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Torrisdale Castle
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Just home after a three day break in this lovely wee private cottage.What a great shower.lovely spacious bedroom.My fiance was in his glory chopping the wood for the fire and the hot tub.living room lovely and cosy with wood stove burning.The hot tub was amazing stayed in until twelve o,clock one night great pitch black under the stars and listening to the river and all the different sounds and of course the wine.Had some lovely walks around the estate and down to the beach lovely and peaceful. We planted our tree and hope to be back to see how it,s doing hope to stay a bit longer next time in the lovely wee cottage. Thanks to you all for a great stay

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank 186525Linda
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Niall_Machall, Owner at Torrisdale Castle, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2013

Thank you for your great review and I am glad you enjoyed the hot tub! Thinking about getting one for the new Servants' Quarters, partly so I can enjoy it when there are no visitors to stay!! Come again soon! Niall

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Just returned from spending two weeks in the Servants Quarters of this lovely castle.So lovely and peaceful we didn't want to leave.The apartment was lovely and spacious and the grounds really, really beautiful.We found everyone friendly and helpful and would love to visit again in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Niall_Machall, Owner at Torrisdale Castle, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2013

Hi, thank you very much for the review and I am glad you enjoyed your visit. The new apartment seems to be generating a great level of interest and hopefully all who come to stay in the future will enjoy it as much as you! Thanks for coming and see you again hopefully.

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Just returned from. Fantastic week on Torrisdale Estate, Garden Cottage. Lovely cottage very clean with a huge bedroom and large bed. Nice furniture. Lounge cosy and roomy. Lovely log fire. Kitchen small but adequate. Who wants to cook on holiday anyway. Thanks to Niall we had use of his family barbeque anyhow. Fabby cooking our cooked breakfast every morning outside in the fresh air. Cottage very private and garden got sun most of the day at the back then moved round to the front garden late afternoon. Very private and the doggies loved it. The extra treat was the hot tub in the garden. We enjoyed a weesoak in it once we got the temperature to an acceptable heat. Reckon Colly put too much wood on to get it going. Great fun having a wee GIn and tonic and a Sprinbank 10 year old in a perfect shaped glass to float round the tub. Lovely walks round the estate. Perfect private beach and lots of wildlife to serif you look for it. Hannah was great also helping us plant our tree in memory of Colin's dad David. Reckon at this rate if we keep going back we will soon have a forest belonging to the Buckley's. back to reality today. Catching up,on washing and ironing. Wish we were still there. Will be back for sure. Thanks for your help in making,our holiday just perfect. Ps. Shower in the bathroom was great . Where did you get it?
Lindsay and Colin Buckley South Queensferry. Nr. Edinburgh. Our daughter Katie came along last minute and that was not a problem either. She had a lovely time over the weekend with us.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Niall_Machall, Owner at Torrisdale Castle, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2013

Thanks for the great review Lindsay and thanks for leaving the cottage and the bbq in great condition when you left!! See you next time you come.

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Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

I am almost selfishly reluctant to write this review as in doing so will mean that we have to share this little haven that we have found.. We had the pleasure of staying in Garden Cottage at the end of April.. The communication and directions from the owners were excellent and even tho we arrived late at night we had no problem finding Garden Cottage at all.. The cottage had been sympathetically restored to retain many original features but in addition was modern, immaculate, comfortable and well proportioned for a couple.. After a comfortable sleep in the king size bed, we awoke the next morning to the sound of bird song and the sun streaming through the original wooden shutters in this beautifully renovated little cottage.. Outside the flowers and trees were coming into bloom and the the only sound was that of mother nature.. After having breakfast in the garden we fired up the Eco hot tub with the wood provided and hoped it was as easy as it seemed to heat the water.. We had a short walk round the estate and then took a drive to Carradale where we had coffee and delicious home baking at the tea room and had a wander round the local craft fair picking up delicious, local home made jams and chutneys and hand made organic soaps and toiletries.. We returned to Torrisdale and wandered down to the Estates private beach.. We sat on the beautiful shore in the sunshine and the only company we had were the seals who were basking under the same sun as ourselves.. We then headed back to the little haven that is Garden Cottage and as promised, the hot tub was ready and waiting for us.. After lunch we got into the warm water and only moved to top up our glasses or put another piece of wood in.. It was a truly theraputic experience to be outside surrounded by nature in a hot tub in this beautiful location.. The evening was spent chatting and listening to music under the stars and then in front of the cosy log burning stove in the lounge when the night air became a little chilly.. Again after a wonderful sleep we had breakfast the next morning and reluctantly left this little cottage, touring round the many beautiful villages and beaches in the stunning Kintyre peninsula before heading home totally refreshed and relaxed... Torrisdale is a beautiful estate with a wonderful Eco ethos which truly makes you feel at one with nature.. The other accommodations looks of a similar high standard with plenty of open grassy areas for children to safely play and explore and and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anybody for either a short break or a longer holiday.. We will certainly be back to this little spot of tranquility we found :))

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Niall_Machall, Owner at Torrisdale Castle, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2013

Thank you very much for the fantastic review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and look forward to seeing you again! Not much more I can say after that!!!

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Last week we spent a week at the Lephincorrach Farmhouse at Torrisdale Castle Estate, we had a great time but one or two things would have just made it very special and that is the reason for not giving it five Stars. We weren't in the door before we were welcomed to Torrisdale which was lovely and was a good start, but, we arrived on a cold, wet evening and although the storage heaters were on in the farmhouse it was very cold, not good when we had elderly parents with us. It took several days to get the place to a comfortable temperature for them which meant that they spent most of the time in front of the wood burner in the living room. That said once it was warm it stayed warm. The farmhouse is well laid out, basic but comfortable. Having three toilets/bathrooms is a great advantage when there is a large party. The stairs to the upstairs bedrooms are steep and treads narrow but otherwise the other bedrooms, bathrooms and the living room are downstairs. The large farmhouse kitchen and dining room are adjoined and there is plenty of cooking utensils and crockery although mugs were on the short side! The estate is a great place for exploring and walking. The views from up the hill are outstanding and we visited the beach most days to watch the seals at play. This is a working estate/farm and the roads are rough which certainly would be better if using a jeep or 4x4. Part of the deal was to plant a tree and we had planned to pay to plant one each but we didn't see anyone after the first night despite being told someone would call to see us!!

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
Thank fhmm1
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Niall_Machall, Owner at Torrisdale Castle, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

We are so sorry you didn't have the perfect break with us. Unfortunately regarding the trees, because it was early in the season we were waiting for another batch to be delivered and they only arrived on the Thursday before you left. I personally came to see if anyone was at the property on the Friday but unfortunately you were all out enjoying the sun (which made an appearance!). As I have suggested in an email to you, we will plant one for every person in your party and send certificates to you - free of charge of course!

The roads aren't actually that bad at all, however have slightly suffered due to the unprecedented level of rainfall we have had over the winter. It has been the wettest on record, and as a result they can take a battering. However they are regularly maintained, and are more than suitable for normal vehicles which most people have who live on the estate.

Noted regarding the mugs! More have been put in the property.

Hopefully we will see you again, and we will make sure your trees live long!!

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stayed in Crossaig which is one of the flats within the Castle. The surroundings are magnificent and there's even a charming Estate Ranger to help you with all aspects of the local walks and wildlife. The flat was very clean and quiet and the other cottages on the estate looked very nice as well. There's a good local shop and hotel bar in Carradale which is just a couple of miles away. All in all a very relaxing holiday with plenty to do and see including trips to the surrounding islands by ferry, some of which you can take the car or just walk or cycle as you want.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Niall_Machall, Owner at Torrisdale Castle, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2012

Thank you very much for your kind response and we are glad you enjoyed your stay at the Castle. It is also good to hear that you managed to get out and see some the islands - Kintyre really is an excellent base for exploring beyond just the immediate area, with Gigha, Arran, Sanda and Ballycastle all within easy reach! The introduction of Hannah as Ranger has been a big hit with our customers and hopefully she will be back next year when hopefully we will see you again!

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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Overall our stay in Tangy castle apartment was great. When we arrived the apartment was very clean and tidy, even a pint of milk and tea bags for a drink, which is a nice touch.

Even though the furniture is not modern, it fits in with the status of the building and lends itself to the holiday even more. There was a great personal touch of having a Scooby Doo DVD for children. It was a Loch Ness Monster one, which shows the attention to detail the owners have gone to.


The grounds of the castle itself are very well kept and there are numerous walks around the grounds. We even took the children on a 'midnight' walk on one of the tracks.

The tree planting which was included in our stay added a great touch and Hannah was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and the tree itself.


The electric cost at the end of the holiday was nominal and it is great there are laundry facilities, we won't need to bring as many clothes next time!

We would recommend this venue for staying at if you want to visit the rural highlands of Scotland whether you are a family, couple or just looking for some relaxation. We will definitely be staying there again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Niall_Machall, Owner at Torrisdale Castle, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2012

Hello and thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your break and look forward to welcoming you again. We are going to be undertaking a big refurbishment of the apartments during this coming winter so lots of changes! The tree planting has gone down well with all our guests - so much so we are now running out of space to plant them all!

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Address: Torrisdale | By Carradale, Kintyre, Carradale PA28 6QT, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Carradale
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Beach Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Carradale
Hotel Class:4 star — Torrisdale Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our superb range of self-catering properties on Kintyre's east coast provide accommodation for groups of between 2 and 10 people. The estate offers the perfect opportunity to experience the comforts of modern day living whilst relaxing within a stunning and stress-free environment. Breaks are available for a minimum of 3 nights throughout the year.We are also embracing green technology, and have installed a biomass boiler to serve several properties on the estate, and a small hydro scheme which will generate enough electricity for 90 houses. In addition, our innovative tree planting scheme allows you, as our guest, to plant a tree for every holiday taken. Within the ground floor of the castle is a beautifully furnished self-catering apartment and set within the peaceful wooded grounds are a further four superb cottages and houses.The Kintyre Way passes through the estate, which is an ideal base for those looking to complete the long distance walk in individual stretches, being almost halfway on the 87 mile route.Of special interest at Torrisdale is the organic tannery, specialising in natural coloured sheepskins and deer skins using an ancient tanning method to produce a superior skin. ... more   less 
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