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Sleeps 14 adults
+ 4 children
Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms 8 Pets 2 Welcome Region Highlands and Islands Town/village Aberdeenshire
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Romantic Scottish Castle, in Aberdeenshire (219)

Voted one of the ten best castles in Britain by The Independent on Sunday, you won't want to miss the chance to stay at this unique destination.

In the centre of Banffshire, known for its Whisky Distilleries, Fishing, Castles and some of the most outstanding coastline in the world, you will find this charming castle located in 40 acres of grounds and gardens.

The interior of the 16th Century Castle is sympathetically furnished with an eclectic collection of art and antiques throughout. The previous Laird was an Art Dealer and his collection is very much part of what makes the Castle so special. The house is still the main family home, who move to a service wing when guests are staying and are very happy to personally talk through the history of the Castle with anyone who may be interested.

There are plenty of reception rooms for guests to escape to, including the impressive Great Hall, with its distinctive Painted Ceiling, the Drawing Room, the Billiards Room, the Chapel and the Vaulted Dining Room. 

There is an infinity pool (unheated) for swimming and an external Pavilion that can be used for games on a wet day or for meetings, events or parties.

The Estate has its own fold of Highland Cows and a small muster of Peacocks.

The impressive Great Hall with stunning painted ceilingThere is plenty of space to entertain your guestsThe castle has been furnished in an eclectic style with antiques throughoutCheck out the endless collection of books within the librarySeating areaGames room - let the fun begin!Beautiful bathroom, with central feature tub

Living Space

Reception rooms

The Great Hall is the central reception room with an open fire, panelling, medieval painted ceiling and three window seats looking out to the front Lawns and swimming pool. This is also where you will find the grand piano and there is enough room to dance a Scottish reel. There are sofas and comfy chairs arranged around the fire, and if you prefer to eat upstairs for any of your meals, we can arrange to have a table brought up (to seat 12 guests only) on request at any time of year except the festive period when the Christmas tree is put up. If operating on a tight turnover there may be an additional charge to cover the cost of bringing in additional staff to help move the furniture around. Always best to check at the point of booking. 

The Drawing Room gets plenty of morning light through its Georgian windows, it also has a wood burning fire to keep to you warm in the evenings if you want to relax in front of the TV or enjoy some of the board games on offer.

The Library has an extensive collection of Art History Books and is used as a bedroom when there are 14 guests. When catering for fewer guests it can be reverted back to a Library.

On the Ground Floor is the Breakfast Room, with an extension table large enough for a group of 16, a Billiard Room with wood burning fire, Vaulted Dining Room (seating 6/8) and Chapel. You will also find a fully equipped shower room on this level.

The Pavilion, a heated external games room is across the North Lawns and can be used for bigger parties, ceilidhs, ping pong and Yoga.

Kitchen / Dining

The Kitchen and Breakfast Room are located on ground level, next door to one another.

You’ll find the kitchen well equipped with a commercial electric hob and oven, dishwasher, freestanding freezer with ice maker, commercial fridge, panini maker, coffee maker, microwave, air fryer and bread maker.

The Breakfast room can seat up to sixteen people around a large refectory table that has an extension leaf.

  • Billiard room
  • Cot
  • Games Room
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Open Fire
  • Piano, Grand
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Chapel, private
  • Swimming Pool
Four poster double bedroom with en-suiteWith a king size ensuiteA beautiful double room with gilded Sleigh BedAnother comfortable double with feature brass bedSeating area within the bedroomAll of the bathrooms are spacious and stylishly decoratedLarge four poster double bedroomCosy double bedroomStylish twin bedroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 14 + 4

There are seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, five bedrooms with en-suite facilities and two bedrooms have a choice from the remaining three stand-alone bathrooms.


Two of the bedrooms contain a French day bed with a trundle bed beneath, so these can be made up as additional one or two single beds in those rooms, one of these ‘suites’ has a gilded sleigh bed and the other one has a four poster emperor size bed. Both have ensuite bathrooms with bath and walk-in showers.

There is an additional bedroom on this floor with a four poster bed and an en-suite shower room.

All three of the bedrooms above are only accessible by way of a medieval spiral stone staircase so we do not recommend them if you have mobility issues.


On the reception floor we have one double room and a twin room, plus an en-suite double bedroom with a kingsize brass bed, the en-suite bathroom contains a roll top bath and walk in shower. 

And finally the Library, which has an en-suite shower room, can be left as a Library with Sofa and easy chairs or as a twin room or a superKing double bed, depending on the make up of your party.

These last four bedrooms are on the main reception floor, all bedrooms are above ground level and only accessible by stairs.

Note: The stoneturnpike staircases all have doors onto them, however the main staircase from the ground floor to the reception floor is over a metre wide and is open at the top and bottom. 

  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Private Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Private Bathroom
  • 2 Double Room/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 2 Family Room/s With Double Bed & Two Single Beds & Ensuite Facilities
This historic castle sleeps up to 14 peopleExplore the 40 acres of private grounds .. With manicured lawns to the front of the castleAnd a rose garden and walled garden as well.. The infinity pool will be a hit in the SummerInfinity poolThis unique castle is located in the centre of BanffshireThe Estate has its own fold of Highland CowsSurrounding by rolling hills and not far from the coast...

Grounds & Surrounds

The Castle sits in 40 acres of its own grounds and there are lawns to the front and the rear of the Castle.  There is also a rose garden, a laburnham avenue, a rhododendron tunnel, a burn, a lochan, an orchard within a walled garden and ancient woodland to explore.  

The Pavilion, a heated external games room is across the North Lawns and is perfect for all sorts of celebrations and if you choose to bring in caterers they prefer it too as they have more space to work. The owners do not supply linen, formal dining sets etc. but your caterers can deal with all of this.  It can be used for bigger parties, ceilidhs, ping pong and Yoga.

The gardens are very sheltered and there is plenty of outdoor seating. Croquet and Badminton sets are available.

There is also an unheated infinity pool.

Approximately 1 hour drive from Aberdeen Airport


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 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity and central heating included within the rental. An initial supply of logs for the wood-burning stove is provided.

Notes & Warnings

Whilst this property can supply a highchair. Please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

Please note that weddings need to be approved prior to booking as additional costs may apply.

Two dogs are welcome – restricted to the ground floor only, pet charges applicable, please advise the bookings team if you wish to take your pet.

Is offered on a shared basis with the owner, who will typically use before 8am.


The Castle offers free unlimited WIFI


Aberdeenshire, located on the north east of Scotland’s mainland, boasts a unique array of landscape and heritage.  The historic county of Banffshire on the north coast is now commonly considered to be part of Aberdeenshire. The many miles of easterly coastline offers rugged cliffs as well as sandy beaches and appeals to watersport enthusiasts. The inland westerly border incorporates the Cairngorm National Park, attracting walkers and explorers. The region is home the Lecht Ski Resort, and Glenshee Ski Resort, so really can cater for a massive range of sports! Investigation of the Castle Trail is a must – the trail takes in 17 of the best castles Aberdeenshire has to offer, including Balmoral Castle, seasonal home to the Royal Family. Aberdeen plays a part in the oil and gas industry forming a land base for the North Sea oil rigs, however don’t be deceived by what you may find here – the city has won the ‘Britain in Bloom’ award a record breaking 13 times, thanks to its incredible number of parks and gardens, and is home to a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. Its nickname the ‘Granite City’ is courtesy of its quarrying history, and the famous 'Granite Mile' (Union Street) is home to many shops. The traditional neighbouring towns of Banff and Macduff sit on either side of the River Deveron, a popular fishing river, and nearby you will find the magnificent Duff House. Other large towns in the area include Peterhead and Fraserburgh, both fishing towns on the north east coast, and the market town of Inverurie. 

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 


Area Highlands and Islands Type of location Countryside Nearest shop Aberchirder - 3 miles Nearest supermarket Banff - 8 miles Nearest pub 1 & 3 miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh 155 miles
Aberdeen 41 miles
This area in Scotland has some of the most beautiful coastline


Feefo is an independent feedback service used by Scotts Castle Holidays to give you an opportunity to see how other guests feel about this property.

14th August 2019 Excellent 

The castle is excellent. Very spacious for the amount of people staying there. Lots of rooms to explore including quirky ones.
The grounds are beautiful and well maintained and the addition of the amazing pavillion in the grounds is perfect for bad weather days.
The castle is well placed for trips to the coast and surrounding area.
The laird was very helpful too.

I'm sure future guests will find your feedback really helpful when deciding if this is the place for their next family holiday. Thanks for sharing and glad you had a 'five star' holiday!

21st June 2019 Excellent 

Amazing property! It was an authentic medieval castle, perfect for our private celebration. It has many available rooms and bathrooms, great kitchen and beautiful gardens. Rebecca was very helpful and willing to help at any moment. We certainly enjoyed our stay!

Service rating : Thanks so much, I'm so pleased we could help with planning your special day
Product : We agree this is an amazing castle, a great place for friends and family to get together, and the owner really does goes the extra mile to ensure guests enjoy their stay !

5th November 2018 Excellent 

Good service and good description of the property

Service rating : Glad to hear this thank you.

Product : Glad to hear your booking and holiday went smoothly.

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