The Aldourie Estate truly is magnificent, the grounds are so peaceful and tranquil you could wander for hours. We are certainly hoping to return in the future – though next time definitely for longer.
So off we go again, only two castles left on our grand Scottish Tour. Next on the list is Dalmunzie Castle. The drive from the Aldourie Castle Estate to Dalmunzie Castle takes you right through the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. As we were headed down from the highlands of Scotland, the majority of the drive was downhill. The scenery is fantastic and picturesque, green mountains as far as the eye can see and plenty of sheep to say “hello” to! As we are travelling in summer, it is a bizarre sight to see still and silent ski lifts, which are obviously alive with activity in the winter.
After a spectacular three-hour drive we reach Dalmunzie Castle. Dalmunzie is described as a country house hotel hidden in the heart of Scotland, I would say it is a hidden gem. As we went in through the castle door we are warmly welcomed by Andrew, the castle’s manager.
As we head up to our room the creaking stairs give away the age of the building. We are shown to our Four Poster Room on the first floor, which is lovely. There are three room categories at Dalmunzie Castle: Dalmunzie Rooms; Four Poster Rooms; and Tower Rooms. All of the rooms have been named after a Scottish Clan, with the clan name and details displayed proudly by the door. The property is great for those who are interested in history and their genealogy. The castle is home to plenty of books on the subject for those looking to learn more about their ancestors.
After settling in to our room, we head to the lounge area to enjoy afternoon tea, home-made chocolate cake and scones with jam and cream were on offer, served by the warm fire with a cup of tea, simply delightful and delicious.
After afternoon tea we headed of on a tour of the castle, taking a look at some of the other rooms and learning all about Dalmunzie. What a lovely place. Although some might say that parts could benefit from a little TLC, the property itself is very relaxed and you can almost feel the love and history in the walls.
Jasmine was offered an early dinner, and had her favourite pasta dish cooked especially for her. We then got ready for our dinner served in the 2-rosette Michelin-recommended dining room. Jasmine had dropped to sleep so slept in her pushchair, allowing us to savour the spectacular dinner. The atmosphere in the dining room was relaxed, the food was amazing, one of the nicest meals I have tasted. For anyone staying at Dalmunzie, make sure you opt to take dinner at the castle, otherwise you are missing a treat!
After dinner we enjoy a drink by the fire, the castle has such a lovely feel to it, you can see why it is such a popular place. The bar area makes you feel like you are stepping back in time in a country pub, whilst the walls are full of pictures and depict the castles history.
After a good night’s sleep in a very comfy four poster bed, we are up again and headed to breakfast. The menu is displayed in a frame and offers some great choices (my favourite was the toasted banana bread!). Breakfast was delicious and was a feast in itself.
After breakfast I take Jasmine outside for a run around on the grass, and to try and spot some of the rabbits that we could see from the window. The views outside are wonderful and it is such a peaceful and tranquil place. Dalmunzie is loved by walkers as there are great walking opportunities in the area, and some guests whom we got chatting to were heading out horse riding. Boasting a golf course on the estate as well, it is also a haven for golfers.
All too soon it is time to say “goodbye”. Jasmine says her goodbyes to Lisa at reception (although she doesn’t look too happy to be leaving!).
Dalmunzie has been fantastic, such a special place, I can see why people return time and time again. The castle is set in spectacular surroundings, offers amazing food and a homely feel. I certainly hope to return again soon.
So we are back in the car and headed to our final castle…
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