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The Lauderdale Apartment Thirlestane Castle, Lauder

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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.

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 its own private access and exceptional views of the parkland to the front of the Thirlestane Castle, The Lauderdale Apartment, located within the south wing of the castle 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 private tour of the castle offering 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, Thirelstane 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. Other Thirlestane Castle events can be found here.

Local amenities

In nearby Lauder (1 mile) guests will find a good range of amenities including the Flat Cat Gallery & Coffee shop or the Spotty Dog Deli and Café in Market Place. There's also a butchers shop and a bakery, along with a small Co-op supermarket on the edge of the village.

For eating out, the Fire Brick Brasserie has a fantastic reputation winning the Best New Restaurant in the Scottish Borders Award 2015. Alternatively try the Black Bull Hotel or the Lauderdale Hotel for super pub lunches or nearby Carfraemill Hotel (3 miles) for a great steak.

For gifts and lovely things, Bank House Living and Powder Grey are both super stops for a browse.

Activities & attractions

A stay in the ancient grandeur of Thirlestane Castle, one of the seven ‘Great Houses of Scotland’, is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression but its location in the heart of lowland Scotland - an area steeped in heritage, culture and outstanding scenery will ensure your visit is truly memorable. Our region has an incredibly rich and turbulent history and its legacy is a landscape of magnificent castles, grand stately homes and the fragments of ruined abbeys and fortifications scattered right across the area.

Spend time in our castles and walk the paths and corridors of noble aristocracy and heads of state, explore the legend of King Arthur and Merlin, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Mary Queen of Scots; or retrace your ancestors at the Heritage Hub and possibly even discover distant connections to eminent clans and peerage!

Admire the exquisite architecture, decorative detailing and superb art collection of nearby Mellerstain; explore the sumptuous state rooms and incredible silver staircase of Manderston; or marvel at the splendour of Floors Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe with its priceless collection of fine art, porcelain and tapestries. Abbotsford sits at the heart of the landscape that inspired the poetry and writings of Sir Walter Scott, while the outstanding monastic ruins of the nearby Abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso will give you an insight into the area’s tumultuous past.

For lovers of Scottish cashmere and knitwear, the ‘Textile Trail’ is an absolute must, offering a fascinating insight into our industrial heritage, but encompassing visitor centres and retail outlets where you can pick-up some wonderful garments and unique sample pieces - everything from exceptional tweeds to finest cashmere. For something truly exclusive you can even design your own tartan at Lochcarron of Scotland and take home a very special reminder of your Scottish connections.

The magnificent city of Edinburgh is but a thirty minute drive from Thirlestane where you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak-up the culture and heritage of this beautiful vibrant city. Wander the cobbled closes and narrow stairwells of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket, or take a candle-lit tour of the underground vaults of the old city and uncover sinister tales of Edinburgh’s darker past!

On a lighter note, why not partake in a wee dram at the Scotch Whisky Centre or perhaps join an expert-led whisky tasting session where you will learn more about the intricate flavours of this most distinguished of drinks. Learn how to look, swirl, nose and taste fine whisky and to appreciate the distinct differences between single malts, blended and grain.

Finally, a visit to iconic Edinburgh Castle which sits majestically over the city and houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, 15th Century gun Mons Meg, and the National War Museum of Scotland. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the city in August, don’t miss the Edinburgh Military Tattoo ending with a poignant lone piper lament high on the castle ramparts. Truly spectacular!

Access to the Apartment

The Lauderdale Apartment 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

Sitting room - spacious 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 king size bed, feather duvet and pillows, Egyptian cotton linen, wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table, clock radio, hairdryer, docking station. (Please note that non feather bedding is not available).

Bathroom with original clawfoot bath, walk-in shower, twin basin and WC.

Private balcony overlooking castle parklands with outside furniture and barbecue.

Facilities for infants
Infants under one year old are welcome and a high chair (there is no travel cot) is available on request. We regret that this property is not suitable for toddlers.

The Apartment is not suitable for pets.

Wi-Fi is available at the Lauderdale Apartment but this can be slow and intermittent due to the thickness of the castle walls.

There is a reserved parking space to the front of the castle.

Catering and housekeeping
The Lauderdale Apartment can be booked purely on a self-catering basis or on a part or fully-staffed basis. We can also help to arrange for homemade meals to be delivered. Daily housekeeping is also available on request. Please contact us for further details.

Private tour
A private tour of the castle is available to all guests during their stay.

Castle opening, events and guests' privacy
Thirlestane Castle is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 2nd May to 1st October 2017. Guests looking for complete privacy during the day would therefore be advised to book outside the castle opening periods. The Maitland family also retain an apartment within the castle. Please contact us should you require further information.

Garden and grounds
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.

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Child Friendly
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Price Per Week
From £360.00
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Thirlestane Castle, Lauder
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Guest feedback

"We had a very pleasant and happy stay at the Lauderdale Apartment, thank you very much! The flat was very comfortable and the setting beautiful - it was a surprise weekend for my husband's birthday and he was thrilled with it! The housekeeper couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming - she even put out balloons and a bottle of bubbly which was very kind. We have been recommending it to everyone we meet! A very special place. Thanks once again." - Macleod Trotter

"We had a great time in The Lauderdale Apartment. Everything went smoothly. We were so pleased you were able to set it all up at such short notice. The housekeeper is very helpful, friendly and down to earth. The tour of the castle was great. We plan to return and see more of the Borders." - Hardwick

"We had a lovely time at Lauderdale. It is a really special place to stay and so comfortable with plenty of space. They have a mammoth task restoring Thirlestane Castle and I am sure with the vision of the Maitland family it will be achieved. Everyone at the castle were so friendly and welcoming which gave the impression that the whole team there were one big happy family. We were lucky to be there when there was an outdoor play being performed and that was magical sitting outside on the lawn watching the performance. Thirlestane will occupy a special place in our hearts and has provided some very happy memories. Thanks go to the crew there." - Stevens

"It was wonderful. The housekeeper was very helpful and friendly. Loved the welcome pack. Everything was clean and tidy. So peaceful." - Seymour

"Our stay at the apartment was perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed it and found nothing lacking. Hope we get the chance to stay there again." - Quigley

"The Lauderdale Apartment was fantastic. The apartment was absolutely spotless. The apartment is in an ideal location & it is extremely comfortable. A special thank you to the lady who looks after the apartment. The complimentary starter pack was full of goodies. The head groundskeeper was always a cheery face in the morning when we went out & he gave us good ideas of places to visit." - Senior

"We had a wonderful stay in The Lauderdale Apartment. We were so wonderfully looked after and made very welcome by members of staff. We have always enjoyed the hospitality at the Castle and this time was no different. It is a lovely place to spend a restful holiday being situated in a beautiful area." - Nuttall

"We had a delightful stay at The Lauderdale Apartment. Delightful surrounding and beautiful accommodation. It had all the privacy of a holiday let with the touches of luxury you get at a hotel. Would highly recommend a visit." - Dunnachie

"We had a wonderful stay in the apartment. Warmly welcomed on arrival and felt at home very quickly. I loved the bedroom, so spacious, nicely furnished and fabulous curtains, canopy and bedding. Top quality bedding in the lovely peaceful bedroom in a bed equipped with electric blankets meant we slept well. The bathroom was fab, loved the huge bath and the thick fluffy towels. The kitchen was adequate for my needs and we enjoyed the welcome pack. Dining looking out over the grounds was peaceful and the lounge was very comfortable. We were warm and felt quite cosseted in our 'castle'. We relaxed during our stay and would recommend the apartment to any couple who want to unwind. So glad we came across Crabtree & Crabtree website and found this fantastic holiday accommodation." - Grant

"We had a lovely stay at the apartment. It was beautifully clean, warm & well appointed. Not to mention the peace & quiet….The bed was incredibly comfortable & the linens lovely. Shower was excellent, lots of hot water & good pressure, again the towels were good quality. The linen & towels really did smell clean & fresh. We particularly appreciated the electric blankets as the weather wasn't the best but because we were so comfortable the weather was secondary. It was a perfect hideaway for two people with general overall excellent attention to detail & we will stay again." - White

"We had a wonderful time at The Lauderdale Apartment. I think you can see how much we enjoy the apartment and the staffs care and really we don’t feel that there is anything to improve it is just lovely as it is. We just think that Crabtree & Crabtree are all a lovely, friendly and very capable team, we are impressed by your service and the standard of the properties." - Nuttall

"We loved our stay at The Lauderdale Apartment so much. The staff at Thirlestane Castle are fantastic & extremely helpful. The Crabtree & Crabtree team were very helpful & prompt with any queries that we had." - Senior