Holidays are all about indulgence, decadence and, often, finding a place to stay that will stop you in your tracks and make you do a double-take. Are you looking for that wow-factor in Scotland? Amid majestic mountains and enchanting lochs, there are many large houses to rent that will take your breath away, including sleek architectural designs, ancient castles and five-star homes in exclusive locales.
We have handpicked five large holiday homes in Scotland that are like nowhere you have ever experienced before.
Sleeps 8 | Largs, Ayrshire
Like something out of a fairy tale, The Pink Castle holds the key to a truly enchanting escape in Scotland. Experience unique design and a touch of magic too; from the ancient turrets and far-reaching sea views to the modern interiors and handcrafted wooden features. Everything that is oak or elm is made from trees that have blown down in the grounds!
Every little detail has been thought of - details you didn’t even know you needed! On the second floor, follow the spiral stone staircase until you reach a quirky stained-glass door, which leads out on to a walkway within the castle wall. At the end lies a turret and, inside that turret, you will find a sauna. It’s not every day you enjoy a sauna inside the tower of an ancient castle. We challenge you to find a more magical large house to rent in Scotland!
The wow factor:
- It resembles a fairy-tale castle
- The sauna in the turrets
- A hot tub in the grounds that looks out to sea
- The views from the highest tower in the castle
- It’s not like anywhere else you will ever stay
Sleeps 10 | Cove, Argyll & Bute
Feast your eyes on this flawless beach house, quite literally on the water’s edge of Loch Long. This exquisite large holiday house in Scotland is a feat of architectural design; framed by seamless glass walls is a modern open-plan living area that looks out over the loch, creating the illusion of walking on water. The view is ever-changing depending on the mood of the weather, but always captivating.
As well as the incredible design and location of this group accommodation in Scotland, its extra facilities make it stand out too. While hot tubs are a popular feature for holiday homes, it’s not every day snow-capped mountains are your backdrop while you soak. The property also has private access to a sheltered beach and a jetty where you can board a locally chartered boat, ready to explore the loch.
The wow factor:
- Exclusive use of a private beach and jetty
- Panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows
- Working out in the mini-gym with loch views ahead of you
- A boat charter can be arranged locally
- The minimalist, elegant design
Sleeps 16 | Meikle Wartle, Aberdeenshire
One of the most elegant castles in our collection, this magical large house to rent in Scotland exudes grandeur and history, both inside and out. It has remained in the same family since the 12th century and has been given the love and care it deserves to preserve its grand demeanour including modernisation in recent years to bring it into the 21st century. With the introduction of sumptuous new bathrooms and a new kitchen, upgrades on the building are made while protecting original features and historic charm.
The interior of the castle is the epitome of classic luxury. Rich colours combine with luxurious textiles, antique furniture, and grand paintings that have hung in the castle for centuries. We bet they could tell a tale or two. A variety of styles and colours have been used to continue the luxury decor into the upstairs bedrooms. Set in miles of private land, it is a magical escape which is sure to have you in awe.
The wow factor:
- The sumptuous interiors
- Tranquil woodland to explore
- The epitome of classic luxury
- Table tennis in the games room
Sleeps 10 | Edinburgh, Fife
Could this be one of the most impressive Forth Bridges viewpoints? Set on a hill in the charming village of North Queensferry, this contemporary large holiday home in Scotland overlooks the Firth of Forth with incredible views over the iconic Forth Bridges. The spherical design of the lounge maximises the impressive panoramic views, and tartan fabrics in the living room give a subtle nod to the property’s striking Scottish location.
Step through the patio doors and explore the impressive gardens, where you will find even more striking viewpoints. The immaculate property is everything you would expect from a luxury large holiday home in Scotland for families and groups, with the wow-factor of an incredible view over a famous Scottish landmark!
The wow factor:
- The incredible views over the iconic Forth Bridges
- Only 15 miles from Edinburgh
- High-spec technology includes FULL Sky package TV and iPod docks
Sleeps 16 | Whitebridge, The Highlands
Set on the edge of the iconic Loch Ness, this large house to rent in Scotland is a secluded haven on a private estate. Its unique location with a varied landscape and incredible scenery makes a stay here extra special; explore mountains, lochs and rugged moorland. With such proximity to wildlife-rich glens and sparkling lochs, spend magical evenings watching the sunset and end your day with your toes in the water.
From inside the large holiday home, enjoy beautiful rural views. The interior décor cleverly complements your surroundings without compromising on style and elegance. Earthy tones, soft plaid furnishings, a toasty open fire and solid wooden furniture maintain a traditional feel, but with a fresh and contemporary twist.
The wow factor:
- Two beautiful lochs to explore within 3 miles
- Far-reaching views of the Highland countryside
- Ample opportunities for fishing with the River Fechlin just 500 metres
Would you like to stay in one of these impressive large holiday homes in Scotland? We have over 150 places to stay in Scotland, so whether you are looking for large group accommodation for friends or planning a break with family, we’re sure you will find it here.
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