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Balfour Castle
midlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“beautiful - couldnot fault it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2010

The Balfour was a breath of fresh air, I have only just got around to reviewing it but absolutely excellent time. The location, service, staff were outstanding. We will be back soon, a real gem.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Citizen of the World
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2009

I stayed as a solo traveler here, and it was incredible! The room I had was like walking back into time (down to the showerless tub in the bathroom)! I felt like a Princess. The Castle itself was a little smaller than I anticipated - but it was way cool. Fancy old rooms, even a secret passage way from the library to the conservatory...ha! It was like I was in the game CLUE (: Fabulous food as well, in a very family type setting. If you get there early you can stroll the gardens and almost have the island to yourself. It truly was a magical experience!

  • Liked — The seclusion and mystery of the island
  • Disliked — smaller building that what I had imagined
  • Stayed May 2006, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank TravelerBarbie
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British Columbia
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2008

This place was quite an experience. Although it is a little out of the way, it is well worth the trip. The castle itself has many rooms to explore (including a secret door!) and our room was decorated in a true Victorian style. The bed was very comfortable. Our bathroom was a turret with an excellent view of the water and grounds. The castle also has several acres of beautiful gardens and pastures to explore.

Dinner was a multiple course meal with a huge variety of flavours and great presentation. Both before, during, and after dinner there was a wonderful ambiance as all of the guests spent this together and shared their experiences.

Although Balfour Castle is expensive, it is a wonderful experience for a special occasion!

  • Liked — Its a castle!
  • Disliked — a little isolated
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Sparky_buckwheat
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Tunbridge Wells
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2008

When we booked this holiday, we did not know what to expect. The Castle was visible from the ferry as it dominates the southwest end of the Island. The peace and tranquillity offered would not suit everybody. No noisy bars or disco, no sound of passing traffic. In fact it was very hard to hear any noise from our room only the clucking of a pheasant, the cows in the field between the castle and the beach and the sound of the waves on the beach. We had glorious weather, sun most days. Yes, it was cold, but look on a map where you are! All the staff in the Castle were wonderful, helpful and appeared happy to be there, unlike some hotels you visit. I am loathed to recommend Balfour Castle, in case it becomes so popular we become unable to return again, which we will.

  • Liked — Peace. Away from it all. Felt like you were 'one of the family'
  • Disliked — Time went too quickly
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank MightyMurphy
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Kauai, Hawaii
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2008

We were greeted at the door of the castle when we drove up. There's no reception desk or other earmarks of a hotel, just a fabulous 52-room castle. There's just a few guest rooms on the third floor, but you can spend a week looking at all the fabulous common rooms and grounds. Huge comfortable library with self service honor bar and fire. Pat, the owner was very friendly and welcoming. Came up to the library to tell us about the dinner gong to be rung at 6:30. Then after the gong rang out in the castle, she came up again to make sure we heard it. Of course our room was huge with amazing views. Old fashioned plumbing, but everything worked! Had the castle all to ourselves, the first night, but had to share the castle with honeymooning Brits the second night.

  • Liked — Amazing 19th century Casle ambience
  • Disliked — limited choice at dinner
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank PhillandKaren
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Beaumont, TX
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2006

Just returned from a wonderful stay at Balfour Castle. This is a magical place and the service and meals were outstanding. Our room and bath were very large with a fantastic view of the grounds. Both the breakfast and dinner meals that are included were delicious and expertly served in the nicely appointed dining room. It was such a treat to have
drinks in the library each evening. Be sure to enjoy touring the walled gardens and beautiful grounds of this estate.
The island of Shapinsay is very picturesque and our bike tour of the island was such fun!
After the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh, this was the perfect place to unwind and see another side of Scotland. The town of Kirkwall is another part of this trip that is
not to be missed.
The owners and staff at Balfour Castle make your visit so special. They are eager to make sure that you feel at home and share the history of Balfour Castle with you.
AKNIC

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2006

We decided for our wedding to do something different and get away from the stress of a big formal wedding day. When we found Balfour Castles website we fell in love with it, it was exactly what we wanted.

The staff was amazingly helpful in the run up to the wedding, as we live in Stourbridge it was hard to organise everything up there so instead the staff there took over and sorted out everything phoning me and sending emails to see if i was happy with things. They are all lovelly people who were as excited about our wedding as we all was, they made us all feel so welcome and made our day so special. Our familes all fell in love with the relaxed, homely atomosphere there and Shapinsay itself is beautifull especially the boat ride we took and the beach by the ruins with the seals on.

I would recommend this castle to anyone, especially a couple looking for a romantic, relaxed, intimate wedding. It was fantastic. The castle itself is fascinating with all the antiques and portraits and the rooms were beautifull and full of character.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Additional Information about Balfour Castle

Property: Balfour Castle
Address: Balfour Village, KW17 2DY, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Shapinsay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Shapinsay
Hotel Class:3 star — Balfour Castle 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Balfour Castle Hotel Shapinsay
Balfour Castle Shapinsay, Orkney Islands

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