Plane Castle Self Catering, By Airth, Stirling
Nancy and John Patrick Wright and their sons rescued Plane Castle from ruin during the 90's and made it their family home. They now live in the Guard House, and let out the Castle in two separate self catering rental accommodations, sleeping 8 in the Manor House and up to 8 in the Tower.
Plane Castle, the baronial house of the Sommervilles, Lords of Plane from 1428 to 1643, is located 6 miles south of Stirling, on the edge of the Bannockburn battlefield. Both Plane Tower 1430,a nd the Manor House 1528, have recently been sympathetically restored while introducing the facilities and comforts of modern living.
Plane Tower is offered for self-catering accommodation sleeping 4 to 8 people. The adjacent Manor House with 4 double bedrooms is available for self catering either separately or together with the Tower, and the two are connected by a walkway.
The Great Hall:
The Great Hall is dominated by a large mediaeval fireplace with carved stonework, while the roof beams and ceiling are painted in the traditional manner. The refectory table and benches accommodate eight or more guests. The window alcoves, with their stone seats, have been used for 650 years.
There is a fully equipped Kitchen with:
WC and wash hand basin.
On the top floor, the Edwardian Crown Room added in 1908 onto the original wall walk and battlements, has 21 windows giving observation into seven counties and views to the East to the Forth bridges, to the West to Ben Lomond and to the North into the Highland hills. A woodburning stove augments the oil fired central heating.
It is possible to sleep a further four guests (one double and two single fold-out Futons) in this room which can be divided by a heavy room hanging.
From the Castle Battlements you can see to the Ochil Hills and the beginning of the Highlands. In other directions you can see the site of the battle of Banockburn, and the Forth bridge near Edinburgh.
The Manor House:
The vaulted ground floor of the Manor House, part of the castle, dates from around 1528. Plane Castle is surrounded by fields and newly planted trees and water gardens - with wildfowl and peacocks. It is ideal for exploring central Scotland. Stirling and Bannockburn are 10 minutes by car, and both the west and east coasts accessible in a day's outing.
The Vaulted Sitting Room has a TV, and a secret mural stair to the first floor.
Vaulted Dining Room with seating for ten.
Vaulted medieval Kitchen (from 1528 - modernised!) has an oil-fired central-heating cooker/boiler, electric cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
The Second or Top floor is reached by a spiral staircase. The bedrooms are furnished with antique or period furniture. The Jacobean bedroom has a four poster double bed (plus additional fold out single bed) and a bathroom en suite.
The Edwardian bedroom has a double bed, wash hand basin and the bathroom across the passage a few steps away.
The Twin bedroom has two single beds, wash hand basin and shares the bathroom.
The Victorian bedroom has a double bed (plus additional fold out single bed) and a bathroom en suite.
The Grounds cover 3 to 4 acres, and include rose gardens, shruberies, orchards, walks, a band-stand/pavilion, a hobbit-cave, a hide, a play-house, sculptures, fossils, rocks and cliffs, and a large pond with a rowing boat, and is the home for families of geese, ducks, doves, rabbits, and a roost of peacocks on the balcony.
We also run guided outings to selected castles, battlefields, and an introduction/instruction in Archaeological Dowsing of Roman and Medieval sites.
Please check that your holiday insurance covers you for the use of these facilities, as we cannot accept any responsibility for your enjoyment of our private garden.
Telephone: 01786 480840
Email: [email protected]
Sleeps: 1 to 8