Voted one of the top three venues in Europe under 200 bedrooms at The 2016 International Hotel Awards.
“Carlowrie Castle is one of Scotland’s finest venues” – Peter Lederer OBE, CBE, past Chairman of Gleneagles Hotel & Visit Scotland.
Spend the night in one of our nine luxurious bedrooms in the Castle or our beautiful 5 bedroom Gate Lodge. All rooms are individually styled, spacious and have breathtaking views of the 32 acre castle grounds.
The ensuite bathrooms feature handmade, roll top baths, marble tiles, underfloor heating and walk-in showers. Wake up in your very own Victorian castle with modern comforts such as WiFi and satellite television in each room.
Carlowrie Castle is impressive. From the long driveway to the stunning façade, the luxuriously appointed bedrooms with their hand-made roll top baths and the generous public areas, the venue delights at every turn. However far from being overwhelming, Carlowrie retains the atmosphere of a family home. The 32 acres of land and manicured walled garden with fountains and tennis court further add to the relaxing air of this exclusive use estate.
Carlowrie Castle was built in 1852 and designed by renowned Edinburgh architect David Rhind, the man behind many of Edinburgh’s more famous schools, churches and banks. Among the better known of them today is the iconic Dome building – formerly the Royal Bank of Scotland on Edinburgh’s George Street.
In its entire history, Carlowrie Castle has been residence to only two families. It was first home to wine merchant and one-time Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Thomas Hutchison, who bought the estate with ambitions of building his own imposing country mansion. Sadly Thomas did not live to see the house completed but Carlowrie stands as a fine example of Scots Baronial architecture with a magnificent Italianate front façade, high balustraded tower, pitched dormers and heavy rows of corbels providing a dramatic roofline.
The estate remained in the Hutchison family for two successive generations, its most famous resident being Isobel Wylie Hutchison (one of five children from the marriage between Thomas’ youngest son Thomas and his second cousin Jeanie). Born in 1889, Isobel was a successful Arctic explorer and botanist. Defying convention, she travelled alone on expeditions that few would attempt, even today.
She risked life and limb collecting plants for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Kew, pioneering new routes across inhospitable terrain, boarding ghost ships and capturing some of the earliest documentary footage ever recorded. Isobel spoke over eight languages fluently, and she was an accomplished artist, poet and travel writer, regularly submitting to newspapers and journals including the National Geographic. After World War 2, Isobel’s writing helped finance repairs to the castle which had been badly damaged acting as a wartime RAF base.
Isobel’s exceptional contributions to geography, exploration and botany earned her a number of coveted awards. Most prestigious was the Mungo Park Medal, presented to Isobel by the future King George VI on 24th October 1934.
Isobel’s legacy can be seen across the Carlowrie Estate. She planted many plants in the grounds, including rare species that she brought back from her travels. Between expeditions and in later life Isobel worked tirelessly in the Victorian glasshouses and carefully preserved the layout of the formal gardens which still exist today. Discover the Isobel Wylie Hutchison Collection at Carlowrie Castle https://carlowriecastle.co.uk/shop/
With Isobel’s death in 1982 the Hutchison line ended and Carlowrie castle came on the market for the first time. The Marshalls acquired the castle in 1982. For the next quarter century Carlowrie was a family home once again, bursting with children and laughter.
As the children flew the nest, the parents increasingly wondered about selling. Andrew, their son, recognised Carlowrie’s potential as an events venue and offered the castle a new lease of life.
Andrew had nurtured a passion for business ever since his childhood, watching as his father and grandfather built up their own group of businesses which at it’s peak was Scotland’s largest private employer. Aged 18, Andrew left Carlowrie to attend university and then to test his own business acumen.
In 2000 Andrew established one of London’s first bespoke lifestyle concierge services, financed through his earnings from a post-university 9 month stint in telesales in London. Through his concierge business, Andrew learnt to anticipate the needs of the super-wealthy, with clients ranging from royals to celebrities. He later added a construction and property development arm to his company and was approached by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, CEO of EasyJet, to design and build the first ever EasyHotel in Earl’s Court. This innovative and forward-thinking project was Andrew’s first introduction to hotels and hospitality.
In 2012, Andrew bought Carlowrie from his parents. Bringing his experiences in property development and luxury lifestyle conciergerie to the castle, Andrew transformed it into the spectacular events venue it is today. Andrew instigated a £4 million 2 year refurbishment which, less than a year after opening in 2015, resulted in Carlowrie being recognised as one of the top 3 venues in Europe with under 200 bedrooms.
Today Carlowrie Castle looks to building for the future as well as preserving the past, emphasising philanthropy alongside bespoke events and exceptional customer service. Carlowrie provides regular funding to RESTART a charity founded by Andrew in 2009 that is transforming vulnerable people’s lives through emergency aid, employment, housing and education. The castle is also a keen advocate and patron of emerging artistic talent.
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
We are situated a mere 9 miles from Edinburgh city centre just on the outskirts of the parish of Kirkliston. A stone’s throw from the M8, M9 and the city bypass affords us access to all of Scotland’s major cities and attractions. Edinburgh airport is minutes away, negating the need for We can provide travel information, arrange private tours or reservations with local restaurants. Local amenities in Kirkliston include a small supermarket and an excellent coffee shop.
Within easy reach is Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. Regular buses leave from the village and trams direct to the city centre from the Airport. One of the world’s favourite destinations, our capital is small enough to explore on foot, but large enough to discover new delights for an eternity. In sympathy with the history and tradition, new business, shops, bars and a fine selection of restaurants constantly evolve and add to the appeal.
South Queensferry with the iconic Forth bridges, boutiques bars and restaurants, and historic cobbled streets are a few miles to the north. From here you can cross to the kingdom of Fife, and onwards to the highlands. For the adventurous, boat trips leave regularly to explore the small ‘Inch’ islands in the River Forth, and visitors can catch glimpses of seals and the abundant birdlife that make them their home. Just south of Queensferry is Dalmeny, it’s historic estate is still home to the Earl and Countess of Rosebury, but open to view by the public and worth a visit.
Just a few miles to the west, on route to the bars, restaurants and shopping of Glasgow, lies Linlithgow. The splendid partially ruined Palace here dates back to the early 15th century, and it was home to many of Scotland’s early kings and queens, including Mary Queen of Scots who was born there in December 1542.
WEDDINGS & EVENTS
The opportunities to customize Carlowrie castle and it’s grounds are limitless. At the moment we have dining capacity of 110 and luxury rooms to sleep 26, however we are able to add marquees for events up to 450, and are converting stable houses and the estate to add more rooms.
Have the day you have always dreamed of in a stunning setting that is all yours. The Castle, walled garden and 32 acres of grounds, provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.
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