For the big cheeses of the 16th century, four poster beds, elaborate tapestries and stained glass windows were the equivalent of today’s spa baths, textured wallpapers and home cinemas. If your castle didn’t have them, you would be laughed out of royal society.
You can see what a 16th century king’s crib would have looked like from the first weekend of June, when Stirling Castle’s royal court will re-open after a £12 million refurb.
The dosh has been spent tricking out six of the castle’s ground floor apartments in the style that James V would have liked.
Today’s right royal Big Deal with The King Robert Hotel is ideal for anyone who wants to check out James V’s palatial pad at Stirling Castle or indeed any of the many other sites of historic interest to be found in and around Stirling.
Ideally placed right in the heart of Scotland and only minutes from the motorway network, the King Robert Hotel has the glorious Trossachs, countless golf courses, the Wallace Monument and of course Stirling, all on its doorstep.
A family-run business, the hotel itself is actually situated on the site of the Battle of Bannockburn.
While the surrounding area is rich in Scottish history, The King Robert is firmly in the 21st century. All of it’s 52 en-suite bedrooms are non-smoking and equipped with flat-screen TVs and there is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel.
As well as the lounge bar, which shows all the latest sporting action on its large screen television, The King Robert Hotel also boasts Bruce’s Bistro.
The bistro’s chefs use the freshest locally sourced produce to create delicious dishes such as the slow roast loin of Ayrshire pork; steamed Scottish salmon supreme topped with a white wine and cream chive sauce and a home-made apple tart topped with lashings of vanilla custard.
Make like a monarch with today’s Big Deal:
£79 for dinner bed and breakfast for two at the King Robert Hotel, Stirling, with a glass of wine during dinner and coffee and cake on arrival; a 52% saving on the standard £167