A NIGHT IN GORDON CASTLE, SCOTLAND
Gordon Castle was originally half a mile long, with 250,000 acres of land.
That’s a long way to walk if you left your book at the other end!
Originally, Scotch whisky was distilled illegally, made from the leftover barley in the fields.
The 4th Duke of Gordon was the first person to make the whisky distilleries legal.
He and his son ran the estate with iron fists, but they were respected.
When the 5th Duke died without heirs, the Estate passed to his sister’s sons in Goodwood, Sussex.
Massive death duties in the 1930s financially crippled the Dukes and they had to sell the Estate.
And then, during WWll, they managed to buy the castle and a lot of the land back again.
(Let’s hope that Labour doesn’t get elected and bring in its Mansion Tax or they may risk losing the castle again! Ooh, don’t get me started on that subject!
See my Stonor article. B-C-ing-U! published 2/10/14.)
I met Angus Gordon Lennox. His family still lives in the castle and the rooms are full of the family’s possessions.
Finlay the butler served us tea and pastries when we arrived.
Was it my imagination or did the tea really taste wonderful, served by a butler in cups and saucers in the Octagonal Hall in a castle?
My bedroom was huge, with a separate huge bathroom next door.
Two windows looked out on the tower and the ornamental gardens.
Oh what a delightful waking-up, even if a lot of the guests through the centuries probably had hangovers!
Rennies and Alka-Seltzer were provided in the bathroom; a very hospitable gesture.
No, I didn’t need them, but some of the others did!
We were expected to dress for dinner, and we didn’t need to be persuaded! It was lovely to see everyone wearing attractive outfits instead of jeans and trainers.
(Since coming home I promised myself that I’d change in the evenings, but at the end of a day working and then cooking, it hasn’t happened yet!)
Dinner was delicious, served at the bottom of the stairs in a small room. In fact, I was surprised to find that all the main rooms are quite small – a sensible idea as it makes them easier to keep warm in the often bitter Highlands, despite the thick walls.
After dinner, I stumbled up the stairs to my bedroom. It had been an early start and I was flagging.
The castle isn’t completely central heated. There was an electric fire in my room and an electric blanket on the bed.
I huddled under the gorgeous plump duvet, shivering with cold for a while. Then I drifted off into a beautiful, relaxed sleep.
Breakfast was served buffet-style. Again the tea was really tasty, served in the large cups with saucers. And the view out of the window was lovely, stretching over the landscaped gardens.
The fried breakfast with local fresh bread was enjoyed by everyone.
We helped ourselves from dishes on the buffet sideboard, Country House style.
I was sorry to leave. I could have done with more time there. Several years would suit me perfectly!
All the details can be found on the website:
There are 10 bedrooms in the castle, sleeping 18-20 people, plus four cottages in the grounds.
The river flows out the front, and the Castle owns several fishing boats which can be hired.
Events like weddings, mini-Highland games, etc can be arranged.
Contact Ros Lewis, the Events and Business Development manager.
Mobile +44 (0) 7500 879687.
Tel & fax +44(0)1343 820244.
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Tasting Note: The Gin is crisp elegant and refreshing
with a lovely clean palate.
Subtle notes of lavender linger at the back of the nose
and within the mouth. Garden mint comes into focus on
the nose and in the mouth helping promote the clean
Warming herb notes add to the richness and
complexity of the gin.
Ideally served as a classic Martini with a sprig of mint or
with tonic with lemon, lime and mint garnish.
Please drink responsibly
GordonCastle Estate’s once neglected
Walled Garden is being painstakingly restored to
its former Victorian glory by the Dukes of Gordon’s
This magical Walled Garden has inspired the creation
of beautiful luxury products, unique to the exclusive
Gordon Castle brand, built upon provenance
centuries old. Each has its roots in Gordon Castle’s
distinguished heritage, handcrafted with either
ingredients from The Walled Garden, or other natural
bounty from the Estate grounds.
The beating heart of this blossoming oasis is The
Garden, its bountiful produce supplying the delightful
café within its walls, an atmospheric venue for events
and activities. See it evolve with every visit, according
to the season and the vibrant ideas it inspires.
Bring the flavours, the fragrance, the beauty and the
provenance of this unique and special place to your
home or as a gorgeous gift. All our beautifully crafted
products are now available for the first time on line.
The Walled Garden Impression of Arne Maynard’s design
BATH & BEAUTY
LAUNCHING IN SPRING 2014
Fragranced with pure natural essential oils
At Gordon Castle, our products contain natural essential oils and infusions from the flowers, fruits and herbs grown in our Walled Garden.
A selection from the Bath & Beauty range
Gordon Castle Estate’s once neglected Walled Garden is being painstakingly restored to its former Victorian glory by the Dukes of Gordon’s descendants.
This magical Walled Garden has inspired the creation of beautiful luxury products, unique to the exclusive Gordon Castle brand, built upon provenance centuries old. Each has its roots in Gordon Castle’s distinguished heritage, handcrafted with either ingredients from our Walled Garden, or other natural bounty from the Estate grounds.
THE HERB GARDEN
Rosemary and thyme essential oils soothing the mind, leaving senses restored.
THE FLOWER GARDEN
Rose absolute and geranium bourbon essential oils relaxing the mind,
leaving senses rejuvenated.
Mandarin peel and sweet orange essential oils refreshing the mind,
leaving senses uplifted.
Our range of fragrances
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