Reaching for the stars - award for local hotel

Left to right - Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal, Jo Robinson, VisitScotland regional director; Neil and Julie Rae, owners of Raemoir House Hotel
Left to right - Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal, Jo Robinson, VisitScotland regional director; Neil and Julie Rae, owners of Raemoir House Hotel

Banchory’s Raemoir House Hotel has received VisitScotland’s four star quality assurance award.

The Georgian country house is the first business to upgrade its quality assurance rating through the Aberdeenshire Accommodation Project and was recognised for its high standards.

VisitScotland’s award is for serviced accommodation businesses which excel in areas of customer care and hospitality.

The Aberdeenshire Accommodation Project was set up between the national tourism organisation and Aberdeenshire Council and is aimed at encouraging serviced accommodation businesses to take part in quality assurance schemes.

As part of the initiative, the council is putting in place a range of initiatives to support hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation to improve and promote the quality of visitor accommodation in the area.

Raemoir House owner Neil Rae said everyone at the hotel was delighted with the award.

He added: “Our involvement with the Aberdeenshire Accommodation Project has been of great benefit while working towards this accolade and notwithstanding the challenges of trying to provide such a quality of country house hotel within a 300-year-old building, we have also had to deal with the challenging economic climate that the area is currently experiencing.

“All the staff that we have here just now have put in a lot of effort and performed a remarkable job, I am very pleased that they have been recognised in this way.”

The estate sits in 13 acres of private and secluded grounds with impressive views of Deeside and also has a helipad for those looking to arrive in style.