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The Jacobite's Rest

Doune, Stirling and Clackmannanshire
Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 5
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Ever fancied staying in your owner private castle? Well, now is your chance! The Jacobite's Rest is one of three oldest continually inhabited houses in Scotland.
  • Price Charles Edward Stuart, David Hume and Walter Scott (who wrote The Lady of the Lake here) have all been guests at this incredible property
  • Across from the medieval Doune Castle, Jacobite's Rest has a large walled garden, perfect for sitting out on a peaceful clear night & enjoying stargazing
Property code: CA258

This imposing 700-year-old castle in the Perthshire village of Doune is full of history; it is a spectacular holiday home for large groups and a splendid setting for celebrations. 

Sleeping 12 guests, this romantic 700-year-old folly offers a fascinating history, stunning sumptuous interiors, and beautiful surroundings near Doune village in Perthshire. The 16th-century house was originally built for defence and became a residence in the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s welcomed notable guests from Prince Charles Edward Stuart, philosopher David Hume and author Sir Walter Scott. More recently, the cast and crew of the popular TV series ‘Outlander’ have stayed here so you know you’re in good hands for the mightiest of welcomes.

You’ll find character and quirky charms galore alongside large social gathering areas here for your guests to enjoy. Catch up on favourite films or enjoy games in The Long Room, or curl up by the open fire in the sumptuously furnished music room with its rich velvety textures and low-beamed ceilings lending the perfect ambience for a wee dram and banter. As night falls, you’ll find cosy bedrooms in the heart of this castle home and in its tower. If you’re celebrating a special occasion and want spiritual intervention, there’s also a magnificent chapel for hire in the basement.

Step inside and kick off muddy gear in the boot room; there’s also a handy shower room and a music room with a truckle bed on the ground floor - great after long journeys and busy days out. Enjoy brunch and family gatherings in the kitchen and breakfast room which features a handy AGA, and there’s a convenient scullery for extra storage and food preparation. A chest freezer is also available by prior arrangement - handy for grand occasion feasts!

There are two wings upstairs giving that feeling of olde-worlde charm. On one side you’ll find a drawing-room, a formal dining room, and a few steps which lead up to a double bedroom, a family bathroom, and an attic bedroom with a family bedroom featuring a king-size bed and single bed, plus a further family bathroom. On the other side, there’s a family bedroom (with a double and a single bed), and there’s a spectacular Long Room where you and your guests can watch favourite films on the TV with Freeview and DVD player, or have fun with a game of snooker in the games room.

Head outside with your four-legged friend and enjoy a stroll in the enclosed walled garden, or relax with friends and family on the lawn and enjoy this peaceful setting surrounded by acres of parkland on a private estate. Private parking is available for guests, and there’s a vaulted chapel in the basement - ideal for special ceremonies.


  • 6 bedrooms – 2 doubles, 2 family rooms and 2 twins
  • 5 bathrooms – 2 family shower rooms and 3 family bathrooms
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • AGA, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and washing machine
  • Chest freezer available by prior arrangement
  • Open fire and 2 wood burners - starter pack of logs supplied
  • Eco Heating System
  • Wifi, TV with Freeview, DVD player
  • Enclosed walled garden
  • Private parking
  • 2 dog welcome
  • Shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and petrol station less than 0.5 miles away
  • Due to the nature of the stairs and layout of the castle this property may not be suitable for young children or guests with walking difficulties
  • No Stag or Hen Parties
  • Any arrival day
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • Please note there is a refundable £600 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Take a short stroll to your neighbouring stronghold, 14th-century Doune Castle (you may recognise it from Monthy Python films), or wander into the village of Doune and explore its shops, cafes, and eateries. The surrounding area is perfect for wildlife walks and if you want to get even closer, pay a visit to Argaty Red Kites farm (2 miles) on the Braes of Doune where red kites have been reintroduced and where there's a feeding station so you can see these spectacular birds up close and in their majestic flight. Visit Stirling (8.5 miles) and its extraordinary 16th-century castle and palace which command a lofty position over the small city with far-reaching views of the countryside - highlights include the Great Hall, the Royal Chapel, and the Castle Vaults where younger visitors can enjoy interactive exhibitions. Or take a drive to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park where you can go fishing, cycle woodland trails by Loch Venachar and hike the rugged landscape of Callander's Pass. Be sure to also visit Callander town, popular in Victorian times with romantic poets and artists; today you can enjoy its wonderful architecture, shops, and cafes or hire bikes for those forest adventures. As evening falls, you'll enjoy the drive home where you can relax in the garden with a favourite wee dram and watch the sun go down over Doune castle. Private parking is available for guests, and convenient supermarket food delivery is also available in this area.

Sarah Gordon

This property is personally managed by Sarah.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Nicola 14th February 2022

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This is the second time we have visited this property and we absolutely loved it! Extremely clean and very warm with working fires in various rooms and a beautiful large private garden. Great base and fantastic for a family holiday. We will definitely be back. Owners are also lovely too!

Reviewed by Punit 22nd October 2021

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The accommodation surpassed our already high expectations from the online information. The provisioning for self-catering and general household amenities were exceptional. We felt looked after by our host Vicki from the time of the booking through to the time even after our departure - to whom myself, my wife and the rest of our party are extremelyRead more grateful for a wonderful stay. Hope to be able to come stay again in the future. Hide

Reviewed by G 17th September 2021

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A fun well founded and equipped place

Reviewed by William 23rd July 2021

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An excellent and beautiful old house (more like a small castle), wonderfully appointed and so well equipped. The owners could not have been more helpful. Strongly recommended.

Reviewed by Robert 16th July 2021

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The property was amazing. I know you hear this a lot from customer reviews but it really was. It had all the comforts you could ask for. The property was furnished perfectly for the age and character of the castle. The walled garden was beautiful and private, perfect for our two dogs to roam safely. The hosts were lovely and welcoming, nothing was Read moretoo much trouble. We hope to return soon. I'd love to stay in winter, with the log fires going and it snowing outside. Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 9th July 2021

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