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Norwood Hall Hotel, Aberdeen


Norwood Hall Hotel is a real gem. This stunning mansion dates back to the early to mid 1800’s and still it’s period charm is retained. With its open log fires and oak panelled interior it’s a real testament to the period. If you stay here you may also come in to contact with the ghosts of some of Norwood Hall’s previous owners who died over 100 years ago…

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Norwood Hall hotel is said to have 3 ghosts whose apparitions have been seen on several occasions. One is said to be that of James Ogston (a previous owner), his wife, and his mistress.

It is believed that James originally purchased Norwood in 1872 and rebuilt it in 1881 for his mistress so they could meet whilst he lived in Ardoe House across the river with his young family.

After years of torment his wife and mistress wanted James to leave the other but James refused. It is said that Norwood is now haunted by the two lovers and his vengeful wife who longs for revenge for the torrid years she had to endure.

The apparition of James has been seen standing in front of the log fire in the dining room. The ghost of his mistress has been reported to haunt the main stairs (perhaps looking for her lover). His wife is the most active of the three with reports of her being seen in the hall, the kitchen, and also the dining room.

Brief History

In 1861 Mrs Helen Morrison, wife of Baillie William Adamson (a London stockbroker) bought the property of Norwood. My Adamson liked the name of Norwood and game it to the house that he built on the land his wife had bought. Mr Adamson died shortly after the house was built in 1886.

Mrs Morrison then sold the property to John Taylor of Regent’s Park just two years later. It was then later resold again in 1872 to a Colonel James (Soapy) Ogston, who partly rebuilt the house in 1881 before moving his family across the River Dee to Ardoe House and moving his mistress into Norwood.

On the grounds of Norwood is were the Pitfodels Castle once stood. The foundations are likely still there but no remains of the house have been seen for the last last fifty years.


Norwood Hall Hotel is an extravagant four star hotel built in the 1800’s. It’s set within seven acres of private woodland yet is still only 3 miles away from Aberdeen city centre. With open log fires, sweeping staircases and stunning decor, Norwood Hall is the ideal place for something or someone special.

The hotel has 37 en-suite bedrooms which include deluxe junior suites, four poster rooms, and superb original period rooms. Every room includes all the modern facilities you’d expect from a four star hotel, yet it still manages to capture the history and the feeling of years past.

The hotel has a AA Rosette awarded restaurant (Tapestry) with a highly skilled team of chefs that use only the finest in local produce. If you would like some privacy when dining the hotel also has several suites in the original house were you can relax and enjoy your meal in an intimate setting.

After dinner why not relax in the surroundings of the elegant Georgian Bar with its graded wallpaper, roaring fire and many of the features from the Victorian era. Enjoy a pre dinner aperitif or choose from the extensive range of malt whiskies in front of the roaring log fire in either the Georgian Lounge or the stately Library with traditional rich wood panelling.


Each room contains;

  • satellite television
  • direct dial telephone
  • internet access
  • trouser press
  • hairdryer
  • iron and ironing board
  • hospitality tray

Things to do

Norwood Hall Hotel is situated just 3 miles away from the historic City of Aberdeen which has no shortage of history with an abundance of museums, art galleries and magnificent architecture. Some of the popular attractions close by include:

  • Gateway to Royal Deeside – Balmoral Castle – 30 Miles
  • Old Aberdeen – 4 Miles
  • His Majesty’s Theatre – 3 Miles
  • Music Hall – 3 Miles
  • Shopping Mall’s – 3 Miles
  • Royal Aberdeen Golf Course – 1 Mile

Room Tariff

One night stay including dinner, bed and breakfast from £80 per person per night based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

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