What could be more fun than spending Easter bank holiday weekend or an entire week in an enchanting castle on the bonnie banks of Loch Ness? Add to that your favourite people, the spectacular scenery of the ancient Scottish Highlands and a large supply of chocolate. No, we can’t think of anything better, either.
Easter retreat in the Scottish Highlands
More and more people are booking an experiential holiday to celebrate special occasions such as Easter. Why not join them and take over a Scottish Highlands Castle as your own home over the Easter holidays. And make some new family memories to treasure along the way.
Aldourie Castle Estate welcomes private groups of guests at any time of the year. In fact, Aldourie was designed for house parties ever since its early days as a mansion house. We can just imagine the family clans battling it out across the parkland, for the annual Easter egg hunt each April.
The 13 castle bedrooms laid out across two main floors and the occasional turret, are individually themed, freeing and relaxing spaces. Each room is accompanied by a private bathroom just as colourful, comfortable and characterful. Guests retain their personal space and privacy whilst being able to enjoy the social benefits of an exclusive use group stay.
Easter hunts on your doorstep
Aldourie Castle was the Highland property to ‘be seen’ at in its day and now enjoys being available only to private bookings from two to 30 people. Guests return year on year to celebrate events and annual occasions such as Easter. The Scottish Castle set in its own vast and varied grounds. It’s the perfect Easter adventure playground for children and explorers young or old.
Book a weekend at Aldourie or stay for a week with your close knit group of family or friends and let us create the biggest and most exciting Easter egg hunt. Our small hospitality team is purely dedicated to your needs. We can devise a bespoke outdoor trail highlighting the best features of this magnificent 500 acre Estate for you to discover and admire. There’s ancient woodland, a beach, a criss-crossed walled garden, an arboretum forest as well as a maze-like Castle garden and an old family graveyard. Children will delight in the changing scenery and the chance to spot the legendary Loch Ness Monster (could Nessie be hiding some eggs?)
An historic Castle designed for Easter family stays
There’s only so much partying and children’s scampering these old Castle floors can take, however, without needing a little renovation. The public rooms and some bedrooms have recently been revamped making this enchanting Castle even more tempting to private group bookings searching for a unique historic property. Easter is a time for celebration, delicious food and enjoying small luxuries with loved ones. Intimate family gatherings just happen to be a speciality of Aldourie with its atmospheric entertaining spaces and beautiful, characterised bedrooms ideal for hosting Easter parties.
One of the most popular celebratory holidays nowadays comes in the form of the multigenerational stay. This means families made up of babies, great-grandparents and everyone in between travels either en-masse or separately to meet at a chosen destination property. This special place has to feature something for everybody (we will feature more on this type of stay in a later blog post).
Aldourie, of course, has it all: gardens for admiring, grounds for exploring, Loch Ness for cruising or boating. And inside; a games room, library, drawing room, dining rooms, oratory, and a great hall for a big, warm welcome. Upstairs, you’ll find a treasure trove of hallways with windows or doors off either side, turrets, winding staircases leading to more doors or balconies. Children can explore the Castle at their will and never tire of their adventures here.
Creative Easter games for children
Aldourie is at the heart of any stay at the Castle. Many overseas guests return annually just to experience the warmth of this unique home from home. We love to get the children round the big feasting table in the main hall for some creative arts and crafts. Easter holidays provides some great examples including Easter egg painting and hat making. Let us help you hide the children’s chocolate eggs for Easter morning complete with a treasure hunt map and clues.
Later, help Aldourie Castle’s chef dress the tastiest Easter cake or buns, have a member of your party dress up as the Easter Bunny and burn off some energy out on the lawn with an egg and spoon race for all.
In a nutshell (or eggshell)
Easter time at Aldourie promises a luxury Easter holiday like no other with family or friends.
Spacious four poster bedrooms with breathtakingly scenic views over Loch Ness and the magnificent Highlands. Walk-in showers or roll top baths. Original staterooms combining comfort with beauty and an incomparable atmosphere. From the moment you enter the gates let your Aldourie Easter experience begin; no time restraints, no set meal times, nothing is out of bounds. Before your party’s even got through the door you may just find the children racing into the woodland looking for wildlife with the Castle’s very own pet dog, Lizzie. (She can be very persuasive.)
Further out on the Estate is exclusively yours too; Aldourie can organise a boat ride on the world famous Loch Ness. Board from the private marina and search the waters for Nessie. Boot up in our welly room selecting your own size of Hunters wellingtons. Split up into groups or go it alone. Try some traditional outdoor Highland fun such as archery, clay pigeon shooting or bagpipe lessons. Or explore the Estate by zorbing on Loch Ness or with a Segway ride across the parkland.
One Easter paradise combining beauty, warmth and luxury with fresh air and Scottish adventure on its doorstep. To enquire for availability and further information browse our website or contact us here.