An exclusive Scottish castle in Scotland
This past year has seen some major renovations on Aldourie both inside and outside. Our last blog post looked at the big updates that have been made to the estate itself. This week we are focussing on the ‘new look’ of the castle exterior. Having undergone a true transformation, the public rooms inside the castle have also had a beautiful make over. These rooms are perfect for all types of luxury occasions; for a relaxing week away with the whole family or stunning weddings or corporate events in an exclusive use castle.
Castle exterior re-harl
We coated the exterior with a limewash harl, giving a whole new look to the exclusive use Castle. In Scottish terms harling describes an exterior building surface technique favoured for historic buildings. Limewash gives a long-lasting weatherproof shield for a stone building and offers a beautiful decorative finish. It was the ideal choice for Aldourie, a property that has stood for hundreds of years and has a wealth of heritage to its name. The most exclusive Scottish castle in Scotland is located in the midst of a 500 acre Highlands Estate. Therefore, it needs to be able to battle the forceful Scottish elements whilst still retaining elegance and beauty. The Castle has a duty to continue to ‘wow’ guests as they first spot it along the winding drive. Locations offering good first impressions; a great reason to host your corporate events in an exclusive use castle.
Main Hall – the first public room
The main hall in Aldourie is a large, inviting space that is the central point to the downstairs of the Castle. Its main use is for meeting and greeting and a link between the main Castle doors and the rest of the public rooms. It’s a beautiful, light and airy space integral to the property with large glass doors leading out into the Castle Garden, now a stunning green landscaped area dotted with topiary trees. With a new view that only accentuates the further vista over Loch Ness’ southern shore, the happy room deserved a revamp. The main hall is the ideal space in which to welcome corporate events in an exclusive use castle.
The idea for the main hall was for a more natural, Highlands inspired look for a serene, welcoming space that still housed the essence of grandeur. The interior decorating team began by revitalising the walls, replacing the salmon hues with a blue-grey. The red tartan over-drapery was removed which fully showcased and lengthened the existing taupe coloured curtains making the windows appear even larger. A huge classical portrait was brought down from the corridor on the second floor and has been given a new perspective for the foreseeable future.
Hidden historical gem
We discovered a striking old fireplace with the engravings of the Castle’s family heritage name ‘Frazer-Tyler’ depicted in the stone work underneath the existing, newer fireplace. The present owner and Castle hospitality team are delighted at the find. The fireplace, now larger, is much more of a feature, both historically and aesthetically. A large basket of wood sits just below the mantel ready to top up the blazing fire.
Lairds Room – for an elegant Scottish breakfast
This was a brand new project which included removing the old dark wooden panelling from all the walls and letting taupe painted walls and fine cornice detail in ivory take its place. As a result, a calmer, more elegant looking room emerged, ideal for corporate events in an exclusive use castle. The new table and dozen chairs give the Lairds Room a more classical theme. A stunning theatrical gilded mirror framed by wall chandeliers highlights a Louis XVI-style fireplace below.
A huge tapestry hangs opposite and gives added texture to the cosy room. The Lairds room has always been a popular spot for guests, a smaller space than the dining room for entertaining. Since its renovation it has been mainly used as the breakfast room by exclusive use guests.
Library has a different focus
The warm, homely Library has fortunately not lost any of its rich decoration which still give it such depth and charm. The Aldourie Library has always been the go-to place for reading (of course), a game of cards with friends or a dram of whisky in the evening. With this in mind the large room is closed in slightly to make more of the existing space.
Seated furniture now faces inwards over a low coffee table and as a result encourages gentle conversation and relaxation. The green settee is now one of powder blue which varies the colour theme in the room and add warmth. The large space now has more clearly defined areas including the writing desk facing the bookshelves for privacy.
Drawing Room retains character with more colour
Originally the Red Drawing Room, this versatile open space now features less of the red and gold it was so famed for. By taking away some of the red fabric furniture, the ruby rich velvet walls framed by a gilded corniche are now a feature of its own. Now sit armchairs in greens and blues, lighter wooden furnishings and tall elegant candelabras atop the mantelpiece. A new large glistening chandelier also hangs over the central area.
The result is a more open, airy space that still retains an informal grace. Exclusive use guests have always known the Drawing Room to be the hub of the Castle. They love its ability to be both cosy and opulent as well as its breath-taking views. These subtle layout changes have revitalised this much-loved room and added to the title of Aldourie as “the” most exclusive Scottish castle in Scotland.
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