Private Bedroom in Historic Castle with its own access
- russian, italian
About Tobias Parker
We run the Castle full time, offering bed & Breakfast accommodation, as a wedding venue, and a working smallholding farm.
Tobias Parker purchased this Castle in 2017
Why Tobias Parker chose Castle Douglas
The space The site which the present Tower occupies was once the Inner Bailey of the Medieval Buittle Castle, one of Scotland's Royal Castles and twice Capital of Scotland. Buittle was home to Lady Devorgilla of Galloway and the Bailliol Dynasty, and later a Jacobite stronghold of the Gordon and Maxwell families, who re-constructed the original c.13th Century Keep into the present L-Plan tower, c.1500. Buittle Castle, unlike many such buildings remains very much a working building, and so retains the 'feel' that these buildings had when first built, surrounded by formal gardens, livestock, vegetable growing and pleasure grounds. It is currently home to James, the 24th Great Grandson of Lady Devorguilla, and his cousin Tobias, who have re-acquired the Castle after roughly 60 years of it being out of family ownership. The site is also home to a working Printing Office specialising in craft letterpress printing and bookbinding, and a medieval chapel, with an interesting Jacobite history, in which services are regularly celebrated in the pre-reformation Use of Sarum.
What makes this Castle unique
Guest access Guests have exclusive use of their own room, and may use the gardens, grounds and moat walk. Use of other parts of the castle can be arranged, including the hot tub. Private dinners can also be catered by prior arrangement, in the Medieval vaulted Dining Room. Fishing can also be arranged on the Castle's private stretch of the Urr, a noted Salmon and Trout River. Interaction with guests Guests have a private room with its own entrance. Should any requirements arise, the House Manager or one of the owners will be available to attend to guest's needs.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Beautiful, interesting and pleasant stay
Set in a beautiful area, the castle is a wonderful place to stay. The room itself is very spacious and decorated with a nod to the time it was originally functioning in. It has many interesting historical artefacts and paintings throughout. The system for ordering breakfast works well - you merely circle what you would like from a list of options on a printed menu and pop it under the door before midnight.
The breakfasts were delicious and huge. The Scottish breakfast comprised of a choice from sausages, bacon, eggs (done how you like), potato slice, black pudding, haggis and beans and any combination of those. There was also an American breakfast consisting of cornmeal pancakes, syrup and bacon and eggs. And finally a croissant and toast with various jams etc. and free flowing tea and coffee. I tried each of the options on different days and they never disappointed. I felt bad not eating it all but the breakfasts were huge! They definitely set you up for the day which was great for us as we went on many walks in the area (at Galloway Forest Park, the Mull of Galloway and Threave Castle to name a few) and we never had any hunger pangs!
Tobias was a brilliant host; he was attentive but without being overbearing. He was always on hand but never in your face and very polite. He showed us around the castle and, as history lovers, we had many other questions and he knew the history inside-out. It was a great tour.
On one of the evenings we stayed, we also had dinner at the Castle which was wonderful. Delicious food, attentive service and just a lovely atmosphere to dine in.
The hot tub was also a great perk to the place. I think we went in it almost every night we stayed after our long walks and it was always available. I’ve never been in a hot tub and had the pleasure of enjoying a gang of ducks waddling past and seeing some sheep up by the fence. It made the experience even better.
We cannot fault the place and we will definitely be coming back.
Loved the hot tub with the peacocks walking by. Tobias couldn't do enough for us.
A quirky, fun, interesting and romantic get away in a stunning location.
My partner and I were only looking for somewhere local to explore this lovely part of Southwest Scotland, but we got so much more than we were expecting as the stay turned out to be a major highlight of the three-day trip over the Easter bank holiday. The fantastic weather only enhanced the beautiful and historical setting that is Buittle Castle. The cousins James and Tobias are in the middle of a renovation project that can only be described as a “labour of love” so don’t be surprised to see people wandering around with wheel barrows and step ladders, hens clucking around the place, ducks waddling past in formation and horses cantering around the paddock – it doesn’t detract from the experience - only making you feel that you’re part of this amazing venture. Tobias took us on a tour of their printworks, the Chapel and parts of the castle which was a lovely experience. Beautifully printed breakfast cards, hot from their own printworks were presented to us daily - and what a breakfast! Locally-sourced produce like streaky bacon and sausages, a choice of duck or hens’ eggs, teamed with cornmeal pancakes and syrup, jumbo rolled-oat porridge served with delicious honey and homemade jams and soda bread, all presented on stunning chintz tableware and served in the medieval meets Arts and Crafts library. Cups of tea and coffee were only a bell press away – literally; James and Tobias were on hand with their corresponding watch that alerted them to our every need - a little bit of welcome anachronism. And to top it all off, we stargazed and the watched the orange moon rise over the trees from the comfort of the glorious hot tub. Fantastic!
memorable enjoyable stay
We had a great weekend at this quirky accommodation, hosts are fantastic.
Coffee available in the room would be convenient although you can ring for service.
Amazing Place to Stay - Stayed December 31st 2018 for 1 night
I cannot say enough good things about Buittle Castle. The room we stayed in was amazing. The wood burner kept us cosy while we spent the night chatting and playing cards. If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life this is a perfect retreat. Tea and coffee is on request and is served on a silver tray almost reminding me of afternoon tea, by Tobias. We also breakfasted in the library again served in the same way. Within the library there are books of all ages and art work that all adds to the authenticity of the place.
The fact that Tobias and his cousin have bought back their ancestral home is amazing, and are restoring it back to medieval times is just the icing on the cake. The attention to detail with antiques adorning every room makes it all the more a special place to stay. These guys are just starting out on the renovation and we are looking forward to seeing it progress over time. We will definitely be returning! Tobias took us on a tour of the main castle, which is currently their home and was happy to show us round. The grounds of the castle has a fully functional printing room which runs as a book binding service and classes. There is a chapel which has been restored which has amazing features. And a gift shop. We took a walk round the grounds looking at the gardens, and you can take a short walk round the old moat to see the ruins of the original castle.
If you enjoy walking and the outdoors this area is great area to explore. A short drive to Rockcliffe where you can do beach walks and a short climb up to Mote of Mark (we watched the sunset from there). You can do a short walk to Kippford or an even shorter drive to Kippford which is a small harbour and if the tide is out you can walk over to Rough Island. We saw lots of bird watchers and there is a nature reserve nearby.
A visit to either Dalbeattie or Castle Douglas is a nice drive out. We ate in Castle Douglas as it is the bigger of the two and has more variety.
In a nutshell if you like places steeped in history this is the perfect place to stay and the welcome you receive is 10 out of 10 from the hosts.
Thank you guys for accommodating us on New Years Eve and New Years day. For the service, accommodation and location this was more than value for money. A big thank you. Michelle and David
Unique chance to spend a couple of days in a fascinating environment. We enjoyed it.
The Lady Maxwell room is a small part of a large project to restore and revitalise Buitlle Castle. The room itself is a throw back to yester year although with electricity, heating and a very comfy bed. Not luxurious but full of character. The breakfast in the library is a highlight although huge and sets you up for the day. The host Tobias is courtesy personified and we loved the farm yard animals and the puppy ‘radish’ All in all a great couple of days