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Dunskey Estate: Private Castle, 2000-acre Manicured Pleasure Ground with Beaches

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Magnificent, well appointed rooms & outdoor space perfect for group celebrations

Your private and magical retreat starts here. Beautifully preserved Edwardian Castle with 2000 acres of glen walks, forests, 3 beaches, 2 lochs, award-winning walled gardens & 2 waterfalls to explore. Comes with a stately drawing room, a grand dining room, massive kitchen,, additional media room, table tennis room, the largest lawn you've ever seen, and 5.5 bathrooms. Exquisite bed linens to boost! The Estate is one of the best spots on the planet, we promise.

What is the Dunskey magic? Could it possibly be cozying up to gleaming brass fireplace, surrounded by miles of gold embossed leather books in the library, while the wind across the Irish Channels whistle a tune outside the window? Perhaps it is casting a line into one of the two lochs while the swans gently glide by, rippling the surface with a single dropped feather. Or nothing can quite beat the soar in your chest as you emerge from the lush green wonderland of the Dunskey fairy glen to arrive at the wide open sea.

The stately Baronnial castle, completed at the turn of the century, has opened its doors for the first time in history. Four grand reception rooms with original lavish features with a large collection of fine arts displayed throughout. Well-appointed and spacious bedrooms with linens from the White Company guarantee beautiful shut-eyes. The Castle can accommodate up to 40 guests, with a large eat-in kitchen, an utterly charming farmhouse table, with original wooden chairs and a church pew guaranteed to get a few youngsters scrambling for a seat.

If that isn’t enough fairy dust to get you packing your bags, the spectacular grounds should seal the deal. Wake up to birdsongs and have a cup of coffee inside the award-winning 18th century walled garden and the historic Victorian glasshouse. Take a leisurely stroll through the manicured woodland gardens and discover the vast collection of flowers and plants, including a matured tree-trail and cheeky kissing gates. Need a bit more energising? How about a race through the Hampton Court-inspired hedge maze? Submerge yourself in the roar of the waterfall at the foot of the century-old stone bridge in the glen. Wave goodbye to the migrating geese on the vast front field and listen to their calls echo through the surrounding woodlands. In the evening, raise a glass of champagne in the fragrant garden as the nocturnal blooms open, before retreating to fire in the hearth at the Great Hall, with organic venison roast straight from the Estate Grounds.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, Vietnamese
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2018

About Anne

How do our wandering paths end up here? By sheer magic. Our respective careers have taken us throughout the world, and here we are at last, dedicating our lives and hearts to Dunskey Estate. The Estate and Castle have been kept largely private, and their untouched charm and resplendence are, quite possibly, Scotland's best kept secrets. We have been spirited away by the Dunskey grandeur, and we cannot wait to show you all its treasures. The doors are flung wide open. The splendour is found, the magic awaits. We welcome you.

Anne and Ali met in an art gallery in Saigon, Vietnam. At the time, Anne was working with several NGOs on anti human trafficking in the Mekong Delta. Ali was sauntering around on his motorbike as a CEO of a real estate consultancy company. For unknown reasons, Ali managed to obtain Anne's phone number, after deciding that she was the woman he is going to marry. Eight months later, on their second date, they were engaged, with round cross-cut of a chilli pepper serving as an engagement ring. It's been spicy ever since.

Why Anne chose Stranraer

Dunskey is perfect for making your own adventures whether amongst the twisted and gnarled old beech trees in the woods, at the lochs where you can take the boat out, down the fairy glen or at one of the 3 beeches. We might also suggest; fly fishing for rainbow trout; sea fishing for mackerel; golf on the 18 hole course, kayaking along the craggy shoreline; scavenger hunt throughout the estate, a beach BBQ, rifle shooting, deer stalking, clay pigeons, fly your kite its often windy, a tour of the botanical garden and the woodland walks, hiking, horse riding.

Inside the Castle

The stately Baronial castle, completed at the turn of the century, has opened its doors for the first time in history. The castle was designed by James Kennedy Hunter for CL Orr Ewing. Mr Orr Ewing had only just commissioned 2 famous yachts; the 36ft Heartseas in 1896 which won almost every race she sailed and, in 1897, the schooner Rainbow which was the first modern schooner built in Britain and the fastest such vessel on the water at the time. He built Dunskey Castle with same quality of craftsmanship as can be seen in the impressive ceilings, the fireplaces, the woodwork throughout and the fittings of the highest quality. Many of the original features still survive today.

What makes this castle unique

Absolutely incredible catering is offered exclusively for our guests. Our fully stocked larder is also available. Please get in touch.

On our doorsteps, the woodlands stretch into the ocean. In it, beautiful mushrooms dot the forager's trail. Our vegetable garden supplies an endless array of organic fruits and produce, from a highly curated collection of herbs such as lemon verbena and Doone Valley thyme, to lovely rhubarb and Jerusalem artichokes. A few minutes away from the Estate is the largest and natural oyster bed in the UK. The icy Atlantic waters supply the freshest and succulent seafood we have ever tasted, including feisty lobsters, fatty mackerels, and a seemingly unlimited supply of crabs.

The Estate is proud to provide high-grade game meats to our guests. Our free range, organic venison is professional prepared and package, available in different cuts, and is hugely versatile. Pheasants are always readily available for braising and roasting, or you can leave the hard work to us and order our ready-to-serve Dunskey pheasant stew with wild mushroom and chestnut dumplings. We love eating with the seasons and using local ingredients from our friends who supply directly to the Estate. The Dunskey Larder is always fully stocked with wild ducks, rabbits, home-roasted nuts, and a wide selection of freshly baked loaves, cakes, and other goodies.

For our guests in the Castle, we offer exclusive catering. Choose from an eclectic set of menus that reflect our international nomadic lives, but always grounded in local products and exceptional quality. We are love to showcase creative dishes, with unexpected blend of heritage Scottish and British cuisines with Asian methodologies or Californian flavours.


Stranraer Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $132.7

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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