Old Newton of Doune
Historic Holiday Accommodation
If you are looking for large group accommodation in Scotland, Old Newton could be the perfect place for you! Old Newton is a small castle on the edge of the picturesque village of Doune. Ideal for groups, this self-catering accommodation sleeps 12 in comfort and is a terrific base for touring the Trossachs National Park or taking day trips to Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Two small dogs Welcome.
We are part of Inverardoch Estate and the house has a private drive and is set in a secluded walled garden. An ideal self-catering property for large groups. We've hosted family gatherings, groups of walkers and friends. There are 5 public rooms with plenty of space and wonderful facilities including an open fire, 3 wood burning stoves and a grand piano.
Old Newton is an historic monument. If you are looking for clean lines and minimalism this is not the property for you. It is described in Scottish history books as a 16th-century L-plan fortalice, although there is evidence for some sort of building on the site from the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland in 1435. The house was built for defence with extremely thick walls and arrow slits at ground level. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the rooms on the ground floor were developed for domestic use. All bedrooms are reached by steep stairs.
It has welcomed some of Scotland’s most illustrious guests including Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the enlightenment philosopher David Hume, and Sir Walter Scott who wrote The Lady of the Lake here. More recently it has been home to the cast and crew of Outlander, the popular series written by Diana Gabaldon, who also came to visit. New guests will recognise the many scenes from the first series that were filmed here.
The house sleeps 12 comfortably but can accommodate 2 extra small people.
There are 3 bedrooms in the tower, which has a narrow spiral staircase.
The top floor has the Prince Charles Edward Stuart room, which has a super-king bed.
Below there is the Walter Scott bedroom, which has twin beds.
Next door, the David Hume bedroom also has twin beds.
There is a shower room and a bathroom both with WCs for the use of these 3 bedrooms.
In the centre section of the house, reached by a steep narrow staircase there is an attic bedroom with a large double bed, a single bed and a bathroom, which although not en-suite is for private use.
The Chinese room, with a smaller double bed, also has a private bathroom next door.
The Hayloft has a double bed, a single bed and is served by a shower room with WC below.
There are five public rooms. The morning room, the dining room, the music room - with a Steinway piano, the long room, which as its name suggests is a very large family room with TV and snooker table. Finally at the heart of the house is a good sized kitchen with an Aga. There is also a large scullery for food preparation and storage.
The house has its own chapel, which may be hired for weddings or other ceremonies.
The house is set on a private estate surrounded by acres of parkland. There is a walled garden for the exclusive use of guests. There is parking for about 6 cars.
We have two gardeners who tend to the gardens throughout the year.
The beautiful village of Doune is within easy walking distance and there you can find everything from food supplies to designer clothing.
Minimum stay is 3 nights
2021 list prices from
Low season £490 per night
High Season £690 per night
Christmas and New Year minimum stay 5 nights - price on application
Waitrose, Sainsbury and Tesco all deliver to Doune.
We have names of cooks if people want to have a special occasion catered for.
River & Lochs near by
Chef or Cook available by arrangement
Formal & informal dining rooms
See and Do
More history on our doorstep than you could shake a stick at!
Including Doune Castle
Whisky Distillery nearby
Great location for walkers and hill climbers
Argaty Red Kites
Wonderful shops in the village
Antique centre nearby
The house exceeded expectations. Vic has thought of everything and it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. Super spacious and fit 3 families and grandparents. Kids ranged from nearly 2-7 and they had the best time out in the garden and thought the house was very cool. Would definitely stay again and wouldn’t say that about many places.