My husband and I stayed at Ethie Castle one night in mid-August. It was a very unique experience. First, be warned that the place is a bit hard to find, so make sure you get good directions; we took a few wrong turns before we found an unassuming road with a sign that read Ethie Farms. The grounds are truly phenomenal and the structure impressive and duly imposing. We were pleasantly greeted and shown to our room. Because the castale is occupied by a family, you will see family photos, perhaps hear young voices, and encounter the family dogs. That being said, it was a very quiet and restful place to stay for a night. The breakfast was extremely tasty and like other places we had stayed, the foods were local and farm fresh. There is no internet or television here, but lots of reading materials were available in our room.
Some of the furnishings and decorations were quaint antiques and some just seemed a bit dated. There was also a bit of a musty smell in our room (probably to be expected in an old stone building) which was very faint but nevertheless there. If you suffer from allergies, you might react to this, but we were fine. I agree with another reviewer that staying in a castle is not for everyone: the winding stairs might be difficult for some to navigate and you won't find all the lastest amenities of a city hotel. Also, we were never shown any of the public rooms advertised on the website; I would have liked to enjoy a show in the television room or perhaps read a book in the sitting room.
All in all, it was a memorable stay and we are so glad we took the host's recommendation to visit Lunan Bay just a short drive away the morning we left. It is an amazing beach with stunning views. We also took in a light supper at The Chance Inn in Inverkeilor nearby and highly recommend the food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now under new ownership, Ethie Castle is the magnificent home of the Earl of Wigtoun. We look forward to welcoming our guests and providing them with friendly attentive service and warm Scottish hospitality. Ethie Castle is situated within a lovely peaceful rural area in Angus. We offer bed and breakfast...with a difference. A stay in one of Scotland's magnificent castles, steeped in history. Comfortable rooms with tea and coffee making facilities. Wi-fi and televisions in every bedroom. A comfortable feature sitting room for guests. Use of our all weather tennis court and access to our stunning gardens and grounds. Our breakfasts are not to be missed and include ingredients from our kitchen garden and eggs from our happy hens. We also cater to sporting parties and can provide use as a film location. We also offer the hire of our lovely lawns as a wedding venue location. We can help you arrange marquee and catering arrangements. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ethie Castle Hotel Arbroath
- Ethie Castle Arbroath, Scotland