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Sleeps 22 adults
+ 5 children
Bedrooms 11 Bathrooms 8 Pets Not accepted Region Dunbartonshire Town/village Helensburgh

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Monumental Castle, in Helensburgh

This is a castle on the west coast of Scotland, within one hour of Glasgow airport, with views overlooking the sea which can accommodate a large party.

This is an impressive sized Victorian Baronial castle situated on a high promontory with stunning views overlooking Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde. Set within four acres of private grounds, the castle dates back to 1852 and was designed by the renowned architect, Alexander “Greek” Thompson. An imposing six storey structure built into the rock with a central tower and battlements, which can accommodate 22 adults and 5 children.

City life can be located in Glasgow, which is 36 miles away, or head further west to see more hills and lochs. With good reception rooms and a large selection of bedrooms, this is ideal for larger gatherings in a big old castle.

Property Manager Note: the castle is vulnerable to strong westerly winds and heavy rain, and after heavy downpours, a wet sheen can occur on the porous sandstone of the loch facing stairwell. Likewise, the loch facing single pane sash windows, which by law cannot be replaced, can let in a little water. Speaking to the guests afterwards this has not detracted from the enjoyment of the stay as a whole. In summary this is an old castle in a fading grandeur style, with the odd draught, which forms part of the charm, rather than a modern hotel version of a castle.

The drawing/music room is astonishingly largeThe traditional but elegant sitting room has masses of comfy seatingLooking down the hall into the dining roomElegant dining room with rustic chairs seats 22The castle apartment kitchen is perfectly formedThe extra sitting room has a television which is ideal for the childrenCastle apartment sitting room with comfy sofas and dining for 4

Living Space

Reception rooms

Decorated with a mixture of period and modern furniture, the castle offers delightful accommodation. Entering at ground level, there is the large L-shaped drawing room with open fire, which is ideal for hosting larger gatherings as it is 800 square foot in size. Known as the Music Room, with Greek pillars, with white walls and gold banding, it is a bright space which feels modern, which includes a piano (which is decorative only). Next door is a secondary sitting room, which is completely different in style. This room has traditional dark wood panelled walls with red sofas, red wallpaper and motifs above the doors. With an open fire it is a warm cosy room. There is a less formal room, a TV room, with comfortable seating, which is ideal for children. Additionally, there is further living space on the floor below ground level.

Kitchen / Dining

The kitchen and the dining room can be found next to each other at the rear of the castle. The kitchen is a small to medium size room which is adequately equipped. The cooking apparatus is a commercial stainless steel range with 7 hobs and 2 double ovens, which is ideal for cooking for up to 20 + people. There is adequate wall and drawer storage and kitchen table that can seat 4/6 people. The dining room has a robust table and feature chairs which allows for a maximum of 22 people to be dined in this room. Additionally, there is a small kitchen on the floor below ground level.

  • Additional fridge/freezer
  • Bath, Slipper
  • BBQ
  • Bed, Four Poster
  • Catering quotes available on request
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Dressing Gowns
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Garden Furniture
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Jacuzzi bath
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fires
  • Piano, Grand
  • Seaviews
  • TV
  • Washer Dryer
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Oven, hob, double, gas, 6 ring
This is a castle with many four poster bedroomsThis four poster room has view across the lochFour poster bedroom with en-suiteShared bathroom on first floorAnother four poster bedroomCosy up in this four poster bedroom with feature bath tubCosy double with four poster canopy bedLarge comfortable twin bedroomEn-suite bathroom for twin bedroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 22 + 5

Lower Ground floor – 3, double room, with four poster double bed; bathroom, with Jacuzzi bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin.
Lower Ground floor – 2, double room, with four poster double bed, and day bed for single person; bathroom, with Jacuzzi bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin.
Lower Ground floor – 1, double room, with four poster double bed, with feature slipper bath within the bedroom; shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.
First floor,“Master” double room, with four poster double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; “Yellow” double room, with four poster double bed; bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; shower-room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; “Grey” double room, with four poster double bed; “Pink” twin room, with 2 queen size double beds, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; “Blue” twin room, with two single beds; “Green” twin room with two double beds; double room “Cream” double room, with four poster double bed.
Second floor, “Tower” double room, with four poster queen size double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w,c and wash hand basin, with a dressing room area.

  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 4 Four Poster Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Four Poster Double Bedroom/s Ensuite
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With 2 Double Beds Ensuite
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Feature Bath
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Daybed
  • 1 Twin Bedroom With Two Double Beds With Shared Bathroom
Welcome to your castle in ScotlandOn arrival you can drive up to the doorEasy to see why this could be called a monumental castleA good angle to see the views from the castle

Grounds & Surrounds

Situated on the Rosneath peninsula, the castle is to be found in 4 acres of private grounds above the shore road, overlooking the Firth of Clyde. Once through the entrance gates there is a gravel drive which is surrounded by a sloped lawn, mixed woodland and a drop down to the paddock and wildife area, which sits below the castle. There is adequate parking for 10 cars. With the Firth of Clyde and Loch Lomond on your doorstep, this is a great area for water based activities or a trip to Glasgow which is only 40 miles away.

Conditions

Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 5:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen & towels; electricity and an initial supply logs. Unlimited Broadband is provided, with best coverage at the front of the castle.

Notes & Warnings

For those wishing to bring in professional caterers, these are to be chosen from the nominated list of suppliers provided by the owner and discussed in advance.

Please note that fuel for the central heating is NOT included within the rental, and is charged at cost directly on departure. Please note that weddings or events (ie parties) above the capacity of the house are prohibited.

Please note that time of arrival is at the later time of 5pm, whilst time of departure remains at 10am.

Dogs Allowed: NO.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair, please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting these items so these are put one out for you on arrival.

For those wishing to visit the castle prior to booking or after, please be aware that there is a cost implication for this to ensure the castle is at a client-ready stage.

LocationHelensburgh

Built as a holiday resort in the late 18th Century by the local Sir James Colquhoun and named after his wife Helen, Helensburgh became the favoured residence of tycoons and merchants, and at one point, was home to one quarter of Britain’s millionaires! The pleasant Victorian town has a number of attractive parks and gardens to enjoy, and is a tranquil and peaceful setting. The seafront is edged with a long esplanade, and offers a range of shopping and dining facilities. The art deco Hill House, sitting high above the river Clyde and enjoying commanding views is run by the National Trust for Scotland and is cited by many as one of the finest works of the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The formal gardens at Hermitage Park are worth viewing, and the woodland gardens at Glenarn are home to an extensive collection of rare rhododendrons. 

Dunbartonshire

Found to the west of the central belt, the unusually shaped Dunbartonshire is mostly surrounded by water, with the great river Clyde to the south, Loch Long running the west edge, and Loch Lomond bordering a long stretch of the north-east.  The south east of the county meets Greater Glasgow, and the cultural city is always worth a daytrip if staying in the area. Dunbartonshire has many interesting places to offer. The town of Helensburgh is a custom built holiday town, and boasts the NTS’s Hill House; an iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh architectural masterpiece. Its location on the banks of the river Clyde has made the county town of Dunbarton a popular destination, and the town claims fascinating historical connections, being a seat of great power in Britain until the Viking invasion. The town of Clydebank skirts Greater Glasgow, and is home to the Titan Crane, a 150 foot high cantilever crane which is almost as old as the town itself.  After falling in to disrepair in the 1980’s the crane was refurbished as one of the most unusual tourist attractions in Scotland. 

Central Scotland

Incorporating the two largest Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Central Scotland is a hive of activities and attractions for visitors, and there will be plenty to entertain you on your trip. For a family outing try Edinburgh Castle, for a day at the beach try the Firth of Forth coastline, for shopping you can’t beat either city centre, or if you just want soaking up some Scottish landscapes try Perthshire’s rolling southern lowlands, and wilderness of its highland. Whatever takes your fancy, the central counties can offer it all. Airports at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prestwick offer great transportation links for those coming from afar.  

Area Dunbartonshire Type of location Coastal Nearest shop 1.5 miles Nearest supermarket 16 miles Nearest pub 1.5 miles
Nearest Airport
Glasgow 36 miles
Nearest Train Station
Balloch 24 miles
View over Loch Long, Scotland West CoastThe beautiful Argyll coastlineViews across the loch near HelensburghLoch Lomond is not far from the castle too

Reviews

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27th October 2016 Great 

Craigrownie Castle is a great location for a big family get together in an amazing setting. All ages from 2 to 85 loved every minute.

Service rating : Thanks so much, glad to hear you found our team helpful & swift with responding to your queries. We would be delighted to assist with any future plans you may have for another get together!

Product : Many thanks for the lovely feedback, we agree this seaside castle is perfect for a large get together. Sounds like it was perfect for your family and we hope you have lots of happy memories from the stay. 

14th October 2016 Bad 

Craigrownie castle great location needs some work as we told mr. Antony Sherlock of Scottish castles.

Thank you for your initial comments and for the additional detail that I requested. With “real” guest feedback, it is easier for us to advise on any specific improvements that is required - which is now on-going. Three stars out of five is close to the mark for this property and if we can help with your travel plans in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you again.

10th April 2016 Excellent 

The castle was excellent. Plenty of space so no-one got under anyone's feet but also plenty of room to all get together as a group. The whole atmosphere of the castle was fantastic. Homely but also grand. Lots of rooms and corridors with nooks and crannies perfect for hide and seek. Eating in the big dining room was the perfect way to be in each other's company. Lots of candles and log fires added to the experience. Plus every room was warm and cosy the whole time thanks to some excellent central heating. I would thoroughly recommend it and definitely would go back again.

Service rating : Great to hear that you would recommend our team for help with holidays! It was a pleasure assisting  with your plans and we hope to hear again in the future.


Product : Sounds like an excellent time was had by all at this magical castle! Totally agree there is lots of room for everyone to spread out here, with plenty to see and do in every corner of the castle. Sounds like some lovely times were spent around the dining table and in front of the open fires - we look forward to hearing from you again in the future when you wish to return!

18th September 2015 Excellent 

Amazing place to stay and the owner was lovely to deal with and very helpful. Such a beautiful spot and quite close to both the airport and major cities. Best part of our holiday...thank you so much!

Service rating : Thank you very much for your lovely comments, glad to hear you found our service helpful.
Product : Great to hear you enjoyed your castle holiday, hope the trip to Scotland was all you hoped for and we would be delighted to welcome you back again in the future!

6th July 2015 Excellent 

More than I could have dreamed of. We were thrilled with the castle, the views, the town and townspeople. It was a fabulous vacation with privacy and space for everyone, and wonderful gathering spaces for all of us. The kitchen was beautifully outfitted as were the rooms and bathrooms, and the owner was easy to reach and very helpful. We had a few small issues with power and appliances, but nothing very troublesome or out of the ordinary for a rental. I couldn't be more pleased!

Service rating : Thanks so much for your comments, we do try and be as helpful and prompt as possible when helping with bookings so this is great to hear!
Product : Sounds like you have some happy holiday stories to share now your home! Excellent to hear the castle exceeded expectations and you had a fabulous time! Glad that the owner was available to assist with a few glitches and you enjoyed your stay. We hope we may be able to help again in the future should you wish to re book.

19th June 2015 Excellent 

We had a wonderful time at this venue, The views were wonderful, the castle itself was clean, homely and we were welcomed by the housekeeper who we could call upon at any time if we needed to.
The castle is set high overlooking Loch Long, it is in easy reach of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
There were 16 people in our party and we booked the Hotel for a week, Self Catering. The facilities were wonderful and the Dinning hall majestic.
I can only rate our stay the property, facilities as wonderful. Thoroughly recommend the property and Scotts Castle Holiday.
The owner although not readily available, kept in touch either by phone, text or the housekeeper to ensure our stay was good. Which it was.

Service rating : Thanks so much for your excellent feedback, we are pleased you found our service helpful and its a pleasure to hear you would recommend us to friends! Don't forget to claim your loyalty discount should you ever wish to re book with us again!
Product : Sounds like you have some lovely holiday memories to take home with you! Great to hear you had a wonderful time and found the housekeeper and owners helpful throughout your holiday! We do hope we may be able to help again in the future, if you ever wish to re book this magnificent castle.

21st May 2015 Excellent 

Very nice castle. Location was good and the interiors were clean and fresh.

Service rating : So pleased we could of helped with your plans and we hope to help again sometime. Don't forget a loyalty discount awaits your group should you ever like to re book with us!
Product : Lovely to hear you found the castle clean and fresh, it sounds like you all enjoyed your stay!

30th January 2015 Excellent 

Fabulous space; a terrific place to spend a special weekend.

Thanks for your great comments and its lovely to hear what a fantastic stay your group had in this beautiful castle. We would be delighted to assist with planning your next holiday!

22nd October 2014 Excellent 

Excellent venue, had an amazing stay.

Great to hear you found our service helpful, and we hope your group enjoyed the stay in this beautiful castle. Please don’t hesitate to get back in touch if we can help with any future holiday plans.

Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

14th May 2014 Excellent 

The accommodation was phenomenal. We had such an amazing weekend and I can't think of anywhere i would have rather spent my 30th. The views were spectacular and the castle was outstanding. The website actually doesn't do it justice. I would recommend it to everyone.

Many thanks for your lovely feedback, and so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful castle! If we can help with any future holiday plans, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Scotts Castle Holidays

7th May 2014 Excellent 

Great time had by all

Many thanks for your feedback. Great to hear everyone had a nice time! We would love to help with any future plans you may have so please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again.

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