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Balfour Castle

3.0 of 5 Castle   |   Balfour Village, KW17 2DY, Scotland
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Berkshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We held our wedding at the castle and both Jean-Baptise and Elodie were superb. The castle has retained all the original character but has a contemporary edge. All bedrooms are special and have beautiful furniture and furnishing - best rooms have to be Canopy and Balfour. The team who support Jean-Baptise and Elodie are fabulous, professional and extremely discreet -... More

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orkney islands
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We had the pleasure of celebrating a special birthday in very special surroundings. A boat trip, even in the mist, is an exciting start to an evening out. The staff at the castle were as delightful as the surroundings. We were shown round some of the fabulous bedrooms and all wished we could afford to return and luxuriate in the... More

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Tyne & Wear
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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379 reviews 379 reviews
79 hotel reviews
199 helpful votes 199 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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166 reviews 166 reviews
19 hotel reviews
165 helpful votes 165 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
22 helpful votes 22 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
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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Additional Information about Balfour Castle

Address: Balfour Village, KW17 2DY, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Shapinsay
Hotel Class:3 star — Balfour Castle 3*
Also Known As:
Balfour Castle Hotel Shapinsay
Balfour Castle Shapinsay, Scotland - Orkney Islands

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