Historic Plane Castle oozes character. It’s divided into two parts, the Tower and the Manor, that can be rented separately, or you can combine the two and sleep up to 18 people (22 if you also take their nearby cottage) for a truly memorable wedding or party venue. Featuring winding spiral staircases, painted beamed ceilings, stone-vaulted rooms, tapestries, thick walls and splendid dining halls, the castle manages to combine atmosphere and history with comfort. At night there’s a roaring wood fire to sit around, while the bedrooms and bathrooms are warm and welcoming. Mary Queen of Scots is said to have visited the castle often, and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Royal Guard was quartered here in 1746; there’s even a secret passage, which kids love to explore.
The Manor is the larger section of the castle, sprawling over three levels and sleeping up to ten people in four bedrooms. The vaulted ground floor contains the kitchen and dining rooms; the first floor is entirely given over to the Great Hall, with its vast fireplace; while on the second floor are the bedrooms, one with four-poster bed and en-suite bath, plus two further bathrooms. If you’re entertaining, the Great Hall can comfortably accommodate up to 40 people.
The Tower – self-explanatory really – sleeps up to eight people over four floors connected by narrow spiral stairs. Accommodation is on the second floor, where there are two stone bedrooms with medieval alcoves, and at the top of the tower in the Edwardian Crown Room, added in 1908 onto the original battlements. Twenty-one windows boast stunning views in every direction and four people can sleep up here, in one double and two single sofa-beds. Downstairs there’s another mini banqueting hall.
Outside, three acres of gardens offer plenty of room to explore, with ponds, statues and even a hobbit hole. Heading out, there’s plenty to see and do nearby, including the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, while Stirling, with the Highlands beyond, is just 15 minutes away. Edinburgh Airport is a 30-minute drive and Glasgow Airport around 40 minutes. Plane Castle is an official Scottish wedding venue, and they offer various wedding and hen- and stag-do packages; there’s also a private chef available if you don’t fancy cooking for yourselves.
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