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Sleeps 36 adults Bedrooms 18 Bathrooms 16 Pets Not accepted Region Southern Scotland Town/village Dumfries and Galloway
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Luxury Baronial Castle, in Dumfries and Galloway (400)

Could this spectacular castle be one of Galloway's best kept secrets?

This stately Baronial Castle has recently opened its doors to the public for the very first time. Built at the turn of the century and noted then for its advanced technology in construction, this historic home stands as a superb example of its type. Whilst the building underwent some serious renovation by its owners in 2017, structurally, features like the ornate ceilings, extensive wood panelling and original carpets have been little touched since it was built.

With four grand reception rooms, two stately kitchens and well-appointed spacious bedrooms all superbly kitted out with quality furnishings, this venue would be well suited for weddings and corporate groups as well as making one fabulously unique location for that very special family reunion.

Located on the west coast of the Rhins of Galloway in the traditional county of Wigtownshire, this vacation rental is poised above the Southern Upland Way coastline, with views from the Irish Channel to the unspoilt woodlands of Morroch Bay. Given its stunning location and unique standing how long can this magnificent castle remain Scotland’s best kept secret?

The castle is let on a semi-catered, exclusive use basis with access to the services of an estate chef. 

Living Space

Reception rooms

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.

Drawing room

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.

Library

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. 

Housekeeping

A housekeeper will discreetly access the main rooms for two hours on a daily basis to maintain fires, replenish stock, polish furniture etc. Guests who choose to have evening meals catered will also enjoy a turndown service.  

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

FIRST FLOOR

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. A brand new, six-gas-top and double-electric oven allows for cooking meals for many. A large American style fridge and freezer provides plenty of space for storage, not including the classic walk-in larder for produce and dry goods. The kitchen is also fitted with a fully functional vintage double-door fridge, which is perfect for storing drinks. Microwave ovens, toaster, kettle, and endless amount of serveware and utensils will make cooking in here a smooth and joyful experience.

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.

Catering Options
Catering can be made available as extra for as many or as few nights as you wish.

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.

  • 5 Stars, Rated by Visit Scotland
  • Cot
  • Disabled Access
  • Fridge Freezer, US Style
  • Fridge, extra
  • Hairdryers in all bedrooms
  • High chair
  • Housekeeping Services Available
  • Microwave
  • Piano
  • Private and Secluded
  • TV, Smart
  • Personal chef
  • Wifi
  • Oven, 6 ring gas double electric
  • Electric Blankets
  • Semi-Catered Property

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 36

There are 18 bedrooms in the Castle, 10 in the East Wing and 8 in the West Wing. Each wing has a downstairs bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The East Wing downstairs bedroom has a large, disabled bathroom with a stand-alone shower. The Castle sleeps 36 guests.

Each bathroom contains hairdryers, bespoke toiletries and amenities, bath and/or walk-in shower, heated towel rail, plush bath mats and bathrobes. All linens are at least 600-thread count. Mattresses are from Casper, with extra thick mattress toppers. All pillows and duvets are filled with Siberian goose down. Beds are also fitted with electric blanket for truly chilly nights.

East Wing: 10 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms

Bedroom 1: king, en-suite with walk-in shower (Abdiel)
Bedroom 2: super king, en-suite with bath and walk-in shower (Blair)
Bedroom 3: king, en-suite with bath and walk in shower (The Old Nursery)
Bedroom 4: king, en-suite with bath and walk in shower (Heartsease)
Bedroom 5: king, en-suite with bath and walk in shower (Sunset Hill)
Bedroom 6: king, shares a bathroom with Merrick, which has bath and walk in shower and a separate loo room (Killantringan)
Bedroom 7: two singles, shares a bathroom with Killantringan which has bath and walk in shower and a separate loo room (Merrick)
Bedroom 8: king, shares a bathroom with Enoch which has bath and walk in shower and a separate loo room (Dinvin)
Bedroom 9: two singles, shares a bathroom with Dinvin which has bath and walk in shower and a separate loo room (Enoch)
Downstairs
Bedroom 10: two singles, en-suite with bath and walk in shower, a full disabled access bathroom (Atticus)

West Wing, 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms

Bedroom 11: king canopy bed, en-suite with in-room bath and walk in shower. (Rainbow)
Bedroom 12: king canopy bed, en-suite with in-room bath and walk in shower (Orion)
Bedroom 13: king brass bed, en-suite with bath and walk in shower (Garden)
Bedroom 14: king sleigh bed, en-suite with bath and walk in shower (Oak)
Bedroom 15: king, en-suite with bath and walk in shower (Glen)
Bedroom 16: superking, en-suite with bath and walk in shower (The Morroch)
Bedroom 17: king canopy bed, en-suite with bath and walk in shower (Beecher)
Bedroom 18: downstairs king, en-suite with shower (Sojourner Truth)

  • 2 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 11 King Size Bedroom With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 2 King Size Double Bedroom With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Superking Double With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom With Ensuite Bathroom
Scotts Castle Holidays

Grounds & Surrounds

If all that isn’t enough fairy dust to get you packing your bags, the spectacular grounds should seal the deal. Wake up to bird songs and have a cup of coffee inside the award-winning 18th century walled garden and the historic Victorian glasshouse.

Take a leisurely stroll through the manicured woodland gardens and discover the vast collection of flowers and plants, including a matured tree-trail and cheeky kissing gates. Need a bit more energising? How about a race through the Hampton Court-inspired hedge maze?

Magnificent views stretch for miles of hills, coastline, and unspoilt woodlands. Rocky Bay has endless rock pools full of sea life, including cockles, crabs, fish, and sea urchins. A small bridge leads across a rushing stream that flows from the Glen, and a historical cable hut stands right on the beach. Climb the small rock hill to cross into Sandy Bay, which boasts a waterfall and a cave. The long smooth stretch of sand makes it the ideal launch pad for kayaks and coasteering where dolphins and otters are often spotted.

Knock Bay north of the Estate features a stretch of sand almost a mile long. On the headland to the south stands Killantringan Lighthouse, built in 1900, but now decommissioned. In the bay beyond it, at low tide, you can see the wreck of the Craigantlet, a container ship that ran aground here on 26 February 1982. There is good coastal footpath to the beach from Portpatrick three miles to the south.

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

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, central heating, electricity and fuel for the log fires and wood-burning stove.

Chef Services

A 3-rosette Executive Chef along with an award-winning catering team can be provided for your disposal for as much or as little as you like as part of the rental (with food & provisions charged as extra and paid directly to the Estate) 

Housekeeping

A housekeeper will discreetly access the main rooms for two hours on a daily basis to maintain fires, replenish stock, polish furniture etc. Guests who choose to have evening meals catered will also enjoy a turndown service.  

Notes & Warnings

SEMI-CATERED ARRANGEMENT

The castle is let on an exclusive use basis with access to the services of an estate chef. The rental agreement is on a semi-catered basis, insofar as guests are welcome to bring their own food if they wish to cook themselves, however for insurance purposes, alcohol must be pre-ordered through the owners, who have a licence to sell alcohol. The owners will manage the storage, chilling and disposal of bottles on behalf of the house guests.

Guests will be billed for alcohol ‘at cost’ payable directly to the owners by cheque, bank transfer or credit card. This arrangement falls outside the terms of the holiday rental. 

WEDDINGS & CORPORATE

If you wish to book this property for a non-standard holiday e.g a wedding, corporate event, a film or photography shoot additional fees may apply, depending on your requirements.  Please call our team to discuss your specific requirements.  We highly recommend the organiser visits the property first prior to organising these sorts of events, all of which we can arrange if you advise at the time of your initial enquiry of your intentions.

CATERING

A 3-rosette Executive Chef along with an award-winning catering team can be provided for your disposal for as much or as little as you like as part of the rental (with food & provisions charged as extra and paid directly to the Estate) 

Activities can be arranged well in advance to accommodate all budgets and preferences.

HOUSEKEEPING

A housekeeper will discreetly access the main rooms for two hours on a daily basis to maintain fires, replenish stock, polish furniture etc. Guests who choose to have evening meals catered will also enjoy a turndown service.  

LocationDumfries and Galloway

From shores to hills, Dumfries and Galloway is an area of magnificent landscapes, and natural beauty, and a paradise for walkers and cyclists, thanks to the rolling hills, and verdant forests. 200 miles of coastline offer beautiful beaches and seaside towns, and thanks to the Gulf Stream, a unique climate here, a perfect setting for a beach holiday. 

Southern Scotland

Stretching across the border with England, and reaching up to the central belt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Southern Scotland region is a popular location for short break holidays. Although you may not find the monumental mountain ranges of the Highlands, don’t think that this region lacks the traditional Scottish landscapes. The famous 7Stanes mountain biking routes can be found across the Border counties and Dumfries and Galloway, as there is an abundance of hills, glens and forests to challenge even experienced bikers. The region has plenty of fishing opportunities too, most popular perhaps is the River Tweed, well known for its salmon, and miles of coastline, ideal for walking and bird spotting. Golf can be found in abundance in this area too. For gentler activities, visit the Four Borders Abbeys, magnificent tributes to the religious history of the area, at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.   

Area Southern Scotland Type of location Coastal Nearest shop Portpatrick 1.2 miles Nearest supermarket Stranraer 8 miles Nearest pub Portpatrick 1.2 miles

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