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“Very remote "Country House Hotel" in spectacular Victorian Castle” 4 of 5 stars
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Acharacle PH36 4JP, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Acharacle B&B and Inns
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“Very remote "Country House Hotel" in spectacular Victorian Castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

The castle can only be booked completely by large groups, rather than rooms by individuals. Great Rail Journeys have provisionally booked over 30 weeks in 2013. It is also booked out for private weddings.

Whilst in the style of traditional Scottish Tower Castles, this Victorian mansion (built between 1899 and 1901) is very spacious and has been modernised to provide en-suite rooms without detracting from the original style. Since all guests are from single groups, rooms are not locked and the bar works on an "honesty book" basis creating a wonderful "house party" atmosphere.

The rooms do vary in size and comfort: generally the higher up the castle the better they become. Rooms on the ground floor can be draughty.

The staff (all employed locally) go out of their way to make all the guests feel welcome and "special".

The castle is run by the friendly chef, who produces copious amounts of very high quality cuisine for the group meals, with limited choices for each course. Sometimes he gives a cookery demonstration in the amazingly well appointed kitchen.

The location is exceedingly remote, but this should not present a problem if travel arrangements are made by the group booking the castle. Wedding guests would need good directions and plenty of time, although since there is only one road along the peninsular it is hard to get lost.

The distillery on the estate was still a building site in January 2013. It seems improbable that this will be operational much before 2014.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Visited this castle on an inclusive tour. Setting was fairly remote with a very long road to reach the estate itself. Situated close to a beautiful loch but it is not possible to walk very far alongside it which was disappointing. The castle itself is charming but needs some tlc particularly in the gardens. The land immediately surrounding the castle is mainly forrest and there is a lot of timber working going on.
The staff are excellent , friendly and try their best to help. The food is excellent and there is plenty of it.
The rooms in the castle are very varied and different. Some have been renovated and are fine with good views over the loch. However, others are much smaller and have very limited views with only one window. So do chose carefully which room you have or you may be very disappointed as we were.
We did not see the distillery at all so cannot comment on whether it was functioning or not.
Check facilities in rooms before you book. Also be sure to request a refurbished room with views if you want a nice room. Be aware you may be situated on a higher floor (with no lift).

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Glenborrodale Castle

Address: Acharacle PH36 4JP, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Acharacle
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Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Acharacle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
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Glenborrodale Castle Acharacle, Scotland

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