Hotel Profile -Strathburn Hotel, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Some hotels are a slice of Scotland.  There are no trends or gimmicks, what you find is good quality, personal service from local staff (many of whom have worked there for ten or fifteen years) and you often meet the owner who is hard at work simultaneously ensuring his establishment has the personal touch.

In the restaurant the food is locally sourced from nearby farmers and fishmongers, many of whom frequent the hotel as it’s part of the community rather than just another chain.  The restaurant is used by locals as much as hotel guests as its reputation in the town is solid, and at dinner you’ll often see three or even four generations sitting down for a family gathering or celebration.

This sums up the Strathburn Hotel in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, opened by the Barrack family in 1985.  But whilst its calibre as a traditional hotel is unquestionable what’s it like for families?  Intrepid Mr Toddler and Mr Baby got in the car to find out.

THE FAMILY ROOM

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Our room, shared with Mr Baby

There is one family room but if you book it you’ll find its layout is exactly what you need.  20160416_160810We had use of two bedrooms linked by a little hallway so we could unceremoniously leave the children in one room asleep whilst we enjoyed our room all to ourselves.  Each bedroom has its own bathroom so technically our children had their own washing facilities, unbelievable.  They are so precocious now.  The rooms were spacious, clean and homely with traditional furnishings.

THE RESTAURANT – DINNER

We dined as soon as the restaurant opened at 5.00pm but we weren’t alone and the room soon filled up with couples, friends and several large family gatherings.  Mr Toddler made his selection from the children’s menu partaking of the cheesy pasta and the ice-cream, all of which was reluctantly shared with Mr Baby.

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The adult offering is traditional Scottish cooking: Duo of Sea Bass and Salmon Fillet glazed with Lemon Butter and Capers; Breaded Goujons of North Sea Haddock with Tartare Sauce; and Grilled Prime Rib-Eye Steak with Mushrooms and Onions.  The beef and steaks are supplied by Marshall’s Farm Shop near Blackburn and Kintore so you actually know where your dinner has originated.  Despite the restaurant clearly being busy the service was swift and relaxed so you can tell the Strathburn is used to dealing with a full house with relative ease.

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Mr Toddler was utterly captivated by the balloons in the function room and kept claiming that it was in fact his party, I tried to convince him that the balloons clearly stated otherwise and he’d have to wait 68 years for that kind of celebration.  His response was ‘Pop!’ so I guess I burst his bubble.

THE RESTAURANT – BREAKFAST

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Breakfast was a relaxed and quiet affair, we were definitely the loudest people in the room (and by ‘we’ I mean Mr Toddler who thinks randomly shouting ‘Paw Patrol’ is appropriate behaviour for a Sunday morning).  After chomping through some of the continental offering the boys helped us with our full Scottish breakfast with bacon, sausage and black pudding sourced from Presly & Co, Oldmeldrum, and eggs from Deveron Valley Eggs at Duncan Farm, Turriff.

SPA

The hotel also has a new spa, Room Twentyone – guess which room it’s in?  I had a pedicure in peace in the modern grey and yellow surroundings.  My children were somewhere else with their father, it doesn’t matter where.

LOCATION

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Strathburn Park

This is the bonus ball – the hotel is literally across the road from a park so you can run the legs off your cherubs as often as you wish.  It’s also just two minutes away from a very sweet cafe called the Fly Cup which has a play room full of toys – cake and distracted children, what a wonderful combination.

Inverurie is a great gateway town for anyone exploring Scotland.  Within a short drive you’ve got various National Trust for Scotland castles and gardens to visit, such as Haddo House and Pitmedden Gardens.  Bennachie is just there waiting to be climbed, the dunes of Balmedie are ready for your little sandman and the city of Aberdeen with its wonderful parks, gardens and beach is 15 miles away.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The nearest airport to the Strathburn is Aberdeen.  The hotel has ample parking and wheelchair/buggy access.  The family room is on the first floor and there are no lifts so best to leave your buggy in the car.  A travel cot was provided for free for Mr Baby. The longest serving member of the Strathburn staff has worked there for over 30 years.

[Mr Toddler and family were guests of the Strathburn.  Mr Toddler says ‘Taaaaaa’.]

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34 Comments

  1. Reply

    twobrownfeet

    April 21, 2016

    It must get difficult to get favourable hotels to travel with kids? The rooms look comfy and warm. And dinner seals the deal! 🙂

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      tots2travel

      April 21, 2016

      It’s nice knowing that the food is from the local area and therefore each guest is contributing to the community. People care more where their food comes from as each year passes.

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    Rashminotes

    April 21, 2016

    Seems like a nice, pleasant place to relax and unwind.

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      tots2travel

      April 21, 2016

      Also a good place to explore from (lots of history in the surrounding countryside) and take part in active outdoor activities so something for everyone.

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    Karen's obsessions

    April 21, 2016

    This hotel looks amazing, but that breakfast and ice cream has made me hungry now. Looks like we’re having ice cream for pudding

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      tots2travel

      April 21, 2016

      I totally get it. I ‘helped’ Mr Toddler with his icecream:-)

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    Little Steps/Dean B (@LittleStepsTwit)

    April 21, 2016

    Looks comfy. I love the idea that it has plaid linen and carpet in the dining room. So Scottish! 😉 Dean of Little Steps

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      tots2travel

      April 21, 2016

      It’s lovely when it’s tastefully done. Live a bit of plaid or tweed.

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    Alana

    April 21, 2016

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been to Scotland, but I definitely need to. As a family we’re trying to visit every capital city in Europe (VERY slowly), so Edinburgh will be the first place we go when we finally venture up north.
    This hotel looks really nice. I love how you had connecting rooms – it’s a pain when you share and have to turn the TV and things off when the little ones go to bed. The food looks great too!
    Alana x

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      tots2travel

      April 21, 2016

      Edinburgh is fab but Scotland is small so hopefully you’ll be able to spread your wings and see more than you expect.

      Connecting rooms are a total game changer with tots 🙂

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    oliverinstead

    April 21, 2016

    Food looks amazing!! Sounds like you guys had a brilliant time too!!

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      tots2travel

      April 22, 2016

      A full Scottish breakfast done properly is a sight for sore eyes.

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    Kara

    April 22, 2016

    Looks like a lovely place to stay with homely and comfortable rooms – the park would be a winner with mine

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      tots2travel

      April 22, 2016

      It was so handy. Did feel a bit like a home from home.

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    Ana De Jesus

    April 22, 2016

    I love it when hotels have spas especially if you have got little ones. I hope you enjoyed your manicure.

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      tots2travel

      April 22, 2016

      A spa lets you escape from the noise of the world – or the noise of two children 🙂

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    Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life

    April 22, 2016

    That looks and sounds like such a lovely hotel. It seems so family friendly too and your breakfast looks delicious x

    • Reply

      tots2travel

      April 22, 2016

      I like to mix it up, I like modern, on trend venues, boutique hotels etc. but there’s a lot to be said for a quality, traditional establishment.

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    joannavictoria

    April 22, 2016

    This looks like a lovely family friendly hotel. Its great that they get food locally too and it looks really nice too.

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      tots2travel

      April 22, 2016

      One of the farmers was in the restaurant, that’s how local and community centred it is. As a guest I felt part of something.

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      tots2travel

      April 22, 2016

      Oh, and the game.

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    Zena's Suitcase

    April 22, 2016

    Scotland is good at some many things, but I think the food it has to offer is particularly special. I would be so disappointed if I stayed at a hotel and it didn’t offer local produce. Sounds like a great hotel

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      tots2travel

      April 22, 2016

      The meat, the seafood and the raspberries are my favourites.

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    academic Indonesia

    April 23, 2016

    wow i lke the last pict about bonus ball, very interest 😀

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    Lilinha Espindula

    April 24, 2016

    Looks like a great place to stay and explore. We love staying in hotels, so will keep it in mind! 🙂
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      tots2travel

      April 25, 2016

      Yes, hotels always feel like a real treat to me. Not sure when the novelty will wear off.

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    Fi Ní Neachtáin

    April 25, 2016

    The food at the hotel looks delicious, I’d love that breakfast! How great that there’s a park just across the road too, perfect for those staying with little ones.

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      tots2travel

      April 25, 2016

      Some things are meant to be!

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    Traveling Rockhopper

    April 25, 2016

    It’s a beautiful place! 🙂

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      tots2travel

      April 26, 2016

      Homely 🙂

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    Raffa

    April 26, 2016

    It looks so comfy! Is it affordable?

  17. Reply

    Evelina

    April 27, 2016

    Looks like a lovely place. That photo of ice-cream is absolutely fabulous!

    • Reply

      tots2travel

      April 27, 2016

      Can’t go wrong with ice-cream! I ‘helped’ him finish it.

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