Wake Up Here: Borthwick Castle, Edinburgh

The tall stone square building of Borthwick Castle stands surroundec by green fields and trees

Just 12 miles outside of Edinburgh nestled into the spectacular Scottish countryside sits the beautiful Borthwick Castle; an exclusive use venue available to hire for all manner of occasions. 

Surrounded by green fields and tucked away at the bottom of a valley in Gorebridge, Scotland, the beauty of this 15th century castle is obvious, but after staying there you soon understand just what a special place it is. The historical significance is poignant and your regularly reminded of the castle’s rich past; thanks to the bedchamber named after Mary Queen of Scots (who once stayed at the castle herself) and the damage to the outside of the building caused by canon fire from Oliver Cromwell.

Winding stone staircases and small doorways add to the charm of the castle – it would be a truly magical place to visit as a child (perfect for a long game of hide and seek!)

The Great Hall is truly beautiful. The grandeur is impressive, with dramatic high ceilings and exposed brickwork feeling authentic to the castle’s heritage. It’s the perfect room for a feast; traditional, banquet-style tables take centre stage, making dining for large groups easy and enjoyable.

A beautifully set table with plates, wine glasses and lit candlebras sits in front of an exposed brick wall

And dining at Borthwick does not disappoint – the day begins with an enviable breakfast spread with everything from cereals to pastries to chef’s special oats and ends with a customisable menu built to fit the needs of any guest.

Head Chef Derek Johnstone is Roux-trained, the winner of the inaugural Masterchef The Professionals and a finalist of Chef of the Year 2019 and 2020. Working with him and the Food and Beverage Manager you can have full control over the food for you and your guests; designing one-of-a-kind menus full of delicious dishes created with seasonal flavours and local ingredients.

For after-dinner drinks the State Room is warm and inviting, reminiscent of a Hogwarts Common Room, decked out with comfortable couches and chairs and full of cosy corners. It’s the kind of room you want to be in reading a book by the open fire listening to the sound of rain hitting the windows. For an event it’s a great space for a drinks reception or for down time between busier parts of a schedule. It would be the most perfect place to spend Christmas day morning (yes, Borthwick do offer bookings 365 days a year) opening presents with a roaring fire and festive songs playing.

Sleeping in the castle is both novel and comfortable. Ten plush bedchambers can sleep up to 20 guests and a further four guests in Crookston Cottage and two more in the newly refurbished Gatehouse – both within the grounds of the castle. Each sleeping space has its own personality and quirks, such as reading alcoves looking out over the grounds, beautiful marble bathtubs and cute twin beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the very top of the castle is The Garrison, a space often used for wedding ceremonies or presentations but it can be personalised to fit the needs of your event. This is very much the theme at Borthwick Castle – the committed staff pride themselves on going above and beyond to bring your dreams to life.

Borthwick Castle operates as a private hire location available to host just about any event you can think of; weddings, birthdays, business events, family parties and reunions to name a few. The venue can accommodate 80 guests for events and dining and up to 26 guests to sleep. Three unique and versatile reception rooms and a small outside area can be tailored to fit the needs of your event. An experienced team of staff are dedicated to making your occasion-related dreams come true by helping you every step of the way. 

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