There is one Christmas gift that will never let you down. And that’s surprising someone with a romantic stay in a Scottish castle.
Stonefield Castle Hotel near Tarbert in Argyll offers amazing views over Loch Fyne as well as woodland gardens and AA Rosette dining. With this Big Deal, you can enjoy a one or two night stay with dinner included.
As far as Christmas presents go, you’re onto a winner with this one…
Escape to Baronial splendour
Set within 60 acres of woodland gardens, Stonefield Castle Hotel was built in 1837. Many of the beautiful period features, such as the wood panelling, ornate ceilings and marble fireplaces, have been retained.
Close to the pretty fishing village of Tarbert, the castle stands high on the famous Kintyre peninsula and has spectacular views over Loch Fyne and the gardens.
Guests are encouraged to stroll through the hotel’s mature woodland gardens with its exotic rhododendron and spot red squirrels and resident roe deer.
At dusk it is sometimes possible to catch sight of seals swimming by the jetty or an otter playing on the rocks.
Choose your perfect getaway
Available seven days a week until the end of March, this offer would make a dreamy winter or spring break. You have two options to choose from:
Option one is for an overnight stay for two in a twin or double room. Breakfast is included as well as a £50 food & drink spend. As an added perk you can check out late at 11am, meaning that you can enjoy a lazy morning lingering over breakfast or strolling around the grounds.
Option two is for a two-night stay for two with breakfast each morning plus a £50 food and drink spend per couple on the first night. You can also enjoy a late checkout.
Each of the 36 rooms at Stonefield Castle is individually decorated and has a traditional Scottish feel. Many have views of the loch. All are ensuite with digital TVs, hairdryers and hot drink making facilities. The hotel offers WiFi and free on-site parking.
Should you want to make your getaway extra special, you also have the option of upgrading your room. The choices are:
King/Twin Garden View – £10 per night
King/Twin Loch View – £20 per night
Deluxe Double – £30 per night
Principle – £50 per night
Please note that there is a £30 supplement for Saturday night stays.
AA rosette dining
The hotel restaurant is well known for the high quality of its cooking, and locally sourced beef, game and seafood take pride of place on the menu.
Typical starters on the regularly changing menu might be the sweet red pepper and lemongrass soup, and the duo of salmon with horseradish creme fraiche and caper berries.
Popular main courses include the supreme of chicken with artichoke hearts, dauphinoise potatoes and braised shallots, and the parsnip gnocchi with slow roasted heritage tomatoes, fennel, chilli and mint.
The only thing that may distract you from the food is the breathtaking view over the loch.
After dinner, guests are encouraged to enjoy a drink in front of the log fire in the bar.
See & do
Just two miles away, the pretty village of Tarbert is well worth a visit. As well as fishing boats and yachts, there may be the chance to see the harbour’s visiting pod of dolphins.
There are many walks and trails in the area to suit hikers and ramblers. For those who prefer adventure on the water, there are boat trips to Seil Island or the Corryvreckan Whirlpool.
Stonefield Castle can also arrange fly fishing on Loch Fyne or even horse trail riding at the nearby Brenfield Estate. Stonefield is also a golfer’s paradise, with five courses all within 40 miles.
Stonefield Castle Hotel has bowled over many a guest. These recent TripAdvisor contributions say it all (we’ve edited them for length):
‘...wonderful weekend away with our friends…the service and food were exceptionally priced and delicious. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and made us feel more welcome every time. The grounds around the loch and castle are absolutely stunning and great for exploring…’
‘...I must first say we were very lucky with good weather which made the most of the stunning views from Stonefield Castle. We were well looked after by friendly and attentive staff…the food is very good indeed, excellent local shellfish…and portions good enough that I am afraid I never made it to pudding. Breakfast was a real treat with perfect eggs and abundant tea, coffee and toast brought to the table….the grounds are very pretty and being able to explore down to the loch edge for sunrise was a good way to build an appetite for breakfast.’
‘Been coming here over 20 years now and the hotel still has a charm that is hard to find elsewhere. A large part of that is due to the magnificent setting. Good weather meant that we had plenty of walking within the grounds and further afield. The hotel has done a bit of work on the rooms since last time and was looking better than it has for a while. The food was immense both at dinner and breakfast. We will be back next year…’
Exceptional scenery, old world charm, friendly staff, wonderful food – Stonefield Castle Hotel has everything you need to make a short break truly memorable.
A castle for Christmas
Do you know any damsels or knights who would relish a stay in a castle (especially one with fine dining, loch views and woodland deer)?
If so, then grab today’s Big Deal and treat them to the gift of a baronial adventure.