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42 reviews
Plane Castle
The kitchen in the Manor House
A snug sitting room on the ground floor of the manor House
Main Jacobean bedroom
One of the 15th century Tower bedrooms
Kitchen dining in the 15th Century Tower
The grand fire place in the 15th Century Tower with painted roof beams
One of the many bathrooms in the manor House and Tower
Twin room in the tower
Medieval banqueting hall in the Tower
Medieval banqueting hall
Dining room in the Manor
The Great Hall perfect for celebrations
View from the gardens
A wedding enjoying a pipe band
Great Hall seating area around the fireplace
Party time in the Great Hall
Wedding in the Great Hall
Set for a wedding in the courtyard (view from the battlements)
Banqueting Hall
Banqueting Hall
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Castle -
6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 18
Airth, Falkirk District, Scotland

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Sooshie
Cumbernauld, Scotland
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fairy-tale wedding”
Reviewed 13 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

A quirky castle, steeped in Scottish history, was bound to impress the English contingent in our wedding party, but even the weather conspired to make the day memorable by suddenly turning warm and sunny. Sonja's discreet supervision of proceedings ensured that the day ran smoothly. However, the icing on the cake was the appearance, after the ceremony, by the Humanist celebrant, Melanie, who made a quick change into her riding gear and returned with her horse, Charlie, to provide a unique photo opportunity for bride and groom on horseback

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Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Sep 2016
It was a really pleasure hosting you and your lovely families:-)
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aelcolwel...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Historic Scotland Experience”
Reviewed 4 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Staying at Plane Castle is living the rich heritage of ancient Scotland - it is located in an area where nearly every hilltop has a ruin. This building was lovingly and brilliantly restored to be both historically accurate as well as safe, warm and comfortable. The spacious kitchen and dining hall are both excellent for family gatherings of 10 people.
Located on a quiet one-lane road, there is good walking and biking in both directions with views of old and new worlds juxtaposed: farm fields, ruined castles, windpower infrastructure and modern transit.
The host gave us a vivid tour of our abode, and excellent written directions for some off-the-beaten-track walks to nearby ruins. It was excellently situated for trips to Stirling, Bannockburn and Falkirk Wheel.
We especially loved the umbrella stand containing play swords, axe and shield, the mysterious gardens, the circular stone staircase and the ceiling mural in the dining hall.
Note to gourmet cooks: there is a washer, dishwasher, stove, fridge, toaster, kettle, french press and microwave. Kitchen implements are plentiful but rustic. Bring your own staples and chef's knives, fry pans, cutting board etc if you are particular about this sort of thing.

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Liked best: This is a unique place to stay and great fun for family gatherings.
Liked least: Only non-stick fry pans available for use.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
5 Jul 2016
Thank you for your lovely comments. We always like to hear back from guests that they have had a good experience
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Fredrik B
1 review
“Awesome castle, great activities and wonderful hosts”
Reviewed 30 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We were 15 norwegian guys having a stag party at the Plane Castle. Before our stay, Sonja was very helpful with suggesting activities and how we could arrange ourselves with food and transportation. We did the Mini Highland Games and banquet, and I would stongly recommend both. The castle itself was high above our expectations, lots of space and well decorated rooms, a big kitchen, awesome tower, and so on. All in all the castle and the activities were absolutely perfect for a stag party, and I would guess also for any kind of group events. Sonja and Steve were both exceptional hosts, we got all the help we needed with practical matters, and they had a lot of great stories about the castle and area. Both the coming groom and the rest of the party were extremely satisfied, and we would strongly recommend a stay at Plane Castle.

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Liked best: That we had the castle for ourselves and could roam around in the castle as we liked
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Management Response
1 May 2016
Thank you Fredrik. We hope the wedding goes well and maybe see you all again one day
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607rachel...
1 review
“Amazing place, fab hosts and a gret place to celebrate”
Reviewed 7 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Sonja and Steve were so welcoming, the castle is beautifully kept, has so many nooks and crannies to explore. We made great use of the large garden for games, had guests in every room, and tried to use every main room to celebrate in. A wonderful venue that I couldn't recommend highly enough. Many thanks

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Liked best: Sonja and Steve, the hosts made us feel so welcome
Liked least: Trying to cook on a range cooker that had slightly varying oven temps - so minor!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
8 Apr 2016
Thank you Rachel. It was an absolute pleasure to host you at the castle. See you for the next big one!!!
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AMaccaD
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent for groups”
Reviewed 18 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016

Fantastic venue with great and helpful hosts!

Our trip included highland games and whisky tasting.

Was very accommodating and would certainly recommend for a long weekend!

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
19 Feb 2016
Thanks for the great review. Great bunch of guys and hopefully we will see some of you again one day:-)
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Liliylive...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic atmospheric castle for a large party”
Reviewed 14 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

I booked this as a venue for a surprise birthday party for my husband (18 of us). The location was easy to get to from central Scotland and the castle was a true wow on arrival. The whole venue and grounds were well maintainened and portrayed a sense of grandeur that was exactly what I was looking for. The bedroms were clean, cosy and comfortable and the public rooms were spacious, well furnished and perfect for our purpose. A banquet dinner was provided by the venue's recommended caterers and was well received by all my guests.

My husband had no idea what was going on - he thought we were going to a romantic dinner for two - and I can't thank Sonja enough for colluding with us to keep the surprise going right till the end! Our friends are still talking about Plane Castle and I am sure we will remember it fondly for years to come. No doubt some of us will be back!

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Liked best: Grandeur of the venue, friendliness of the hosts
Liked least: N/a for us but not suitable for people with mobility issues (steep steps)
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
15 Nov 2015
Thank you for your lovely review Caryll. Look forwards to seeing you again one day:-)
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HoboScotl...
Scotland
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stunning, quirky, fabulous and we felt so at home”
Reviewed 28 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Completely loved our surprise weekend in this beautiful castle known locally as Cock-a-Bendy Castle. The owners Steve and Sonja could not have been more helpful or obliging. The grounds are gtreat to explore and the bedrooms stunning. Comfortable beds, clean as a whistle, wel eqipped kitchens and stunning grrat hall - perfect for a black tie birthday dinner.
Even though it is historical and grand it fell really homely.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
29 Oct 2015
Thank you for your lovely review. It was great being able to be part of the surprise:-)
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