Stay in a Castle

How often have you visited a National Trust for Scotland property and wished you could stay for longer? We are delighted to offer a number of apartments within some of the Trust's beautifully preserved castles or cosy cottages within the grounds. Steeped in history, these properties provide the perfect base for a family holiday.
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Royal Artillery Cottage, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Set at the heart of Culzean Castle's sandstone stable block, this cottage would originally have served as living quarters for the numerous grooms, coachmen and stable-boys in charge of the Marquess's horses.
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Its clifftop aspect gives it fine sea views across to Arran. Wheelchair users and less able-bodied guests will find the flat particularly comfortable. All on one level, it has sliding doors, and a ramped entrance. The cottage was endowed by the Royal Artillery after WWII for the use of disabled ex-servicemen.

 

Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


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


  • Sitting/dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with bath and wheel-in shower


  • Gas fired under floor central heating and hot water


  • Car parking for 2 cars opposite cottage.


  • EPC Rating: E41




Additional apartments are available at Culzean.

 

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 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 nearby clifftop ruin 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 to be 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.

Please note that this property will be let Friday to Friday between 19 March and 29 October. Short breaks of either Monday to Friday or Friday - Monday will be available over the winter months. < Hide

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South Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 2 Star Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Like it's counterpart, North Segganwell, this cottage lies directly beneath the castle cliffs, opening onto the beach. Thomas Davidson, the house carter, once lived at South Segganwell with his wife and 6 children.
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Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year.

 

Accommodation details



  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess


  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove


  • Kitchen


  • Shower room with WC


  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding


  • Night storage heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps


  • EPC Rating: F24




Please bring a torch for night time

Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.

 

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 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 nearby clifftop ruin 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 to be 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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Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Only 10 miles from the heart of Aberdeen, this charming 16th century apartment at Drum Castle is an intimate one bedroom apartment that is surprisingly spacious.
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With log burning stove and central heating throughout, the historic residence is warm and cosy.

Located in the ancient courtyard of the NTS's oldest 14th Century castle, which was given by Robert the Bruce, this little gem makes an idea starting point for a visit to Royal Deeside. The exquisitely beautiful Estate of Drum, with its 16th century Chapel, Garden of Historic Roses and Scene of Special Scientific Interest Woodland, makes a perfect romantic getaway for 2.

 

Accommodation details



  • 1 storey - accessed by staircase


  • Sleeps 2 - 1 double


  • Open-plan Living room with wood-burning stove and Kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath and under-floor heating


  • Electric ‘intel’ heaters


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: D58


 

About Drum Castle

Drum is one of Royal Deeside’s top historic attractions, just 10 miles from Aberdeen. It is one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses and is set beside an ancient oak woodland and a walled garden that contains a fine collection of historic roses which perfume the air.

 

William de Irwyn was gifted the Royal Forest of Drum and the Tower of Drum by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The tower has benefitted from various improvements over the centuries, including a Jacobean mansion house extension in 1619 and Victorian adaptations, such as the impressive library converted from the lower hall.

 

About the area

There is an exquisite 17th century chapel in the grounds of the castle, along with the newly-opened Old Laundry, the award-winning Wildlife Garden and the Garden of Historic Roses, which has over 200 varieties, representing rose cultivation from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

 

On the Drum Castle Estate are 3 trails, each 1.5km long, including the Wood of Drum, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to oak trees dating from 1740, as well as red squirrels, red kites, roe deer and badgers.

 

Things to do



  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.


  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.


 

Getting there

Drum Castle is 3 miles W of Peterculter, 10 miles W of Aberdeen and 8 miles E of Banchory.

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