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Tatler September 2012 - Loch Ness Castle

Local Heroes – Homegrown Houses

20 Sep 2012 by fullscreen

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 ( or 01835 824 642).

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  • “It was a spectacular weekend. We and our guests had a terrific time. The castle was exceptionally comfortable and we all felt completely at home thanks to the understated but highly efficient service and support they provided. Food was also amazing… a truly memorable party. We are very happy.” T. W., USA


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