April 6, 2015

Midlothia, Scotland: Borthwick Castle Hotel, hotel review

Borthwick Castle Hotel  

In North Middleton, Midlothia, 12 miles S of Edinburgh, 01875 820514.  10 rooms. 

Built in 1430 and situated in a pastoral valley, this remote castle features a Medieval ambiance and boasts arrow windows that provide tall, narrow framed views of the bucolic countryside.  Mary Queen of Scots sought refuge here in 1567.  Features of Borthwick Castle Hotel include a Great Hall with minstrels’ gallery (candlight dinners occur here), a 40-foot Gothic-style vaulted ceiling, and a collection of medieval armor.  Guest rooms are reached via a curving spiral stone staircase.  Some have four-poster beds, and the bed in the Mary Queen of Scots room is covered with blood-red fabric.  Bathrooms are small but set in thick-walled alcoves entered by low doorways--providing the feel of being enclosed in a cozy cave.  The castle has just undergone extensive renovation.

view from Borthwick Castle in Midlothia, Scotland
view from Borthwick Castle in Midlothia, Scotland

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images ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

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