Hafton Castle, Hunter's Quay, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 8HP, Scotland
Hafton Castle was designed by David Hamilton, and built by James Hunter, in the early 1800’s. The house is on the Cowal Peninsula, in Western Scotland, and reached by crossing the Firth of Clyde.
Hafton Castle was built on a beautifully generous scale, with large, well-furnished rooms. It sleeps 42 in comfort, in 19 bedrooms (each with an en-suite shower room). There are four bedrooms with a double bed and an additional bed – ideal for families or older children. The rest of the rooms are a mix of twin and double-bedded rooms.
Downstairs, there’s plenty of space for a party. The castle has two drawing rooms (which can make one grand reception room), a huge entrance hall with a grand piano (perfect for dancing), and a library and billiard room. There is also a lovely light-filled conservatory (which can be used for dining with up to 65 guests) and a large indoor swimming pool.
Outside, themagnificencecontinues, with terraces, lawns and gorgeous views of Holy Loch. Red deer are often seen browsing the garden.
Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature
“Hafton is a great place, and offers as comfortable a stay as you might wish. Its outstanding attraction is its location and the views from the house – truly remarkable.”
About the Location
The castle is on the Cowal Peninsula, about 45 minutes’ drive from Glasgow Peninsula. Guests mostly cross the Firth of Clyde by ferry, and their first view of the castle is from across the water.
Things To Do
There is lots to do in the area, including visiting Dunoon Castle (built by the same architect as Hafton), or there’s botanical ‘mountainside’ gardens at Benmore. For the more thrill-seeking, Argyll Forest Park is ten minutes’ away, with activities such as mountain biking and horse-riding.
There is good sport to be had from the castle: golf at famous courses such as Dunoon and Bute, walking and hiking in Argyll Forest Park (with its beautiful white-sand beaches), and fishing, shooting and swimming within the Estate or on neighbouring Estates.
Hafton Castle is a good place for a Scottish wedding, and can seat up to 65 guests within the house for the wedding breakfast. If you’d like to invite more guests, you’re welcome to have a marquee in the gardens.