Lothian Castle

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Sleeps: 24 Bedrooms: 12 Bathrooms: 12


Chateaux & Castles
Wow Factor
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties Romantic

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Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Scottish countryside, just thirty minutes from Edinburgh is the 600 year old Lothian Castle. Built in the 15th century and steeped in history, this twelve bedroom property sleeps up to twenty-four guests, with spacious sitting rooms and dining areas, making it ideal for family time away, celebrations, corporate events and weddings. The castle has encountered many key personalities in British history over the years including Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell, and great care has been taken to maintain the buildings authentic historical style while adding a dash of 21st century luxury for the modern visitor.

Lothian Castle features three incredibly stunning reception rooms, including The Great Hall, which can accommodate up to 80 guests for dining, The State Room, and The Garrison. All the living spaces are rich in beautifully carved, dark wood, colourful rugs and tapestries and sofas and cushions in sumptuous fabrics. The castle has a light and airy feel, and the shades of deep red, orange and gold used throughout add plenty of warmth; especially when paired with the beautiful open fireplaces and candelabras.

The Garrison is an ideal space for cocktails, activities and parties, thanks to its heavy dark wooden flooring and spacious layout. There is ornately-carved wooden furniture and framed mirrors, as well as lamps and candles that provide an intimate and cosy atmosphere, and The Stateroom is ideal for relaxing in front of the roaring fire with the family, reading a book, or even playing the piano.

The bedrooms at Lothian Castle are all named after historical figures, some of which may have stayed there themselves, and are all incredibly striking and impressive, with solid oak-carved beds, floor to ceiling velvet curtains, and luxurious fabrics in shades of deep blue and gold, rich grey, plum and berry. The Cottage, which stands in the grounds of the castle itself features one double bedroom and one twin room, as well as a shower room - making it ideal for a small family group, or those who want privacy away from the main property. The twin room features incredibly beautiful hand-carved wooden bunk beds, with a unique carved staircase to the top bed. The Gatehouse makes a beautiful romantic cocoon for two with its four-poster bed and Italian marble roll-top bath.

Lothian Castle sits within one and a half acres of grounds, perfect for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy country walks in total tranquility.

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What you should know…

  • Please note that the bedrooms are scattered throughout the Castle, mostly accessed by stone spiral staircases and secret doorways and so some of the rooms may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Please note that Lothian Castle has its very own chef and so does not accept self-catering stays, please enquire for cost...

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet All Bedrooms En-Suite Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities

Main Castle

Reception Rooms
- State Room living area with roaring fire and piano
- Great Hall with dining facilities
- The Garrison

North Tower
- "Oliver Cromwell" with hand-carved oak bed and in-room bath tub (underneath the Great Hall and accessed down a quiet winding staircase)
- "Adinston" with twin single beds, log stove and en-suite shower room
- "Earl of Bothwell" with king-size four poster bed and en-suite bath and overhead shower behind a velvet curtain
- "Knights Templar" with twin single beds and en-suite shower room
- "Wizards Tower" with hand-carved oak bed and en-suite shower room (this room is accessed via the newly-opened secret staircase past the minstrel's gallery)

South Tower
- "Lord Borthwick" with king-size oak carved bed and en-suite bathroom
- "Sir Walter Scott" with hand-carved oak bed and en-suite wet room
- "Red Rose" with hand-carved oak royal canopy bed, in-room renaissance style bath and en-suite shower room
- "Mary Queen of Scots" with royal canopy hand-carved oak bed, seating alcove and en-suite shower room
- "Sinclair" with king-size bed and en-suite shower room

- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with hand-carved bunk beds
- Family shower room

- Impressive suite with four-poster bed (replica of the 1486 marital bed King Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York), in-room Italian marble roll top bath tub and en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower

Exterior Grounds
- 1 and a 1/2 acres of grounds, ideal for country walks

* Please note that the bedrooms are scattered throughout the Castle, mostly accessed by stone spiral staircases and secret doorways and so some of the rooms may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.


About the surrounding area of Lothian Castle
Easy By Train <1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Lothian Castle holds a fantastic location, set in a tranquil spot, less than a 10-minute car journey from the village of Gorebridge. Here, visitors will find a selection of helpful amenities, including shops and restaurants, as well as Gorebridge station, where you can catch a Border Railways train into Edinburgh Waverley. The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is less than a thirty-minute car journey from Lothian Castle, and with its Medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, it is bursting with excellent attractions, including, iconic Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the excellent Scotch Whisky Experience and Edinburgh Gin Distillery as well as Camera Obscura & World of Illusions and the Edinburgh Zoo, which the whole family will enjoy! For guests travelling in from afar, Edinburgh Airport is less than a 50-minute car journey away making for a short transfer time. Alternatively, helicopters can land at the castle with prior agreement.

For keen golfers or those staying on a corporate break, a variety of world-class golf courses are within easy reaching distance of Lothian Castle. These include, Muirfield, which is 40-minutes away, North Berwick, 45-minutes away while most famous of all, St Andrew's, is 2-hours from the castle. Please ensure that you check which days of the week they are open to visitors, have a suitable handicap and make sure to book in advance!

Local Amenities
Nearest Town/City Edinburgh


Nearest Village Gorebridge


Nearest Supermarket Scot-mid Co-Op


Nearest Restaurant The Paper Mill


Nearest Bar/Pub The Dean Tavern


Nearest Golf Mussleburgh Golf Club


Nearest Train Station Gorebridge Station


Nearest Airport Edinburgh Airport



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Oliver's Extras

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Included
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Fully catered (please enquire for details regarding the additional cost for all food & beverages)

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Nestled in one of the most picturesque and rural settings, majestic Lothian Castle provides the perfect setting for those wanting a truly magical wedding experience.

Wedding Ceremony

This beautiful space (two levels above the Great Hall) with magnicent views over Scotland’s borders is a wonder to behold. Under its stone-vaulted ceiling we can host your perfect ceremony. The beautiful acoustics means music is more beautiful and the atmosphere so very intimate. Up to 85 guests will feel comfortable here.

For small and intimate wedding ceremonies, you may decide that the welcoming and majestic space of the Great Hall (ground floor) is ideal for you. We recommend you consider it if you have 50 guests or fewer.

Set against the backdrop of these historic castle walls, the castle lawn can be a perfect and natural stage for your wedding ceremony, full of light and beautiful framing for photography.

If it is your desire, a number of churches are located short drive from the Castle. Lothian Castle can liaise with the church of your choosing and manage all requirements.

Drinks Reception

The castle’s Stateroom (one level above the Great Hall) offers the most elegant of surroundings with sumptuous furnishings. Guests love to explore its little nooks, crannies and elegant clusters that encourage socialising and relaxing.  

With breath-taking views of the Scottish borders, a drinks reception outside is a deeply memorable experience. At certain times of day (especially the golden hour of evening light), it is transformed into a wonderland all of its own.

Wedding Reception

Some of the finest wedding banquets are staged within this Great Hall, under the guidance of our head chef Derek Johnstone and team. Expert in creating exquisite dining experiences, accommodating all tastes and desires the castle maintains an extensive stocked bar within the Great Hall and Stateroom and an access to the enviable wine cellar 

Celebrations & Dancing

Continue the celebrations into the small hours with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh or exclusive party or simply enjoy a dram together in absolute luxury. Lothian Castle can transform their Great Hall space from a banqueting room to a hall of celebration, exactly as they did 600 years ago. It becomes an historic backdrop for your celebration and revelry to unfurl.

Where To Stay
The most elegant of stays await the happy couple, and their twenty-two of their closest family and friends in the twelve beautifully appointed bedchambers. The Gatehouse is truly the most beautiful Bridal Suite and the perfect place to spend your first night together as a married couple. For the remaining a guests, a wide number of hotels can be found within easy reaching distance of the Castle.

Corporate Events
Situated just 30-minutes from Edinburgh and with 3 principal rooms for up to 80 guests, Lothian Castle also makes a fantastic venue for any corporate or business incentive events, please just enquire for further information.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

The advertised rates are inclusive of:
- Breakfast each morning
- Full housekeeping service
- Chef

There will be an additional charge for:
- Food & beverages (i.e. the chef's ingredients) - there are no set menus at Lothian Castle, the chefs can create a delicious menu just for you. Please enquire for further information or pricing details.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 to be paid 4 weeks prior to arrival and to be refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on arrival
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 12pm
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, included in the rental price
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay, this may be increased across peak dates
Pets welcome? No pets
Smoking Allowed? No smoking

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 26th 2021 - Dec 19th 2021 £12,094 £16,669 £21,244 £25,819 £42,329
Dec 19th 2021 - Jan 7th 2022 £24,188 £33,325 £42,463 £51,600 £80,625
Jan 7th 2022 - Dec 18th 2022 £12,094 £16,669 £21,244 £25,819 £42,329
Dec 18th 2022 - Apr 29th 2023 £24,188 £33,325 £42,463 £51,600 £80,625

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 26th 2021 - Dec 19th 2021 €13,465 €18,040 €22,615 €27,189 €47,126
Dec 19th 2021 - Jan 7th 2022 €26,929 €36,067 €45,204 €54,342 €89,764
Jan 7th 2022 - Dec 18th 2022 €13,465 €18,040 €22,615 €27,189 €47,126
Dec 18th 2022 - Apr 29th 2023 €26,929 €36,067 €45,204 €54,342 €89,764

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 26th 2021 - Dec 19th 2021 $15,625 $20,200 $24,775 $29,350 $54,688
Dec 19th 2021 - Jan 7th 2022 $31,250 $40,388 $49,525 $58,663 $104,167
Jan 7th 2022 - Dec 18th 2022 $15,625 $20,200 $24,775 $29,350 $54,688
Dec 18th 2022 - Apr 29th 2023 $31,250 $40,388 $49,525 $58,663 $104,167

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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