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?


The Perfect Scottish Castle Wedding Venue

Aldourie Castle – The perfect Scottish castle wedding venue

Located on the stunning shores of the famous and scenic Loch Ness and facing the magnificent Scottish Highlands, Aldourie Castle, is a truly beautiful wedding and exclusive use venue in Scotland. You could say it is the perfect Scottish castle wedding venue, and here’s why.

The fairytale castle sleeps up to 30 guests in 13 luxury bedrooms. Traditionally designed yet, stylish – guest accommodation is spread out across various floors of the castle interweaved amongst its long, spacious corridors and spiralling staircase.

Exclusive use venue in Scotland, ideal for weddings

At this exclusive use venue in Scotland, the main castle rooms can host any type of celebratory event or wedding party as well as welcoming week-long luxury holidays. You can even fit in activities such as boating trips to hunt the Loch Ness monster from our very own private jetty on the banks of Loch Ness.

Your exclusive Scottish castle wedding venue is unique amongst venues in that the castle will only be used by you and your guests. This is because we only allow the castle to be booked out to one group at a time. This means, no waiting for the your slot in the marriage register, or other guests getting involved in your celebrations. this will be your day, on your terms. The true meaning of an exclusive use venue in Scotland.

Exclusive use venue in Scotland with a sight to behold

The exterior of Aldourie Castle couldn’t be more fairytale like for a private Scottish castle wedding venue, with its soft terracotta facade and pointed turrets. The castle door is also quite a sight to behold! Combine this with colourful, beautiful and formal gardens perfect for wedding photography and long walks and you have the whole package. Further more, there is a large area of enchanting woodland for mid-afternoon strolls. Aldourie Estate in its entirety covers 500 acres of private grounds; spacious enough for any princess and her prince on their wedding day.

To book your private, exclusive Scottish castle wedding venue why not enquire online using our easy to use form, or alternatively, give us a call to discuss whatever needs and pan you may have for your perfect day?

 

 


Life as a Chef at Aldourie Castle – Fine Scottish Dining

We had a lovely chat with our head chef the other day to find out a few exciting facts about his job at Aldourie Castle. Richard has cooked and served food at the fairytale castle for four years and chefs daily for events and parties of guests who have taken over the Castle as their own home for a few days, a week or sometimes a month…

When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
My Grandfather had a small farm and butchers shop and I used work there at weekends when I was at school. I would go with my dad to deliver to local hotels and was interested in what I saw, so thought that was for me.

Where did you study?
I trained on the job by working in hotels and restaurants in Scotland and England

Describe the most challenging dinner you’ve had to cater for at Aldourie
Cooking a three course dinner by candlelight on the shore of Loch Ness was quite a challenge.

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Which is your favourite room in the Castle?
I suppose I should say the kitchen…but it would be Lady Cameron bedroom for the great view down the loch, peace and quiet.

Do you prefer summertime or wintertime on the Aldourie Estate?
Definitely summertime, it’s light for 20 hours each day.

Do you prefer cooking for summer or winter events at Aldourie?
Again, summertime produce is much more plentiful and getting to cook outside is a bonus.

Where do guests usually have lunch in the sunny weather?
On the terrace looking down to Loch Ness.

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What is your favourite Scottish dinner to serve?
I like to showcase Scottish produce so would usually start with a taste of haggis followed by hand dived scallops then maybe venison or beef, cranachan for dessert and some local cheeses to finish.

What is your favourite Scottish dish to eat?
Anything with shellfish

If you had to cook a delicious Jamie Oliver style 30 minute meal, what would you cook?
At this time of year Scottish salmon, asparagus & Jersey Royals, washed down with something from the Aldourie cellar.

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The cellar at Aldourie is full of wines from all over the world – do you know how many wines you stock at any one time?
We stock about 80 different wines at present.

Some would say the Castle is haunted. Have you ever had a ghostly experience at Aldourie – if so will you tell?
No, I won’t believe in ghosts unless I was to see one.

What do you love most about your job?
Being able to cook the best of Scottish produce and working in a great environment.

What’s your favourite past time when you’re not cooking at the castle?
Going for a big walk with Loch Ness Lizzie!


Burns Night Weekend at Aldourie Castle – Saturday 25th January 2014

Celebrate Burns Night with us and take Aldourie Castle as your own home for the weekend

Friday:


Arrive at your private Castle for the weekend
Afternoon Tea in the library
Buffet Dinner in the Grand Hall or the Dining Room
Luxury night stay in beautiful bedrooms overlooking the Highland’s stunning Estate

Margaret Soraya Photography Aldourie Castle Burns Night
Margaret Soraya Photography Aldourie Castle

 

Saturday:
A leisurely breakfast
Followed by a stroll in the 500 acre estate (take our lovely labrador Loch Ness Lizzie along – she loves an adventure!)
Light lunch
Another Afternoon Tea

On Saturday enjoy your second night staying in the luxury bedrooms at Aldourie Castle and depart on the Sunday.

Please download our flyer for further details. Min 2 nights stay exclusive use. Please view further details of the Aldourie Castle_Burns_Night here.