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John Lansley

Member since: 2009
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16th century Medieval Castle

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Half Baths2
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Arbroath holiday castle

Castle in Colliston, Arbroath, Scotland - Secluded Location With Private grounds

Stunning medieval castle with turrets, priest hole, great hall, magnificent fireplaces. Updated to include modern kitchen and bathrooms. Spacious accommodation, close to the sea and golf courses including Carnoustie.lm.

Seven large bedrooms and four reception rooms providing all the comfort for extended family and friends.

10 acres of grounds, lawned, woodland and fields. Bar-b-que and outside seating.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
John Lansley (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks english

About John Lansley

We currently live in Scotland where we are renovating a castle for use as a holiday rental. We have two grown up children and a beautiful new grand daughter. We have one dog who travels with us to France and up and down the country.she loves nothing better than being in the car going somewhere. We love travelling and exploring new places, we became involved in holiday homes because of our own love for self catering accommodation and to try to provide that little bit extra or bit different. Each year we try to improve the houses as much for our benefit as for our guests, as our family and ourselves enjoy the house and surrounding area.

Why John Lansley chose Scotland

we have been overseas on and off for the past 10 years and John has now retired and we wanted a new project and this one came along.

we fell in love with the area and the history of the castle


based on 6 traveller reviews

16th century Medieval Castle
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

What an amazing place Colliston Castle is....

  • 5 of 5

We had the most fantastic time ever, even my husband, who was a tad apprehensive about staying in a castle, but he admitted defeat....everyone of the 12 in our party had the most amazing time. We didn't want to leave!

We will definitely be recommending Colliston Castle to all our friends and we all hope to visit again.

When we arrived and had first sight of the castle - wow is an understatement. The photographs on the Internet didn't do it justice.

Thank you so much. Lynn

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a good time. You left it so nice you would not have thought anyone had been here thank you.
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Medieval Magic!

  • 5 of 5

Collision Castle was the setting for a most memorable weekend between friends. Our hosts were incredibly polite and hospitable and we were treated to a lovely tour at the outset of our stay. The splendour of the premises was exceeded only by it's grandeur. It was clean throughout, there was plenty of hot water and free fire wood and the castle grounds themselves were also stunning. Cannot recommend it highly enough, I'm certain we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time celebrating a surprise 70th birthday party at the castle. There were 15 of us, including Grandma, Grandad (birthday boy), children and grandchildren and every one of us had a fabulous time. There is loads of room for everybody to either do their own thing or take part in family activities - perfect for hide and seek! The castle is lovely and warm - not what you would expect with a 16th Century castle! The bedrooms are all a great size, the reception rooms are huge, fabulous kitchen and plenty of bathrooms for us all. The grounds are amazing and the kids had great fun playing football and playing in the Wendy house. We used local caterers (Jenny's Catering) for a special meal and the food was first class, so they are highly recommended and great value for money. Sue and John are the best hosts ever and bend over backwards for any special requests. We are now thinking about having another celebration at the castle because we had such a fabulous time. Thank you for letting us stay in your magical home!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom

Great venue for family celebration

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for our family gathering with grandparents, children and grandchildren. There was room for every family to have its own space, the children loved exploring the castle and grounds and the public rooms provided space for everyone to be together or seek some peace. The beds are very comfortable, nice bedlinen and fluffy towels provided. The kitchen had everything we needed and we could all sit down together in the dining room to eat - loved the serving hatch from the kitchen which saved lots of walking. We had trips to Lunan Bay and Arbroath Abbey, played football in the grounds and just had a fantastic time. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a great time, thank you for the review
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Highlands of Scotland

Family get together

  • 5 of 5

First time we had our (big) family together for 4 years. Absolutely fantastic choice. The grandchildren had never stayed in a castle before. What a surprise. Nobody believed it would be as good as it sounded. It wasn't. It was MUCH better. Lots of room to get lost and avoid being found in hide-and-seek. Great because all 5 families had their own bathroom, and there were toilets adjacent to kitchen and games room to keep the bathrooms for adult use! More crockers and cutlery than we had ever seen before. Great towels, very comfortable beds - what else can we say? Even the weather was outstanding!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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bury st edmunds

Absolutely Amazing

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to stay!

The castle and grounds are stunning. All the bedrooms are well decorated and have amazingly comfortable beds. All the bathrooms are newly fitted, except for the Victorian one, and very clean. The kitchen was well equipped for the large group of us and the large living areas made it very comfortable.

I would definitely recommended the castle, the old parts of the building and history make it an amazing place. Thank you to the owners for allowing us to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Letham Grange
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Lunan Bay
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

If you are interested in using us as a special interest holiday location, please contact us to discuss

Golf. There are many golf courses in the area, both link and other, including Carnoustie


5 miles from Lunan bay, pristine sand dune beach, beach cafe and free parking, dog friendly.

Arbroath Coastal town including marina with sea trips, fishing, sea side recreation


Easy driving, hour and half north of Edinburgh on dual carriageway to Arbroath

Airport at Dundee (flights from city airport, London)

Edinburgh airport hour and a half, domestic and international flights

Aberdeen airport one hour, domestic and international flights

Train station in Arbroath, direct service to London, Kings Cross, good service to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen

5 minutes drive from Arbroath to Coliiston castle


Glamis castle half an hour

Edinburgh one and a half hours driving or direct train into Waverley station

Aberdeen one hour driving, direct train into Aberdeen

Lunan bay 15 minutes drive

Arbroath nearest shops, 5 minutes

Further Details:

Several supermarkets in Arbroath, none 24hours. Nearest 24hour supermarket is on the kings way in Dundee. On line supermarket delivery is available in this area.

Butt and Ben restaurant in Authmithie is excellent for that special meal but needs to be booked especially for large parties. Harbour grill provides excellent food and gives us a discount for our guests. Otherwise good cheap food available at the pubs in Arbroath. High tea at the Colliston Inn recommended but you need to book even for small groups.

Angus glens are beautiful and provide many walking paths.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday castle in Arbroath, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season
8 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
High season
22 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low season
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid season
1 Apr 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low season
1 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
High season
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes: prices will stay the same for 2017.
Available for weekly hire or long weekends, please contact us for details. We take an initial deposit of £300, balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to commencement of your holiday
Minimum stay rate is for three nights

Changeover Day:
Variable, please contact us. Arrival after 4pm. And departure by 10am unless alternative arrangements are agreed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in Arbroath, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Situated on first floor, walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , Old Victorian wooden bathroom with original features
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , Family bathroom with jacuzzi bath and large separate shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , En suite bathroom to bedroom 5
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , En suite bathroom to bedroom 4
    Toilet 1 - toilet , On ground floor near the kitchen
    Toilet 2 - toilet , On ground floor, old Victorian toilet in turret
  • Two bedrooms en-suite, 3 other family bathrooms which include walk in shower, whirl pool bath and traditional cast iron bath with wooden surround
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double bed , On first floor with disabled walk in shower room opposite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 single bed , This room can be either a superking double OR twin beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Four poster en-suite bedroom and shower room.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 large double bed , King size four poster bed with ensuite bath and shower room
    Bedroom 6 - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed , Family room with a double bed and two single beds
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double bed , Situated in one of the turrets in the castle
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1. 1st floor: twin double beds 2nd floor: 2. double king size 3. Either a superking double or twin beds 4. four poster bed and en-suite shower room 5. four poster with en-suite bathroom 6. Family room with double and bunk beds 7. Turret double A cot and travel cot are available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Accommodation over three floors, kitchen, breakfast room, dining room, laundry and games room on ground floor, lounge, snug, great hall and one twin bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, 6 bedrooms and additional bathrooms on the second floor Outside: 10 acres including 2 large grassed areas, woodland and large parking area. Wendy house and small football goal, Utility Room: Two freezers, washing machine and dryer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels provided. No supplement for electricity or heating. Logs for the wood burner supplied. Other: Large dining room with large dining table Snug room with settee and arm chairs and separate flat screen tv Great hall with large settees, nice sunny room in the afternoon Games room Dungeon/storage room