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The Laird's Wing - Brodie Castle

(Ref. 1060406)

Forres, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map

4.3

Sykes rating

  • 14 Guests

  • 7 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "Great location with lots of living space for our family of 13."

    Enjoyed play areas and walking in the grounds. Another shower would have been useful especially with 5 children in our party. The kitchen was particularly kitted out with quality appliances and utensils.

    Thank you very much for the feedback, glad to read that you enjoyed your stay. We are very limited in what we can do with the bathrooms in the apartment as it is a listed building. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joan4.4Apr 2024

  • "The property was an ideal venue where a welcome pack was waiting for us and well equipped and warm for our family get- together."

    On arrival Jamie and Alison walked and talked us through all the facilities. The children had such fun playing hide and seek in the vast apartment, enjoying the play park and the Playful garden, taking part in the Easter egg hunt around the estate, and we appreciated the fact that the egg reward at the finish was Moo Free for everyone which meant all in our group were catered for. Perhaps a downside to our week was the plumbing which meant that not every basin, bath or WC was in full working order and some windows rattled annoyingly overnight but otherwise a great venue with so many opportunities for places to visit in the area.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Mar 2024

  • "We were very happy with the overall layout of the property."

    The number of public rooms was sufficient for a group of our size, although the reinstatement of the study would be appreciated. Our first point of contact, Jamie, was a pleasure to deal with - he was very welcoming and gave us an informative bespoke tour of the castle which we all very much enjoyed. The only minor criticism is that the kitchen would benefit from an extractor fan as the kitchen with open windows in the winter is very chilly.

    Thank you very much for your kind words, glad you enjoyed the tour of the castle. We are limited as to what we can do in the apartment because of the age and the problem of running a new electric cable for an extractor. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Esther4.7Dec 2023

  • "This was a trip prompted by our grandkids after another visit to Brodie Castle in the summer."

    We have family in the area, so combining a family get-together with the kids getting to live in a real castle for the week was an ideal opportunity. The Laird's wing is, as you would expect, steeped in history. It is a product of the many generations of Brodies (and now visitors) who have lived there. It may show signs of age, but it was spotlessly clean. The main kitchen on the ground is modern and ideally equipped to cater for large parties. It has modern fixtures and fittings, and fitted out to a professional standard. It has a large farmhouse style table with chairs and benches, perfect for early morning coffee, informal breakfasts and chats. The main dining room is accessed from the kitchen and is a wonderful entertaining space. The smaller kitchen/pantry on the first floor adjoining the drawing room is a convenient and warm space to do snacks and drinks. It also has a table and chairs with views across the gardens. We weren't able to use the study due to last minute changes, but the drawing room was spacious, comfortable, and big enough to accommodate everyone at the same time. The bedrooms are from a bygone age, but are spacious, comfortable and clean. They are individual, and full of character. Some of the beds (Blinkbonny in particular) were to die for! The four bathrooms were enough for a party of 14, but sharing was obviously essential. Castles weren't built with en suites in mind, but that's part of the charm and and the fun. Most importantly, especially for a winter trip like ours, the heating is modern and efficient and Brodie was warm and welcoming, as were the Trust staff. The invitation for the kids to meet Santa as part of the festivities was really appreciated, and both kids and adults enjoyed the experience. Santa was a marvel-who knew he was so well-bred! Lastly but not least, the grounds of Brodie are spacious and a perfect opportunity to walk off the essential over-indulgence of castle living. The play areas for kids are modern and well maintained, while in summer months, the Playful Garden plays home to Brodie's giant rabbit and so much more. Brodie is a marvel of Moray's rich history: a castle built over centuries, but still a family home. It was a pleasure to be part of it, if only for a week. If you've ever thought of seeing a different side of life-and history-then look no further than Brodie Castle. You won't regret it.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.7Dec 2023

  • "Unique once in a lifetime stay at our family clan castle."

    Really enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by David4.1Oct 2023

  • "This is a wonderful property full of history."

    Very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Sep 2023

  • "Firstly, I should say that both Kirsty and Jamie were most helpful during our stay."

    Also, that the accommodation has much in its favour in terms of location, character, artworks, grounds etc. It was unfortunate that the hot water system on the second floor stopped working on 29th August. We tried to get it working by using the control panel on that floor, which we found to be in the ‘Off’ mode - we switched it to the ‘All Day’ mode. However, by the morning of 30th August when the water was still cold, we reported the issue to Jamie. He said that a member of the team would take a look that morning. Later that day we were told that the aim was to have a plumber look at it that evening or the following morning. At 2pm on 31st August, as we had not heard from anyone, we messaged Jamie asking if the water had been fixed. He replied to say that the plumber had not been to see it as yet, but was being chased to visit that afternoon. Later that afternoon the plumber did attend and he got the hot water working. Whilst we appreciate that a boiler/heating system breakdown is unfortunate and cannot be foreseen, the issue was compounded by the poor bathroom provision in the apartment. Although the apartment seemingly has one shower room and three bathrooms, the top floor breakdown left us with one shower room and a bathroom for 11 people, which was awkward. We have to say that the bathroom/shower provision was an embarrassment to us as we had invited family and friends to stay with us. The one shower room has seen better days – the sealant was mouldy. One shower between 11, and potentially 14 guests, is too few. Really, given the number of people the apartment is intended to host, a second shower cubicle on the top floor is a must. Of the three bathrooms, one bath did not have a plug, so could not be filled. It had mouldy sealant along the top of wood wainscotting where water from a handheld shower has been running down. One toilet on the top floor cannot be used fully. The entrance lobby toilet was grimy below the water line. A small thing, but the plug in the washbasin in the ‘exotic birds’ bathroom on the top floor was crumbling with decay and dirty looking. It would be a very low cost and easy thing to replace. Generally, the apartment is a little grubby and in need of a deep clean. Here are a few examples of what we mean: - The banister rails were sticky – one member of the party had a bad knee and had to grip onto them took the initiative and cleaned them! - The stair carpet is grubby and has dust where one tread meets the next. - The kitchen chair backs are sticky. - We had to wash most items in the kitchen before we could use them – pans, food mixer etc. - The radiators were dusty and the paint on the radiators in the four-poster room was flaking and sprinkled over the floor beneath. - The sofa covers in the drawing room were stained/dirty. Apart from the general feeling of lack of cleanliness: - The pillows/continental quilts were of poor quality artificial fibre - A number of mattresses were past their best and uncomfortable - It was not possible to open a window in one of the top floor bedrooms (Muir something?) – they appeared to be sealed shut. So, no fresh air. - The kitchen scales were not working – though Jamie kindly replaced them - All the clocks had stopped due to batteries having run out - The kitchen did not have scissors or a bread board – really pretty basic requirements - Though the Brodie gardens were colourful with flowers, we were greeted with drab artificial flower arrangements - Internal doors were grubby and the paint was chipped Taken alone, these are all minor things, but, as they mounted up, they left us with a general sense of disappointment with the apartment and a feeling that it did not live up to its £4,500 price tag for the week. Could we recommend it to others? To be frank, no.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with such constructive feedback. We also appreciate your kind words regarding our onsite team, and the location, grounds, artwork and the character of the property. We are truly sorry that your accommodation did not meet your expectations and our usual high standards. As you indicated there was a fault with the boiler breaking down, which has now been resolved. We have also taken steps to address many of the other issues you have mentioned. Finally we have scheduled the property for refurbishment in the near future and hope that we may welcome you back and this time exceed your expectations. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John1.6Aug 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay and would come back again if possible."

    The rooms are amazing, there was one bed in I believe the Flockeys room that my dad said was the worst mattress he ever tried to sleep on... Lol. He just moved rooms. Hoping we left the castle in good condition. In the letter left for us, it stated to strip beds and etc in bags provided but we weren't provided any. The gentleman locking up for the night on our last night told us that the cleaning crew does that and not to worry about the linens, towels, and refrigerator contents. Which was very nice but we did take out all the trash and washed and put away all the dishes. Hoping we did ok. I would 100% recommend staying there to anyone. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!

    Thank you very much for the feedback, glad that your Dad found the other bed more comfortable for him. It is difficult to know what type of mattresses suits a wide range of guests. Thank you so much for taking the rubbish out and for washing up your final dishes. That helps our team so much in getting a large apartment ready for the next guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather4.1Jul 2023

  • "Wonderful, delightful stay."

    Jamie was brilliant and accommodating. I highly recommend staying at Brodie Castle. The kitchen is great for groups we cooked almost every night and morning. Truly Enchanting!

    Many thanks for your comments and we hope to welcome you back to Brodie Castle. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gena4.4Jun 2023

  • "It would be great to be able to open the skylight for fresh air in the kitchen when cooking."

    There is no ventilation in the kitchen at the moment. Paragraph Otherwise we were really pleased with The Laird’s Wing.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2023

  • "We as a family had a fantastic stay over New Year, perfect accommodation with lots of room and very cosy."

    The grounds are amazing and we welcomed the different walks availability around the castle. I would highly recommend and we will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Dec 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our weeks holiday, plenty of space for everyone and good big drawing room for everyone to be together."

    Lovely grounds to enjoy walking around.

    Many thanks for your feedback, glad to read that you enjoyed your holiday at Brodie Castle. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William3.8Jul 2022

  • "Can't wait to come again!"

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    You are very welcome to come back and thank you for the excellent review Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn4.4May 2022

  • "Fabulous stay."

    Great location and venue. Well worth a trip. Would be ideal if you could dust the vent in the bathroom with the shower cabinet and also pop a curtain over the glass of the door into that room for privacy from people in the corridor.

    Many thanks for your feedback. We have noted your suggestions about the vent and door. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2022

  • "The Lairds wing was a period apartment."

    Great experience! Comfortable facilities were great and cleanliness good. WiFi free but very difficult to link up as reception poor. Staff brilliant.

    Thank you very much for your kind comments. Unfortunately in such an old stone building getting a strong wifi signal will always be a problem. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Feb 2022

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Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Seven bedrooms: First-floor 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Second-floor 2 x double, 3 x twin
  • Second-floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, two basins and WC
  • Shower room with shower, two basins and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • First-floor cocktail kitchen
  • Dining room
  • First-floor sitting room.
  • Central heating
  • Electric range cooker, oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, mini fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, WiFi, CD player, and a selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for two cars additional spaces for cars available in the main car park
  • Electric vehicle charging points on-site in main castle car park
  • Shared courtyard with seating and access to the shared castle grounds
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: If you are bringing your dog on holiday, please bring a lead, basket and your dog’s bowls, please note that dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

Indulge in a royal experience at the National Trust for Scotland-owned The Laird's Wing, an extension wing of the 16th century Brodie Castle.

Flaunting fine art and antique furnishings, as well as being steeped in centuries of history, The Laird's Wing makes the perfect base to celebrate a family occasion in style.

This outstanding three-storey property is the former home of the late Ninian Brodie, and keeps its traditional character throughout with original flagstone flooring, impressive stairs, parquet tiles and antique décor.

Enjoy formal family dinners in the grand dining room, with plenty of space for your whole party to get together for delicious meals.

Find the spacious kitchen/diner, equipped with antique crockery on a large Welsh dresser, accompanied by a range of useful appliances and additional dining seating for seven.

Also found on the ground floor is a convenient cloakroom, as well as access to a shared courtyard.

Make your way up to the first floor, home to the regal sitting room with plenty of seating, to enjoy a cup of tea with your loved ones, surrounded by antique paintings to admire where you can spend a quiet moment to yourself or where the little ones can find hours of entertainment.

Be sure to utilise the first floor cocktail kitchen, offering awe-inspiring views of the lush gardens and fitted with a breakfast area, this space offers true tranquillity.

After a day of exploring the grounds, settle in for a relaxing evening, taking your pick from one of the period bedrooms, which all benefit from pretty feature fireplaces, ample storage in antique dressers and various seating areas.

Find a double and a twin on the first floor, whilst the second floor is home to two further doubles and three further twins.

Prepare for the day in one of three bathrooms, allowing you to choose from a soothing bath or brisk shower.

Take a scenic stroll along the castle grounds, indulging in peaceful walks throughout pretty gardens, lovely lakes and an adventure playground for the little ones.

Experience the life of a laird at this magnificent property, The Laird's Wing, a once in a lifetime stay.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060400, 1066474 and 1060408, together sleeping 26 guests.

EPC Rating: Band F

Brodie Castle Cottages

Tucked away in a historic area of the Highlands are four astounding properties, resting on the tranquil grounds of the National Trust for Scotland’s Brodie Castle, with access to a wealth of idyllic walks around the lush gardens, an adventure playground and serene ponds. Guests are able to visit the imposing castle itself and explore the captivating turrets, historic art, meet the bronze orangutan statue, or simply enjoy an afternoon coffee and cake at the castle’s café. The properties range from a romantic retreat, to a family-friendly getaway, to a palatial apartment for a large group gathering, each the perfect choice for a celebratory break with your loved ones. Explore the beautiful flora and fauna encompassing the properties; the grounds are famed for their extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, a remarkable sight, with trails and bird hides to discover too, for the ultimate wildlife watching experience. The town of Forres is easily accessible, boasting various shops, pubs and cafés to stock up on any essentials and delight in an evening away from the kitchen. Alternatively, travel to the bustling seaside town of Nairn, where you'll find fantastic amenities alongside three spectacular beaches. There are plenty of popular attractions in the nearby area, which offer the chance to discover the adventurous landscape of Scotland, including the Cairngorm Mountains, the famous Loch Ness and the glorious views and coastal attractions from Findhorn. Spend a day at one of the beautiful beaches in Moray Firth or visit the astonishing Cullen Bay and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience dolphin watching. Discover the intricate backstory of Scottish battlefield history at Culloden, also owned by the National Trust for Scotland and view the amazing Pictish carving at Sueno’s Stone. Visit the thriving Highland capital of Inverness; sitting alongside the calming River Ness, home to a theatre, cinema complex, fine dining and plenty of shopping facilities. Various National Trust for Scotland properties can be found throughout this area, so make sure to visit the Balmacara Estate & Lochalsh Woodland, Culloden, Hugh Miller Museum & Birthplace Cottage, Inverewe Garden, Kintail & Morvich (The Five Sisters), and Torridon. Choose Brodie Castle Cottages for a once in a lifetime stay for the whole family to enjoy.

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About the location

FORRES

Kinloss 3.5 miles; Findhorn 6 miles; Nairn 10 miles; Elgin 12.5 miles, Inverness 27 miles

The pretty town of Forres is one of Scotland's oldest small towns and boasts an array of historical monuments, museums and castles, as well as impressive parks and award winning gardens. Forres is an ideal starting point for exploring the Malt Whisky Trail being home to two of the Distilleries, and in close proximity to another five! Forres boasts two golf courses and some excellent fishing opportunities. Ideally placed for visiting the atmospheric fishing villages that are dotted along the north east coastline and just twenty seven miles from the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, it is a great base for a holiday. You can immerse yourself in history with Cawdor and Brodie Castles, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George all within easy reach. Alternatively, you can spend time at Findhorn enjoying the beach and looking for seals or a day's watersports finishing with a drink overlooking the bay whilst the sun goes down. A five minute drive from Forres will take you to Califer Hill Viewpoint, providing stunning views across the Moray Firth, Findhorn and beyond.

3 floors, step access

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas