Regal comforts just a stone's throw from royal Glamis castle
JUST DOWN THE ROAD from Glamis and its famous castle – one-time home of the Queen Mother – Castleton House offers regal comforts and a welcome to match. Owners David and Verity Webster have spruced up this antique-strewn country house
with flair and originality.
Friendly local staff share the owners' enthusiasm, and the place exudes a sense of cosseted good living. Tasteful rooms are elegant and done out in pleasing country house style. There’s original art, jugs of fresh flowers and plenty of plump pillows
, while thoughtful in-room extras include a flask of iced water, next day’s weather forecast and even some bedtime stories.
Eclectic menus are sourced from the locally home-grown produce, and guests dine in the light and bright conservatory or cosy dining room. Lemon and Lime, two ginger Tamworth pigs
(“they’re as friendly as Labradors,” promises David) rootle around in the orchard. Romance clearly blossoms here: David and Verity fell for each other and tied the knot here themselves.
Hit the Spot
A few miles from turreted Glamis castle.
Time to slip into something more comfortable? Your monogrammed bathrobes should do the trick.
Look forward to a stellar breakfast – real Scots porridge and home cured bacon.
Great address in Glamis.
Kick back in the Regency four-poster suite
– all very Beau Brummel. Check out the menus of talented chef Andrew Wilkie, who now has three AA rosettes under his belt. Dine on tender Scottish beef, west-coast salmon or Highland lamb. Work it off the next morning with a trip to Glamis Castle, a visit to Kirriemuir, home of Peter Pan author JM Barrie, or a stride around some of the other delights of Tayside and the rolling Angus countryside.
Castleton House Hotel was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mike North
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Dining in the Conservatory restaurant at Castleton House is both fun and relaxed. Chef Kevin MacGillivray serves contemporary Scottish cuisine with traditional French and Italian influences, making full use of locally sourced beef, salmon and produce. Menus change daily and big favourites include the braised featherblade with seared fillet of Angus beef
Have lunch in the Victorian kitchen restaurant at nearby Glamis Castle: treats on the menu include Arbroath smokie paté, Forfar bridies (minced beef encased in shortcrust pastry) and Dundee cake.
The Conservatory at Castleton House
Gateau of smoky roast salmon, crème fraiche and caviar with apple and hazelnut puree, followed by iced amaretto parfait with homegrown berry compote.
Dress the part
Just dress to please
Sit at table 21 or 22 and watch the quails on the lawn
See & Do
Fairytale turreted Glamis Castle – former home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother – is right on your doorstep. Steeped in royal connections, it's filled with fascinating memorabilia and really feels like a lived-in royal home. Some excellent golf courses lie within 15 minutes of the hotel, with Carnoustie and St Andrews only 45 minutes away.
Nearby Perth is a full-on shopping city, and St Andrews is easily reached.
Dine at your leisure, enjoy a wee dram and relax.
Glamis Countryside Festival is held in the castle grounds and features entertainment, falconry, horse riding and more
Watch the golfing greats tee off at the Open Golf Championship at either Gleneagles, Carnoustie or St Andrews
Castleton House, By Glamis, Angus DD8 1SJ
There is free guest parking
Dundee and Perth stations – 30 minutes
GBP 25-30 from the station. Private transfers can be arranged
Dundee – 30 minutes
Rooms and suites
Six rooms, one suite.
Rooms come with antique furniture and luxury fabrics, fresh flowers, home made shortbread and free wi-fi.
One room has a 200-year-old four poster bed.
Closed for Christmas and New Year
Minimum night stay?
Breakfast is served until 10:30am. Try the Tamworth pork sausages from Castleton’s home reared pigs.
Available 24 hours
Welcome, at a cost of £10 per dog per room
Yes, catering for up to 50 guests
Castleton House's owners grow their own organic veg and rear their own pigs
David and Verity Webster – owners