Present-day Coul House.....
has 8 acres of grounds. Many years ago, however, the estate would have stretched over hundreds of acres. The great thing with the Achilty forest being adjacent to us and the unspoilt views to the mountains is that it gives us the feeling that nothing has ever changed...
We have some beautiful mature trees including a Douglas Fir planted by David Douglas himself. This tree is one of the few surviving original Douglas firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii). Planted on its introduction to Scottish shores by David Douglas in 1827, it still cuts a fine figure. The huge and heavily fissured trunk measures 180cm in diameter. The height is unremarkable at 34.0m, the rather exposed location limiting growth in an upward dimension, - a valuable living link with the Scotland's intrepid explorer and botanist.
Amongst the others you will come across on the grounds are Western Hemlock, Sequoia, various impressive oaks and abundance of Rhododendrons which have been a pleasure to our eye and a constant challenge to our spirit. It’s been our effort since the beginning to keep them where we wanted them to be and now there are trails cut through and lovely benches to give you a chance to read a book, have a glass of wine or simply enjoy the nature and tranquility.
The acres of lawns are put to good use with a fun nine-hole pitch and putt. We also have a small play area hidden in the trees for children which contains a pixie trail, kids can explore the trail and try to locate the hidden fairy boxes and a large terrace just off the lounge bar for you to enjoy a cold drink on a sunny day or a warming malt for any occasion! It’s a perfect spot to take in the scenery or plan your further adventures in the Highlands.
Dear Stuart, I am writing on behalf of all the participants of the Highland Fling Tour to thank you and your staff for a very warm welcome to Coul House.”
Fiona E. Davies, Sporting Bears Motor Club