In the mid-19th century, David Rhind was commissioned to design this Scottish trophy castle. (Rhind was also responsible for what is now the Dome on Edinburgh’s George Street).
Carlowrie Castle was first home to Thomas Hutchison, a wine merchant, and his wife, Jean Wylie, and their 5 children. Their daughter, Isabelle Wylie Hutchison, became a pioneering Arctic traveller and author, searching for rare plants. Many of the plants she collected are still in the castle's grounds today and can also be seen at Kew Gardens in London.
Only two families have owned the castle in its entire history and today the current owners, the Marshalls, who bought the castle in 1982, have lovingly renovated it with a modern, luxury feel, making it a real hidden gem on Edinburgh’s doorstep. What is very admirable about the family is that by booking this beautiful venue, you will be contributing to an exciting new social enterprise. From their profits they help fund the work of RESTART, an innovative charity working in the areas of homelessness, unemployment and social change.
Carlowrie Castle sits amidst rolling open countryside, just a mile from the village of Kirkliston and only 8 miles from the centre of Edinburgh; it is a hop skip and a jump from Edinburgh Airport, giving you great access to the capital of Scotland, but also easy access to some of the most popular areas of this wonderful part of the UK. This castle is hidden away and offers privacy for any gathering.
The property has been beautifully restored; it has a contemporary feel and all the bedrooms feature hand-made beds and cabinetry, plus sumptuous soft furnishings. A perfect night’s sleep is guaranteed on bed linen made from the finest Egyptian 650 thread-count cotton and Hungarian goose feather-stuffed top loaders, duvets and pillows.
Carlowrie’s public rooms are equally as impressive...step onto an exquisite black and white marble floor in the lounge with its jaw-dropping glass chandelier; the library filled with tall ornate bookcases, decorative cornicing, an open fireplace and traditional herringbone parquet flooring, making Carlowrie really stand out..
Andrew Marshall said: “I grew up in Carlowrie; it was quite a special place to call home so, when it came to renovating it as a private venue, it was a real labour of love for me. The house has such a wonderful history that I wanted to preserve its heritage and treat the re-design sensitively so none of this narrative would be lost. I’m more than happy with what we’ve achieved. But there’s still one room that remains a complete mystery: the tower on the west-facing side of the castle. It has a second floor with no obvious means of access at all as far as we know – the building still holds a secret or two!”
Carlowie Castle is available for exclusive-hire and has 9 bedrooms, sleeping 18 people. Guests have access to a host of add-ons like a chauffeur service from Edinburgh Airport, yoga and personal training, whisky tasting, ceilidh dancing/displays, quad biking, treasure hunts, Highland games, segways, cocktail making sessions, fireworks displays, personal shopping at Harvey Nichols, and many more...
You could also just stop and take your breath in this lovely castle and spend time with family and friends. Sometimes less is more and what a beautiful place to do less. Carlowie also makes a lovely backdrop for a wedding.
The 32 acres of gardens and grounds are a marvel. An adjacent walled garden to the property incorporates a sweeping lawn, a stone-built folly, a sunken garden, a stocked pond and an all-weather tennis court. Beyond this is a Victorian greenhouse with a prolific grape vine, peaches and an external fig tree. A glazed summer house offers a useful outdoor entertaining space and, next to this, lies an Italian style arboretum. There is plenty of space!
The Forth Bridge, just four miles away, gives access to Perth and the North and the lovely village of Queensferry, under the Forth Rail Bridge, is nearby. Glagow is less than an hour away and, if you are a golfer, you have easy access some of the top courses in Scotland, including St Andrews and Muirfield. You may just like to wander along the banks of the River Almond at the edge of the estate.
If you have your sights on Edinburgh, Carlowrie Castle will give you a private, luxurious and relaxing property to hide away in, but also give you great access to Scotland's wonderful capital city.