Borthwick Castle Hotel Scotland
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Historic Borthwick Castle is an exclusive hotel and wedding venue near Edinburgh; a stunning backdrop for any wedding, corporate or private event. The Castle is currently being extensively refurbished in 2014. Consider our hotel for wedding and event bookings. Only 12 miles from Edinburgh, Borthwick Castle is set in an ideal position to guard the road south from that great city to the Borders. A massive structure consisting of some 30,000 tons of stone, Borthwick has been described as the “Greatest Keep in Scotland” and the most complete example of its kind in Europe.
Borthwick boasts 12 Bedchambers in total. All bedchambers and suites, tastefully furnished in period style, have showers and toilets en-suite. Many of the bedchambers, including those occupied by Mary Queen of Scots and the Earl Of Bothwell, have four poster beds.
North Tower rooms
THE MOST PRIVATE BEDCHAMBER
This is the highest and most private bedchamber in the Castle. Featuring a low vaulted stone ceiling from which a crystal chandelier hangs. Thought to be where the medicine man would stay, the ambience of this room is truly medieval and mystical with beautiful red fabrics and a woodstove providing sumptuous comfort. Relax and unwind in the large and luxurious shower.
The room can only be accessed by the newly reopened secret staircase past the minstrel‘s gallery.
A VERY SPACIOUS BEDCHAMBER
The Order of the Knights Templar of Scotland was founded in 1128 in Temple, Midlothian, just 5 miles from the site of Borthwick Castle. In 1330 a group of Knights and Knights Templar sailed from North Berwick to Spain, carrying with them the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce to fight at the battle of Teba. The group included John Rosslyn and a young William Borthwick.
EARL OF BOTHWELL
ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING AND IMPRESSIVE BEDCHAMBERS
Bothwell was a fierce and ambitious soldier who allegedly seduced or forced Mary into marrying him. Accused of murdering Mary’s second husband, The Lord Darnley, he and Mary fled to Borthwick Castle, when the Confederate Lords were approaching Bothwell fled and Mary followed him by jumping from a window disguised as a boy. Four days later they faced the Lords at the battle of Carberry Hill.
COMFORTABLE AND SPACIOUS
The Adinston family is related by marriage to John Borthwick, 12th of Crookston, in 1787. This room may have been occupied by the page to Lord Bothwell as it has a direct access to the Bothwell room by the newly reopened secret staircase
South Tower Rooms
A ROOM DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU LOOK UP
The Borthwicks and Sinclairs were powerful clans with lands all over Scotland including the Lothians.
They formed strong alliances through marriage and the 2nd Earl of Borthwick, father of the later first Lord Borthwick, was married to Beatrice Sinclair in 1411, twenty years prior to the construction of the castle by their son.
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS
A BEDROOM FIT FOR A QUEEN
This is probably the most famous bedchamber in the castle, where Mary herself stayed several times including when in residence with her husband the Earl of Bothwell.
A WARM AND COSY BEDCHAMBER FOR LOVERS
History suggests that this room witnessed both passion and tragedy, with a haunting story of a young chambermaid murdered with her illegitimate son. In her memory we maintain a red rose in the room.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
AN ELEGANT AND ROMANTIC ROOM
Inspired by Scotland’s great novelist and poet who visited Borthwick Castle and famously wrote that(1) Borthwick is by far the finest specimen of that class of Scottish Castles which consist of a single tower, surrounded by an embattled wall; and that it is “one of the most beautiful and entire specimens of castle architecture in Scotland”(2)
A MAJESTIC HIGH CEILINGED BEDCHAMBER
Like his namesake the Lord Borthwick is a majestic high ceilinged bedchamber with dark oak panels, blue tones and a magnificent oak carved bed with a hand carved Borthwick crest at its centre.
Two elegant black marble hand basins form a vestibule to the spacious bathroom which has both a bath tub and a standalone shower. Used by the Lords of Borthwick this noble room sits at the base of the South spiral staircase with level access to Borthwick’s seat and the Great Hall
EXUDING DARK PASSION
In 1650, as Oliver Cromwell’s forces marched toward Edinburgh, the 10th Lord Borthwick was instructed to leave his Castle. When he refused, Cromwell unleashed his cannon causing considerable damage to the East wall.
Luckily for us, Borthwick agreed to leave and the Castle was damaged no further but left empty for nearly 250 years. J Borthwick of Crookston bought the castle in 1810 but it was nearly another 100 years before it was brought back into use by Henry Borthwick.
Beneath the Great Hall, down a quiet winding staircase, lies the very sensual Oliver Cromwell bedchamber – with its charcoal walls and soft lighting exuding the dark passion of its namesake.
The chamber features the exact copy of Cromwell’s bed, including his coat of arms,
carved into the fine oak. The free standing bath and wash basin are in the room facing the bed. A massive stone fireplace, and imposing chandelier and cowhides bring the ambience to a crescendo.
Built in 1911, the delightful Crookston Cottage stands in the grounds of the Castle as a little home away from home for guests. Lovingly restored and designed in the same style as our Castle rooms it features one double and one twin room (with handcarved bunkbeds) and an ensuite bathroom – so the perfect space for families and small groups of friends.
We welcome room bookings of any duration, whether it be one day or one week. Please contact us and we can discuss the perfect booking to suit your needs. We also welcome non-resident dining at the Castle, accepting bookings from one person upwards. All non-resident dining must be booked and confirmed in advance.Relax in the elegantly proportioned Stateroom with its beautiful arched windows and the small chapel once used by Mary Queen of Scots on her various visits. Descend to the Great Hall for pre-dinner drinks, take a look at the menu and wine list before being conducted on a full historical tour of the castle. Afterwards, enjoy a stunning meal by candlelight in the Great Hall. The cuisine at the Castle is described as “modern British with a strong bias for Scotland’s natural larder”.
A comprehensive wine list is complemented by a fine selection of malt whiskies. While the Castle caters for large parties, we especially welcome those seeking a more intimate dinner for two. In either case, the experience is unforgettable and there is no dress code as such; we want our guests to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
Borthwick Castle is a dramatic, and truly unique fairytale castle that is as original on the inside as out. Here at Borthwick, we can make your wedding dreams come true. Hidden away, just 10 miles south of Edinburgh, with magnificent views of the Midlothian countryside and rolling Pentland hills, the Castle is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding.
We can give you the whole castle and grounds for the day and help you make yours the most magnificent and memorable wedding day that you can possibly imagine. If you would rather not take the entire castle, there are a variety of options that can be tailored to your every need from religious weddings to civil partnerships. As well as our garrison chapel, there is also the option of using Borthwick Church, located right next door to the castle. The castle has 12 rooms altogether and can hold up to a maximum of 80 guests for the wedding breakfast with the option of an additional 30 to come and celebrate in the evening.
Borthwick Castle was built in 1430 by Sir William de Borthwick who was granted a royal charter by King James I. Once the refuge of Mary Queen of Scots and the Earl of Bothwell, it was besieged by Oliver Cromwell in 1650; the damage from which remains to this day.
The Great Hall has a pointed vault some 30 feet high. Above this there is a second chamber of almost the same height with a rounded vault, which is currently divided into two levels. The walls were hung with tapestries and the ceiling was painted with frescoes. One can still make out the phrase ‘ye tempil of honour’ on the west side although on the east the phrase ‘ye tempil of religion’ is now indecipherable.
Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the Castle in June 1567, one month after her marriage to the Earl of Bothwell; Lord Darnley having been murdered in February of that year. The couple had not been at the Castle long before word came out that Lord Morton and Lord Lennox were advancing on the Castle with a thousand men, meaning to take Bothwell by force so that he might be brought to a proper trial for Darnley’s murder. On hearing this, Bothwell left for Dunbar to raise an army, leaving Mary to face insurgent lords. She refused to let Bothwell be incriminated and told the army who had surrounded the Castle that he had left. While they were re-appraising the situation she escaped through a window in the Great Hall disguised as a page and rode off from Borthwick Church to rejoin Bothwell.
During the Second World War the Castle was used as a repository for irreplaceable documents and manuscripts from the National Library of Scotland and art treasures from the National Gallery of Scotland. These were stored for safe keeping in the vaulted chambers below the Great Hall, it being reckoned that if the Castle was bombed the two vaulted ceilings would protect the lower chamber. In any event only one bomb fell near the Castle and no damage was done. The present Lord Borthwick, Harry the twenty-fourth Baron, has only recently been granted that title having spent much of his long life researching his ancestry. He has twin sons who also have children and leased the Castle to Helen Bailey in 1973 who opened it as a wedding venue and hotel in 1975.