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Atlanta, Georgia
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We visited Kirkwall, in the Orkney Islands, on a Cunard Queen Elizabeth cruise around the British Isles. We traveled with a group of friends, and signed up for a Cunard tour of Balfour Castle with afternoon tea. We took a 5-minute coach trip from the dock to a ferry landing where a small ferry plies back and forth to the... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

My husband and I visited as part of a cruise ship shore excursion. You take a ferry from Kirkwall and walk to the castle. The gardens are lovely as is the castle itself...but the scenery is the showstopper. We were treated to tea and scones, a magnificent guided tour and were encouraged to take our time to view the area.... More 

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Oldsmar, Florida
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161 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

Very nice "modern" castle only built in the mid 1800's. The tour was excellent, and informative, I especially enjoyed the grounds, saw my first flat apple tree, (you have to see it to understand). We were treated to the history of the area and had Tea and scones, one of the better castle tours.

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galveston, texas
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46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

We visted the castle as part of a cruise ship shore excursion. We did not stay overnight or eat dinner. Our itinerary: Kirkwall via ferry to the village of Balfour (on Shapinsay Island), then a ferry to the castle on the other side of Shapinsay Island. The Balfour castle is remote and beautiful. I loved every minute. I had a... More 

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Rolling Hills Estates, California
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278 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2014

This is an amazing place to visit! A 20 minute ferry ride to get there. Castle is stunning, fully furnished, down to fixtures and the hardware. Grounds are georgous, make sure you walk around. The thing that sets this place apart, is you are allowed to sit on the furniture. Tea was included in the cost of the tour. Felt... More 

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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2014

Are you a millionaire? I'm not but we were here by invitation so I've no idea what it cost I'd guess well over £100 per head. If any meal can be worth that, then this one was. Attentive staff, incredible surroundings and wonderful food (all ten courses of it). Start saving up now and teyv to book for nest October!

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2014

We held our wedding at the castle and both Jean-Baptise and Elodie were superb. The castle has retained all the original character but has a contemporary edge. All bedrooms are special and have beautiful furniture and furnishing - best rooms have to be Canopy and Balfour. The team who support Jean-Baptise and Elodie are fabulous, professional and extremely discreet -... More 

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orkney islands
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43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We had the pleasure of celebrating a special birthday in very special surroundings. A boat trip, even in the mist, is an exciting start to an evening out. The staff at the castle were as delightful as the surroundings. We were shown round some of the fabulous bedrooms and all wished we could afford to return and luxuriate in the... More 

2 Thank marion_s661
Tyne & Wear
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Its hard to put into words how magical this place is, from the boat trip, to meeting our charming host, Elodie, through to the best meal ever and having a Castle to ourselves. Oh and the Spa hidden away in the beautiful grounds. Absolute perfection in every way. Thank You.

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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106 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2013

Great example of what money can do. The castle, garden and estate shows what money and imagination can do. The magnificent gardens are still being restored to their former glory. The hand planted forest is truly an unique walk. The greenhouse was used for floral displays and fresh fruit and vegetables in the Balfour era. The castle itself is magnificent... More 

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Additional Information about Balfour Castle

Address: Balfour Village, KW17 2DY, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Shapinsay
Hotel Class:3 star — Balfour Castle 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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“I only saw one room, a double, but big enough for a football team. Superb!”
 of 5 bubbles Antmaim, 4 Oct 2014 | Read review
“The castle is only available to book for exclusive use - so chose your friends well so you don't argue over who gets which room !”
 of 5 bubbles marion_s661, 4 May 2014 | Read review
“All rooms had unique furnishings - we based our choice on the view from the windows.”
 of 5 bubbles BobbiB352, 26 Oct 2011 | Read review
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