The Fortalice

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Sleeps: 12 - 16 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 3
Oliver Approved

Overview

20% off August!
Wedding Venue Pets Welcome Ideal for Parties

Rich in history, this house was originally built in 1560 and subsequently partially destroyed in 1640 by the Duke of Argyll. The Fortalice has been painstakingly rebuilt and renovated with modern comforts by its current owner. Set over five floors, this property has 7 bedrooms, sleeping 16 comfortably and boasting luxurious comfort without compromising original character. 

The Great Hall is dominated by the wonderful, vast log fire and exquisite hand painted ceiling. It is perfect for a celebratory dinner, business venue or an intimate wedding, which is complimented by the small and unique chapel on the ground floor. All who visit learn to use the castle as their own and greatly enjoy the warmth of both its own unique charm and the magnificent outdoors that surround it.

This Castle in Glen Isla is exquisitely positioned and set against a stunning backdrop of rugged Perthshire countryside. It is perfect as a sumptuous bolt hole for total relaxation or for those wishing to participate in all the area has to offer.

The owners have recently renovated the attic creating an additional space providing 4 single beds, please ask our concierge team for further details and costs. 

Please note: Prices for Christmas and New Year are POA

 

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The water to the castle is from a well. There is plenty of it, and it is fine for washing and cooking but not drinking.
  • There is limited internet and phone signal in the castle, but there is a payphone in the castle  and another in the nearest town if needed.
  • There is limited internet service so pre download anything you want to watch during your stay or look forward to a digital detox !

Property Features

Heritage Collection Internet BBQ Bicycles Provided Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Chapel on Site

Lower ground floor: Kitchen, breakfast room, chapel and loo.
Upper ground floor: The Great Hall and Roberts Room with four poster bed.
First floor: The Lairds Room with en-suite bathroom and four poster bed.
Second floor: Sebastian's room with four poster bed.
Third floor: Julian's room with King Size bed and en-suite bathroom, Katharine's room with Four poster bed. Family bathroom.
Top floor: Samantha's Room with Four poster bed.
Attic: Garret Room with four single beds.

The castle has been rebuilt and refurbished to offer harmony between the 16th Century and modern 21st Century style living.  The kitchen is very well equipped and includes a fridge/freezer, dishwasher and a huge range.  The breakfast room is ideal for the first meal of the day or for intimate suppers and the crockery with its tartan designs recalls the Highlands.  The tiny chapel on the ground floor is exquisite and gives the castle its heart.

The Great Hall is magnificent with a beamed painted ceiling.  The roaring log fire and comfy sofas make it the ideal place to totally relax surrounded by fascinating memorabilia, family photos and books.  The views from all the windows are breathtaking.

Up the spiral stairs, the bedrooms are all individually furnished, each one having its own style.  There are four posters, tartan rugs, cashmere throws, heating, electric blankets and decanters of whisky.  The family bathroom is huge. Two bedrooms have en suite facilities and each of my family thought their bedroom was the best!  They are all lovely and very comfortable.

Location

About the surrounding area of The Fortalice
Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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AIRPORTS
EDINBURGH: Distance: 74.21 miles, about 2 hours 26 min
GLASGOW: Distance: 105.41 miles, about 3 hours 6 mins
ABERDEEN: Distance: 78.89 miles, about 2 hours 28 mins
DUNDEE: Distance: Distance: 37.27 miles, about 1 hours 28 mins
PRESTWICK: Distance: 128.19 miles, about 3 hours 32 mins

RAIL STATIONS
DUNDEE RAILWAY STATION – Distance: 37.27 miles, about 1 hours 28 mins
ARBROATH RAILWAY STATION - Distance: 40.54 miles, about 1 hours 49 mins
PITLOCHRY RAILWAY STATION - Distance: 24.2 miles, about 1 hours 9 mins

OTHER
PUB/BAR/RESTAURANT- THE GLENISLA HOTEL - Distance: 5.31 miles, about 16 mins
TESCO, BLAIRGOWRIE: Distance: 18.55 miles, about 53 mins

The Fortalice is a convenient base for hill walking and other sporting activities. World famous golf courses such as St Andrews, Gleneagles and Rosemount are all close by. Renowned rivers for salmon and trout fishing are on the doorstep, namely the River South Esk, the River Isla and the River Tay. Pheasant, partridge, grouse and stag shooting can all be organised nearby by arrangement. Glenshee is easily accessible for those wishing to participate in winter skiing and snowboarding.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Edinburgh

Region

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 Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Bicycles Provided
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Extras

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests.  If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:

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

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Bookable Experiences

The following experiences & activities can be arranged at the property, subject to availability. Please enquire at time of booking for more details, please note that the given prices are subject to change.

Scottish Sporting Experience 
£50 half day per person (minimum 6 people)
A favorite for a wonderful day event no matter the weather. A local friendly expert will bring air rifles, tomahawks, archery and cross bows to the castle for guests to enjoy in the grounds. This activity is suitable for all ages (5 years old+).

Guided Hiking 
£200 (3 hours) or £400 (up to 6 hours)
A wonderful chance to walk part of the Cateran trail with a local guide. The guide will meet you at the castle and take you on one of the many spectacular routes that surround Forter Castle.  
 
Bagpiper
£250 (£300 Wedding)
A local bagpiper can come for two hours and pipe you awake or simply stir the emotions of days gone by at anytime.
 
Whisky Tasting

£60 per person (minimum 6 adults)
Normally an evening event lasting 2 hours where a local expert will tantalise the taste buds with a range of excellent Scottish Whisky.  

Ceidlh (Live Music with Dancing Night) 

£450 (2 piece band) or £1050 (4 piece band)
A wonderful chance to have a full band playing traditional music whilst you and your guests are guided through famous Scottish dances from the comfort of the Great Hall. 

***Please note the owners will not allow unapproved / unknown catering suppliers into Forter castle unless specifically agreed by us before a booking arrives.***

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
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

Event information

Indoor reception capacity: 24

Available all year.

Service

There is a chapel on site that can be used for a service. The owners suggest contacting the Humanist Society as they do not require a licence and the couple can create a unique and personal service in the chapel. The Humanist Society of Scotland has celebrants who are authorised to conduct legal marriages, making Scotland one of only seven countries in the world where Humanist marriage ceremonies have full legal status.

Wedding Ceremony Options
 
We have various options available including humanist, registrar and interfaith wedding ceremonies  and will pass all details on for your consideration. The most popular are civil ceremonies held by a registrar from the local Angus council which costs approximately £319 and includes the lodging of marriage notice forms, marriage certificate and ceremony.

Glenisla Church
An option that works for larger wedding groups that want a larger chapel than the intimate surrounding of The Fortalice's own chapel.

Catering

Fully Catered Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
 
£120 per person (minimum 6 people)
Gold Standard Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Cooked breakfast, basic either packed lunch or buffet style lunch and three course dinner.
 
£95 per person 
(minimum 6 people)
Silver standard Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Cooked breakfast, basic either packed lunch or buffet style lunch and three course dinner.
 
£40 Childrens Catering all day per child (3-11 years)
Continental breakfast, packed lunch and a two course dinner.

Evening Dining

 
£99 per person

Gold Standard Wedding Dinner  Our award winning first class chef will provide a 5 course Wedding dinner that will be tailored to suit your group’s needs.
 
£85 per person
Gold Standard Five Course Dinner  Our award winning first class chef will provide a full five course meal fit for a King or Queen.
 
£55 per person
Silver Standard Three Course Dinner  A wonderful three course dinner served in the Great Hall using where possible local authentic Scottish produce. 
 
Children’s Dinner
£20 per person A two course meal for children designed specifically for children aged from 2 upwards including a main course and dessert. 
 
NB All food options above do not include alcohol which can be priced separately or simply bring your own

Entertainment

Wedding Piper


£300

A local bagpiper can come for two hours and pipe you awake or simply stir the emotions on special occasions such as weddings or birthday events.
 
Ceidlh - Live Music with Dancing Night

£450 2 piece band /£1,050 4 piece band

A wonderful chance to have either a two piece or full four piece band playing traditional music whilst you and your guests are guided through famous Scottish dances from the comfort of the Great Hall. 

Other Services

Hair and Make Up
A local supplier can tailor make a quote depending on your need.

Cake Options
Beautiful wedding cakes made to your specific order that can serve 16-24 people, Example pricing: Bronze £112 Silver £150 Gold £190

Photography Options
 
Every wedding is different. Each couple has their own budget and their own requirements. With this we can refer you to our preferred supplier who can create a bespoke package to suit each individual couple. We have some sample cost options below:
 
Bronze Package
 
£1,125

Ceremony until meal coverage
. All edited images on USB with license to print and private online gallery for family and friends to view and purchase prints. Bridal prep or first dance coverage are an extra £125 each or £200 for both.
 
Silver Package 

 
£1492

Ceremony until meal coverage. 
All edited images on USB with license to print
 12”x9”, specially designed Storybook album worth £500 with a Leather Cover and private online gallery for family and friends to view and purchase prints
. Parent albums and wall products can be purchased as optional extras, album can be upgraded/swapped. Bridal prep or first dance coverage are an extra £125 each or £200 for both.
 
Gold Package 
 
£2542

At least one consultation prior to wedding. 
Bridal preparation until third dance
. Second photographer from pre-ceremony until dinner
. All edited images on USB with license to print 14x10", specially designed Storybook album worth £670, two smaller parent albums worth £150 and private online gallery for family and friends to view and purchase prints. Albums can be upgraded/swapped.

Wedding Cars
Specific wedding cars are available to rent from Rolls Royce to Camper Vans. 

Accommodation
12 guests can stay at the property. For the rest there a few options nearby:
Glen Isla Hotel – 01575 582223
Dalmunzie Hotel, Glen Shee – 01250 885 224
The Spittal of Glenshee – 01250 885 215
Land of Loyal Hotel Alyth – 01828 633151
West Freuchies B&B, Glen Isla. 01575 582716
Glenmarkie Guest House, Glen Isla 01575 582295 

Travel
A hire car is recommended as the castle is set within a rural area. A local driver is available with a range of transportation options from a car to a mini bus for single person to multiple person trips. Please enquire for details.

Terms & Conditions

- No fires in bedrooms.
- Do be careful with your water consumption.
- Do not tamper with the heating system in the castle or Piggery.
- Do keep the gate shut and your dogs in the grounds.
- Do pick up after your dogs and dispose of the mess in the bucket buried next to the dustbins. Please do not allow them on the furnishings.
- Do not drive or park on the lawn.

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

Security deposit £1500 (£2000 for marriages and special occasions). Paid 2 months prior to arrival. Cashed then reissued no later than 3 weeks after departure.
Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 10.00
Energy costs included? Included.
Linen & towels included? Included.
Pets welcome? Max 2 well behaved dogs – and STRICTLY not allowed on furniture.
Changeover day Bookings are taken Friday to Friday for weeks and Friday to Monday at weekends.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. £100 will be deducted from the deposit if the castle is not left clean and tidy as it was found, this includes washing up.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking.
Internet access? Yes (no Wi-Fi access available)

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 17th 2019 - Sep 4th 2019 - - - £8,466
Sep 4th 2019 - Oct 19th 2019 £3,725 £4,064 £4,402 £5,080
Oct 19th 2019 - Oct 30th 2019 £5,080 £5,418 £5,757 £6,434
Oct 30th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £3,725 £4,064 £4,402 £5,080
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 5th 2020 - - - £9,821
Jan 5th 2020 - Feb 22nd 2020 £3,725 £4,064 £4,402 £5,080
Feb 22nd 2020 - Mar 1st 2020 £5,080 £5,418 £5,757 £6,434
Mar 1st 2020 - Mar 30th 2020 £3,725 £4,064 £4,402 £5,080
Mar 30th 2020 - Apr 8th 2020 £5,757 £6,231 £6,704 £7,112
Apr 8th 2020 - Jul 13th 2020 £5,080 £5,418 £5,757 £6,434
Jul 13th 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 - - - £8,466
Sep 4th 2020 - Oct 19th 2020 £3,725 £4,064 £4,402 £5,080
Oct 19th 2020 - Oct 30th 2020 £5,080 £5,418 £5,757 £6,434
Oct 30th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £3,725 £4,064 £4,402 £5,080
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 - - - £9,821
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 3rd 2021 £3,725 £4,064 £4,402 £5,080
Jan 3rd 2021 - Jan 17th 2021 £3,725 £4,064 £4,402 £5,080

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 17th 2019 - Sep 4th 2019 - - - €8,966
Sep 4th 2019 - Oct 19th 2019 €3,945 €4,284 €4,622 €5,380
Oct 19th 2019 - Oct 30th 2019 €5,380 €5,718 €6,057 €6,814
Oct 30th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €3,945 €4,284 €4,622 €5,380
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 5th 2020 - - - €10,401
Jan 5th 2020 - Feb 22nd 2020 €3,945 €4,284 €4,622 €5,380
Feb 22nd 2020 - Mar 1st 2020 €5,380 €5,718 €6,057 €6,814
Mar 1st 2020 - Mar 30th 2020 €3,945 €4,284 €4,622 €5,380
Mar 30th 2020 - Apr 8th 2020 €6,097 €6,571 €7,044 €7,532
Apr 8th 2020 - Jul 13th 2020 €5,380 €5,718 €6,057 €6,814
Jul 13th 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 - - - €8,966
Sep 4th 2020 - Oct 19th 2020 €3,945 €4,284 €4,622 €5,380
Oct 19th 2020 - Oct 30th 2020 €5,380 €5,718 €6,057 €6,814
Oct 30th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €3,945 €4,284 €4,622 €5,380
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 - - - €10,401
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 3rd 2021 €3,945 €4,284 €4,622 €5,380
Jan 3rd 2021 - Jan 17th 2021 €3,945 €4,284 €4,622 €5,380

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 17th 2019 - Sep 4th 2019 - - - $10,053
Sep 4th 2019 - Oct 19th 2019 $4,424 $4,762 $5,100 $6,032
Oct 19th 2019 - Oct 30th 2019 $6,032 $6,370 $6,709 $7,640
Oct 30th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $4,424 $4,762 $5,100 $6,032
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 5th 2020 - - - $11,662
Jan 5th 2020 - Feb 22nd 2020 $4,424 $4,762 $5,100 $6,032
Feb 22nd 2020 - Mar 1st 2020 $6,032 $6,370 $6,709 $7,640
Mar 1st 2020 - Mar 30th 2020 $4,424 $4,762 $5,100 $6,032
Mar 30th 2020 - Apr 8th 2020 $6,836 $7,310 $7,783 $8,445
Apr 8th 2020 - Jul 13th 2020 $6,032 $6,371 $6,709 $7,640
Jul 13th 2020 - Sep 4th 2020 - - - $10,053
Sep 4th 2020 - Oct 19th 2020 $4,424 $4,762 $5,100 $6,032
Oct 19th 2020 - Oct 30th 2020 $6,032 $6,370 $6,709 $7,640
Oct 30th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $4,424 $4,762 $5,100 $6,032
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 - - - $11,662
Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 3rd 2021 $4,424 $4,762 $5,100 $6,032
Jan 3rd 2021 - Jan 17th 2021 $4,424 $4,762 $5,100 $6,032

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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