In the centre of Banffshire, known for its whisky distilleries, fishing, castles and some of the most outstanding coastline Scotland has to offer, you will find Castle of Park, located in 40 acres of private grounds and gardens.
The castle can be hired on an exclusive-use, self-catering basis, and sleeps up to 18 guests in 7 bedrooms.
The interior is adorned with an eclectic collection of art and antiques; the previous Laird was an art dealer and his collection is very much part of what makes the castle so special. The house is still the main family home of the Campbell Wilsons, who move into a service wing when guests are in residence, and they are very happy to personally discuss the history of the castle.
On the reception floor, there are two large sitting rooms; the central reception room is the great hall with an open fire, panelling, Medieval-painted ceiling and three window seats looking out to the front aawns and the swimming pool. This is also where you will find the grand piano and there is enough room to dance a Scottish reel! There are sofas and comfy chairs arranged around the fire, and if you'd prefer to eat upstairs for any of your meals, the owners can arrange to have a table brought up.
The drawing room gets the morning light through its Georgian windows; it also has a wood-burning fire to keep you warm in the evenings if you want to relax in front of the TV or enjoy some of the board games on offer.
The library is used as a bedroom when there are 18 guests in residence, but for smaller parties, it reverts back to its original purpose, home to an extensive collection of art history books.
On the ground floor, as well as the kitchen and the breakfast room, there is a billiard room with wood-burning fire, vaulted dining room (seating 6/8) and chapel.
The pavilion, an external games room, is located across the north lawns and can be used for bigger parties, ceilidhs, ping pong and yoga.
You'll find the kitchen well-equipped with a commercial electric hob and oven, dishwasher, freestanding freezer with ice maker, commercial fridge, panini maker, coffee maker, microwave, air fryer and bread maker.
Castle of Park has 6 permanent guest bedrooms:
The Master Suite (super-king-sized four-poster bed with en-suite)
The Silver Suite (king-sized gilded sleigh bed with en-suite)
The Tudor Room (four-poster bed with en-suite)
The Laird's Room (king-sized brass bed with en-suite)
The Blue Room (twin beds with a private bathroom)
The Pink Room (twin beds with a private bathroom)
All bedrooms are above the ground floor; four are on the main reception floor and the three largest rooms are accessed by a Medieval stone spiral staircase. There are, unfortunately, no bedrooms for guests who require wheelchair access.
The estate was granted by King Alexander II to a Norman knight, Sir Walram de Normanville, in 1242. The castle may have foundations dating back to the early 13th century, but the Z-plan tower house, as we know it, was built in 1536.
Throughout the 1700s the castle underwent a number of extensions, and in 1829 a Gothic tower was added. No further additions have been made to the castle proper, but in recent years a swimming pool was built in the front lawn...for those brave enough to take a dip!
In the daytime, guests can wander through the extensive grounds, which include ponds, a burn, rhododendrons, azaleas, a laburnum walk, a rose garden, a labyrinth, ancient woodland, croquet lawn and meadows. In the evening, enjoy a local whisky in front of a roaring fire. The estate has its own fold of Highland cows and a small muster of peacocks.
There is an endless pool for swimming and an external pavilion that can be used for games on a wet day or for meetings, events or parties.
|Castle of Park||7 Nights|
|Nov - Dec||£2,750|
The rates detailed above are based on 18 occupants sharing Castle of Park, for the indicated number of nights, on a self-catering basis.
Just over one hour's drive from Aberdeen, and just under two hours' drive from Inverness, Castle of Park is a very accessible property. Explore charming villages, castles and homes off the Banffshire coast during your time at Park.