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Sleeps - 14
Region - Angus & Fife
Activities Beach · Golf · Riding
Rental From £1,800 per week
Dairsie Castle stands on a bluff above the River Eden in the beautiful countryside of Northeast Fife. It is just 6 miles from St Andrews, and therefore within a one hour’s drive of Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh. The mainline stations of Leuchars and Cupar are less than 15 minutes away. The castle, first mentioned in 1160, was traditionally occupied by the bishops of St Andrews or their bailiffs. In the 16th century it was substantially rebuilt by the Learmonth family, and reached its its apogee in the early 16th century when it was the home of John Spottiswood, archbishop of St. Andrews and chancellor of Scotland. His son Robert, president of the Lords of Session, and grandson, John, were both executed by the convenanters for their support of Montrose and the royalist cause.
The castle has been the site of an earlier Scottish parliament (in 1335) has withstood a siege (by regent Morton’s men in 1575) and has been visited by royalty (James VI and I escaped here in 1583). The castle fell into ruin in the 19th century, and was rebuilt as a family home by the current owners between 1993 and 1996.
The castle has 6 acres of grounds, which includes a herb garden, parterre, mown meadow and woodland walk down to the River Eden. The walled courtyard includes a viewing tower and garage with cover for two cars.
Strictly no pets or smoking are allowed. The floors are reached by steep, spiral stairs.
Wonderful catering available by local chef.
Cupar – 3 miles St Andrews – 6 miles Edinburgh – 48 miles.
Letting is from Saturday-Saturday
Dairsie Castle is perfect for a special occasion, long weekend or a family holiday. It’s conveniently situated just 15 minutes from St Andrews and just over an hour from Edinburgh.
We had a fabulous stay, thank you ever so much. The castle was the perfect treat we were looking for that special birthday occasion. It had so many features that appealed to all three generations. My dad (who’s 70th it was) loved the art gallery and all the documentation of the rebuild and the history. My nieces and nephews were so excited and thought it was their very own Hogwarts for a few days. We were bowled over by the sheer size of it. It had a perfect mix of feeling homely (with great amenities) but also feeling grand and something that little bit extra special. Etsuko was also really friendly and helpful in sharing their (and the castle’s) journey. I would highly recommend Dairsie castle to anyone looking for a break from reality, with a touch of something a little bit different. The Griffiths family, Tyne and Wear, UK
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The castle has three towers, two round and one square. It is built on 4 floors.
On the first floor there is a well equipped kitchen with an Aga and gas cooking facilities. This opens into the Great Hall, which is stone-flagged and lined with portraits of characters associated with the castle. Here there is an oak dining table which seats 12 and a wood burning fire. On the second floor there is a family room with TV, HiFi and toyroom. On the top floor there is a picture gallery, which runs the length of the castle, and a study.
WiFi is available.
THE BEDROOMS ‘The Dungeon’ On the ground floor there is a twin bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and ensuite bathroom.
‘The Family Bedroom’ This huge master bedroom has 3 four-poster beds; 1 king-size, 2 large singles. The en-suite bathroom is complete with a stand-alone bath and window shutters, painted in the style of Hokusai.
‘The Spottiswoode (Upper Tower Room)’ This room is named after one of the long-term residents of the castle, John Spottiswoode, the Archbishop of St. Andrews in the 1600s. This bedroom has a double bed and an ensuite bathroom.
‘The Learmonth (Lower Tower Room)’ This room is named after the family that owned Dairsie for a 100 years, before they sold it to Archbishop Spottiswoode in 1616. This bedroom has a double bed and an ensuite bathroom.
‘The South Caphouse’ This is a twin bedroom on the top floor at the end of the Gallery. It has a shared bathroom with the North Caphouse bedroom.
‘The North Caphouse’ Twin bedroom at the opposite end of the Gallery, at the top of the spiral staircase. It has conventional medieval rush flooring and looks out over the drive. It has a shared bathroom with the South Caphouse Bedroom.
THE INTERIOR The Great Hall – As the hub of the castle, the Great Hall has a large dining table which can seat 12, and is surrounded by beautiful artworks and sculptures. It also has two large sofas and a foot stool around the fire place for post-dinner relaxation. There is also a Minstrel’s Gallery which over-looks the Great Hall which can be reached from a staircase behind the room, and beside which is a washroom which takes its design inspiration from the old ducat which used to stand there. In one of the corners of the Great Hall is also a small compass room which has floor tiling pointing to which way is North.
The Kitchen – The kitchen has all the usual culinary equipment and has a 2-hub Aga cooker. The room has a table and chairs and is large enough also to be used as a breakfast room. Behind the kitchen is a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer, and adjacent to the kitchen is a washroom.
The Living Room – The living room is on the 2nd floor, situated next to the Family Bedroom. It is carpeted and has a TV, a stereo, a cupboard and comfortable sofas. Next door to the living room is a small Toy Room which is filled with children’s books, toys and some board games for the evenings.
The Gallery – The Gallery is a spacious area on the top floor of the castle and is where a lot of the castle’s artwork and antiques are displayed. It is a very bright and large space with good views of the surrounding countryside, and is an ideal place for holding receptions.
Dairsie Castle is just 6 miles from St Andrews, and within one hour’s drive of Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh. The mainline stations of Leuchars and Cupar are less than 15 minutes away.
Golf at St Andrews is available as well as the reknowned local courses which can be played.
Fishing, shooting and riding can be arranged locally.
We had a fabulous stay, thank you ever so much. The castle was the perfect treat we were looking for that special birthday occasion. It had so many features that appealed to all three generations. My dad (who's 70th it was) loved the art gallery and all the documentation of the rebuild and the history. My nieces and nephews were so excited and thought it was their very own Hogwarts for a few days. We were bowled over by the sheer size of it. It had a perfect mix of feeling homely (with great amenities) but also feeling grand and something that little bit extra special. Etsuko was also really friendly and helpful in sharing their (and the castle's) journey. I would highly recommend Dairsie castle to anyone looking for a break from reality, with a touch of something a little bit different.
The Griffiths family, Tyne and Wear
We had a wonderful stay at Dairsie Castle. It was the first time we stayed in a castle and the kids absolutely loved it. We met the owner who was very friendly and accommodating. It was a great experience for our family. Thanks.
Mrs L. Goddard - United States, USA
We had a wonderful week at Dairsie. It exceeded our expectations. Being so close to St Andrews was a real bonus and we enjoyed Cupar as well. The location couldn't have been better. Meeting the owner on our exit was a splendid finish. Thank you Rob
Robert Quinn, Kentfield, CA, USA
We had a wonderful time at Dairsie and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and visit with the owner on Friday. I’m sure we will be looking to rent the property again in the future (and perhaps some of the others you have listed). Many thanks for all your assistance.
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