This mini-Balmoral is the only inhabited castle on the shores of Loch Ness and staying here is a ball. Gone are the days of damp horsehair mattresses, unheated bathrooms and a slice of bread and jam for tea – now you will find four-poster beds, copper baths, priceless antiques and a team of cooks, cleaners and fixers who are genuinely happy to see you. No epic journeys along twisted Highland passes either: Aldourie is blissfully just a hop, skip and a jump from Inverness airport.
Of the 15 bedrooms, the most enchanting is the two-chimney room hidden away in a turret at the far end of the castle. Wake up at dawn to watch the mist rising from the loch, soak in the vast roll-top tub in the Arts and Crafts bathroom and curl up next to the roaring fire with a battered Sir Walter Scott novel. Breakfast is ever so Brideshead: white linen, the family silver, not to mention kippers from the east coast and eggs from the estate. Children can go Nessie-spotting between bagpipe lessons, boat trips to haunted castles and beach bonfire parties.
Sleeps 28 Book it: Loyd & Townsend Rose offers three nights from £18,000 (https://ltrcastles.com or 01835 824 642).This entry was posted in Press & Media .