“Gracious Scotland Living” We traveled with three generations of four families and Toftcombs was the perfect home for our two week stay in Scotland. The grounds are lovely and the house is magnificent.
Situated in a beautiful location, Toftcombs is the epitome of a gracious Scottish manor with enough bedrooms and bathrooms to satisfy thirteen people with room to spare. The house is set up for easy living which was good because we were too late to secure a butler. (Advise doing this as soon as you make your reservation.) Even so, making meals was no problem because of a well appointed kitchen and local shopping.
It wasn't until we arrived for the Fringe Festival that we discovered how much more there is to do and see outside of Edinborough. Biggar, itself, is a lovely town with good restaurants and transportation into Edinborough, a city that everyone should experience at least once. August is an ideal time because that is when theTheatre Festival and Military Tattoo events are held. Tickets to festival events are available for the same day but Tattoo tickets should be ordered in advance. We rented three cars for sightseeing locally but hired a private bus for a day trip to the Highlands and the Harry Potter steam train. As with everyone else we met, the driver shared his knowledge of history and pride of heritage with a great sense of humor.
Diana met us when we arrived and gave us a tour of the house. We didn't get to meet Claire in person, but were able to speak by phone. She was responsive to all our requests and with so many people, there were several. The house was set up with plugs, linens and every necessary amenity to make sure even the fussiest guest was cared for. Janice was on site to help us with what we needed to be comfortable and give us advice on where to go and what to see.
Our entire family has great memories of Scotland and Toftcombs thanks to Claire, Diana and Janice.
“Think of an amazing, beautiful castle and multiply by 50” Glentrium Castle was out of this world, incredible. I have never in my life stayed in such an amazing self catering accommodation, let alone a castle! It is a beautiful castle, very large, but not scary, and the detail that has gone into the interior and little trinkets exceeded all my expectations. The website does not do this castle justice - it is just so wonderful.
Highlights: movie room, outdoor hot tub, sauna, spa room which is attended on request by a beauty therapist, the view, a massive lawn with comfy seats, the stunning location of the Cairngorms, a very well equipped kitchen, CD player/iPod dock in most of the communal rooms, and one of the comfiest beds I have ever slept in.
Deirdre, the estate manager, was incredibly helpful all the way through the booking process (I organised a hen do for 15 people!), and she made sure we had everything we needed.
You must stay here!!!