Bed and breakfast
Bed and breakfast accommodation in a Grade A listed Scottish castle.
with optional dinner or light supper.
by Crook of Devon
Perth and Kinross
Perth 20 minutes, Edinburgh 45 mins, St Andrews and Glasgow 60 mins.
Tullibole Castle is hidden by woodland on a gentle rise south of the Ochil Hills, on what was once a medieval royal way (Courtgate or Court Way) between the hunting forests of the Palace of Falkland and Stirling Castle. The present castle was built in 1608 and passed to the Moncrieffs about a hundred years later and has been the family's home ever since.
Rhoderick and Alison Moncreiff welcome guests to stay for bed and breakfast at the castle, and offer optional (recommended) dinner as well. They have two large bedrooms for guests, one double/twin and one with twin beds, and there is one private bathroom which is shared by both rooms. But the bathroom is only shared between families and friends travelling together – at other times it remains private to just one room.
A considerable number of peacocks inhabit the surrounding gardens and tend to perch on an old tree overlooking the lawns. You can stroll across the small bridge over a 150 yard length of formal fishponds and visit the ruined 18th century Doocot and the ancient cemetery which has a rare 9th century Gaelic-Norse Hogback stone and remnants of a medieval church.
Being at a mid-point between Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, St Andrews and Glasgow, this is an ideal place from which to visit all of central Scotland from east to west. In fact, you may find you want to stay for a few days at Tullibole Castle - time to appreciate its history, quiet and peace - away from the modern rush.
Right; Below the corbelled stair turret is a shot-hole. An inscription above the door reads:
"The Lord is onlie my defence. 2 April 1608. Peace be within thy walles and prosperitie within thy hous."
Access to the Guest Bedroom and Great Hall is by stone spiral staircase.
Right and below right;
The Great Hall. The enormous log fire has an exceptionally long sandstone lintel.
Guests are welcome to use the Great Hall as their sitting room.
On the right in the top photograph you can see the door to the passage which leads to the guest bedroom.
Originally there was a minstrels' gallery at the far end, hence the unusual form of the windows. On the walls are family portraits.
Rhoderick and Alison are researching Moncreiff family, and Tullibole Castle, history (Rhoderick is the lieutenant to the Chief of the Moncreiff Clan).
One of the windows in the Guest Bedroom which looks out over the garden lawns.
Twin beds in one of the Guest Bedrooms.
Private bathroom with bath, wc, basin and shower. The bathroom is reached by its own small stone spiral staircase from the bedroom.
Breakfast and optional dinner:
Long table in the downstairs Dining Room.
Breakfast is served in the Dining Room (cooked or continental). Here is an example Dinner Menu (many of the ingredients Alison obtains from her kitchen garden in season):
If you would like to drink wine with your meal please bring your own bottle.
Tullibole Castle is open from mid April to 30th September.
Please book at least one day in advance.
£55 per person per night based on two people sharing a room, and including breakfast.
(£10 single supplement.)
Optional dinner is £30 per person.
A lighter supper is also available for £20 per person.
For dinner, please give Alison 24 hours' advance notice.
Payment by Cash (Pounds, Euros, Dollars) or Cheques or Travellers Cheques. Credit/debit cards not accepted.
When you arrive, tea is served between 4pm and 6pm in front of the fire in the Dining Room.
To enquire or to book:
Rhoderick and Alison Moncreiff
by Crook of Devon
Perth and Kinross
Tel: 01577 840236
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1577 840236
Please tell Rhoderick and Alison you found Tullibole Castle through About Scotland!
★ Rhoderick and Alison have a beautifully restored cottage, Tullibole Castle Longhouse, near the castle, available for self-catering rental for two.