Hidden behind the trees, this 16th century pink castle oozes romance. It comes into view as you travel up the long tree-lined drive. The Castle of Park Estate was originally part of the Royal Forest of Banff and was granted by King Alexander II to a Norman knight, Sir Walram de Normanville, in 1242. The current castle is a large rambling, harled mansion which may have foundations from the 13th century, but was rebuilt into a Z-plan tower house in 1536. In the 1700’s a number of extensions were added to Park, changing it from a fortified house into a large Georgian country mansion and, in 1829, the final addition of a Gothic tower was added. This castle has all the trimmings you'd expect within its large slice of history!
The castle sits in 40 acres of grounds, with easy access to the most wonderful Banffshire Coast in the North East of Scotland. You can choose from dolphin and seal spotting on the Moray Firth to fly fishing on the Spey and Deveron Rivers; this part of Scotland holds a certain magic about it. If you prefer the wind in your hair, there are plenty of coastal walks taking in the beautiful Banffshire fishing villages or, if you are a golfer, there is a large selection of golf courses in the locality to enjoy.
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One of the plus points of staying at Castle of Park is the personal service you get from Becky Campbell Wilson, the owner. Her care and attention does not just stop at the fantastic restoration of the interior of the castle, bringing it back to its former glory, full of antique furniture with a wonderful collection of mainly British Romantic Art hanging the on walls.
All the reception rooms have wood-burning stoves or open fires, adding to the glow the castle gives out; this creates a very comfortable feeling on colder nights and fresh flowers - where possible from the estate's very own gardens - are arranged through the interior of the castle.
Becky says, “We would hope anyone who decides to stay with us will have a most memorable experience, staying in the castle and sharing many of the public rooms we love.” This is more that just staying in a castle, this is also accessing Becky’s vision of a 5-star bed and breakfast; as you can probably see from the image of the bedrooms, her standards are very high!
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There are 3 luxury and spacious bedrooms; you can choose between a sleigh bed, double four poster or a king sized brass bed, all with high spec en-suite bathrooms.
The gardens, which had also undergone considerable landscaping in Victorian times, are still a work-in-progress, but now boast picturesque waterfalls, several ponds, an orchard, woodland walks, a laburnum avenue, a rhododendron tunnel and a rose garden. This creates a peaceful retreat which, no matter how long you stay at the castle, will leave you wishing it could have lasted longer; this castle draws you back.
As to cuisine, Becky tries to locally source food for a great Scottish breakfast wherever possible; the sausages may even come from their very own Highland cows on occasion!
This is a fascinating castle, with a lovely welcoming family feel, giving you great access to parts of northern Scotland that many people fail to see and experience. Remember...as you leave after you have experienced Becky’s hospitality and this wonderful castle, you will be booking your next visit!