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Garden Cottage, Towie Barclay Castle

£870.00 | 6th August 2016 - 13th August 2016
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This charming cottage is set next to the courtyard of 16th century Towie Barclay Castle. Its restoration won the Civic Trust Award, in honour of its beautifully preserved period features such as the stone-flagged floors and timber ceilings. Read More >
In summertime relax in the cottage's private, enclosed garden and make use of the barbeque, or drive off into the wooded countryside to explore this historic part of the north.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4-6 - 2 doubles plus double sofa bed in study off master bedroom

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Dining Kitchen

  • Shower room

  • Utility room

  • Master bedroom has en suite bathroom with sauna

  • Private garden with patio and barbeque

  • WiFi

  • Electric Dimplex heating

 
...Our guests said...
"..we felt at home the moment we stepped in the door..."
 
"..full of charm and character. The tour of the castle and coffee was very much appreciated and a highlight of our stay".
 
About Towie Barclay Castle
Towie Barclay Castle, some 4 miles south of the market town of Turriff in Aberdeenshire, was built in the 16th century by the Barclay family. The castle lay in ruins until 1971 when an award-winning programme of restoration was carried out by the present owners. It is now privately owned.
 
About the area
In the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, close to Royal Deeside, whisky distilleries, museums, over 50 golf courses, historical sites and the cliffs of the Moray coast, Towie Barclay is an ideal base from which to discover the many lesser-known jewels in Scotland's crown.
 
Things to do

  • A visit to the area would not be complete without taking in breathtaking Fyvie Castle, a few miles away. A little further afield, (approx 1.5 hours drive) Craigievar Castle is another fabulous example of turretted Scottish Baronial architecture.

  • Crovie village, perched on a ledge between cliff and sea and too narrow to even allow cars, is approximately 20 miles away. Take a walk along the pebble beach and keep an eye out for bottlenosed dolphins.

 
Getting there
The cottage is situated just off the A947, 4 miles from Turriff. Aberdeen is 27 miles away.
 
Public transport accessible. Short breaks are not available at this property, it is restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday). Please note that the entry time to this property is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. < Hide

The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

£1,215.00 | 8th August 2016 - 12th August 2016
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 16
  • 8
  • Not allowed
The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
 
Accommodation details

  • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

  • Sleeps 16 - 3 double and 5 twin bedrooms

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Drawing room

  • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

  • 3 additional WCs

  • 3 showers rooms

  • Electric storage heaters

  • Public transport accessible

 
About Fyvie Castle
Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
 
Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
 
The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
 
Things to do

  • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

  • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

  • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

 
Getting there
Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
 
Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
 
Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
 
Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
 
Please note that guests will be asked to provide credit/debit card details as a good housekeeping deposit to cover any damages/ breakages which may occur. The deposit is £500 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

Brewhouse Flat, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£790.00 | 12th August 2016 - 19th August 2016
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Perched on an Ayrshire clifftop, Culzean Castle is second to none for grandeur. This circular former brewhouse lies in the castle's West Wing and supplied the estate workers with their staple drink of beer until Victorian times. Read More >
The brewery was added to Culzean in the 1780s. 100 years later however the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa decided to make way for his preferred tipple and changed it into a wine cellar.
 
Dine alfresco in the private garden, enjoy spectacular sunsets over the bay and let the crash of the waves lull you to sleep.
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey basement flat - 23 steps down to the flat which we regret is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin), 1 twin

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Electric night storage heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Private garden

  • Children will require supervision when playing outside the flat, due to the cliff edge

  • Private parking for 2 cars

  • Public transport accessible


 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole. < Hide
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