World-class hospitality. This magnificent Victorian Castle sits in 3,000 acres of family estate in the heart of beautiful Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire. The castle is available for exclusive-use only for private and corporate functions such as house parties, meetings, conferences and seminars, weddings, receptions, private dining and concerts.
The range of rental rates shown is for self-catering for a minimum group for one night, to full occupancy for a week. Guests will be charged for meals during their stay. Minimum group size is 6.
This is also the Laird's family home and guests enjoy the personal hospitality of Andrew and Nicola who, through their great enjoyment of their beautiful home, give guests a unique insight into this magical world. The estate enterprises include farming, forestry, salmon fishing, game shooting, property rentals and quarrying. There is also a baking and preserve-making operation.
From the moment you step into the marble entrance hall you’re welcomed into a warm and friendly atmosphere of elegant comfort. Food and wines are excellent. Where possible we use local produce and the result is magnificent cuisine within the ambience of a graceful house party in the grandest of surroundings.
There are 16 bedrooms in total - 5 singles and 11 doubles/twins – each with its own bathroom. The reception rooms and bedrooms are furnished with antiques, mostly from the 17th - 19th centuries. Standing on a hillside the castle has spectacular views of Royal Deeside and the Eastern Highlands.
The gardens consist of three main sections. The Woodland Garden, the Lawns and Park and the Walled Garden. The Lawns set off the house splendidly and merge with the Park beyond. Wild flowers grow there and the plan is to encourage more. A thought-provoking Planetary Garden challenges your imagination. The Woodland Garden is best seen from its network of grassy paths in late May or early June when it is ablaze with azaleas and rhododendrons. The Walled Garden has been transformed from its former role as a kitchen garden into a pleasance. The most spectacular feature is the 60-yard long Laburnum Walk.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only
The castle is just 25 miles (40 mins) from Aberdeen and its airport. The area is spectacularly beautiful and there is much to entice besides scenery. There are many castles and gardens to visit. There is some excellent shopping and a few whisky distilleries too.
The castle overlooks the eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park. There is a wide variety of activities available at the castle or at nearby Deeside Activity Park, less than 3 miles away. Events can include organised team-building sessions with a variety of individual activities making up the day. The owners can bring in professional event organisers for such occasions.
The following are examples of activities that can be organised: Clay Pigeon Shooting, Off-road 4WD Driving Instruction, Team Building Exercises, Land-Rover Safari/Estate Tour, Highland Games, Abseiling, Orienteering, Fly-fishing Instruction, JCB Digger Driving, Rifle Target Shooting, Quad & Mountain Biking, Cross Bow Shooting, Pilot Buggy Driving, Falconry, Game Shooting, Salmon Fishing. Whether guests want to be organised by expert guides or go it alone, they are sure to find something to suit the active spirits.
Walking: From a ten minute stroll around the garden to a day-long guided expedition into the hills, there are walks to suit everyone.
Golf courses abound. There are 40 courses and 2 driving-ranges within a 30-mile radius. Famous courses are Royal Aberdeen, Trump International and Cruden Bay, but charming Aboyne is just a few minutes away and is worth a visit.
Riding: From short rides to half-day and day-long expeditions up into the hills with lunch in panniers, guests have many options.
Cycling: Borrow a bike or hire one locally for some fresh air and exercise.
Shooting and Fishing are also available, but they require more advanced planning. Please enquire.
Please note that we don't offer self-catering rentals. The price quoted on the website is a notional self-catering one to which will be added a charge for catering.
Catering The castle’s Chef is Bob Ovington who has decades of experience as executive head chef of a quality hotel. Bob’s enthusiasm for delicious food and gardening has brought him to us.
When possible we like to utilise the best local foods and serve it with appropriate yummy wines. This is a practice supported by the many well-known chefs who have also cooked here for clients over the years including Anthony Worrall-Thomson, Brian Turner, Paul Rankin, Jeanne Rankin, Gordon Ramsay, Nick Nairn, James Martin, Ross Burdon, Aldo Zilli, Chris and James Tanner, Theo Randall, Ed Baines, Matt Tebbutt, Tom Kitchin and Louisa Bradford.
Meeting Services The castle is an excellent location for meetings. Guests can get away from the office. It is a discreet location and our policy of exclusive-use only means that no one need know. Having spent literally thousands of hours in meetings ourselves we’re well acquainted with what makes a bad meeting room and how that affects the meeting itself. We understand that people are much more productive when they’re in good surroundings and a friendly, homely atmosphere.
The Board Room is a fine, light and airy room with a 10ft high ceiling and five large windows which look out onto the lawns and gardens. Easily accessible, this room is on the ground floor. We provide the usual meeting materials, flip charts, etc. Projection is onto the wall.
We provide teas and coffee, usually on a self-service basis. They can also provide bacon rolls to start the day. For lunch, soup, filled rolls, cheeseboard and fruit bowl usually fit the bill as this allows for that little bit of flexibility that can sometimes creep into the timing of meetings. Of course our Chef can provide a formal lunch if required. We can also provide a grand dinner party to end the meeting and, of course, overnight stays are an option.
For larger groups, the great hall can be set up for theatre style meetings or for meetings around a number of small tables. Again, the room is light and airy and a pleasant place in which to meet. As many as 80 guests have been seated there in theatre-style layout, but please note that a sit down meal for that many is not possible.
- House Parties and accommodation: capacity from 6 to 27. - Meetings: Boardroom layout, up to 30; Theatre style, up to 60. - Concerts: Up to 80. - Dinner Parties: Up to 56. - Weddings: Receptions in the castle, Up to 120. Using Marquee Site, Up to 400. - Marquee Events: Up to 400.
- Security deposit: £500 (Hen/Stag parties - £1,000). This is paid 7 days before arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. - Linen & towels: All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price. - Catering charge will be added to the notional self-catering rate and this must be paid ahead of your arrival. - Energy costs: Included in the rental price. - End of stay cleaning: Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it. - Arrival time: 4pm onwards. - Departure time: 10am. - Pets: Please enquire. - Smoking: No smoking in the property. - It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Posted by Anonymous Gueston 18/10/2009
I can only echo the sentiments above, a fabulous house and an entirely memorable stay
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