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“Fantastic place”
This attractive 16th century castle is a fantastic holiday getaway
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This attractive 16th century castle is a fantastic holiday getaway
The sun room has lovely views and is the perfect spot to relax with a drink  The vaulted ground floor room houses the kitchen and dining room
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This attractive 16th century castle is a fantastic holiday getaway
The sun room has lovely views and is the perfect spot to relax with a drink
The vaulted ground floor room houses the kitchen and dining room
The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking up a feast for your guests
The former Great Hall is located at first floor level and is now the sitting room with an open fire
Stoke up a roaring fire and relax with you friends after a long day in the Scottish wilds
Beautiful attention to detail throughout
The castle still retains many original features such as it's turnpike stairs
This is a fine bedroom with a lovely four poster double bed and feature bath
Within the four poster bedroom is the unusual feature of a bath and hand basin
Access to the bathroom and four poster on the second floor
Both twin bedrooms are on the 3rd floor of this castle and enjoy great views
There are lots and places to escape in this unique holiday home
This stylish twin room has a built in vanity unit and cosy window seating
Shared bathroom at the castle
Check out the tartan walls in the bunk room
The utility and drying room is next door to the sun room.
This is the original crest stone from 1598 above the door
This quirky castle is the perfect place to unwind and relax in a wonderful setting.
Self catering castle in Scotland with Visit Scotland 4 star rating
Part of the drive that takes you up to the castle
View of the beautiful countryside with mountains beyond
The kids will love catching a glimpse of the steam train chuffing across the landscape
Grantown-on-Spey is nearby with a good range of shops, pubs and other activities
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Castle -
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dulnain Bridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Badenoch and Strathspey, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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wlfrdbrgs...
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fantastic place”
Reviewed 20 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

This is the second time we have stayed here,its such a great place.There is so much to do and see in the spey valley,yet again we have only scratched the surface.The castle is great as there was only 7 of us plus one dog,there was plenty of room,mind you its a long way up the circular staircase to the top rooms especilly at night.Well worth the money if there is afew of you.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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22 Apr 2014
Many thanks for your lovely feedback and glad to hear you enjoyed another stay in this beautiful part of Scotland. Hope we can help again with your groups next holiday!
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fife
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5 reviews
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“Unique 'Hogmanay' (new year) Family Reunion”
Reviewed 20 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011
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This was my second visit to Muckrach Castle. The first had been during severe weather conditions (so that the access road was inaccessible and we had to park in a road layby, and individually transfer all our food and clothes for a weekend stay on foot!). This second visit benefited from unseasonably warm and mild conditions. We all (10 of us) parked just outside the main entrance to the castle. The driveway is reasonably well-maintained, and even when we did get a light coating of snow/ice it still proved usable.
The castle is in a fantastic location, and is a very well-refurbished/renovated ancient building that provides very good rental accomodation, albeit not 'luxury' level. The ground floor kitchen - in a vaulted space, with a table that comfortably seats 10 - has most of the mod cons. A few niggles, which have been reported: only 1 cafetiere, only 1 teapot...we generally had to make two lots of both to get through all 10 thirsty people! There ideally should be 2 cafetieres, and 2 teapots, or perhaps a coffee-machine? Similarly, we never found anything that served as a milk-jug - given that the lounge was up a winding stairway, it would have been nice to have that small item! Some of the sets of crockery (side dishes, serving bowls in particular) were sadly lacking - perhaps through use and eventual breakage, and an oversight in replacements? Unfortunately not a single serviceable kitchen knife was found, amongst the several to choose between!, so preparing meals for 10 people proved a bit of a challenge! All this has been reported to the rental company.
The conservatory is a lovely space, although it was generally too cold to use it while we were there. There was a leak which resulted in a semi-permanent puddle of water in the middle of the floor. This was reported to the rental company.
The accomodation is very good: the rooms are a touch above standard, but are starting to look a little bit 'tired' - just a wee touch up is required here and there (ie the pillows are a bit flat, the mattresses perhaps not the best quality). Again this is possibly due to the popularity of the rental and it's frequent/regular use, which is a good sign. Small things like a kettle in each room, a glass for toothbrushes etc would really help the rental live up to its advertised 'luxury' status.There were strong winds and rain one night and one of the bunkrooms literally had rain dripping down the walls, onto the tartan wall covering. One disappointment was that although we had paid the extra money to have all beds made up, including the top bunkbeds usually reserved for children, we found that neither of the two bedrooms housing bunkbeds had been made up! That was a bit shoddy. This was also reported to the rental company.
The main feature is, of course, the lounge, with the great fireplace. It is generally a very welcoming and accomodating space, with just about enough seating for 10, although usually 2 people ended up on the floor for ease of communication and seating. Unfortunately, on both my stays, the room was rendered near to unusable by the thick smoke which emanated from the fireplace. After 3 days' use, the lounge was physically and visibly covered in a thin layer of ash(!!) from the fireplace, and unfortunately 4 of the 10 people staying were asthmatics, which made life rather uncomfortable. We had a look up into the fireplace and found that the four walls were inches deep in ash - obviously a fire hazard, not to mention a health hazard. The chimney seriously needs to be swept. We did inform the rental company, who thanked us for bringing it to their attention and said they would 'let the housekeeper know'. I do feel this is actually a matter for the owner to deal with, not the hired housekeeper!!!
We also all wondered where the fire/smoke detectors were in the building? If there had been any, these would have proved nightmare given the constant smoke caused by the fireplace, but one still wonders about fire safety...Also reported to the rental company.
On our first visit, in extreme weather, when the access road was inaccessible, we were granted total access to the wood shed as there was no reasonable way for us to bring heavy bags of wood/coal/peat by foot up the long drive. During this second stay we were provided with one bag of logs for the fire and were required to buy all subsequent fireplace fuel...this was a little bit disappointing given that we had hired the castle for a full week! One might have thought that two bags of logs would be the norm!
At one point during our stay (I personally was out) the housekeeper called in to see how we were getting on. She had been worried by not being able to raise us on the telephone and it was discovered that the ringer on the phone was not working! The telephone itself was functioning, but we could not hear if anyone was trying to phone and reach us. This was not remedied during our stay, albeit we were in residence during the Hogmanay (New year) period.
Although we did have a few concerns - especially the state of the fireplace and the dreadful smoke inhalation which resulted in ALL of the 10 people in our party developing coughs, and producing black excreta on tissues whenever we blew our noses - Muckrach castle is in fact quite a magical place to stay. It must be borne in mind that all access inside the castle is up stone stairways - a wide one from the front door to the lounge and decreasingly narrow and increasingly deeper ones up to the bedrooms and especially up to the top bunkroom. It would be totally unsuitable for anyone with movement issues of any kind, and even particularly elderly people who find stairs troublesome. That it is available for public rental, at generally reasonable rates, is to be commended. However, its advertising as 'luxury accomodation' does rather leave a lot to be desired. The potential is huge, but it is not quite lived up to! I would certainly recommend this rental as a 'unique' experience, but I would certainly caution people to ask about the fireplace, and to ascertain whether the chimney has been swept before booking.

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Liked best: The kitchen space was ideal, large, easily warmed, comfortable
Liked least: The fireplace with its awful smoke.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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