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“Amazing castle where old meets new in tranquil...”
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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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dulnain Bridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Badenoch and Strathspey, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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boopy45
Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing castle where old meets new in tranquil location.”
Reviewed 24 January 2017 for a stay in January 2017

I wanted somewhere special to celebrate my 40th birthday with my family and this ticked all the boxes. Photos online of the interiors really do not do them justice as the place was stunning! The location is very tranquil although if travelling in the dark it is difficult to find as the entry road is not sign posted. The dirt track leading up to it was fine apart from a few pot holes that could do with being filled in. Lucky for us that the weather was dry and cold allowing the ground to be hard otherwise we would not have gotten up the drive in our Toyota Yaris and needed a 4x4. There is plenty space for four - six cars I would say. The castle is very clean and accommodates up to ten people comfortably. Even in the middle of winter it was warm and cosy with exception to the stairwell.The ground floor consists of a W.C, a well equipped kitchen( nice & warm) which has two fridges, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, 4 ring electric hob, electric fan oven and top oven/ grill, lots of cutlery, crockery, glassware, pans, casserole pots, three teapots, milk jugs, bread bin, two slice toaster, electric kettle, a huge dining table which easily fits ten people around it, plenty of dining chairs. Off from the kitchen is the conservatory which was too cold to sit in during winter. It did have an electric fire but it did not suffice. There is a washing machine, iron & board in a tower room next to the conservatory but no tumble dryer. The first floor consists of the sitting room which has a wow factor and photos do not do it justice. It is very tastefully decorated with gorgeous antique furniture and has three comfortable couches and two armchairs. It has a large tv, I dock, WiFi- which has surprisingly great reception. The atmosphere of the room is very smoky though and could do with a deep clean to the fabrics and repainted to try and help with this. As an asthmatic I couldn't use the room even when the fire was off. Others in my party used the fire and said it was lovely but did comment on the smoky atmosphere too but didn't have a problem with smoke billowing into the room as other guests have mentioned. The next floor up consists of a shower room which was clean and modern. The bedroom next to it has a four poster bed which I found the mattress quite uncomfortable and didn't sleep well during my stay. The room has two small built in wardrobes and a chest of drawers- strange banging noises came from that particular piece of furniture and on the last night of our stay my husband and I were laying on the bed when a huge bang came from the drawers and the sound of footsteps walking across the floor- my husband a non believer of the supernatural was spooked enough that we packed our things and left there and then like something from a Stephen King novel lol. The next floor level is accessed up a narrower stone staircase which has a thin rope dangling down through the centre of it for one to hold onto for balance. My parents in their sixties and my aunt who has ME managed the stairs just fine but after a couple of days it took its toll. There is a small bunkroom literally just of a part of the staircase which was very cosy, it has a chest of drawers, writing table and chair, sink vanity unit, but no hanging space, the room was too warm though. Then at the top of the stairs there are two twin rooms which are both tastefully decorated incorporating single built-in wardrobes, dressing table and chair, chests of drawers and a vanity sink, one room has built in window seats and the other has a turret area housing a table and chairs. These rooms were tastefully decorated with calming soft duck egg coloured soft furnishings. They we very warm and cosy. There is also a bathroom with overhead shower on this floor. Just off form this a few steps up is another bunk room which also has its own sink vanity unit and chest of drawers and chair but no hanging space except from a couple of hooks on the door. Everyone of the guests mentioned how uncomfortable their mattresses where suggesting new ones were definitely needed. I'm glad it wasn't just me who heard strange noises and voices happening throughout the castle and everyone of us could swear that in the middle of the night and each of us in our own rooms, heard people coming in the front door even though it was locked. It truly is an amazing place and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay apart from the last night. If you aren't easily spooked, which I thought I wasn't, then I highly recommend staying here.

Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
23 Feb 2017
Many thanks for the comprehensive feedback – and you certainly had the full castle experience! Whilst old castles have the odd creak and groan, it can take some getting used to! Your feedback regarding the fireplace has been forwarded on to the owner of the castle so they may look into this further. Thank you for taking the time to add your review and great to hear you highly recommend the castle for a special celebration. We would be delighted to assist with any future holiday plans!
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OrionTrad...
Citrus Heights, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A fun property to stay for the "castle" experience, but not luxury”
Reviewed 4 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Let me start by saying that this review is targeted toward American visitors, as I believe it would be viewed differently by those who actually live in the UK. There is an extensive review elsewhere, so I will not repeat many of the comments.
What was done well: modifying a 15th century building to meet 21st century standards. This could not have been an easy task. There is a washroom/toilet on the ground floor, a full shower with toilet on the 2nd [3rd floor to Americans] as well as a beautiful reproduction claw-foot tub in the master bedroom. There is also a shower over tub with toilet on the 3rd [4th floor to Americans] which is shared by two bedrooms. The first bunkroom is sort of a half-story stop between the master bedroom floor and the upper bedrooms. Once you get in to the upper floors, it becomes quite claustrophobic for people. The staircase between main and 1st floor is quite wide, but narrows by half between 1st and 2nd, but there is a railing. There is no hand rail for the circular stairs past the master floor [2nd], and stability is provided by a rope that hangs down the center of the staircase. Even for those that are stable on their feet, it is a bit of a scary experience. One of my guests had to sleep in the living room, as she simply couldn't face climbing those narrow stairs. However, the fact that there is modern plumbing on these floors is to be applauded.
The view was incredible, and the starry nights were something to behold. An added perk was a lovely resident Highland Cow, Archie, in the pasture up front to oversee your entry to the property.
Issues:
As has been stated elsewhere, the living room has a very heavy smoke smell. I believe that part of this is caused by improper setting of fires by guests. The chimney must be heated first by use of kindling before adding logs. This gets the air draft going and keeps the smoke from backing up into the room. Most people do an all-in-one fire set, and you can tell by the lingering smoke smell in the living room. The room and furnishings need a really good air-out and cleaning to get the smoke smell out. Those who have breathing sensitivities might not be able to use the room.
Internet connectivity was so sporadic/intermittent that it was virtually unusable. A valiant effort was made by the keeper to rectify the problem, but it was still unusable to us for the week. With 5 tech-savvy and dependent people in the castle, it was a very frustrating experience for all of us.
As mentioned by other users, the furnishings were a bit tired and could use a refresh. There seemed to be an insect issue, although there was a notification that they had a pest control company working on it. There were dead flies all over the conservatory for the week we were there. There were also various other insects to be contended with throughout the castle.
The refrigerators both smelled horrible when we opened them, but that could have been due to disuse.
There was no direction booklet available for the ovens, and as Americans, we had a difficult time figuring it out.
The washing machine/laundry was advertised as being at the "top of the castle". We assumed that meant the tower house, and could not find it. We finally checked the room off the conservatory, and found it one floor up in a small tower. The stairs here were about 1-1/2 times the normal height with no railing, making it difficult to navigate. A railing of some kind would go a long way toward making it more user-friendly.
The driveway was not marked, and could use some signage of some kind. It was overgrown, and could use some serious cutting-back of plant life. There is also a tree with dead limbs right next to one part of the drive, and looks like it might come over in a good wind, making it dangerous.
Renting Muckrach for a week allowed me to fulfill a lifelong dream of staying in a castle. If you are aware of the shortcomings up front, it would be of benefit.

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Liked best: Staying in a castle
Liked least: No internet access despite advertising it was available
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
15 Nov 2016
So sorry we didn’t receive a notification at the time of your review so did not have the chance to respond before.

I’m afraid we don’t have the details of your stay in our own records as you may have booked via a different agency or portal for the castle but we’re pleased to hear that overall you enjoyed your holiday and that the housekeeper was able to help with queries during your stay.

As you say, the accommodation in this 16th century castle has been modernised to make a popular and comfortable holiday let, feedback from our own guests is also very good and it’s great that you fulfilled your wish of staying in a castle!
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wlfrdbrgs...
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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
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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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FifeNorea...
fife
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“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:
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