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16th century Medieval Castle

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths2
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Castle in Colliston, Arbroath, Scotland - Secluded Location With Private grounds

Stunning medieval castle with turrets, priest hole, great hall, magnificent fireplaces. Updated to include modern kitchen and bathrooms. Spacious accommodation, close to the sea and golf courses including Carnoustie.lm.

Seven large bedrooms and four reception rooms providing all the comfort for extended family and friends.

10 acres of grounds, lawned, woodland and fields. Bar-b-que and outside seating.

John Lansley
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About John Lansley

We currently live in Scotland where we are renovating a castle for use as a holiday rental. We have two grown up children and a beautiful new grand daughter. We have one dog who travels with us to France and up and down the country.she loves nothing better than being in the car going somewhere. We love travelling and exploring new places, we became involved in holiday homes because of our own love for self catering accommodation and to try to provide that little bit extra or bit different. Each year we try to improve the houses as much for our benefit as for our guests, as our family and ourselves enjoy the house and surrounding area.

Why John Lansley chose Angus & Dundee

we have been overseas on and off for the past 10 years and John has now retired and we wanted a new project and this one came along.

we fell in love with the area and the history of the castle


Arbroath Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Elevator ...
  • 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 ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Situated on first floor, walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Old Victorian wooden bathroom with original features
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Family bathroom with jacuzzi bath and large separate shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , En suite bathroom to bedroom 5
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , En suite bathroom to bedroom 4
    Toilet 1 - toilet , On ground floor near the kitchen
    Toilet 2 - toilet , On ground floor, old Victorian toilet in turret
  • Two bedrooms en-suite, 3 other family bathrooms which include walk in shower, whirl pool bath and traditional cast iron bath with wooden surround
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , On first floor with disabled walk in shower room opposite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , This room can be either a superking double OR twin beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Four poster en-suite bedroom and shower room.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , King size four poster bed with ensuite bath and shower room
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Family room with a double bed and two single beds
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , Situated in one of the turrets in the castle
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1. 1st floor: twin double beds 2nd floor: 2. double king size 3. Either a superking double or twin beds 4. four poster bed and en-suite shower room 5. four poster with en-suite bathroom 6. Family room with double and bunk beds 7. Turret double A cot and travel cot are available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Accommodation over three floors, kitchen, breakfast room, dining room, laundry and games room on ground floor, lounge, snug, great hall and one twin bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, 6 bedrooms and additional bathrooms on the second floor Outside: 10 acres including 2 large grassed areas, woodland and large parking area. Wendy house and small football goal, Utility Room: Two freezers, washing machine and dryer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels provided. No supplement for electricity or heating. Logs for the wood burner supplied. Other: Large dining room with large dining table Snug room with settee and arm chairs and separate flat screen tv Great hall with large settees, nice sunny room in the afternoon Games room Dungeon/storage room


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

16th century Medieval Castle
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

One of the best weekend getaways!

  • 5 of 5

My stay at the castle was amazing. From the moment I entered the gates of the property I fell in love with it. The grounds of the castle are tranquil and vast. The history of the castle makes it even more of an amazing stay. The inside of the castle was impressive as it was welcoming. John and Sue made us feel at home straight away and made the stay even more enjoyable. We stayed in one of the master suites with an en suite. The room was stunning with its antique furniture and soft furnishings. The bathroom was perfect with a free standing bath facing out onto the grounds. I would highly recommend anyone to stay there.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A magic family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We booked Colliston castle for our annual family get together - thirteen of us plus the pooches! The castle was more than enough room for all of us and was a total fairytale. The kids adored it - they had the freedom to run around playing knights and princesses and that left us grown ups to relax, blether, drink the odd glass of wine (!) and tend to the fire. The castle is stunning - so many beautiful features and nooks and crannies - but not so formal and perfect that you feel you can't touch anything. Plus it has all the conveniences of home - electric showers, dishwashers, washing machines/dryers, even a hot tub!! And super handy for arbroath if you need to pop to the supermarket or go out for lunch. It has the feel of a big country family home, and we felt very welcome and relaxed there. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, so glad you had a great time, it's a wonderful place to play Knights and princesses. The castle has so much space that it gives everyone the chance to do what they want, whether they want to be together or have time alone to think, read and relax.
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Great venue for a family gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend here to celebrate a family birthday - the perfect place for it. Everything was what we had hoped for and more. Would definitely recommend and might be back ourselves!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Brilliant was ideal for a family get together

  • 5 of 5

Very impressed with the property ideal for our family get together age range 6 to 70 - the grand children had a terrific time (playing hide & Seek). All facilities that we needed were provided the pictures on the website gave a little idea of what to expect but reality was better . Even a deer, red Squirrel, and loads of pheasants in the garden. The owners were very accommodating allowing different start dates and then being most welcoming on our arrival. taking tine to show us around and explain things. I've already been telling friends what a terrific place it was

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Fantastic Family weekend for young and old alike

  • 5 of 5

From the minute we engaged Sue and John, we were comfortable that we were dealing with professionals who knew what they were doing. They helped us all the way along the way and were very much part of your planning process.

The castle is stunning. Secluded enough to guarantee privacy yet well located to ensure that there were places to call upon food and refreshments if needed. The interior of the castle was faultless and we spent many hours exploring and finding new nooks and crannies everywhere we went. A game of hide and seek is essential in this wonderful castle.

I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a wonderful adventurous weekend.

Thanks Sue and John

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a great stay, don't think we have found any of your party still hiding, but you never know. Please do a head count.
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What an amazing place Colliston Castle is....

  • 5 of 5

We had the most fantastic time ever, even my husband, who was a tad apprehensive about staying in a castle, but he admitted defeat....everyone of the 12 in our party had the most amazing time. We didn't want to leave!

We will definitely be recommending Colliston Castle to all our friends and we all hope to visit again.

When we arrived and had first sight of the castle - wow is an understatement. The photographs on the Internet didn't do it justice.

Thank you so much. Lynn

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a good time. You left it so nice you would not have thought anyone had been here thank you.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Letham Grange
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Lunan Bay
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

If you are interested in using us as a special interest holiday location, please contact us to discuss

Golf. There are many golf courses in the area, both link and other, including Carnoustie


5 miles from Lunan bay, pristine sand dune beach, beach cafe and free parking, dog friendly.

Arbroath Coastal town including marina with sea trips, fishing, sea side recreation


Easy driving, hour and half north of Edinburgh on dual carriageway to Arbroath

Airport at Dundee (flights from city airport, London)

Edinburgh airport hour and a half, domestic and international flights

Aberdeen airport one hour, domestic and international flights

Train station in Arbroath, direct service to London, Kings Cross, good service to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen

5 minutes drive from Arbroath to Coliiston castle


Glamis castle half an hour

Edinburgh one and a half hours driving or direct train into Waverley station

Aberdeen one hour driving, direct train into Aberdeen

Lunan bay 15 minutes drive

Arbroath nearest shops, 5 minutes

Further Details:

Several supermarkets in Arbroath, none 24hours. Nearest 24hour supermarket is on the kings way in Dundee. On line supermarket delivery is available in this area.

Butt and Ben restaurant in Authmithie is excellent for that special meal but needs to be booked especially for large parties. Harbour grill provides excellent food and gives us a discount for our guests. Otherwise good cheap food available at the pubs in Arbroath. High tea at the Colliston Inn recommended but you need to book even for small groups.

Angus glens are beautiful and provide many walking paths.


Rates & Availability

Arbroath Castle Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid season
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low season
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
High season
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Low season
Jan 8 2018 - Apr 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
Mid season
Apr 6 2018 - Oct 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low season
Oct 5 2018 - Dec 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
High season
Dec 19 2018 - Dec 27 2018
7 night minimum stay
New year
Dec 28 2018 - Jan 5 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes: prices will stay the same for 2017.
Available for weekly hire or long weekends, please contact us for details. We take an initial deposit of £300, balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to commencement of your holiday
Minimum stay rate is for three nights

Changeover Day:
Variable, please contact us. Arrival after 4pm. And departure by 10am unless alternative arrangements are agreed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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