Rich in history, this house was originally built in 1560 and subsequently partially destroyed in 1640 by the Duke of Argyll. The Fortalice has been painstakingly and rebuilt and renovated with modern comforts by its current owner. Set over five floors, there are 6 bedrooms sleeping 12 comfortably and boasting luxurious comfort without compromising original character.
The Great Hall is dominated by the wonderful, vast log fire and exquisite hand painted ceiling. It is perfect for a celebratory dinner, business venue or an intimate wedding, which is complimented by the small and unique chapel on the ground floor. All who visit learn to use the castle as their own and greatly enjoy the warmth of both its own unique charm and the magnificent outdoors that surround it.
This Castle in Glen Isla is exquisitely positioned and set against a stunning backdrop of rugged Perthshire countryside. It is perfect as a sumptuous bolt hole for total relaxation or alternatively, for those wishing to participate in all the area has to offer.
Weekly prices: £3950 year round (Christmas & New Year POA) Short break: £2950.
Lower ground floor: Kitchen, breakfast room, chapel and loo. Upper ground floor: The Great Hall and Roberts Room with four poster bed. First floor: The Lairds Room with en-suite bathroom and four poster bed. Second floor: Sebastian's room with four poster bed. Third floor: Julian's room with en-suite bathroom, Katharine's room, family bathroom (Both are doubles that can be converted in to twin bedrooms). Top floor: Samantha's Room (a double that can be converted in to a twin).
The castle has been rebuilt and refurbished to offer harmony between the 16th Century and modern 21st Century style living. The kitchen is very well equipped and includes a fridge/freezer, dishwasher and a huge range. The breakfast room is ideal for the first meal of the day or for intimate suppers and the crockery with its tartan designs recalls the Highlands. The tiny chapel on the ground floor is exquisite and gives the castle its heart.
The Great Hall is magnificent with a beamed painted ceiling. The roaring log fire and comfy sofas make it the ideal place to totally relax surrounded by fascinating memorabilia, family photos and books. The views from all the windows are breathtaking.
Up the spiral stairs, the bedrooms are all individually furnished, each one having its own style. There are four posters, tartan rugs, cashmere throws, heating, electric blankets and decanters of whisky. The family bathroom is huge. Two bedrooms have en suite facilities and each of my family thought their bedroom was the best! They are all lovely and very comfortable.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only
AIRPORTS EDINBURGH: Distance: 74.21 miles, about 2 hours 26 min GLASGOW: Distance: 105.41 miles, about 3 hours 6 mins ABERDEEN: Distance: 78.89 miles, about 2 hours 28 mins DUNDEE: Distance: Distance: 37.27 miles, about 1 hours 28 mins PRESTWICK: Distance: 128.19 miles, about 3 hours 32 mins
RAIL STATIONS DUNDEE RAILWAY STATION – Distance: 37.27 miles, about 1 hours 28 mins ARBROATH RAILWAY STATION - Distance: 40.54 miles, about 1 hours 49 mins PITLOCHRY RAILWAY STATION - Distance: 24.2 miles, about 1 hours 9 mins
OTHER PUB/BAR/RESTAURANT- THE GLENISLA HOTEL - Distance: 5.31 miles, about 16 mins TESCO, BLAIRGOWRIE: Distance: 18.55 miles, about 53 mins
The Fortalice is a convenient base for hill walking and other sporting activities. World famous golf courses such as St Andrews, Gleneagles and Rosemount are all close by. Renowned rivers for salmon and trout fishing are on the doorstep, namely the River South Esk, the River Isla and the River Tay. Pheasant, partridge, grouse and stag shooting can all be organised nearby by arrangement. Glenshee is easily accessible for those wishing to participate in winter skiing and snowboarding.
Rental is on a self catering basis. For special occasions, the owners can provide guests with the services of award winning chef John Ramsey. Using only the best local produce, John will create a mouth-watering menu.
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:
-Maid service/extra cleaning
-Local day-trips or tours
-Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.
Indoor reception capacity: 24
Available all year.
There is a chapel on site that can be used for a service. The owners suggest contacting the Humanist Society as they do not require a licence and the couple can create a unique and personal service in the chapel. The Humanist Society of Scotland has celebrants who are authorised to conduct legal marriages, making Scotland one of only seven countries in the world where Humanist marriage ceremonies have full legal status.
Catering £60 per person for 3 courses.
Other Services Flowers, live bands, DJs, transportation, marques, wedding planner, and portaloos are available.
Accommodation 12 guests can stay at the property. For the rest there a few options nearby: Glen Isla Hotel – 01575 582223 Dalmunzie Hotel, Glen Shee – 01250 885 224 The Spittal of Glenshee – 01250 885 215 Land of Loyal Hotel Alyth – 01828 633151 West Freuchies B&B, Glen Isla. 01575 582716 Glenmarkie Guest House, Glen Isla 01575 582295
Travel A hire car is recommended as the castle is set within a rural area.
- Security deposit: £750. Paid 2 months prior to arrival. Cashed then reissued no later than 3 weeks after departure. - Linen & Towels: Included. - Energy costs: Included. - End of stay cleaning: Included. £100 will be deducted from the deposit if the castle is not left clean and tidy as it was found, this includes washing up. - Arrival time: 4pm - Departure time: 10am - Pets: Max 3 well behaved dogs – not allowed on furniture. - Smoking: No - Bookings are taken Friday to Friday for weeks and Friday to Monday at weekends. - No fires in bedrooms - Do be careful with your water consumption. - Do not tamper with the heating system in the castle or Piggery. - Do keep the gate shut and your dogs in the grounds. - Do pick up after your dogs and dispose of the mess in the bucket buried next to the dustbins. Please do not allow them on the furnishings. - Do not drive or park on the lawn.
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