The Castle Today
Sorn Castle is the jewel in a family owned, working estate located conveniently near Glasgow in Ayrshire, Scotland. Originally built as a keep in the fourteenth century, the castle sits impressively on a cliff overlooking the river Ayr and mature parkland, dominating the valley below. The building was added to with each generation and showcases a wonderful blend of Edwardian and Victorian design. These editions were done specifically to entertain and amuse guests, which is a tradition and intention we faithfully maintain.
The grand entertaining spaces remain relatively untouched but more recently the top two floors have undergone refurbishment and now provide twelve luxurious bedrooms, whilst carefully retaining the castle’s historical feel. Original features have been preserved, including the huge Edwardian roll top baths and original Shanks bathroom suites to immerse yourself in. Hidden within some of the rooms are secret passages and staircases, giving an Alice in Wonderland feel to the quiet nooks within the castle walls. All the bedrooms are individually decorated to the highest standard, creating amazing spaces to retreat to and relax in, whilst enjoying the sound of the river rushing passed or muse at the stunning views over the parkland and beyond. Some of the furniture, such as the elaborate four poster bed in the old keep, was carved and assembled by war veterans who recuperated at the castle when it was used as a hospital during the war.
On the ground floor is the library which is intimate and quiet, offering a refuge from the world outside in which to read a book or spy on the many different birds and animals that feed on the river and weir directly below. You may hear the song of the oyster catcher as it flies passed, spot our resident otter family or catch a glimpse of the wild salmon jumping up stream but watch out for the greedy heron who is often prowling and hungry.
The impressive and specially designed music room is a wonderful space in which to make those all important vows. Housing an impressive full sized church organ with huge gilded pipes, the room’s romantic ambience is enhanced with beautifully carved wooden cupids glancing down, making this a magical space to gather your family and friends for your personalized fairytale.
Beneath the grandeur and opulence are the vaulted cellars and secret stairs that hide some of the castle’s illustrious stories. Fables passed down through the generations telling of plots and plans from generations gone by, illuminating some of the castles importance and place in history. Such as a royal visit in 1598 when King James VI visited Sorn Castle to attend a marriage.