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Accommodation: Every room tells a story

Each of the castle’s 12 unique bedrooms has been exquisitely refurbished, designed to show off the historic detail but ensuring the most luxurious experience for guests.

The rooms are scattered throughout the Castle, mostly accessed by spiral staircases and secret doorways. Some are named after the historic figures who would have slept there in days gone by.

Breath-Taking Views

Our accommodation boasts breath-taking views of the beautiful countryside that surrounds the Castle. Modern appliances are encased within solid oak furniture from the Renaissance period.

Castle Bedrooms

Castle Grounds

Photography by: Sasa

Mary, Queen of Scots bedchamber

A bedroom fit for a queen

This is probably the most famous bedchamber in the castle, where Mary herself stayed several times including when in residence with her husband the Earl of Bothwell.

Midway up the south stairs, this bedchamber has a private door onto the State Room and Mary’s chapel.

The bedchamber is exquisitely decorated with golden opulence and a royal canopy hand-carved oak bed modelled on Stuart era royal bed design and Mary’s bed displayed in Holyrood palace.

The room has two seating alcoves with splendid views and and a large medieval fireplace. Inside the castle wall is a luxurious shower room.

Room Size 51.24m2
Large walk-in shower
King-sized oak bed
Large fireplace log burner
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Room Size 23.8m2
Freestanding bath with shower
4 poster king-sized oak bed
Large fireplace log burner
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Earl of Bothwell bedchamber

One of the most striking & impressive bedchambers

Bothwell was a fierce and ambitious soldier who allegedly seduced or forced Mary into marrying him. Accused of murdering Mary’s second husband, The Lord Darnley, he and Mary fled to Borthwick Castle, when the Confederate Lords were approaching.

Bothwell fled and Mary followed him by jumping from a window disguised as a boy. Four days later they faced the Lords at the battle of Carberry Hill.

This is one of the most striking and impressive bedchambers in the castle. This room is as strong and masculine as the Mary, Queen of Scots room is feminine and opulent. Both rooms stand at opposite ends of the State Room mid way up the north and south towers.

The Earl of Bothwell is the only bedchamber to feature a full four poster king size bed, carved from solid oak and is a replica of the bed King James VI, Mary’s son, slept in when he was crowned King of England.

A very well preserved large medieval chimney breast stands tall near the centre of the room. The deep blue and gold luxurious fabrics and rich ceiling to floor velvet curtains create a sense of grandeur and splendour. The velvet curtains frame a luxury bath and shower alcove. There is an additional large day bed with lions head carvings.

Sinclair bedchamber

A room designed to make you look up

The Borthwick’s and Sinclair’s were powerful clans with lands all over Scotland including the Lothians. They formed strong alliances through marriage and the 2nd Earl of Borthwick, father of the later first Lord Borthwick, was married to Beatrice Sinclair in 1411, twenty years prior to the construction of the castle by their son.

You need to be fit to reach the South Tower’s highest room with its original vaulted stone roof, the tallest of all the bedchambers. In beautiful turquoise colours and oak panelling this is a room designed to make you look up.

Sit back by the log burner and and enjoy Uccello’s painting of the Battle of San Romano, the battle itself contemporary with the Castle The painting is designed to be viewed from below and is one of the earliest examples of the use of perspective in Renaissance art.

Or you can lock yourself in the tower and enjoy the imposing views outside the windows. The bathroom is a smart ensuite shower room with views over the Middleton Burn.

Room Size 40.8m2
Walk-in shower
King-sized oak bed
Log burner
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Room Size 18.04m2
Walk-in shower
2 single oak beds
Log burner
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Adinston bedchamber

Comfortable and spacious

The Adinston family is related by marriage to John Borthwick, 12th of Crookston, in 1787. This room may have been occupied by the page to Lord Bothwell as it has a direct access to the Bothwell room by the newly reopened secret staircase.

The lowest bedchamber in the North Tower, accessible from the minstrel’s gallery, is a comfortable and spacious twin room. With north and south facing windows, it features elegant hand carved beds, a log stove and luxurious wet shower room.

Lord Borthwick bedchamber

A majestic high ceilinged bedchamber

Like his namesake the Lord Borthwick is a majestic high ceilinged bedchamber with dark oak panels, blue tones and a magnificent oak carved bed with a hand carved Borthwick crest at its centre.

Two elegant black marble hand basins form a vestibule to the spacious bathroom which has both a bath tub and a standalone shower.

Used by the Lords of Borthwick this noble room sits at the base of the South spiral staircase with level access to Borthwick’s seat and the Great Hall.

Room Size 44.02m2
Freestanding bath & walk-in shower
King-sized oak bed
Log burner
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Room Size 36.96m2
Walk-in shower
2 single oak beds
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Knights Templar bedchamber

A very spacious bedchamber

The Order of the Knights Templar of Scotland was founded in 1128 in Temple, Midlothian, just 5 miles from the site of Borthwick Castle.

In 1330 a group of Knights and Knights Templar sailed from North Berwick to Spain, carrying with them the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce to fight at the battle of Teba. The group included John Rosslyn and a young William Borthwick.

Situated near the top of the North Tower and level with the Garrison, this is a very spacious twin bedchamber with a large daybed featuring lions head carvings.

The large windows provide lots of natural light and imposing views of the countryside below. Sliding oak doors open onto an arched ceiling bathroom alcove with a wet room shower.

Red Rose bedchamber

A warm and cosy bedchamber for lovers

History suggests that this room witnessed both passion and tragedy, with a haunting story of a young chambermaid murdered with her illegitimate son. In her memory we maintain a red rose in the room.

This is a warm and cosy bedchamber for lovers with its beautiful rich rose and red colours, and a hand carved oak royal canopy bed, facing a large medieval fireplace where you can warm yourself at the log stove.

The smallest door in all the rooms leads to the shower wet room in the Castle wall. Standing alone in an alcove past the rich drawn velvet curtains is a wonderful renaissance style bath from which you can gaze out of the window or look up at the only surviving medieval ceiling mural in the castle.

The safe remains where the clan chancellor is said to have stored family gold.

Room Size 47.56m2
Freestanding bath with shower
King-sized oak bed
Large fireplace log burner
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Room Size 49.77m2
Walk-in shower
King-sized oak bed
Log burner
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Sir Walter Scott bedchamber

An elegant and romantic bedchamber

Inspired by Scotland’s great novelist and poet who visited Borthwick Castle and famously wrote that (1) Borthwick is by far the finest specimen of that class of Scottish Castles which consist of a single tower, surrounded by an embattled wall; and that it is “one of the most beautiful and entire specimens of castle architecture in Scotland” (2)

(1)Sir WalterScott 1824: Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland P33
(2)The Prose Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart 1828: Provincial antiquities of Scotland P214

This is an elegant and romantic room with restful blues and purple hues and a subtle hint of Scott’s passion for wildlife in its fabrics and styling.

The hand-carved oak bed is a replica of Scott’s own. The small bathroom door opens to a luxurious and bespoke wet room set within the castle wall.

Oliver Cromwell bedchamber

Exuding dark passion

In 1650, as Oliver Cromwell’s forces marched toward Edinburgh, the 10th Lord Borthwick was instructed to leave his Castle. When he refused, Cromwell unleashed his cannon causing considerable damage to the East wall.

Luckily for us, Borthwick agreed to leave and the Castle was damaged no further but left empty for nearly 250 years. J Borthwick of Crookston bought the castle in 1810 but it was nearly another 100 years before it was brought back into use by Henry Borthwick.

Beneath the Great Hall, down a quiet winding staircase, lies the very sensual Oliver Cromwell bedchamber – with its charcoal walls and soft lighting exuding the dark passion of its namesake.

The chamber features the exact copy of Cromwell’s bed, including his coat of arms, carved into the fine oak.

The free standing bath and wash basin are in the room facing the bed. A massive stone fireplace, and imposing chandelier and cowhides bring the ambience to a crescendo.

Room Size 25.92m2
Freestanding bath with shower
King-sized oak bed
Large fireplace log burner
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Room Size 47.56m2
Large walk-in shower
King-sized oak bed
Log burner
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Wizard’s Tower bedchamber

The most private bedchamber

This is the highest and most private bedchamber in the Castle. Featuring a low vaulted stone ceiling from which a crystal chandelier hangs.

Thought to be where the medicine man would stay, the ambience of this room is truly medieval and mystical with beautiful red fabrics and a wood-stove providing sumptuous comfort. Relax and unwind in the large and luxurious shower.

The room can only be accessed by the newly reopened secret staircase past the minstrels gallery.

Crookston Cottage

Lovingly restored cottage

Built in 1911, the delightful Crookston Cottage stands in the grounds of the Castle as a little home away from home for guests.

Lovingly restored and designed in the same style as our Castle rooms it features one double and one twin room (with hand-carved bunkbeds) and an ensuite bathroom – so the perfect space for families and small groups of friends.

Cottage Size 26.26m2
Walk-in shower
Oak double bed & Oak bunkbed
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Room Size 67.86m2
Large marble freestanding bath & large walk-in shower
4 poster king-sized oak bed
Log burner
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Gatehouse Suité

A cocoon of private luxury

One of the castle’s most treasured secrets is its Gatehouse, a cocoon of private luxury surrounded by nature, coddled by the castle itself, and perfected as a luxurious retreat.

In 2016, The Gatehouse received its most extensive interior makeover – an award-winning piece of master craftsmanship wholly in keeping with the castle’s authentic history.

Now a decadent suite with log burner, Italian marble roll top bath and at its centre lies an exacting and formidable replica of the four-poster marital bed of King Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York, which was originally created in 1486.

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