You don’t need to be a beautiful damsel in distress or a charming knight errant to enjoy a stay in a Scottish castle.
But it can be fun pretending.
Saddle up the horses and make a charge at today’s Big Deal at Stonefield Castle Hotel, near Tarbert in Argyll.
Featuring its own Scottish baronial style, magnificent views and great food, it’s the perfect setting for a one or two night romantic castle mini-break.
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, this fantastic deal has three options:
Option one is for an overnight stay for two in a twin or double room. Breakfast is included, plus a bottle of wine in your room on arrival. 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 an overnight stay for two with 2 course dinner, bed and breakfast, plus a bottle of wine in your room on arrival. A late checkout is included. A third course can be added to dinner for a supplement of £6 per person.
Option three is for a two-night overnight stay for two with breakfast each morning plus a bottle of sparkling wine in your room on arrival. 2 course dinner will be included on the first night only. You can also enjoy a late checkout. A third course can be added to dinner for a supplement of £6 per person.
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 £20 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.
Set off on your white steed to Stonefield
Do you know of any damsels or knights who would enjoy a stay in an Argyll castle? Bag today’s Big Deal and tell them that they are being whisked away for a castle adventure.