A Landmark 18th Century Highlands Estate Preserves The Victorian Era

Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland
Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Estate
  • 13 BR
  • Sleeps 18
  • from £ 850 nt
Enchanting Gardens and Design From A Bygone Era

Depicted as a backdrop in faded photos of a happy Victorian era family playing with their dog, this stately country manor and grounds has served as a cherished family estate for over 150 years. Built by the prominent Sinclair family in the 18th century, this elegantly detailed luxury villa in Scotland is a throwback to genteel times, with enchanting walled gardens and woodlands, and lushly appointed interiors that immerse you into the atmospheric era. 

Throughout the years there were additions and alterations, most notably by famed 19th-century Edinburgh architect David Bryce. Passing through multiple owners in the intervening years, and surviving the wars, the estate ran into disrepair before it was finely restored in the 1990s to its present splendor. Take the time to wander the expansive grounds and experience the history of this classic beauty.

Oh, and bring your horse. There’s a vacation rental for them too here, where you can canter through the highlands together while enjoying this landmark estate.

Description

A sprawling 60-acre estate nestled into the verdant countryside, this luxury villa in Scotland is a graceful, 18th-century manor home, whose lovely original features and history have been carefully preserved and protected.

Once the home of a prominent Scottish family, it’s a richly detailed and beautifully-preserved compound of dignified, classical style. 

Built in the Victorian era with subsequent additions, the property consists of the main house, a gate house cottage, and sprawling stables that also include a one-bedroom apartment. 

The interiors are lush and intimate with fireplaces in every room, period antiques, and plush comforts. There is a dining and living room, separate breakfast room, a library and games room and a fully-equipped, eat-in kitchen. Each of the eight individual suites offer colorful themes and luxurious appointments. 

Situated at the main entrance, the gatehouse is a delightfully quirky space with a steep gabled roof and decorative details.

The grounds are lush, green and very private with gorgeous gardens, a pond with a boathouse and a large playfield with rounders and a football pitch.

Translating its history with a light touch and an eye for detail that respects its heritage, this lovely country home is a magical trip back in time.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Private check in and check out. Helipad. Housekeeping included with optional full time staff available including private chef, touring services. Optional shuttle and airport shuttle services (additional charges apply). Wifi throughout, TV, newspapers, Fax/photocopying, kitchen and bath amenities, laundry facilities. Complimentary bicycles available for guest use, skatepark ramps, board games/puzzles, books, DVDs, music for children with child care available at additional charge. There are also horses for guest use.

AROUND

Positioned in the farthest northern regions of Scotland, the highlands of Caithness and the coasts of Sutherland are some of the most majestic and unspoiled landscapes in the United Kingdom.  

Bordered by Moray Firth to the east and Pentland Firth to the north, Caithness’ dramatic scenery includes low-lying shores, caves, and towering on- and offshore cliffs. The harbor and fishing port town of Thurso is just a few minutes drive to the north western coast. Further up is the lighthouse of Dunnett where you can stroll the atmospheric shorelines. The beautiful Castle Mey, with its gardens and tearoom is worth a visit, just up the coast at the headlands.

An hour inland are the wild and desolate moors of the Flow Country, a swath of sparsely populated wilderness that is home to many rare species of birds, peat bogs and plants. The southern shoreline is home to the fishing port town of Wick and the Trinkie pools, Lybster harbor and the Grey Cairns of Camster.

Don’t miss the stunning beauty of the Orkney Islands offshore (the Gills Bay ferry is a quick ride and takes your car). A fascinating archipelago, there are many Neolithic sites, preserved villages and remnants and carvings from 12th-century Vikings.  

LOCATION

Castletown, Scotland. Nearest Airport: Wick Airport (22km), Kirkwall Airport (51 km) 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: May through October 

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  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Olrig Country House, Castletown, Scotland | villas for rent, villas to rent

Olrig Country House

from £850/ nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
BedroomsMain house: 8 Bedrooms, Cottage: 1 Bedroom, Stable apartment: 1 Bedroom
Bed TypeMain House total: 11 King/Superking beds, 1 Double beds, 1 Single. Cottage and Stable apartment 1 King each
KitchenFully equipped
BathroomsMain house: 5 Bathrooms, Cottage and Stable apartment: 1 Bathroom each
Accommodate18 Guests total. Main house: 12 guests, Cottage: 3 guests, Stable apartment: 3 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Pet friendlyHorse stabling provided but no other pets allowed
RatesRates are £850 per night for up to 8 guests, £1250 per night for 12 Guests including housekeeping, £1500 when booking the cottage as well, and £10,000 per week. Stabling is £250 per week per horse including feed
Minimum Stay2 Nights
ViewLovely country estate views
Notes

£1500 Security deposit required

£300 Cleaning fee

50% Downpayment required - and will be fully returned up to 6 weeks prior to arrival.

In the event of a cancellation within 6 weeks prior to arrival, the down payment will not be returned 

Check in: After 3pm

Check out: By 11am

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Reviews

7 Reviews

  • Tanya, September 12, 2018

    Everything you could ask for in a fairytale cottage…
    It’s a bit of an adventure finding this place, but that really depends on the route your GPS takes you!! But it was so lovely. We stayed in the gatehouse cottage which was just perfect. Cozy and spacious for two with a great fireplace to relax in front of the fire. There is a second bed should you need it. But the kitchen is well supplied with cooking stuff and there is a good washer and drier there should you need to do laundry. The bed was very comfortable and there was a great supply of soft towels. The only downside we had was the bathroom and negotiating the water temperature – it was either freezing or boiling lol. We were told though that they are installing a shower which will only make this place even better. There is a Tesco about 5-10 minutes away in Thurso so you can stock up on all the necessaries.

    Tanya

    Vancouver, Canada

  • Wally, July 20, 2018

    Interesting and unique…

    Maybe not for some as expressed by some reviewers but our family thought that it was the highlight of the 8 properties that we stayed at during our Scottish trip. It was an Aladdin Cave full of interesting things in every nook and cranny. The owner has gone to a lot of trouble to make it stand out from other establishments. We had two interconnecting rooms ( French Suite) and price wise it was comparable to other properties. The beds were comfortable and the breakfast delicious. Yes, our toilets were outside the room but we had two – solely for our use. The staff were super friendly and accommodating. Loved every minute!

    Wally

    London, UK

  • Cara, June 24, 2018

    Simply gorgeous…

    This is, without doubt, one of the most charming B and B’s I have ever stayed in. The setting is stunning, and house and grounds and gorgeous. Every room is decorated with such style – and yet we were made to feel welcome and to treat the house as a home from home. The breakfast was wonderful – the table laid out like a work of art. It’s a bit more expensive than most hotels in the area but an experience like this is worth supporting. We enjoyed a meal in the local Hotel in the evening – simple pub food but very tastey and friendly service.

    Cara

    London, UK

  • Simon, June 5, 2018

    Incredible rustic retreat.
    We had just finished from Cycling Lands End to John O Groats and what a way to finish! This is a superb B&B. In a tranquil setting, the attention to detail is fantastic and we cannot rate this place highly enough. A must stay. Thank you again to Hans, Kris and Michele.

    Simon

    London, UK

  • Jimi J., April 30, 2018

    Amazing time…

    We were lucky enough to stay 4 nights in lovely Olrig house. Elaine looked after us & was very accommodating with meals, times and full of useful information. The cherry on the cake was the five days of sunshine we had, who’d have thought!

    Jimi J.

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  • Alana, September 12, 2017

    Beautiful Place
    What a wonderful find on our trip around the North Coast 500. After driving from Inverness we were enveloped in the quirky luxury that is Olrig House. Friendly hosts, beautiful rooms, a good recommendation for dinner and a truly fabulous feast for breakfast. I highly recommend it!

    Alana

    Albury, Australia

  • David, September 8, 2017

    One day in paradise
    Excellent! The house is amazing, incredibly well decorated. You really feel you are in a special place. Michella the host was helpful and warm. We felt welcomed. By far the best place we (a party of five) encountered.

    David

    Paris, France

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