The great escape

Turin Castle

Turin Castle may date back to 1659, but this luxurious haven of comfort in the Scottish countryside can indulge every whim, ancient and modern

For anybody who has fantasised about living like a laird, Turin Castle should be top of the list of places to visit. Available exclusively to rent with a full staff from two nights upwards, this 10-bedroom baronial castle in Angus, between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, offers supreme luxury and incredible service, as well as world-class hunting, fishing, golf and whisky. It is a magnificent way to discover a beautiful corner of the world.

“Guests say they feel completely at home in our hands,” says owner Yvonne Corbett. “I am not a hotelier, and don’t want to be, so we do hospitality in a completely different way. We are about the personal touch, which can get lost when there are too many links in the chain. I almost don’t want to talk about the service and the facilities here, as they’re a given. It’s what we do on top of that.”

Turin Castle was built in 1659 beside a loch and in the early 1900s was dismantled and moved brick by brick to a new location on the estate. This means that the building is not listed, allowing Yvonne to introduce modern touches. Previous owners have included Lieutenant General Sir Frank Noel Mason-MacFarlane, head of the largest intelligence unit in Europe during the Second World War. Now, under the care of Yvonne, the property has been transformed into a home from home for the international elite.

“We want to surprise and entertain guests with true Scottish hospitality with a twist,” says Yvonne, who learns about the guests before they even arrive, discreetly discerning their hobbies, favourite foods or treasured songs. This all builds into the experience, which centres around creating unforgettable moments for visitors. “This is not a hotel that’s just about great food and a great bar where nobody really cares if you have had a great day,” she says. “We care. We want our guests to relax and to understand that this is their castle while they are here. They can go hunting, they can meet our falconer, play golf – we are surrounded by championship golf courses – but they can also sit in the kitchen in their pyjamas talking to the chefs. We know when to be around and we know when to stay in the background. We value our guests’ privacy and make them feel welcome in a way they don’t usually have in a managed situation. Our mantra is too much is never enough.”