We spent two nights at Stonefield Castle last week and enjoyed it very much. The building itself is beautiful and the location stunning. The interior is quite dark - wood panelling, dark carpets and quite sombre curtains, but it all works very well together and when a myriad candles are lit after dark, it is quite magical. The open log fires are always a nice sight. The staff were very very good, most helpful and always pleasant. We had our Golden Retriever with us and he was welcomed everywhere except the restaurant. The Castle is set is quite substantial grounds and there are some very nice walks including one round their own little island which is attached to the mainland by a causeway. When we went it was very muddy, following all the rain we had been having, and in one place it was a bit of a scramble over rocks which are obviously covered at high tide. Nonetheless, it was a lovely walk and we didn't even mind the rain which was very soft and blew over quickly. There are just one or two points. Our room was in an extension at the back of the castle unfortunately put up in the 1960s which was a heyday of ugly buildings. It had a view of Loch Fyne and was very pleasant, with a nice big bed and a modern bathroom with a shower over the bath. However the sound proofing left a lot to be desired and you could hear the television in the next room quite clearly. The other thing was the cheeseboard at dinner. It came with 3 pieces of cheese on the small side and 4 mini oatcakes and cost £9! I think at that price one would have expected a more generous helping. However, apart from that the food was very good, especially the langoustines and salmon. My only criticism is that the main courses lacked any sort of green vegetables, but that is true of most restaurants these days. We will certainly return as it is a very nice hotel in a lovely area but I will make sure we get a room in the main part of the house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stonefield Castle Hotel is an outstanding example of Scottish baronial architecture. Built in 1837, the Castle stands high on the famous Kintyre peninsula, commanding spectacular panoramic views over Loch Fyne. In keeping with its unique location and character, many of the original period furnishings have been retained to complement the timeless ambience that is Stonefield Castle. Guests can relax in the traditional elegance of wood panelled lounges with fine corniced ceilings, unwind on leisurely walks through the sixty acres of woodland grounds, or simply enjoy a leisurely pace of life far removed from the stress of city living. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stonefield Castle Tarbert
- Hotel Stonefield Castle
- Stonefield Castle Hotel Tarbert, Scotland