Averon Castle

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Sleeps: 21 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 9

Overview

Chateaux & Castles Country Estate Ideal for Kids Hot Tub Walk to Village Parking Space

The magnificent Averon Castle sits in eight glorious acres of captivating grounds where you will feel the tranquillity fold around you as you relax in absolute peace and quiet. In a land lost in time, the castle is a period property with swagger, style and superb comfort where you can bring the generations together or celebrate with your favourite people.

It is located within walking distance of the pretty village of Alness which is located between Invergordon and Evanton. The Dalmore and Teaninich Distilleries are also within walking distance. Alness has participated in flower competitions such as Scotland in Bloom, winning numerous awards and has been crowned Scottish Champion at the Great British High Street Awards. The castle sits within moments of the popular Scotland NC500 route. Averon Castle is perfect for guests that enjoy the outdoors. You can explore the rugged beauty of the northwest Highlands, visit quiet Highland beaches, enjoy lush green landscapes brimming with waterfalls, challenging hills, and mountains, visit historical buildings or head over to the spectacular Isle of Skye. Those that love the water can take a RIB boat trip to spot dolphins in the Cromarty Firth or a cruise on Loch Ness to look for Nessie. You can canoe on the River Beauly or sea kayak in the Firth. You can enjoy a fishing session in a picturesque location on the River Alness or the Conon with excellent trout and salmon fishing. There are also fantastic golf courses within easy reach including Royal Dornoch, Castle Stewart, Alness and Fortrose and Rosemarkie. A day trip to Aviemore, an hour from the castle, brings the thrills of white-water rafting, skiing, quad biking, an aerial adventure course and various water sports.

Averon Castle is an oasis of gracious and glorious living deep in the Highlands. As soon as you arrive and are met by the live-in butler, you will know that you are in for a treat. He will give you a tour of this Scottish wonder, assist with any requests you may have and offer champagne and canapes to start your holiday off with a bang. The castle boasts nine bedrooms, all with private bathrooms, comfortably sleeping up to twenty-two guests plus little ones in cots. Offering two ballrooms ideal for celebrations and parties, two drawing rooms, sitting rooms and a private bar, the castle is a superb venue. You can relax by roaring fires that light up its splendour and offer a crackling atmosphere, enjoy drams of whisky from the local distilleries, play board games with family or friends, stroll through the phenomenal grounds, borrow one of the castle’s bikes and cycle to the shores of the Cromarty Firth and sleep like kings. Daily housekeeping is included, and catering can be arranged if desired.

The castle enjoys a fascinating history. There was a defensive structure on the site since the Iron Age or early medieval period. The Munros were in possession of the site since at least the 1600’s. There is a lintel in the back of the castle dated 1734 and the castle appears in a military survey of Scotland map dated 1750. In 1817 the Teaninich Distillery was built by Hugh Munro who owned the castle but in 1819 he sold the castle to his brother John Munro who took up residence in 1831. It stayed in the hands of the Munros until it was sold in 1923. It is said that Frances Hodgson Burnett visited the castle and that the walled garden may have helped inspire her book ‘The Secret Garden’.

Averon Castle boasts excellent entertainment spaces. The main drawing room is brimming with antique furnishings, original paintings, an open fireplace, and huge windows that let in the natural light. Another drawing room is perfect for an escape with the Sunday newspapers and a pot of tea, making up for lost time and planning your Scottish Highland adventures. The ground floor sitting room offers a television and plenty of board games. The bar is wonderful where you can enjoy a dram and chats about your fishing or golf outings. This room enjoys a huge dining table in addition to the formal dining room. The formal dining room is elegant, stately and perfect for a celebration meal. The kitchen is enormous with excellent appliances for large groups including a professional coffee maker that is operated by the butler. One of the bedroom suites is located on the ground floor too, perfect if you have any guests with mobility issues. Throughout this wonderful building, you will find exquisitely moulded cornicing and many other period features.

The majestic bedroom suites are comprised of two rooms with super king-size beds, five rooms with king-size beds, two rooms with one double and two single beds and one room with a double bed. All the bedrooms are beautifully appointed with antique furnishings, luxurious drapes, quality linens and gorgeous rugs. Two rooms come with four poster beds. The bathrooms enjoy a mix of showers and baths, perfect to soak away any stresses. They are all ensuite other than the family rooms where they are next door. Four bedrooms are located on the first floor along with two reception rooms and a sitting room. The bridal suite with its ensuite bathroom and rose window bridal salon and another bedroom are on the second floor and two-family bedrooms are found in the second-floor attic.

Outside you will discover eight acres of gardens sprinkled with a giant monkey puzzle tree, ancient elms, Scots pines, giant redwoods, cherry trees, crab apples, rhododendrons, azaleas, colourful flowers, herbs and lush lawns. There are swings for little ones, a hot tub for a relaxing soak, a pergola for alfresco dining and nature trails. You can play badminton or basketball using the net and hoops provided or take a cycle to explore. Binoculars are available for birdwatchers.

Averon Castle is just wonderful for a break in the Highlands where you can explore its beauty, fish, play golf and enjoy many other activities.

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What you should know…

  • Please let us know if you are interested in any extra housekeeping or private chef services
  • Every bedroom at Averon Castle comes with its own private bathroom, mostly ensuites. There are two family bedrooms with double and twin beds plus there are cots available if required. Please let us know in advance
  • If you want to fish or play golf, please make arrangements prior to your holiday

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Hot Tub BBQ Coffee Machine Ground Floor Bed & Bath TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site Parking Space

The Castle

Ground Floor   
- Two sitting rooms, one used as a games and television room
- Dining room
- Kitchen
- Two bathrooms
- Accessible room with en-suite bathroom
- Staff only areas at the back of the house

First Floor   
- Four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
- Sitting room
- Two reception rooms

Second Floor
- Bridal suite bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- Rose window bridal salon
- Bedroom with en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi bath

Annex 1
- Two family bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms bathrooms

Outdoor Grounds
- BBQ
- Hot tub, seating six
- Eight acre private gardens, perfect for relaxation and outdoor games
- Swings in the trees

Additional Facilities
- Resident Butler
- Board games
- TV
- Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth speaker
- Two fireplace's tended by the butler
- Bikes

Location

About the surrounding area of Averon Castle
Easy By Train Walk to Village <1hr to Airport Watersports Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Historical Sites
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Averon Castle enjoys a fabulous location near the village of Alness, the perfect base for exploring the Highlands. The village is within walking distance of the castle as are two distilleries, the Dalmore and Teaninich. The Dalmore Distillery was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson. Many more distilleries are within easy reach including Glenmorangie, Balblair and Glen of Ord. You can fish on the River Alness or many other rivers and there are many wonderful walking trails straight from the castle. You can hike to the Fyrish Monument which is roughly a two hour round trip. The monument was built in 1782 on Fyrish Hill by Sir Hector Munro. The views of Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis are spectacular. You can easily walk from the back gardens of the castle to Alness point, on the shores of Cromarty Firth which used to be home to the RAF Alness, a large training and operational base during the second world war.

The nearby village of Evanton enjoys the Fyrish monument, the Black Rock Gorge, famously featured in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and a good selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. Those that love shopping can fill their suitcases with cashmere knits, woollens, tweeds, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, art, antiques, cheese, chocolate, gin and whisky, all bought locally.

Dornoch is within easy reach with its stunning cathedral, its breath taking sandy beach, its Royal Dornoch Golf course and its wonderful shops, restaurants, and bars. The links golf course has been played on since the 16th century. You might like to take a look in The Carnegie Whisky Cellars while you are there. On the way there or on the way back, you may like to stop at the Whisky Distillery at Glenmorangie or at the famous ANTA Pottery and Tain Pottery studios.

A trip to Loch Ness is popular. There you can enjoy a boat cruise, stopping at the ruins of Urquhart Castle. The Black Isle is also beautiful with plenty of quaint seaside villages, smoked fish shops, craft shops and cute cafes as well as its own Black Isle Brewery where you can stop and taste the beer. Other trips that guests enjoy are to the west coast and in particular, the picturesque town of Ullapool, Caithness, and the Castle of Mey and Dunrobin Castle.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Inverness Airport

(43 km)

Nearest Train Station Alness Train Station

(2.5 km)

Nearest Town Alness

(1.6 km)

Nearest City Inverness

(34.4 km)

Nearest Restaurant Fyrish Tandoor

(2 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Commercial Hotel

(1.7 km)

Nearest Supermarket Morrisons

(2.6 km)

Nearest Beach Rosemarkie Beach

(31.8 km)

Nearest Golf Alness Golf Club

(2.5 km)

Nearest Tennis Tain Tennis Club

(22.5 km)

Sightseeing Fyrish Monument

(10.3 km)

Region

Luxury self-catering holiday accommodation in the Highlands

Get ready to embark on a whimsical journey to the Scottish Highlands with Oliver's Travels, where fabulous, characterful homes await in this rugged and enchanting slice of northern Scotland. Mist-shrouded mountains, deep-blue lochs and ancient castles are the name of the game. It is like stepping into a fantasy novel, but with fewer dragons and more kilts!

First up on our Highland hit-list is Ben Nevis, standing at a whopping 1,345 metres. Climbers and hikers worldwide flock to its trails, ready to conquer the mountain and be rewarded with the most incredible views. If you are not up for an epic uphill battle, fear not! The Great Glen Way offers a more chilled stroll along the Caledonian Canal, connecting Fort William and Inverness. It is like a leisurely stroll through nature, with bonus canal vibes.

Now, who hasn't heard of Loch Ness? Home to historic castles such as Urquhart Castle, this legendary spot invites you to channel your inner detective and search for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Nessie might be shy, but the views are anything but! You will enjoy ruins, mystery and just maybe, a friendly monster waving from the depths.

Inverness, the unofficial Highland capital, is where historic charm meets modern pizzazz. The River Ness weaves through the city, tickling the feet of Victorian buildings. It is a sophisticated dance of old and new. You can stroll along the riverbanks, explore Inverness Castle and soak up the local vibes at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Heading west is the hidden treasure of Plockton which boasts landscapes so picturesque, you will think you are in a watercolour painting. Whitewashed cottages add a touch of charm and the sheltered bay is the perfect spot for daydreaming. You can take a boat trip to nearby islands or just bask in the coastal serenity. In Fort Augustus, where the Caledonian Canal plays meet and greet with Loch Ness, boating and water-based antics abound. The locks of Fort Augustus are like a watery staircase, a fascinating engineering marvel that turns boat journeys into a spectacle.

The Highland Folk Museum near Newtonmore invites you to step back in time. This living history museum spills the secrets with reconstructed buildings, costumed interpreters and demonstrations of age-old crafts. Another wonder, Eilean Donan Castle is a real-life fairytale fortress perched on a tiny island where three lochs have a meet-up. It is so postcard-perfect that even Hollywood could not resist its charm. History buffs and Instagram enthusiasts, this one is for you!

Of course, we cannot forget the whisky. The Highlands are the holy grail for whisky aficionados. Glenlivet and Glenfiddich distilleries open their doors for guided tours, where you will learn the magic behind crafting Scotch whisky. Sip, swirl and savour – it is a Highland happy hour!

Whether you are scaling castles, conquering peaks, fishing, boating or just lounging by a loch, the Scottish Highlands invites you to a land where nature and history come together in a brilliant way. It is a timeless tale that leaves you in awe. Step into the magic as adventure awaits!

Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Averon Castle is perfect for family get togethers and groups of friends with children. With nine bedrooms including two family rooms plus cots, it is superb for large groups. There are board games for children and swings in the gardens. The sitting room on the ground floor offers a television should little ones be tired at the end of the day. The castle grounds and gardens are sublime. They are perfect for fun family games including badminton. There is a hot tub too that is always popular.

Families that love the outdoors enjoy the scenery and the activities available in the Scottish Highlands. The rivers provide much fun with canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and boat trips. You can also take boat trips to watch sunsets and to look out for dolphins. Ecoventures is a brilliant company that offers super cool, high speed, offshore RIB trips to enjoy the unique scenery, wildlife, and history of the area. The trips leave from Cromarty on the easternmost tip of The Black Isle with its imposing cliff coastline. It is home to a resident colony of Bottlenose dolphins. Most families take the two-hour Wildlife Watch trip which heads out into the Inner Moray Firth. As well as the dolphins, you are likely to see Common and Grey seals, porpoises and occasionally a Minke whale. Chanonry Point in Fortrose on the Black Isle is one of the best places in the world to watch bottlenose dolphins from the shore.

There are some beautiful beaches to visit including Dornoch and those on The Black Isle. Dornoch Beach is stunning with soft sands, lots of dunes and shallow water. The beach extends all the way to the village of Embo in the north. Dornoch itself is a lovely historic town with a fantastic cathedral to visit. Cromarty Beach is also gorgeous with lots of sand and the odd dolphin out at sea to spot. It is a great beach for fossil hunting too.

In Inverness there are many family friendly attractions including the castle which overlooks the River Ness, the Ness Islands Walk and Railway, the Inverness Ice Centre, the Inverness Botanic Gardens, Frankie and Lola’s indoor play centre and Whin Park with its boating lake. The Landmark Forest Adventure Park is always popular with its rope courses, playgrounds and exhibits. Cawdor Castle and Gardens is another favourite with its well-preserved castle, beautiful gardens and its 9-hole golf course.

Children love the stories of the Loch Ness Monster. The loch captures their imagination and also offers cruises. Children enjoy spotting Highland cattle, castles, waterfalls and bagpipes. Boarding for Jacobite Cruises is at Dochgarroch Lock, between Inverness and Drumnadrochit. A small herd of Highland cattle live in the field next to the car park, ready for photo opportunities. The loch is over twenty miles long and eight hundred feet deep. Boat trips on Loch Ness often include activity packs for youngsters.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Easy By Train
  • Walk to Village
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Children's books
  • Bikes
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games

Extras

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £1000 (£2000 for marriages and special occasions). charged to client's credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection
Arrival time 4:00 pm
Departure time 10:00 am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit. £100 will be deducted from the deposit if the castle is not left clean and tidy as it was found, this includes washing up
Internet access? BT Wi-Fi provided throughout the house with 20mb speed unlimited
Minimum stay 3 nights. All other durations on request
Changeover day Friday to Friday for weeks and Friday to Monday at weekends
Pets welcome? Not allowed
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay
Other Ts and Cs £1000 wedding venue hire fee on top of rate

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 21 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jan 27th 2025 £9,678 £12,904 £16,130 £22,575
Jan 27th 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 £9,678 £12,904 £16,130 £22,575

Prices based on an occupancy of 21 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jan 27th 2025 €10,579 €14,105 €17,631 €24,676
Jan 27th 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 €10,579 €14,105 €17,631 €24,676

Prices based on an occupancy of 21 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jan 27th 2025 $11,452 $15,269 $19,086 $26,713
Jan 27th 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 $11,452 $15,269 $19,086 $26,713

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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