of Irene's most popular, most requested dishes.
Do, please, enjoy the cooking and, of course, the eating!!
Let's start at the very beginning........
We get our dinners underway with a small, deliciously tasty, appetiser - enough to get your taste buds fired up but not too much. After all, there's more to come and we'd not want to spoil your appetite.
And so to the main event.......
Call us old fashioned if you like but we believe that potatoes and two veg should accompany and compliment your main dish, whether that be meat, fish or vegetarian. We are happy to adjust portion sizes to suit your appetite so that you can "stay the course".
Ta Dah! The Finale.
Our desserts are our take on quite traditional desserts and puds, something you simply don't get in a lot of places these days. We also have home-made ice cream or a choice of cheeses, if you'd prefer.
Whoever said that breads are boring? Mind you, that's something which is never said about cakes! Is it?
Irene works her magic on both with some tremendous recipes that are so good, you eat 'em on their own.
In this section of our website, our aim is to give you a concise overview of the numerous outdoor activities that you can take part in during your stay with us. At the end of each section we've listed some useful links for you to find out even more.
When you are staying here at Crubenbeg House, we'll happily take care of the organising and the details while you take care of the important thing - relaxing and enjoying yourself!
In this section of our website, our aim is to give you a concise overview of the many things that there are to see and to visit during your stay with us. At the end of each section we’ve listed some useful links for you to find out even more.
Enjoy a Magical, Warm & Friendly, Relaxing Festive Break with us.
The Cairngorm Highlands of Scotland are a superb location for a Festive Break. With snow on the hills and more crisp clear days than you may think, they really are a truly magical setting in which to spend the Festive Season.
At Crubenbeg House, we offer our traditional warm welcome, personal service and a friendly, “house-party” atmosphere. After a day sampling the delights of this wonderful area, put your feet up in front of our crackling fire, glass in hand, chat to fellow guests prior to savouring Irene’s superb home-cooked cuisine - perfect.
We’re also more than happy to cater for any dietary needs that you might have, just let us know when you book.
For 2017, we’re open from 27th December, for our successful 2 or 3 night Twixmas Breaks and then, from 30th, for our delightful & popular 3 or 4-night Hogmanay Breaks.
So, whether you fancy a nice relaxing break to see in the New Year or just putting your feet up after the magical mayhem of Christmas, please just get in touch.
All our Special Interest Breaks are chosen with you, our guest, in mind. Our objective being that you enjoy yourself, first & foremost, whilst also learning a new skill or interest or developing a hobby you already have.
For our forthcoming breaks, right through to 2016, dates are laid out on this page and you can click through to read more about each break.
Over the next 12 months or so, we're offering Breaks on the following Themes:
Irene's Cookery Weekend, Walking Breaks, long distance, intermediate and lower level, and our Annual Fungi Hunt.
Full details of each break are laid out for you on the individual pages - please take just a minute or two to look through whichever takes your interest.
If you would like to be with us, as we hope you will, do please get in touch, either by e-mail or on the phone, and we'll take things from there.
All our Breaks get underway on the Friday evening and end early to mid-afternoon on the Sunday, except for the June Hiking Weekends where you stay on the Sunday evening too. The dates shown for each break are the dates of the nights that you'll be with us.
For all the Weekends, non-participating partners are most welcome.
As ever, though, if you'd like to join us for any of these superb breaks, please don't leave it too long. We don't want to disappoint you so please e-mail us or give us a call to reserve your room as soon as you can.
Again, if we're already full, we'll happily take your details and contact you in the event of a cancellation or for the next Special Interest Break on the same theme.
Irene & I have been in business since the turn of the century, most recently here at Crubenbeg House. We are proud and, at the same time, humbled, by the number of our customers who choose to return time and again.
Over the years, in the company of these guests, we have been privileged to enjoy numerous episodes – some humorous, some touching and, yes, some a little embarrassing for us, perhaps. All, however, are memories we cherish and all are part of the rich tapestry of life here, significantly contributing to the "Crubenbeg Experience", if you like.
These are stories that mature and improve with age - as these things do. We seem to savour them more with each retelling.
But, we wondered, do our guests feel the same way as we do? There was surely only one way to find out. So, we invited a cross-section of our regulars – folk who've come to know us well – to each write a short piece for this section of our website.
Modestly, we asked them to avoid being too fulsome in their praise – that not what we wanted at all. Instead, we explained, they should simply recount any particular moments or episodes that sprung to mind from their stays with us.
So here, unedited, unexpurgated and uncensored, are their recollections, told in their own words.
Irene & I hope that these tales bring a smile to your face and brighten your day a wee bit too.
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Maya Angelou.
“The more I travelled, the more I realised that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends." Shirley MacLaine.
Once, twice or even more each year, as time and budget allow, Irene & I like to get away, to go and visit places, meet folk and experience different things.
We are fortunate that our travels have taken us to many destinations, some close to home on our own sceptered isle and others as far afield as the Antipodes. Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Norway, to name but a few.
Each year, we try to combine returning to places that we know & love with adventures to pastures new. Sometimes the nice surprises, the real treats are on our doorstep, undiscovered only for the want of looking!
This can lead to some interesting discussion between us as there are, inevitably, some differences of opinion as to where to go, what to see and what to do. So far, these have always been resolved amicably.
As we don’t want to bore you, here are a few jottings about our most recent trips.