THE SCOTTISH DREAM EXCLUSIVELY YOURS
Forter Castle is an exclusive-use castle in a superb location close to Glenshee. On the doorstep are also a number of great sporting opportunities including deer stalking, shooting and fantastic salmon and trout fishing. For those looking for a luxury base from which to explore this majestic part of Scotland, in particular Angus, Aberdeenshire and Perthshire, Forter Castle offers the Scottish dream.
The castle was originally built by the Ogilvys of Airlie as a fortified house in 1560, before falling in 1640 into a ruinous state. On visiting the castle today you will learn the full story via the beautifully painted ceiling in the Great Hall. The principal reason for construction was to fortify and protect the entrance to Balloch pass up into Glenshee and the important Moneca Pass up to Braemar and the North.
Since 1988 to the present day, father Robert and daughter Katharine Pooley have lovingly and painstakingly restored the castle back to its former glory. The castle now benefits from all 21st century creature comforts whilst retaining complete authenticity with the castles original history.
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Castle Rooms including Great Hall, Bedchambers and Kitchen
The Great Hall is the stunning heart of Forter castle. A fabulous space for entertaining; it spans the entire width of the castle and is traditionally furnished whilst still enjoying modern day comforts. The expansive inglenook fireplace creates a focal point for evening events or relaxing during the day and the elaborately hand painted ceiling adds further intrigue. The dining table seats up to 16, there is vast soft seating in the form of two large Ralph Lauren sofas and wing back chairs upholstered in the finest goatskin leather. People gather to relax, dine, entertain, watch films, get married, dance along to Ceilidh’s, drink whisky, light fires, read and our favourite to actually connect with one another surrounded by stunning interiors.
The Laird’s Room
The wonderful Laird’s bedroom is the most superior of all the bedrooms, fit for a king and queen. It is an expansive and grand room with a king size four poster Ralph Lauren bed, its walls are upholstered in British wool by De le Cuona. It has its own turret, a large sofa, and even its own open plan bathroom with roll top bath and free standing brass Drummonds shower. Furnished with beautiful antiques and grand paintings, you won’t forget that you’re in a castle when you stay in this bedroom.
A grand room with a king size four poster bed and beautiful antique furniture including a castellated wardrobe. This room is triple aspect with upholstered walls in Holland and Sherry Saville Row tweed creating a wonderfully cosy environment to enjoy whilst relaxing in the leather armchair with a cup of tea (or wee dram!) and a good book.
This luxurious bedroom has a masculine feel whilst being bright and spacious with its own ensuite. It has a collection of interesting art pieces that are mounted on beautifully upholstered walls in Holland and Sherry Saville Row tweed. With luxurious touches Johnsons of Elgin cashmere, printed cushions and checkered throws.
The rich purple hues of this room sit perfectly within and around the carved wooden four poster bed with starburst canopy. Featuring bespoke cushions and throws, the upholstered walls finish off the layered design. Of particular note is the Swedish empire mirror and antique wash stand as well as the bureau in the turret.
This fabulous room is right at the top of the castle with views out across the nearby mountains of the Cairngorms. A kingsize four poster bed with gathered canopy is the focal point alongside deep buttoned stools upholstered in a houndstooth wool and fabric lined walls. It also has a dressing table and a cosy armchair by the fireplace with paintings and tapestries adorning the walls.
This room has a private staircase leading up from the Great Hall, taking you into a wonderfully warm, comfortable bedroom. A delightful room ideal for a book lover, the built in bookcases house endless reading material that can be enjoyed in the deep buttoned sofa whilst the regal four poster bed will ensure you are fully rested.
A fully fitted kitchen by Chalon, with a large range cooker and dishwasher will make cooking a pleasure. A wide range of Le Creuset cooking equipment and crockery ensures you have the means to make anything you wish!
A fully fitted kitchen by Chalon, with a large range cooker and dishwasher will make cooking a pleasure. A wide range of Le Creuset cooking equipment and crockery ensures you have the means to make anything you wish! In the adjacent vaulted space there is a large refectory table with long bench seating providing ample space for an informal breakfast or lunch.