Borthwick Castle



A7 EdinburghSee nearby area


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Borthwick Castle, standing four-square on a hillside overlooking the Gore Water, was built in the 15th century for Lord Borthwick. At 34m (110ft) tall, it is one of the tallest and most impressive tower-houses in Britain, and one of Scotland's most atmospheric luxury hotels.

The 10 rooms here are probably better described as bedchambers. Six of them have four-poster beds; the Red Room, with its majestic tartan-trimmed four-poster, deep red decor, tapestries and antique furniture, is said to be haunted (the owners have even called in a priest to perform an exorcism). Some of the en suite bathrooms are cut into the 4m (13ft) thick exterior walls and the doorways are low enough to make you stoop (authentically medieval, we are assured, as is the absence of TVs). Dinner in the vaulted Great Hall, complete with huge stone fireplace, candlelight, suits of armour and minstrels' gallery, is a memorable experience. Kids will love exploring all the nooks and crannies and spiral staircases, but anyone who finds stairs a problem will be stuck (no elevator).

Our independent authors have visited Borthwick Castle and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Midlothian.

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