Nestling in the gentle Scottish Border hills just 25 miles south of Edinburgh, with its rose pink sandstone walls and fairytale turrets, Thirlestane Castle holds a uniquely important place in Scottish history. It is one of the oldest and finest castles in the land and home to one of the country's most distinguished families.
A chance to stay in a fairytale Scottish castle
Thirlestane Castle has its origins in the 13th century. It was rebuilt as the Maitland family home in 1590 and greatly enhanced by the Duke of Lauderdale in the 1670s.
With exceptional views over Thirlestane parklands, The Lauderdale, located within the south wing offers guests a unique opportunity to stay in a genuinely historic Scottish castle.
Comprising an open plan sitting room and kitchen space and impressive four-poster bed in rich tartan, guests also benefit from use of the magnificent grounds and a complimentary tour of the castle which offers a wonderful insight into its rich past and a chance to experience some true Scottish hospitality.
For those looking to combine the visit with local events, Thirlestane plays host to a vibrant mix of options including the Borders Vintage Automobile Club with over 1000 classic vehicles on display. or perhaps step back in time for a splendid evening picnic on the lawn with an adaption of the literary classic Pride and Prejudice.
Should you wish to go the extra mile, the castle can also arrange an exclusive private tour with a member of the Maitland family, as well as Spa packages, flowers and catering at additional cost.
The grand setting will be the highlight for many and a complimentary tour of the castle is available to guests during their stay.
The Lauderdale is located within the castle's south wing and has private access through a courtyard up to the first floor.
Open-plan sitting room/kitchen:
Spacious sitting room with three seater sofa and two armchairs, TV and Freeview.
Kitchen with single electric oven with 4 ring hob, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. Small dining table and chairs for two guests
Bedroom with 5' king size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table, clock radio and docking station.
Bathroom with original clawfoot bath, walk in shower, twin basin and WC.
Private balcony overlooking castle parkland with outside furniture and barbecue.
Guests have use of the magnificent castle grounds (with the exception of the Maitland's private garden) and the wider estate grounds including fabulous woodland and parkland walks. During the periods that the castle is closed to the public, guests have exclusive use of the courtyard below the apartment with barbecue, table and chairs.
There is a reserved parking space to the front of the castle.
BABIES & CHILDREN
Infants under one year old are welcome and a high chair is available on request. A travel cot is not available. We regret that this property is not suitable for toddlers.
The Lauderdale is not suitable for pets.
Feather bedding, Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels are provided for guests. Non-feather bedding is available on request. A hairdryer is also provided.
A private tour of the castle is available to all guests during their stay.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Wi-Fi is available at The Lauderdale but this can be slow and intermittent due to the thickness of the castle walls. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
There is heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled.
THIRLESTANE CASTLE - GUEST PRIVACY
Thirlestane Castle is open to the public Sunday - Thursday from the beginning of May to the end September. This includes a number of key events where the wider grounds do get busy. Guests looking for complete privacy during the day would therefore be advised to book outside the castle opening periods. Please contact us should you require further information.
For guests looking to holiday together, The Lauderdale can be booked alongside The Maitland, sleeping 4. Both apartments are located within Thirlestane Castle.