Other places to stay in and around
to Ardent House, home to the McPherson family, this is
where you will receive a warm and friendly Scottish welcome.
The house was constructed from local Hopeman sandstone, over 100 years
ago, and still retains much of the character associated with superior
houses of it's time.
The local area is very popular with photographers and artists due to the
clarity of light and spectacular sunsets.
Golfers, walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists and nature lovers return time
and again to enjoy this haven on the Moray coast, which boasts 4 times
as many hours of sunshine as other parts of Scotland.
Ardent House is the ideal base for your break in the
Whether you are coming to the area for a holiday, weekend break, or touring,
make this you base and visit the many places of interest
in the area and further afield. With sandy beaches, coastal and forest
walks and whisky trails, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Ardent House Accommodation
We offer a choice of two double bedded rooms and a twin bedded room,
one en-suite and one shared shower room.
All the rooms are bright, warm and inviting, beautifully decorated.
The rooms also have:
- Tea/coffee making facilities and many other thoughtful extras to make
your stay more enjoyable.
The dining room has recently been refurbished, giving
it a traditional Scottish feel, with tartan tablecloths.
This is where you will be served our highly acclaimed speciality breakfast,
including our own home smoked fish.
We use our own fruits and vegetables from the garden (when they are in
season) and you can savour some of Norma's delicious home bakes.
Ardent House Facilities
After an exciting day our seeing the sights, you can relax in the conservatory
which overlooks the beautiful walled rose garden.
Attractions in the local area include the Castle Trail,
Whisky Trail and Coastal Trail. There are Dolphins, Ospreys,Seals and
many different kinds of seabirds and waders to be seen at the beach.
There are also many excellent golf courses including Championship courses
and links to test your skills. Situated near the world famous Gordonstoun
School, with whom Norma has an excellent relationship.
-There are many excellent restaurants in the area, and the local seafood
is a real delacacy.
-The safe sandy beaches of Hopeman are a must for young and old alike.
-The golden sand slopes gently into the sea making it ideal for a paddle
and having fun.
-There are many varied walking routes in the area, including
Hopeman's pleasant sandy beaches, forest walks in the remains of the Caledonian
Forest and the remote cliff tops.
- The coastline walks are renowned for their archaeological and fossil
interest. It was formed by sandstone rocks, which belong to the "Permian
- Triassic" period, about 225 million years ago!
-Explore Clashach Cove, Daisy Rock, Prieshach, or find
a lucky "Cowrie" shell.
- Admire the spectacular sunsets over the Moray Firth and watch the antics
of the local seal and Bottlenose Dolphin population whilst they play.
-Hopeman has an 18 hole Golf Course,
with a licensed club house, where you can enjoy a drink and a snack meal.
-The indoor/outdoor Bowling Club which is situated opposite
Ardent House, extends a warm welcome to visitors, and offers meals and
entertainment most weekends, in their refurbished licensed club room.
LOSSIEMOUTH- located 6 miles East, is the birthplace
of Ramsey MacDonald and has a Championship Golf Course.
It also has a fishing and community museum, swimming pool, and nearby
can be found Spynie Palace and Covesea Caves. Lossiemouth also boasts
two golf courses, one of which is a Championship course.
ELGIN- located 6 miles South, is the administrative and
commercial capital of Moray.
Elgin has a wide choice of excellent restaurants, and the local fresh
seafood is a particular delicacy.
The town has many old and interesting buildings such as the Cathedral,
which was raised to the ground by the Wolf of Badenoch.
There is a Motor Museum, Elgin Museum, Wool Mill with
Cashmere Visitor Centre, Shopping Centre, Cinema and for the more energetic,
Elgin boasts two golf courses, one of which is a Championship course,
Joanna's nightclub and the new Leisure Centre complete with swimming pool,
ice rink and fitness suite.
Activities GALA WEEK
Hopeman's popular Gala week during July, has gone from strength to strength
during the last 26 years. Our regular visitors play an important part
in it's success, and have such a wonderful time, that they often plan
their holiday around it.
Located in the quiet picturesque fishing village of Hopeman,
on the Moray coast, Ardent House has private parking and makes the ideal
base from which to explore the surrounding area. You will be assured a
pleasant stay with your host, Norma.
Norma has been noiminated in the AA Landlady of the year competition four
Ardent House is situated on Hopeman's main through road B9040
(Lossiemouth - Hopeman) or B9012 (Elgin - Hopeman).
Only a few miles from the main A96 (Aberdeen - Inverness route) which
connects with the A9 (Perth -Inverness).
The house is set well back from the road, in it's own grounds, with off-street
parking at the rear.
Email Ardent House enquiries & reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org