8 Scottish Castles For Living Like Royalty
PHOTO: Gleneagles Blue Tower Suite overlooks the property. (Photo courtesy Connoisseurs Scotland)
Connoisseurs Scotland is a luxury collection of properties in Scotland. While they represent some of the country's most celebrated hotels in major metropolitan hubs such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, they also have a stable of accommodations at country houses and castles around the country.
They are often known as providers of the crème de la crème of properties in Scotland, so if you are looking for a standout experience during your trip, these rooms might be the cream of the crop when it comes to accommodations.
Boat House Hotel, Nairn
Plan a stay at this Georgian mansion nestled on 22 acres of manicured gardens, lawns and woodlands off the Moray Coast. Spend your days within its walled gardens, enjoying the lake, streams and parklands and spend your nights in Room 3, for a romantic retreat. It is the largest room in the house and was the original master suite. It offers a super-king-size bed and a stunning view of the lake, but perhaps the most talked-about feature is its gigantic bathroom – as large as the bedroom – and its twin bathtubs.
Cameron House, Loch Lomond
Located on the shores of Loch Lomond and just a short drive from Glasgow, highlights of the resort include a 27-hole golf course and a sensational spa. Its seven Whisky Suites are the most luxurious rooms on the property and for a stay that is truly over the top, book the Glenlossie Suite, decorated in deep reds and plentiful tartan. The room includes a king-size, four-poster bed, a bathroom with dual sinks and a whirlpool bath as well as a separate sitting area with bay windows that overlook the lawns and offer views of the loch.
Fasque Castle, Fettercairn
Located near Aberdeen, Fasque Castle is a country estate in the Scottish Highlands. Its centerpiece is a baronial mansion and its location is ideal for weddings and special events. Want to live like a laird or lady? Room 12 is the room to book, with a spacious bedroom that includes a fireplace and a bathroom that features a copper claw-foot tub, an original Victorian model that has been restored.
Glencoe House, Glencoe Glen
This is another property in the Scottish Highlands known for its seven stunning suites and a customized dining experience. Each suite features its own private dining room where meals are served to guests, course by course. Stay in Suite 3, a two-bedroom unit (one room has a king-size bed and the other has two twins), with a study, a powder room, a full bathroom with twin soaking tubs, a lounge and the aforementioned dining area.
Gleneagles is practically synonymous with golf and for those heading to the Perthshire countryside to hit the links, make your stay a special one in the Blue Tower Suite. It’s split over two levels and includes two bedrooms, a huge bathroom, an upstairs living room and an outdoor terrace from which guests can sit at the top of the hotel and survey their surroundings.
Inverlochy Castle, Fort Williams
Those looking for a room fit for a queen can head to the Queen’s Suite at Inverlochy Castle. The suite is so named because Queen Victoria once stayed in the room. It boasts a king-size, four-poster bed and a large sitting area that offers a view of the castle’s grounds, including its loch and the hills and mountains beyond.
Inver Lodge Hotel, Lochinver
Known as a haven for nature-lovers, Inver Lodge’s Iolaire Suite is the former upstairs lounge, where guests could once enjoy a cup of afternoon tea as they surveyed their surroundings. Today, it’s a guestroom with an enormous sitting area, a fireplace, a king-size bed and a spacious bathroom featuring both a tub (with a sea view) and a walk-in shower.
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St. Andrews
This is another property for lovers of the links, located in St. Andrews, the home of golf. The Royal & Ancient Suite is located above the par 4 Road Hole on the Old Course. It is 1,257 square feet and combines a spacious bedroom, Kohler bathroom with tub and shower, and guest bathroom. There’s also a parlor room, a small kitchen and a dining area for up to six guests.
For more information, visit Conoisseurs Scotland.
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