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The Earl and Countess at Thirlestane Castle - Dramatic, luxury castle retreat

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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
Minimum stay varies
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This apartment was previously the private quarters of the 14th Earl and Countess of Lauderdale and most recently the castle nurseries. It has been beautifully restored into a three-bedroom apartment, perfect for families and small groups. It is accessed by one of the castle’s grand sweeping staircases and its position on the second floor means there are fabulous views of the castle parkland from the large full height windows throughout. Statement items of furniture and paintings have been borrowed from the castle collection to furnish the apartment and are complimented by a bold colour scheme. The vintage-style bed hanging in the master bedroom is enhanced by the coral walls while its luxurious ensuite is in a calming shade of Wedgewood blue. Original bedheads from when the castle was u...This apartment was previously the private quarters of the 14th Earl and Countess of Lauderdale and most recently the castle nurseries. It has been beautifully restored into a three-bedroom apartment, perfect for families and small groups. It is accessed by one of the castle’s grand sweeping staircases and its position on the second floor means there are fabulous views of the castle parkland from the large full height windows throughout. Statement items of furniture and paintings have been borrowed from the castle collection to furnish the apartment and are complimented by a bold colour scheme. The vintage-style bed hanging in the master bedroom is enhanced by the coral walls while its luxurious ensuite is in a calming shade of Wedgewood blue. Original bedheads from when the castle was used as a hospital in the First World War complete the room. The castle's links to Asia are reflected in the second bedroom by the bold colours and intricate Schumacher ‘Chiang Mei Dragon’ fabric. The 15th Countess’s father was J. J. Bell-Irving, a very successful Hong Kong banker and merchant, and he brought many items back with him which can be seen throughout the castle. The opulence continues in the ensuite shower room with vintage gold taps. The high ceilings throughout the apartment enable a grand four poster bed to be used in the third bedroom. The main reception room is an open-plan space dominated by a large gilt mirror that until recently hung in the State Drawing Room of the castle. A soft light from the chandelier is cast over the portraits and the bespoke wallpaper panels featuring designs from an historic antique tapestry. The large west-facing bay window is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the castle estate.More
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About the Manager
Rhona Jamieson (Property Manager Thirlestane Castle)
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2018
Interaction with guests
You will be met on arrival and shown into your apartment by one of our team. If you can contact us 48-hours before check-in with a rough arrival time then we can make sure there is someone there to meet you. Details of things to do in the local area will be available in your apartment along with contact details for our team should you have any questions.
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Reviews (2)
Reviewed 11 May 2019 via mobile

We had such a fantastic long weekend in these stunning rooms. Everything is thought of from the cake waiting for us to the milk in the fridge. So tastefully and luxuriously done up. Set in the lavish grounds of thirlesane castle the views are fabulous....More

Date of stay: April 2019
Thank JJonathan0
Happiness791637, VR Owner at The Earl and Countess at Thirlestane Castle - Dramatic, luxury castle retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful stay and were provided with everything you needed to make it extra special. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 9 May 2019

I stayed in the new apartments this spring and was bowled over by the castle. The apartments have been perfectly fitted out for a luxurious yet homely stay, all within the walls of the amazing Thirlstane. Definitely go for the tour, the castle history is...More

Date of stay: April 2019
Thank Lowry J
Happiness791637, VR Owner at The Earl and Countess at Thirlestane Castle - Dramatic, luxury castle retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2019

Thank you for leaving such a kind review of our accommodation and we are glad you had such a lovely stay. The State Dining Room is an amazing space for a special dinner so it was great that you were able to enjoy a memorable...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Suitable For Children Under 5
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Central Heating
Highchair
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Freezer
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
TV
Parking
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Kettle
Toaster
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About the neighbourhood
The apartment is just 10-minutes’ walk from the charming town of Lauder, so is within easy reach of a number of local shops, pubs and a restaurant. There are lots of activities on offer across the wider Scottish Borders. There are many good walks close to the castle for those looking to get outdoors. The Tweed Valley also has excellent mountain biking facilities. Fishing is available on many of the local rivers. With four abbeys and over ten historic houses or castles that are open to the public, the Scottish Borders is a fabulous place for those interested in heritage. The area is also famous for its textile industry and a number of mills and factory shops welcome visitors.
Getting around
To make the most of the local area then we recommend you use a car. There is an hourly bus service to Edinburgh and the wider Scottish Borders just ten-minutes' walk from the apartment. The nearest train station is Stow which is around 6 miles from the castle.
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