A castle is the ultimate house party venue

There are so many reasons to hold your next birthday party, family reunion or anniversary celebration at one of Scotland’s luxurious castles. You have so much choice if you take into account all the private estates in this beautiful country. However, your search is narrowed somewhat when you consider only those castles that are available for private function or residential hire.  Aldourie Castle is one of a few castles in Scotland where guests can enjoy complete use of the property and live in it as if it was their own home.

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Aldourie – right on the shoreline of Loch Ness

Here is why the historic castle will stay a favourite among event managers and party planners when sourcing a location for their clients, and the reason why once a private group has found such a gem of a private hire venue, they will come back year after year.

Firstly, the interior decoration of most castles available to hire, if well maintained, befits any celebration where the host would like to impress and indulge their guests.  Castle venues often have portraits of ancestors and family heirlooms dotted throughout the property which gives a wonderfully magic and intriguing atmosphere to your party venue.

The hallways and corridors at Aldourie Castle appear to go on for miles, turning into discreet rooms and hidden spaces. Window seats line the walls featuring breath-taking views; pure escapism for the romantic guest.

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Luxurious bedrooms throughout the castle

The state rooms at Aldourie offer a mix of relaxation and fun for those looking for a historic house party in Scotland. The drawing room is steeped in history with lavishly decorative walls, unique ornamental features, roaring fireplaces and extremely comfortable settees and chaise lounges. The ornately designed though informal dining room is often a central part of a residential stay especially if the party wish to celebrate with family or friends dining in the evenings. There is a Billiards Room, where guests can re-acquaint or even get to know one another over a few drinks. The library is the quietest room in the castle and abound with comfort. Book loving guests can hideaway for a year and not want for more – with walls lined with books and the odd secret door…

The cosy authentic library at Aldourie house party venue
The cosy authentic library at Aldourie

Many castles have luxury bedrooms mainly in keeping with the age and style of the property and therefore portraying an abundance of charm and character, and above all, comfort. Aldourie Castle has 15 beautiful bedrooms, many complete with grand four poster beds and original Scottish decoration, along with stunning wall coverings and luxurious rugs; all adorned in wonderful colours from bright summer meadow yellows to rich, ruby reds. The guest accommodation at many private venues of this nature offer a real mix of bedroom styles to suit the variety of guests that walk through their doors.

Many historic castles acting as house party venues available for private hire welcome pets, which adds to that welcoming feel. Aldourie is one of them. The endless and scenic woodland and parkland beyond the formal gardens is ideal to let them enjoy their adventures whilst you look on from the sun terrace, just metres away from the Loch Ness shore.

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Any activity can be arranged for you and guests

For those early risers, a habitable castle can become the most sought after house party venue, offering both indoor and outdoor activities for guests. The staff at Aldourie can organise any additional activity from authentic whiskey tasting to balloon rides over the Scottish Highlands to Loch Ness boat tours. The list is as endless as the imagination of our guests!

Aldourie Castle is a medieval baronial style Scottish castle having undergone a thorough and sympathetic restoration over recent years, still maintaining a charming look and feel and exquisite features that complete such a property. Our guests at Aldourie Castle have been known to repeat their booking as soon as they have left for many of the qualities the venue has to offer. Whether you are a family or group of friends, a corporate team or business looking for a unique event setting, Aldourie Castle is a majestic and enchanting venue for any special occasion.

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Aldourie Castle at night – a perfect house party venue

A weekend at Aldourie is one you will not forget. Be a birthday celebration, an anniversary party or an excuse to meet up with loved ones, you can hire this exquisite property as your own home. Wintertime is especially memorable at Aldourie, with Christmas decorations to complement the rich castle hues and the smell of pine from outside.  With guest accommodation for up to 30 guests Aldourie is the ideal house party venue situated in one of the most iconic locations in the world, on the peaceful shores of Loch Ness, with views to match. Now if that isn’t a reason to book then what is?


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