Thirlestane Castle

Berwickshire, Scottish Borders
+44 (0)1578 722430
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£230 - £1342
per night
£663 - £1790
per week

Five beautiful suites in the south wing of this fairy tale castle, filled with architectural features, family history and much grandeur


5 places


Sleeping from 2 – 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£230 - £1342 per night

£663 - £1790 per week

The Experience

It’s all delightfully flexible – you can take one suite or make up a bigger party and take the lot. If you take all five suites it will create a wonderful house party feel with the use of the convivial area downstairs with a large log-burner, comfy seating and ping pong and a dining room big enough for all. Each suite has its own kitchen (fine for holidays and with a welcome tray) and comfortable living area.

Breakfast hampers can be rustled up and you can ask for shopping to be waiting. Warm days will be spent in the garden, croquet set at the ready, children’s play park close by, little tables for drinks and nibbles. Daily housekeeping can be arranged if you’d rather not lift a finger.

Ride, fish, try clay pigeon shooting, visit whisky distilleries, take a tour of the castle.

Thirlestane Castle - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Long winter walks through stunning scenery then coming back for a warming soak in the opulent bathrooms
  • Hazy summer days drinking Pimms and playing croquet - imagining you're in a period drama
  • Taking all the suites for a special occasion with a black-tie dinner in the State Dining Room
Thirlestane Castle - Gallery

You should know

  • Four of the suites are up grand sandstone steps from the courtyard
  • On open days for the castle and gardens there will be visitors milling around
  • Maximum 2 dogs welcome, £15 per stay


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £230
Weekly price
from £663
1 Suite for 2
From £2501 bed1 bedroom
1 Suite for 2
From £2501 bed1 bedroom
1 Suite for 6
From £4633 beds3 bedrooms
1 Suite for 2
From £2301 bed1 bedroom
1 Suite for 4
From £3583 beds2 bedrooms


Special offer: Until the end of July enjoy 10% off our Castle apartments. Book via our website. Come for stunning scenery, abbeys and castles! Good pubs too!

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Other details
The whole south wing can be rented exclusively for larger groups (up to 16 guests in 5 suites). EPC ratings: Earl & Countess Apartment - D. Glenburnie Apartment - C. The Lauderdale Apartment - F. The Maitland - G. The Sculleries - D.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dogs welcome, £15 each stay. Maximum 2. Doggy biscuits part of the welcome pack & communal boot room for drying off muddy paws before entering the apartments.


I think Thirlestane is one of the prettiest castles in the UK and their apartments are so comfortable and well thought-out. Highly recommend booking a private tour of the castle's collections. A great place to stay for that special occasion.

Louisa, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Walk less than a mile through parkland straight into Lauder for The Spotty Dog Delicatessen, Flat Cat Gallery, a food shop and greengrocer. The Black Bull is a good gastro pub and you'll also want to spend time in the designer cashmere and clothing boutique. Melrose is a 20-minute drive. For heartier walks with stunning views head into the rolling Lammermuir Hills. Or bring bikes to explore.

Local points of interest from Edward & Sarah Maitland-Carew

  • Located in the castle's South Wing, each suite is inspired by the building's history and beautiful surroundings. You will find treasured artefacts from the family's collection throughout, each telling a unique and special story.
  • Lauder is just a 15 minute walk from Thirlestane and has several delicious delis, pubs and restaurants to enjoy during your stay. We highly recommend the Black Bull for an evening meal. You won't be disappointed with their delicious menu and good service.
  • For those looking for a fine dining experience, we recommend the Hoebridge or Provender. Both are located just a 15-minute drive from Thirlestane, and showcase the best of Scotland's larder. Each has been recommended in the Michelin guide.
  • Every summer there are celebrations throughout the local border towns. The Common Ridings or Reivers Weeks commemorate the historic battles between Scotland and England. Enjoy horseback parades, bagpipes and special events that are unique to the area.
  • The South of Scotland has been voted as one of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel destinations for 2023. Discover several magnificent abbeys and castles, distilleries, breweries, original wool mills, museums, the great tapestry of Scotland and more...
  • For those looking for some high-octane adventure, you can book a horse riding experience that will begin from the castle. There are also several other outdoor sports available nearby, including surfing, paddle boarding and mountain biking.


Edward & Sarah Maitland-Carew

Edward, Sarah and their children are the latest generation of the family to live here (in another wing). It's one of the oldest inhabited castles in Scotland and has been in the same family for over 400 years. They're always on hand to make sure everything is just right, assisted by a team of highly organised staff. Anything you haven't got, just ask.