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Balfour Castle

3.0 of 5 Castle   |   Balfour Village, KW17 2DY, Scotland
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Tyne & Wear
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Its hard to put into words how magical this place is, from the boat trip, to meeting our charming host, Elodie, through to the best meal ever and having a Castle to ourselves. Oh and the Spa hidden away in the beautiful grounds. Absolute perfection in every way. Thank You.

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Great example of what money can do. The castle, garden and estate shows what money and imagination can do. The magnificent gardens are still being restored to their former glory. The hand planted forest is truly an unique walk. The greenhouse was used for floral displays and fresh fruit and vegetables in the Balfour era. The castle itself is magnificent... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

On the spur of the moment my husband and I decided to see if we get reservations to eat at the restaurant at Balfour Castle on Shapinsay Island, Orkney. We were able to get them, took a taxi boat, made private arrangements to get back to the Mainland and we treated to the best meal we have ever had. We... More

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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370 reviews 370 reviews
78 hotel reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Last year when we stopped in the Orkney's we toured Skara Brae, Skail House, the Standing Stones of Ennis and more that was very interesting and worthwhile. This year we were on the Silversea Silver Cloud when it stopped in the Orkney Islands and chose the ship's tour that took us by a short 25 minute ferry ride out to... More

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Athens GA
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135 reviews 135 reviews
17 hotel reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is a fantastic property. Magnificent architecture, and well maintained. Fascinating grounds, including the gardens where food is grown. Visited on a cruise ship tour. Would love to have stayed here (think pretty pricey). Tip: if you are on tour, try to get Nick as your guide. He is the overall farm manager and very informative. If the scones, cakes,... More

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Belleville, Canada
2 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

We spent night at the Balfour Castle during a month long driving holiday in Scotland & the Orkney's. Accomodation, food, extremely attentive staff were excellent. Our room was so beautiful, our bed so comfortable and the castle so amazing, it's a wonder that we ever ventured outside the Castle to explore. Golf, riding, beaches - it is a place we'll... More

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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We spent one night at the castle, and felt that the service, accomodation and food was of exceptionally high service. For dinner we had the taster menu, every course was immaculate, and all the ingredients were fresh and full of flavour. The attention paid to every detail at breakfast was eqqually impressive. Our rooms were beautiful, completely comfortable, and very... More

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

We spent three nights at Balfour Castle in one of their better rooms. The castle and it's rooms are maintained by a small staff and the whole place looks more like someone's personal home rather than a hotel. Dinner and breakfast is served with the other guests (at the same table) in the dinning room and drinks to follow in... More

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Stirling, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

We recently got married at Balfour Castle and could not have asked for a better venue. The castle has been restored to a very high standard, with every bedroom and bathroom now decorated with beautiful antique furniture, wallpaper and accessories. Every room has a different theme, but all are cosy and welcoming, with large comfortable beds. The food provided throughout... More

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2010

The Balfour was a breath of fresh air, I have only just got around to reviewing it but absolutely excellent time. The location, service, staff were outstanding. We will be back soon, a real gem.

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Also Known As:
Balfour Castle Hotel
Balfour Castle Hotel Shapinsay
Balfour Castle Shapinsay, Scotland - Orkney Islands
Address: Balfour Village, KW17 2DY, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Shapinsay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Shapinsay
Hotel Class:3 star — Balfour Castle 3*

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