Balfour Castle, Orkney, Scotland, UK
Isle of Orkney
9 double bedrooms and 9 bathrooms
Golf room & cinema
Award winning chef
Excellent shooting, wildfowling and fishing
Balfour Castle, designed by the famous Victorian architect David Bryce, is located on Shapinsay, Isle of Orkney, not many miles off the north east coast of the Scottish Highlands mainland.
A fabulous location, it is relatively easy to get to in spite of its remote location with commercial flights from Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow or chartered private planes can take you direct to the airport just outside Kirkwall on the Orkney mainland. Alternatively, a helicopter can land on the front lawn of Balfour Castle.
Balfour Castle, Isle of Orkney sleeps 18 guests and has a magnificent drawing room, a large formal dining room, a cosy library, a morning room for informal dining room, a billiard room, modern kitchen, a private chapel, golf room and cinema. Jean-Baptiste Bady is at the helm in the kitchen of Balfour Castle having been named Scottish chef of the year 2009 at the Scottish Hotel Awards.
Balfour Castle sits within a planned landscape which also incorporates more modern ideas such as the ‘ha-ha’ walls - a means of keeping cattle out of the formal gardens without the use of fencing - thereby maintaining magnificent views south towards the Orkney mainland and the Orkney capital, Kirkwall.
Despite its rural location Balfour Castle offers a huge array of different activities including walking, trout fishing, tennis, seal watching, sightseeing, paintball, riding, diving, biking, archery, cooking lessons, clay pigeon shooting, boat trips, and bird watching.
There is also a golf room which houses a state of the art golf simulator which offers the choice of 56 different courses to play and can accommodate up to eight players at a time. It is also possible to practice driving on the range, putting on the green or to hold a 'closest to the pin' competition.
An automatic change of screen in the golf room turns this facility into a cinema, TV and games room and there is a library of films available on DVD and Blueray and satellite HD TV channels are provided as are Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.