Private grandeur in the middle of Royal Deeside. World-class hospitality.

A Castle featured as one of only four properties in the PBS series The Great Estates of Scotland.   A private family home which only opens its doors by arrangement for exclusive tours, private dining, meetings and weddings. Accommodation for groups of six or more guests only.   Discretely we provide world-class hospitality to discerning travellers.

This is a rare opportunity to step, for a while, into the lives of a couple who have dedicated their lives to the preservation of a building, its history and culture, while striving to sustain a rural community in the modern world. Don’t miss it.

The Castle is the private home of a Scottish Laird and his Lady. During your exclusive and very entertaining visit Andrew & Nicky Bradford will share their extraordinary life with you in their Little Bit of Heaven – which is how one visitor described their beautiful house and gardens which stand hidden from public view on their 3,000 acre estate.

You’ll be treated like the Laird’s personal guests and during your stay at the castle you’ll find what Queen Elizabeth did in the Great Hall and how Tutankhamun, Macbeth, Guy Fawkes, Jane Austen, Alfred Brendel and Dracula fit into the story.

Inspiration from a Princess and perspiration have combined to produce a series of beautiful gardens.

Learn how this estate, in addition to farming, forestry, hunting, fishing and shooting, cares for wildlife and the environment and strives to support a rural community.

Dine with the Bradfords in the magnificent Dining Room surrounded by family portraits from the last 400 years – and hear their stories. The delicious food will be prepared by the Laird’s personal chef.

This is a time for all the senses

  • See the extensive Highland views which reach to the Queen’s Balmoral Estate and beyond while nearer to hand you can take time to enjoy the gardens, Dutch Old Masters and many other treasures.

  • Smell the fine oak panelling mingled with the hint of wood smoke from the log fire, the roses in the garden and the wonderful wines.

  • Feel the smooth polished wood of a 340- year old table and finely balanced cutlery.

  • Hear the chime of a clock that’s been keeping time for over 330 years and the playing of the Steinway piano. Play it yourself if you want.

  • Taste not only the delicious food but also sample some of the Castle’s yummy food products and, of course, the wines.

This is a time which not only fills your senses but creates wonderful memories of your visit and you’ll also be given a potentially life-saving tip as to what to do when being eaten by a tiger.

  • Number of bedrooms:  15

  • Number of conference rooms:  3

  • Maximum boardroom style  24

  • Maximum theatre style  80

  • Maximum banquet style:  60

  • Maximum reception:  120