Ranked 3rd best in the UK

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Muckrach Country House Hotel has announced it has been ranked as 3rd best in the UK & 11th best in Europe in the Best Small Hotel category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels. For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the globe. Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

Mindy Cowap, part of the Cowap family who own and operate the hotel, said she was delighted with the accolade, and rightly so. Competition has come from across the globe with top 10 entries from far flung places including Taupo, New Zealand; La Fortuna de San Carlos in Costa Rica, Capri in Italy and Ko Tao in Thailand. “We are more than happy with how things have gone since Muckrach Country House Hotel opened in April, last year and it is wonderful to have this recognition.  We have had great local support in retention of our customers and we are delighted to be welcoming familiar faces now.  There is a lot of work still to be done as we are a small fish in a large pond when it comes to hotels in the Highlands and we know we can always improve.  But overall we are very pleased with what has been achieved and the progress being made.”

“We congratulate the properties that have won Travellers’ Choice Hotel awards”, said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “As travellers consider where to book their next trip, they should be sure to check out these award-winners that have already delighted millions of members of the TripAdvisor community.”

To see TripAdvisor traveller reviews and opinions of Muckrach Country House Hotel go to http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g190790-d537536-Reviews-Muckrach_Country_House_Hotel-Grantown_on_Spey_Aviemore_and_the_Cairngorms_Scottish_High.html

Muckrach Country House Hotel a boutique hotel in the Highlands of Scotland in April 2015. A Victorian shooting lodge built in 1861 offers the grandeur of the period but also the luxury and comfort of today.

13 individually designed bedrooms (2 rooms are dog-friendly) with Hypnos beds, chandeliers, contemporary bathrooms, fabric wallpapers and unique wall art.

The Coffee Shop and Restaurant offers food from Breakfast through to dinner, the menus created by Head Chef Rayner Muller, a South African 27 year old with the drive to make a name for him and the hotel. The menu showcases local produce and The Bar brims with more than 70 whiskies, many of which are from the local Speyside area.

Muckrach is situated in a fabulous position for so many Highland activities, from snow sports to field sports and fishing to walking holidays. You can be skiing on the Cairngorm Mountain within 40 minutes of leaving the hotel in Winter or fishing on the Spey within 5 minutes in the Spring.

Phil and Ed, the entrepreneurial brothers behind the project, driven by a passion to create something special in an already very special area of the UK. The Cowap family is based in Cheshire from where they manage their multi award winning businesses of Farm Shops, Coffee Shops, Butcheries, Deli, Gift Barn and Forest Lodges (www.theholliesfarmshop.co.uk).  The success of their self-catering accommodation combined with their passion for the Cairngorm National Park drew them to the purchase of a hotel 400 miles away.  The family strives for quality and luxury, whether that is in their food, presentation or customer experience.

The family’s business ethos is to work closely with local businesses, the community and source locally wherever possible.  Phil and Ed aspire to become a destination for local residents, tourists and business where they can enjoy quality surroundings, delicious food and be served by lovely people.

A Highland welcome awaits you!