What We Love
- A stunning castle tucked into beautiful woodland on the edge of Loch Fyne, with breakfastCurling up by the roaring fire with a glass of whisky
- Walking through the hotel grounds down to the stunning shores of Loch Fyne
- Tucking into fresh oysters and other delicious, locally source ingredients in the restaurant
What To Know
- There are plenty of cozy common spaces for relaxing; there's a drawing room, library, and snooker room
- You'll likely run into Fudge, the castle's resident dog
- Free WiFi can be weak in the guestrooms but is pretty reliable in common areas
Make like a laird and live it up, Scottish-style, at the stately Stonefield Castle. This national treasure sits amid 60 acres of gorgeous woodland and gardens, which reach down to the shores of the sublimely beautiful Loch Fyne. Dating back to 1837, the castle is now a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning hotel but remains home to some splendid examples of Scottish baronial architecture and style. Expect original furnishings, wood paneling, ornate ceilings and marble fireplaces.
While the décor is as traditional as you could wish, the hospitality is as warm as the roaring fire you’ll curl up next to with your evening whisky. Tuck into oysters from Loch Fyne in the restaurant, before choosing from a delicious roll-call of enticing Scottish fare, from venison haunch to whole lobster. No evening is complete without a nightcap, of course, so head to the bar for a wee tipple while you plan the next day’s adventures. Might we suggest ambling through the woodland and down to the loch?
How to Get There
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Stonefield Castle for a one night stay and quickly wished we had both booked for two nights and had taken the dog along with us as he would have loved running around the acres of woodland and loch side.
Our accommodation was pleasant enough and was thought by ourselves to have been one of the refurbished rooms however, it was slightly tired looking and in need of being freshened up. Little details such as a couple of broken floor tiles in the bathroom, the painted bath panel being chipped and peeling and having a shower curtain which should have been replaced long ago.
However, we are aware that it is probably coming to the end of the tourist season and would expect these details will be seen to over the winter.
Our view of the Loch was unfortunately also spoiled as our room (26) was directly above the restaurant and looked out onto its roof. What little of the view that we could see was beautiful!
I did speak to one of the reception staff regarding the possibility of changing rooms however, unfortunately the hotel was fully booked on that particular night.
Regardless of this we both enjoyed a relaxing break. We enjoyed magnificent views of the grounds and Loch side, dining on perfectly prepared food and having drinks within the bar area. The staff were also professional and extremely helpful and friendly.
Stonefield Castle is definitely worth a visit and somewhere we hope to return to and hopefully for a longer stay next time!
Whilst the rooms are a little dated they are very comfortable. The surrounds are peaceful, private and provide ample space for exploration.
Breakfast was included in our room rate and my what a breakfast it was! Absolutely delicious, huge servings with no pressure to move on quickly.
The staff are friendly and whilst the restaurant food at dinner is a little expensive, it is plentiful, tasty and well presented. We did learn on our second evening that we could order from the bar menu, this was our preference as the atmosphere was more relaxed.
We really enjoyed the extra space to sit in the lounge, bar and snooker room.
We felt right at home with what felt like old friends. George, Elie, Molly and Mr. Chivas were always welcoming which made the stay that much more enjoyable.
The walk across to the island is well worth the effort especially early in the morning to watch the sunrise.
My husband and I just spent 2 nights at Stonefield Castle for our first wedding anniversary after having our wedding there 7/10/17. It’s our fourth visit and a very special place for us. Though we may seem biased, we are discerning and can say sincerely that our experience was everything we remembered and more.
The staff have always been approachable, warm and helpful and it was lovely that Sean especially made us feel so welcome after being involved with our wedding last year. The food is even better than before. It’s a relaxed place but anything you ask of staff is no problem. Whilst some may say it needs a bit of money spending in parts, that’s the charm of the place in many ways. We were pleased to see some improvements since last year. I would recommend the principle rooms in the old castle part of the building for something a bit special.
Not all people are dog lovers but we are and the hotel lends itself well to this and the outdoors lifestyle with beautiful gardens and dog walk on your door step, followed by the chance to glam up a bit if you want to for an evening of dining.
Don’t ever change Stonefield! We can’t wait to come back!
Me and my partner chose Stonefield Castle for our anniversary and we could not be more happy with our choice. The staff was so helpful and caring, they made us feel so special and they made our weekend truly memorable! The location was absolutely fantastic, perfect place to explore and enjoy nature at its best! The room was spotless,comfortable and so cosy,full of treats and even free worldwide phone calls!We decide to stay in and have dinner at the restaurant and we could not be more satisfied.So many delicious options,the seafood was so fresh, straight from the loch! The service was excellent.We finished our night at the bar, great selection of coctails and whiskies.The soft jazz music on the background made the whole atmosphere complete.We would definitely recommend it to everyone for a wonderful stay!
The hotel itself is lovely and the location amazing however, the rooms were not cleaned to the standards of a four star hotel.
I saw a number off staff thought my stay however only one comes to mind when I think of the hotel....sadly for all the wrong reasons.
A lady, who I assume what the the cleaning Manager treated her staff in such an appalling manner. May I suggest that the level of cleanliness would be to a far greater standard if the staff were treated more like human beings.
Standards seem to have slipped significantly since my last stay. I would not chose to stay again until improvements to the cleanliness are made.