Since 2017 we have made numerous substantial changes to Aldourie Castle both inside the property and out on the Estate. Aldourie has been part of the Wildland portfolio, placing conservation at the heart of running a working estate, for a few years now. All these renovations have made this exclusive use Castle on Loch Ness even more desirable. You may find that hard to believe – but here are the photographs to prove it.
Castle exterior befitting an historic property
Aldourie used to be a pale salmon/cream in colour but recently underwent a drastic renovation to reflect the aesthetic of a true period property of its day. This striking Castle on Loch Ness appeared even more spectacular in its new coat. As they say, it just goes to show what a lick of paint can do!
Inside the Castle on Loch Ness
The Main Hall at Aldourie Castle is one of the interior spaces boasting the most drastic of transformations. It still has the large feasting table in its centre but now has more focus through a shrewd interior design. The light grey walls and dark drapes along with the imposing original fireplace and huge oil portraits give the room further definition and grandeur. This is important considering the ‘great hall’ of a manor house or castle is its main room. And it should, by modern standards of exclusive use properties at least, exude magnificence.
Take a look at the difference in tone and colour between these two photographs, and the effect it has on the mood of the Castle’s Main Hall.
One of the most loved public rooms of this welcoming Castle on Loch Ness is The Red Drawing Room. Not least because it features views over the loch from a most comfortable space.
In short, the drawing room has lost some of its ‘red’ with the anticipation of adding more warmth and calm to the large, varied space.
The Murano chandelier has now been replaced by a larger, even more opulent one and the main portrait wall was broken up by a large mirror above the fireplace, which reflects some of the ceiling’s white out into the room.
See how this subtle alteration to the furnishings achieves its desired effect.
The Laird’s Room is now a breakfast room of opulence, compared to its original masculine, almost medieval theme. This also is one of the most changed interiors.
Although previously favoured by most guests staying at the Castle for its cosiness and character, this new look gives the room versatility and an elegance it never had.
Panelled wooden walls were replaced and painted and a dado rail added. Heavy gothic-like wall lanterns were replaced with more delicate ones. Lastly, bright blue ornaments and fire surround helped lighten the look of this dark room.
These photos convey two distinct interiors with the same layout. A bit of glitz makes all the difference.
The gardens and grounds have seen some changes too. Our next installment of this post shows the before, during and after pictures of the Castle Garden and the Walled Garden. We ave Margaret Soraya to thank for the beautiful photography shown above and in our next post.
If you are interested in hiring out Aldourie Castle on Loch Ness for your event or house party stay please contact the main office on 01463 751309.