Style: Private Castle
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Only 12 miles from Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh, find this beautifully-restored 15th century keep. Borthwick Castle is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval fortifications, and it could be your exclusive-use castle home. With 12 luxurious bedchambers, a medieval dining hall and opulent bathrooms, it’s the perfect luxury retreat for families and friends. The catering team at the castle will put together a delicious menu for you during your stay at Borthwick, using the best of local and seasonal produce.
Borthwick Castle has a fascinating history and allows you to step back in time. Rooms are decorated with tasteful period décor like medieval fireplaces as well as ornate beds modelled after the real versions that former British royalty slept in. Famously, Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Bothwell fled to Borthwick Castle from Holyrood following Lord Darnley’s murder – in fact, you can stay in the same chamber in which the queen resided during these turbulent times. If the fancy strikes you, the great hall is perfect for a medieval banquet and can seat up to 85 diners!
The castle is perfectly situated for day trips into Edinburgh, the Pentland Hills and gorgeous East Lothian beaches. The beautiful and famous Rosslyn Chapel is only a short drive away, and if so inclined, you could also book a round on one of the many splendid coastal golf courses nearby. The region offers some exceptional road cycling and mountain biking routes for those interested in a more active break.