Thirlestane Castle

Lauder, Berwickshire Scotland

First built in the 13th century, and then rebuilt in the 16th century as the home of the Maitland family, Thirlestane Castle sits amidst a quiet meadow landscape in lowland Scotland yet is only 25 miles south of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh.

The five self-catering apartments at Thirlestane offer unrivalled accommodation, in a breathtaking castle setting, with an eclectic mix of contemporary and original castle furniture and furnishings.

Available for Christmas

Self-catering apartments

The five self-contained apartments at Thirlestane Castle are spacious, individually styled and furnished, each with their own sitting room, fully equipped kitchens and views of this 16th-century castle's beautiful surroundings.

The Earl & Countess (sleeps 6)

A three-bedroom apartment on the second floor, this space was formerly the private quarters of the 14th Earl and Countess of Lauderdale. Accessed by one of the castle's grand sweeping staircases and offering fabulous views out over the parkland!

Bedrooms: Three (One twin/super-king-size, two king-size)

Bathrooms: Three (Two combined shower/bath, one shower)

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The Maitland (sleeps 4)

A two-bedroom apartment in Thirlestane Castle's historic south-wing, with its own private access. Four full height windows flood the space with light and offer panoramic views across the parkland!

Bedrooms: Two (One twin/super-king-size, one king-size)

Bathrooms: Two (One combined shower/bath, one shower)

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The Glenburnie (sleeps 2)

A one-bedroom apartment set in the heart of the historic south-wing. The most recently renovated apartment in the castle, this open-plan space is dominated by large portraits by George and John Scougall from the castle's collection featuring two of the castle’s forbears.

Bedrooms: One (One twin/super-king-size)

Bathrooms: One (One combined shower/bath)

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The Sculleries (sleeps 2

A one-bedroom apartment accessed through the mezzanine of the castle's Cobbled Courtyard. Double height windows at throughout give guests breathtaking views out over the gardens and beyond.

Bedrooms: One (One super-king-size)

Bathrooms: One (One roll-top bath and separate shower)

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The Lauderdale (sleeps 2)

A one-bedroom apartment set in the historic south-wing. Once the butler's apartment, the more traditional baronial style is present throughout this apartment's soft furnishings. The luxurious free-standing roll-top bath is one of this apartment's biggest selling features!

Bedrooms: One (One king-size)

Bathrooms: One (One roll-top bath and separate shower)

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Family home to the Duke of Lauderdale, Thirlestane Castle remains home to the Maitlands today; more than 400 years of family history sit behind these walls.

The gardens and public rooms within the castle are open to the public throughout the summer months each year and offer a great opportunity to explore Scottish history during your time in The Borders of Scotland.


Apartment From To
The Earl & Countess £635 £1,030
The Maitland £510 £890
The Glenburnie £425 £685
The Sculleries £395 £645
The Lauderdale £370 £595

The rates detailed above are for two occupants sharing the indicated apartment for 7-nights on a self-catering basis and apply to 2019 dates.

  • 1-3 night stays are charged at 75% of the 7 night rate;
  • 4 night stays are charged at 85% of the 7 night rate;
  • 5 night stays are charged at 95% of the 7 night rate;
  • 6 night stays are charged at 100% of the 7 night rate.
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Just 25 miles south of Edinburgh, Thirlestane Castle sits amidst extensive private gardens and parkland in the hills of lowland Scotland.