A statement on the venue’s site explains that Ardross Castle “is available for exclusive use hire for both corporate and private clients. The Castle is not a hotel and we do not let individual rooms but can accommodate small groups.”
They add that anyone wanting to book the estate can contact the business directly through their site but clarify that “The castle and estate are privately owned and therefore there is no facility for tour parties or individual visits.”
Ardross Castle’s history
Stay with us on this, because Ardross Castle has a long and rich history, with it having seen several different residents over the years. The 1st Duke of Sutherland bought Ardross in the late 1700s before the 2nd Duke sold the estate on to Sir Andrew Matheson in 1845.
Matheson was the founder of tea and opium traders Matheson & Co., with him developing the property in the hopes of bringing in tenants to agricultural tenancies.
The late architect Alexander Ross was later commissioned to redesign the castle in the Scots Baronial style, incorporating the earlier mansion and adding 30 further rooms.
After Matheson’s death, his son sold the estate to successful businessman C. W. Dyson Perrins whose family spent several months each year at Ardross. Dyson Perrins continued modernisation efforts as well as installing electricity and purchasing further land in Glencalvie and Diebidale.
Eventually the estate was divided and sold in 1937, with the Mardon family purchasing the castle, Lealty Farm and over 80 acres, living there until 1983 when the estate was sold.
That takes us to 1983, when the McTaggart family acquired the estate and began works to restore the garden, with the castle itself and estate properties having been extensively renovated over the years.