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The Maitland Apartment

Lauder, Scottish Borders

With its fairytale turrets and red sandstone facade rising above the rich rolling landscape, the outstanding Maitland Apartment located in the south wing of Thirlestane Castle is sure to leave its mark.

The Maitland Apartment

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Overview

With its fairytale turrets and red sandstone facade rising above the rich rolling landscape of the Borders countryside, the outstanding Maitland Apartment located in the south wing of Thirlestane Castle is sure to leave its mark.

Elegant two bedroom apartment within an outstanding castle setting

Originally the laundry quarters of the Castle, it has now been sensitively restored. The result is an elegant two bedroomed apartment within an outstanding castle setting where guests can truly experience 400 years of Scottish history.

Originally the laundry quarters of the castle, it has now been sensitively restored to create an elegant two bedroomed apartment within an outstanding castle setting where guests can truly experience 400 years of Scottish history.

A gentle palette of Farrow and Ball colours have been used in calming greens and greys, harmoniously balanced against the rich red stone of the castle walls. The plush sofas are deep and generous set around a feature fireplace with two outstanding artworks from the castle collections.

The dining space seats six comfortably but with an opportunity for guests to hire the State Rooms or rustic Victorian kitchen for an exclusive dining experience. For those who wish to cook, a stylish shaker style kitchen with sleek granite work surfaces and industrial accents is perfectly sized.

Across the hallway, an original Singer sewing machine gives a lovely nod to the apartment’s past life and the two beautifully appointed bedrooms are enhanced with warm throws and gentle swathes of colour. This includes a master bedroom in a serene oval room blue and finishes by Ralph Lauren leading into a large en-suite shower room. A further twin room with adjacent bathroom can be configured to a super king for added flexibility.

The grand setting will be the highlight for many and private tours of the castle can be arranged for guests during their stay. Overall a unique experience where you can then retreat to your own private quarters in a 16th century castle and watch the glorious sunset over rolling Border parklands. A warm welcome awaits you!

Property details

Ground floor

The property sits on the first floor on the south wing of the castle. The apartment is accessed via a separate cobbled courtyard with stone steps.

Access into a large hallway with hanging rail and space for outdoor wear.

Open plan living/kitchen/dining area comprising:

Sitting room with two large sofas, feature fireplace, armchair, flat screen TV with integrated DVD player.

Kitchen with large island unit and integrated electrical appliances - ceramic hob, electric oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer. Please note there is no washing machine or dryer in the apartment. Please contact us if this is essential to your stay and we will establish if any provision can be made.

Dining space with seating for six guests.

Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, built-in wardrobe with hanging and storage space.

En-suite bathroom with large walk in shower with rainforest head and separate handheld mixer, heated towel rail, double basins and WC.

Bedroom two with zip and link system which can be configured to a 6' super king or 3' twin beds, side tables. There is a cupboard with hanging and storage space in the hall.

Family bathroom with bath with shower over and handheld shower mixer, basin and WC.

Outside

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 use of the courtyard below the apartment which has outside seating. This space is shared with the adjacent Lauderdale Apartment which is also available as a holiday let.

Parking

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

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

One dog will be considered on request. Your dog should be clean and dry before access into the wider property, should be kept off the furniture and is not permitted in the bedrooms. It is important to note that there is no private enclosed garden space and your dog must be kept on a lead in the immediate grounds and across wider farmland.

Guest amenities

The bedrooms feature high quality bed linen. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Towels and guest toiletries are provided.

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

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile signal is best on the 02 and EE network. This improves outside in the grounds.

Heating

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.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together, The Maitland Apartment can be booked alongside The Lauderdale Apartment, sleeping 2. Both apartments are located within Thirlestane Castle.

Location

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

Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and Nannies

Babysitting and Nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Location Within Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder.
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Friday during high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The original Singer sewing machine gives a lovely nod to the apartment’s past life. The little things we love...
"The original Singer sewing machine gives a lovely nod to the apartment’s past life."
Emma, Crabtree & Crabtree
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