The Sculleries, Thirlestane Castle
A world removed from its former life servicing the castle kitchen, The Sculleries has a rich story behind its remodelled interior.
Just made for romance or relaxation
Step into the hallway and the scrubbed stone floor, panelled walls and antique Trojan cast iron washing mangle offer a glimmer of the apartment’s past life, while today it’s an ideal dropping-off spot for welly boots and outdoor kit.
There’s a small pantry kitchen for cosy catering for two, leading directly into an atmospheric sitting room, beautifully revived in rich 'Red Earth' which is a perfect complement to the mellow tones of the grand castle exterior.
A dream bedroom in soft duck egg blue has a calm sophistication, finished off with a heavenly sleigh bed and windows overlooking the castle garden.
All guests who stay at the Thirlestane apartments enjoy a complimentary visit to the castle and a range of optional extras are available including spa treatments, food hampers and exclusive tours.
For larger groups the whole of the South Wing can be booked incorporating all five of apartments at Thirlestane allowing up to sixteen people to stay at the castle. Guests who book the South Wing will also get exclusive use of the Victorian Kitchen so the whole party can dine together.
The apartment sits on the first floor accessed from the south wing courtyard.
Access into hallway with hanging space.
Kitchen with 2 ring induction hob, fridge with icebox, integrated microwave, small breakfast bar with two stools. Please note there is no dishwasher, oven or washing facilities.
Sitting room with double sofa, Smart flatscreen TV, selection of books.
Bedroom with 6' super king bed, side tables, Roberts DAB radio, large wardrobe with hanging and drawer space, views overlooking the lawned garden.
Bathroom with roll top bath, separate shower unit with rainforest head and separate mixer, underfloor heating, double basins, heated towel rail. Original working shutters.
Guests have use of the magnificent castle grounds (with the exception of the Maitland's private garden) and the wider estate grounds including fabulous woodland and parkland walks. During the periods that the castle is closed to the public, guests have use of the courtyard area which is shared with all apartments. There is bench seating in the courtyard area and picnic benches in the play park area, woodlands and wider grounds.
There is private parking to the front of the castle.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog. Dogs must be clean and dry before access into the wider property, should be kept off the furniture and are not permitted in the bedroom. It is important to note that there is no private enclosed garden space and dogs must be kept on a lead in the immediate grounds and across wider farmland.
The bedroom features high quality bed linen. A hairdryer is supplied. Towels and guest toiletries are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile signal is best on the 02 and EE network. This improves outside in the grounds.
The castle operates a bio-mass heating system with heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled. Underfloor heating in the bathroom.
Thirlestane Castle - Guest Privacy
Thirlestane Castle is open to the public Sunday - Thursday from the beginning of May to the end September. This includes a number of key events where the wider grounds do get busy. Guests looking for complete privacy during the day would therefore be advised to book outside the castle opening periods. Please contact us should you require further information.
For guests looking to holiday together, The Sculleries can be booked alongside The Maitland Apartment sleeping 4, The Lauderdale sleeping 2, Glenburnie sleeping 2 and The Earl & Countess sleeping 6. The South Wing is available for guests looking to book all five apartments. All apartments are located within Thirlestane Castle.
In nearby Lauder (1 mile) guests will find a good range of amenities including the Flat Cat Gallery & Coffee shop or the Spotty Dog Deli and Café in Market Place. There's also a butchers shop and a bakery, along with a small Co-op supermarket on the edge of the village.
For eating out, the Fire Brick Brasserie has a fantastic reputation winning the Best New Restaurant in the Scottish Borders Award 2015. Alternatively try the Black Bull Hotel or the Lauderdale Hotel for pub lunches or nearby Carfraemill Hotel (3 miles) for a juicy steak from local producers.
For gifts and lovely things, the Flat Cat Gallery and Powder Grey are both super stops for a browse.
Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Local food and drink
Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Babysitting and Nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The warmth and character of the sleigh bed will add a luxurious edge to those weekend lie-ins."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree