Achnagairn Castle has twenty four bedrooms, of which twenty one are ensuite. When the owners, Gillian and Mike, first bought the property, there were only four bathrooms! As part of the huge refurbishment, it was quite a challenge to put in luxurious bathrooms to match each bedroom! However, Gillian's obsession with beautiful bathrooms paid off - it is rare for visiting guests not to be wowed by their luxury and individuality!
Having said that, they do not outshine the glorious bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own name and its own theme. They range from Happily Ever After (Bridal Suite), which is as large as some people's entire flat (!), through to the Nookery, which is far smaller but turns out to be a firm favourite with many of our guests. With its alpine feel, it is as infused with atmosphere - as any room in the castle!
The ground floor is mainly dedicated to reception rooms, but we have one bedroom here for those who have difficulty with mobility.
|Scottish Sun||Classic||Bath & Shower||18m2|
The only bedroom on the ground floor, Scottish Sun is bright and airy. It is decorated with a colourful peacock and gold mirror to emphasise the inherent cheeriness of the room!
The medium-sized bathroom has a full disabled access shower and pull cords.
Classic Room | Double | 18m2
The rooms on the first floor are truly glorious – high ceilinged and very spacious.
|Happily Ever After||Bridal Suite||Whirlpool bath & Shower||60m2|
|Rainbow||Superior||Shower over bath||16.7m2|
|Pot of Gold||Deluxe||Bath and shower||22.3m2|
|Something Old, Something New||Superior||Shower Only||16.7m2|
|Something Borrowed, Something Blue||Superior||Shower over bath||16.4m2|
|Carpe Diem||Superior||Shower only||20.9m2|
|Victoria’s Secrets||Superior||Shower only|
|Clandestine||Classic||Shower over bath|
Our bridal suite is no doubt the jewel in the crown of the Castle rooms. It is impossible to do this room justice in words. Initially, it impresses with its sheer size - as large as many people’s entire flat! However, after the initial intake of breath, it is its serenity and splendour which captivates you.
With its large windows and triple aspect positioning it is always flooded with light and therefore particularly loved by photographers. The colours are neutral and calming as during the restoration we removed the layers of paint left over the centuries to strip it back to its natural state. The delicate lighting and artwork complement the fine furniture and the combination of the enormous whirlpool bath and vast four poster bed adds to the glamour and romance.
Bridal Suite | Four Poster Bed | 60m2
The large, indulgent bathroom is pink marble with a dramatic large shower and His ‘n’ Her basins. We have chosen not to put a bath in this room as the vast whirlpool bath in the Bridal Suite itself is its own attraction!
This family suite consists of two rooms with an adjoining large bathroom that has both a whirlpool bath and a separate shower. It also has His ‘n’ Her basins, and has brightly coloured tiles. Theses colourful rooms are named...
Rainbow is a lovely big and bright room and it takes its name from the many colours which are in the Jack and Jill bathroom which is shared with the interconnecting twin room. Like many of the castle rooms the furniture is a blend of old and new.
Family Room | King-sized Double | 30m2
And at the end of the rainbow you hope to find not only a pot of gold, but a cosy twin room with access to the Jack and Jill bathroom, ideal for families. The decor here is bright and breezy with purple stripes throughout.
Twin Room | 2 Single Beds | 15m2
Please note, this room has been redesigned since the taking of this photo.
Within this suite are two bedrooms which take their name from the wedding inspiration that brings good luck to the bride, namely Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. The two rooms interconnect and can either be occupied separately or by a family.
This beautiful large bedroom encapsulates one of our fundamental philosophies: to mix old and new to startling effect. With its four poster bed and sumptuous mustard coloured velvet drapings it exudes elegance. As you sink into the deep rug at the foot of the four poster bed and appreciate the stunning views, it is hard not to be entirely beguiled by this room!
Deluxe Room | Four Poster Bed | 30m2
Please note, the furnishings have been slightly changed since the taking of these photos.
This marble bathroom is one of the most spectacular in the Castle - the view straight out of the window onto the knot garden from the whirlpool bath is not one that you will forget in a hurry. The bathroom also benefits from a separate shower, if you are able to drag yourself out of the bath!
We have taken very seriously the blue from the title of this room - the sofa is blue, as are the drapes and the bathroom reflects this colouring too. The original features of the bedroom have all been preserved - the fireplace, with its antique blue and white Delft tiles, and wood paneling. The most intriguing thing about this large and beautiful room is the hidden safe. We challenge you to find this!
Deluxe Room | Four Poster Bed | 35m2
The bathroom continues the blue colour scheme and has a theme of ships - an artist has lovingly painted seascapes onto the tiles. The niches contain naval themes - boats and a lighthouse to gaze upon while enjoying the whirlpool bath.
Usually translated as "seize the day", this Latin aphorism is one of life’s philosophies which really appeals to us. So it made sense to name one of our most beautiful rooms after this notion. It really is not difficult to make the most of each day when you are gazing out onto the grounds from the four poster bed. The harmony of the orange and cream decoration invites you to relax whilst the double aspect ensures that light floods into this bedroom, whatever the weather!
Deluxe Room | Four Poster Bed | 30m2
The bathroom here is located in a circular turret. Making the most of this, we have installed a huge circular whirlpool bath! This attracts attention in the centre of the palatial bathroom, and not to be outdone, there is also a large separate shower. Topped off with His ‘n’ Her basins, this bathroom is not only the largest (almost 20m sq.), but arguably the most beautiful in the entire Castle.
A very traditional room with a cheeky name! The very notion of “Victoria’s Secrets” conjures up images of scantily clad lingerie models, but when you enter the room what actually confronts you is a portrait of a rather grumpy Queen Victoria! The furniture pieces from the Savoy Hotel all have tremendous history associated with them and the Ralph Lauren drapings lend the room an elegant air.
Family Room | King Sized Bed & Single Day Bed | 35m2
In contrast to the traditional furnishing of this room the private bathroom just next door is ultra modern with a huge walk in shower and fabulous natural stone tiling. Please note that the bathroom is private but not ensuite (it is adjacent to the bedroom).
We’ve used the name ‘Clandestine’ in two senses - first, as the notion of “secretly hidden away”, and secondly, the wordplay of suggesting Scottish clans! Excuse us, but we rather like our puns… The room certainly lives up to its name in that it is slightly tricky to find. Hidden away from the main corridor the advantage is you can enjoy having a whole wing of the Castle practically to yourself! In terms of the second meaning, we’ve used this to decorate the room with different clans, tartans and pictures of rather scary old noblemen in kilts! The elegant red armchairs in this room are from the Savoy Hotel in London. When we were refurbishing the Castle, we were lucky in terms of timing that the Savoy was closed for its own refurbishment. It will not surprise you to hear we were the largest purchasers at the auction!
The feeling of the room being hidden extends to the bathroom which has a pretty special feel to it. With its lovely corner bath, it is cosy and tucked away.
Classic Room | Double Bed | 20m2
The rooms on the second floor have the benefit of even better views than the first and are equally spacious.
|Pagoda||Superior||Shower over bath||20m2|
|Mingling Fountains||Classic||Shower Only||18m2|
|Horn of Plenty||Superior||Shower over bath||16.4m2|
|Victoriana||Superior||Shower over bath||16.7m2|
|Botanica||Deluxe||Shower and bath||22.3m2|
|Ring a Ring a Roses||Superior||Bath and shower||25m2|
|The Nookery||Classic||Shower over bath||15m2|
|Dreaming Spires||Triple||Shower over bath||30m2|
This room that pays homage to pagodas of traditional Chinese architecture and the Chinese theme extends throughout from the oil painting of the hilltop town through to the blue and white porcelain so beloved of the area. The theme extends throughout - the four posts around the bed have Chinese undertones and we are particularly proud to have persuaded the lady who made all the curtains to embroider a pagoda onto the pelmet! Don’t say we’re not meticulous!
This large bathroom continues the Chinese theme with pagodas painted onto the tiles. There is a bath and separate shower.
Superior Room | Four Poster Bed | 20m2
This room is named after the poem Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley that was read out ot our owners’ wedding. The poem itself is framed so you can enjoy its lyricism. ‘The fountains mingle with the river, and the river with the ocean…’ To complete the theme, there is actually a print above the bed depicting a fountain. Pride of place in this bedroom, however, goes to the stunning velvet sofa from Designer’s Guild in London’s King’s Road - an iconic piece of furniture.
The bathroom here is small, but far from ordinary. The pebbled tiles have been arranged around the bath in an original fashion.
Classic Room | Double Bed Bed | 18m2
This room is large and very spacious. it takes flowers as its theme and the gilded frames showcase the delicate Victorian prints lending the room of calm sophistication.
Deluxe Room | Super King or Twin | 30m2
Please note, the furnishings in this room have been redesigned since the taking of this photo.
The bathroom however, though equally sophisticated, certainly cannot be called calm! With is glitzy black and green tiles, sunken whirlpool bath and separate shower it demands your attention, competing with the wonderful views out of the window.
With 2 double beds and single bed, this room is ideal for families with children, or groups of friends. The light switches are at child's height, the chairs are child size and there is a secret door into Horn of Plenty.
The room has been redecorated since these photos into a sophisticated, nordic style. But it still has a cosy corner for our younger guests!
Family Room | 2 x Double & 1 x Single Bed
With a bathroom suite that would take pride of place in any Victorian Mansion this room has a great sense of history about it. What we have done is to gather together all of the original bathroom furniture from the castle and put them together in one room. We almost made a terrible mistake - about to throw out the the victorian ‘combined housemaid’s sink and slop hopper’ because we thought it to be damage beyond repair, we found that it is apparently one of the very best examples of the genre in the UK and therefore had it completely restored - phew! The Victorian bathtub and old fashioned toilet give the finishing touches.
As for the room itself, we have furnished it with gracious prints from days gone by, but could not resist putting a couple of them at quirky angles! Last but most definitely not least are the armchairs which came from the Savoy Hotel. The larger of the two was from the bedroom where Marlene Dietrich stayed every time the screen goddess visited London.
Luxury Triple | Super King Bed or Twin | 30m2
Associated in classical mythology with all sorts of fantastic stories, Horn of Plenty represents how we feel about Achnagairn - a beautiful, bountiful place full of amazing lovely things! With a tunnel being the bed and a secret door into the Old Nursery this room is full of quirky traditional features that are juxtaposed by the modern bathroom.
Deluxe Triple | Super King Bed or Twin | 16.4m2
Inspired by Perfect Sunshine Villa in Antigua this room is decorated with the colours of the Caribbean. Brightly coloured palm trees waft in an imagined breeze. Looking out over the glorious view to the Scottish Highlands, it is hard to figure out which is more inspiring - the turquoise of the Antiguan seas or the darker greens of the rolling hills!
Superior Room | Super King Bed or Twin | 25m2
To top it all, the bathroom is one of our favourite. We’ve heard of his ‘n‘ her basins before, but his ‘n’ her baths? And yet that’s exactly what you’ll find. Unforgettable!
This room is amazing - we have to admit you either love it or hate it! In fact, some brides have chosen it in preference to the bridal suite and some top executives have fought over it on corporate stays! We can categorically say that nobody is indifferent. As the room is in the circular turret we have taken this concept of circularity to its very limit. We started with the idea of a ring, using the old nursery rhyme, Ring-A-Ring-A-Roses, to name the room. Having done that we thought we would really go to town and ordered a specially made circular bed! Not satisfied with that, we then added a round chandelier, round bedside tables, a round rug, round shelves, round bath, round corner shower and even a slightly tongue in cheek rather blingy sparkly circular mirror! At that point we started getting a little dizzy we stopped! The unique bathroom is actually within the room, but you will be pleased to hear that for the sake of decorum the toilet has its own separate room!
Superior Room | Large Circular Bed | 25m2
Although one of the smallest rooms in the castle this is a firm favourite! Every time we show it people comment on the smell of fresh wood. Reminiscent of a alpine chalet, we decided to furnish it in this way to remind ourselves of wonderful skiing holidays! The wooden theme extends right through to the bathroom and the tiny ice skating boots add a quirky touch.
Classic Room | Double Bed | 15m2
This spacious room is inspired by the famous poem written by Matthew Arnold which describes Oxford as ‘The city of Dreaming spires’. The owners have particular affection for this room because Oxford is the city where they met. The celebrated skyline is shown as a light mural and this large room also features a beautiful antique wardrobe. We haven’t tried it personally but we wouldn’t be surprised if Narnia was the other side! The bathroom though smaller than most has lovely marble tiles and a corner shower.
Triple Room | Double Bed & Single Day Bed | 30m2