Guests can make use of four grand reception rooms all located on the ground floor with original lavish features and a large collection of fine arts displayed throughout.
The formal drawing room has high ornate ceilings and a large open fire. Floor to ceiling sash windows draw in plenty of natural light and lots of assorted good quality seating is provided for groups to gather in comfort. A Collard & Collard grand piano can provide plenty of entertainment for the musically minded and the array of antiques and fine paintings finish the room.
The Baronial Porch
The Baronial Porch retains the most original feature of the house upon which Dunskey Castle was built. No aristocratic home can be without one. Panelled in wood, with black & white check marble floors and large open fire this room is designed to be impressive, wowing guests as they arrive. The main reception rooms all lead off the Great Hall, and of course it’s where you’ll find the beautiful wooden Scarlett O’Hara style sweeping staircase.
The Great Hall
Another impressively sized room, the partly wood-panelled dining room can be dressed up or down depending on requirements. The large mahogany table extends to comfortably seat 36 guests and additional tables can be brought into the room for even bigger celebrations. To one end of the room beside an open log fire set into beautifully carved stonework spanning the height of the wall, are some sofas and easy chairs for small groups to congregate before and after meals.
The library is one of the largest rooms in the house. Lined on one wall by bespoke mahogany bookcases with hints of baroque, this room also has a brass fireplace with roaring log fire and plenty of occasional seating for break out groups. A full size billiard room provides ample entertainment. A great spot for whisky tastings and music.
The Club Room or The Old Butler’s Pantry
What was once the Butler’s Pantry has now been fully converted into a Club Room, used during the winter for shooting parties, and as a media room during the rest of the year. Here you’ll find original tile floor, a fully working range with Dutch tiles, bespoke lockers, artefacts of the family's history in sports, yachting and travels. A full Wi-Fi enabled TV with a collection of movies is also available, with leather sofa and club chairs. It is one of the most beloved and atmospheric spots in the entire Castle, a perfect place where three or four can sneak off to for quiet chats and a quiet drink.
A housekeeper will discreetly access the main rooms on a daily basis to maintain fires, replenish stock, polish furniture and turn down beds etc.
For those needing access to the internet whilst on holiday this property provides unlimited Wifi which is accessible on the ground floor but not in the bedrooms.
Kitchen / Dining
The Dutch kitchen
At the top of the staircase is a large open area that features an original Edwardian iron fireplace, lined with hand-painted 18th century Dutch tiles from Delft. This is the perfect spot to take morning tea or coffee and admire the sunrise through the ceiling-height windows.
The huge farmhouse eat-in kitchen is fully equipped to cater for large groups and house parties. With its charming original table, wooden chairs and church pew, this room would be ideal for feeding youngster’s breakfast and early suppers. Soaring ceilings with exposed beams brings about plenty of light. Whilst guests are welcome to make use of this kitchen to prepare snacks, the estate chef and kitchen staff will be on hand to cater for your group throughout the day.
The Romantic Dining Room
A light filled breakfast room is located on the first floor, comfortably accommodating 20 guests around a mahogany antique dining table with matching chairs. A full plated service or a buffet service can be easily arranged in the room. An impressive brass fireplace keeps it toasty warm, and the room is decorated with yacht boxes, fine arts and antique collectibles.
Great feasts will be a core component of your overall castle experience. The owners are proud to have an award-winning catering team headed by an Executive Chef with Michelin-star and 3-Rosette experience.
All bookings must take at least two meals a day from the team. Past experience has proven everyone can truly make the most of their time here without having to purchase, store, prep, cook, set, serve and clear meals for large number of people.
The owners care deeply about guests’ well-being and safety, therefore undertake comprehensive alcohol insurance. As such, they must be the sole provider and distributor of any alcoholic beverage.
The Estate provides high-grade game meats and the Larder is always fully stocked with wild ducks, rabbits, home-roasted nuts, and a wide selection of freshly baked loaves, cakes, and other goodies. Their free range, organic venison is professionally prepared and packaged, available in different cuts, and hugely versatile. Pheasants are always available for braising and roasting, or you can order ready-to-serve pheasant stew with wild mushroom and chestnut dumplings.
On the doorstep, woodlands stretch into the ocean. In it, beautiful mushrooms dot the forager's trail. The vegetable garden supplies an endless medley of organic fruits, herbs and produce and a few minutes away is the largest natural oyster bed in the UK. The icy Atlantic waters bring the freshest of seafood, including feisty lobsters and fatty mackerels.