Media release: Celebrate the festive season in a Scottish cottage or castle!

WITH Christmas and New Year being just around the corner many people’s thoughts are turning to a festive getaway, and what better way to spend it than in true Scottish fashion.

Begins a spokesperson: “Despite the recession and a degree of caution in the market place, Scotland’s largest specialist self-catering holiday company Cottages & Castles, has experienced an increase in bookings for large houses this year with a 15 per cent increase in bookings to date, against last year’s figures.”

Sue Bourne, manager of Cottages & Castles believes a lot of people who may normally consider a winter break abroad are deciding to stay in the UK and choose Scotland which is renowned for New Year.

She says: “The weather can be unpredictable and travel arrangements chaotic over the festive period, so holidaying at home is a preferred option.

“A luxurious festive getaway is an extremely affordable option with some of the most spectacular self-catering accommodation in Scotland available from as little as £29 per head per night.

“Properties offer all the facilities of a first-class hotel whilst also providing the freedom to have full run of the accommodation.”

Sue added: “Christmas and New Year in Scotland offers an idyllic time to celebrate with loved ones.

“We are finding the real growth in the market is from families who want a traditional Scottish experience in a high-quality property, whether with the whole family, or with a group of friends.

“There is also a steady influx of visitors from abroad wishing to stay in a stunning castle or country mansion and see in the bells with their very own Scottish Hogmanay and ceilidh dance.”

The full range of self-catering accommodation offered by Cottages & Castles includes cosy cottages for two, traditional bothies and log cabins, city-centre apartments as well as castles and country mansions for larger parties.

Some of the best deals still available for large groups this festive period include:

Dell House Whitebridge, Inverness-shire

Sleeps 14/ New Year price £2,900. An impressive Georgian house with grounds running down to the shores of Loch Ness where you could enjoy your own New Year ‘Nessy’ Hunt. Elegantly decorated, the house offers an abundance of charm and character and the large dining room is perfect for a lovely Christmas family dinner whilst the log fire in the drawing room sets a tone for a spectacular New Year party.

Wards Gartocharn, Loch Lomond

Sleeps 20. New Year price £5,500. Set within 600 acres of private ground, this exceptional modern country house has been stunningly refurbished and offers an abundance of public space, making it an ideal festive retreat. The conservatory has a delightful log burner whilst the swimming pool offers a heaven of relaxation. The outstanding sitting and dining room with large glass windows and double heighted ceilings offering fantastic views across the Lochans and provide the perfect backdrop whilst seeing in the New Year and dancing the night away.

New Lodge, New Kelso, Strathcarron in Wester Ross

Sleeps 18. New Year price £5,500. This is a truly exceptional purpose-built holiday house offering unsurpassed facilities and presentation. Being finished to the highest of standards, the rooms are spacious and bright. The kitchen is exceptional and likewise is the formal sitting room which benefits from a wood burning stove and 180 degrees of windows offering marvellous views to the sea and the mountains behind. Outside, you will find the ‘ceilidh barn’ a superb space filled with every games table you could imagine, a 60” flat screen TV, large wood burner, bathroom and kitchen area. This is a truly spectacular venue for a large family and group of friends wishing to escape and celebrate the festive period in style.

House of Craigie, Ayrshire

Sleeps 14. New Year price £4,000. This simply wonderful B listed Georgian Manse offers fabulous facilities and a stunning garden setting in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside with views over the Firth of Clyde. Everything has been thought of with beautiful furnishings throughout and the bedrooms present a luxurious country house atmosphere. There is an abundance of public space with a bright, gracious, formal drawing room, a large family/TV room and a terrific games room. Large groups of family and friends will also be able to make the most of the wonderful private swimming pool complete with its own shower rooms, patio and views across the delightful garden.

To learn more about the full range of properties available through Cottages & Castles over the festive period, visit or call 01738 451610.

About Cottages and Castles Ltd

Cottages and Castles Ltd, established in 1983, is a Scots specialist holiday lettings company with over 600 properties in its portfolio and is privileged to be the official letting agents for The National Trust of Scotland.

The company’s dedication and attention to detail has made them one of the largest self-catering companies in Scotland offering an enviable range of holiday cottages, exclusive large houses, holiday castles, Scottish mansions and country lodges.

Cottages & Castles is operated by CKD Galbraith, one of Scotland’s leading independent property consultancies with 12 regional offices throughout Scotland.

CKD Galbraith is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council, and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor, Murdoch MacDonald.

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council
Clydesdale Bank
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail


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