Scottish castle charter earns agents bonny pay

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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 $26,000.

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 with antiques.

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 the castle.

For more details, call (888) 989-1768 or visit the Myres Castle Web site at www.myres.co.uk.

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