AUCHTERMUCHTY, Scotland -- This small town, in the Scottish county
of Fife, is home to a castle hotel that can be a very lucrative
opportunity for an agent who has affluent clients.
Myres Castle, less than an hour's drive from Edinburgh, is a
nine-room property that must be chartered in its entirety. But for
travel agents serving clients with the cash, it can represent a few
thousand dollars in commission.
Situated on 44 private acres, the professionally staffed castle
sports the ambience of a private home, which guests occupy
exclusively for the duration of their stay.
There is a two-night minimum on all bookings, and the daily rate
is about $4,300. A weekly charter of the castle runs about
At 10% pay, retailers would net nearly $900 on a two-night
charter and $2,600 on a weekly charter.
The charter rates cover full use of the castle and its grounds;
daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners; afternoon teas and snacks,
and nonalcoholic beverages.
The privately owned castle was refurbished and restored two
years ago, and bedrooms are individually designed and furnished
Public rooms include a drawing room, a formal dining room, a
library, a meetings room and a kitchen.
One of the castle's main selling points is its proximity to more
than 100 golf courses -- all within an hour's drive.
On the grounds, guests can play tennis, watch falconry
exhibitions and stroll through the gardens.
Wedding and other special-event packages also are available at
For more details, call (888) 989-1768 or visit the Myres Castle
Web site at www.myres.co.uk.