Connoisseurs' Collection - Luxury Holiday Accommodation

The Connoisseurs' Collection contains some of The National Trust for Scotland's most prestigious properties. Finely furnished and sleeping up to 18 people, they are located in some of the most spectacular areas of Scotland, these properties are perfect for house parties and family get-togethers. All properties within this range can be booked for short breaks (minimum of 3 nights) or for full weeks. We can recommend local caterers if required, as well as sporting and sightseeing activities in the area.

We can assure you of a holiday to remember.

Please note: A "good housekeeping" deposit of £500.00 will be required on bookings at properties within the Connoisseurs' Collection: Bynack, Claybokie & Creag Bhalg at Mar Lodge; Harmony, Melrose; The Laird's Apartment, Brodie Castle and the Preston Tower Apartment at Fyvie Castle. This payment will not be processed unless any damage occurs during your stay. We hope you will understand our reasons for this.
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Belmont House, Belmont House

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 8
  • 5
  • Not allowed
On the UK's most northerly island this slice of Georgian grandeur stands perfectly proportioned, overlooking the Bluemull Sound that runs between Yell and Unst. Belmont House has been exquisitely restored to show off all the features of its age; pavilions, symmetrical frontage, arched hallways and quadrant walls.
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The House was built by Thomas Mouat in 1775 and now provides spacious and splendid accommodation for up to 12 people. Make the most of the magnificent first-floor drawing room or relax in Mouat's writing room with its Venetian windows that look out to sea.



Accommodation details



  • 3 storeys


  • Sleeps 8 - 12 - 1 double, 3 twin, plus additional sofa bed and two hand-built box beds suitable for children


  • Hand-built kitchen with range


  • Large dining room


  • Family room


  • Shower room and WC


  • First-floor drawing room with views to three sides


  • Thomas Mouat's writing room


  • Large child friendly garden


  • Laundry




A large child-friendly garden runs from the front of the house down to the pier at Belmont, where the ferry from Yell docks.



There is mobile reception (Vodaphone) and broadband at the property.



About Unst

Unst is the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, just 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, outlined by majestic cliffs, ragged sea stacks, sheltered inlets, and golden beaches. Inland, purebred Shetland sheep and ponies roam the common grazing land. Unst is a major breeding site for seabirds including gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, arctic skuas and whimbrels. Seals and porpoises are common and you may even see otters and killer whales. Try the following websites for more information:

www.shetland.org

www.unst.org



Things to do



  • Hermaness National Nature reserve is excellent for birdwatching. You'll find rare plants at Keen of Hamar, as well as sea and loch angling. The Trust can arrange guided walks, fishing trips, and tours of the island.


  • Indulge in the local ingredients. Local lamb and shellfish can be ordered, and there is also a Farmer's Market once a month.


  • The Unst Viking project has been unearthing Norse finds all over the island. Visit their reconstructed Longhouse and ship at Haroldswick.




Getting there

Although Unst is as far north as southern Greenland, it is a very accessible island. Smooth, modern roads and frequent vehicle ferries link the Shetland mainland to Unst via the neighbouring island of Yell. The ferries are very busy in summer and it is advisable to book in advance (Tel: 01957 722259).



Loganair flies from Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton to Sumburgh Airport on the Southern tip of mainland Shetland. < Hide

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The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 14
  • 7
  • Dogs allowed
Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle.
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14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.



Accommodation details



  • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd


  • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles


  • Sitting room


  • Grand dining room with space for 14


  • Kitchen with dining area


  • Cocktail kitchen


  • Study/games room


  • 3 bathrooms with WC


  • 1 shower room with WC


  • 1 additional WC


  • Parking for 5 cars






Choose from three levels of accommodation

Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping

B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily

Self-catering



Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.



About Brodie Castle

The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.



Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.



About the area

Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.



Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.



Things to do



  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.


  • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.


  • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.


  • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.


  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.






Getting there

Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4 miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.



Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.

Please note: 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 500.00 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

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The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • 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.
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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

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