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Sleeps 18 adults Bedrooms 9 Bathrooms 8 Pets 2 Welcome Region Melrose Town/village Lauder
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Historic Turreted Castle , Lauder (230)

Stay in one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in the Scottish Borders

Stay in one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. With rose-pink stone and fairy tale turrets, this historic castle is surrounded by tranquil parkland but is just 10 minutes’ walk from the charming town of Lauder in the Scottish Borders.

The accommodation consists of nine bedrooms in total which are divided between five separate apartments next to each other in the South Wing. Each apartment has its own living/dining area and kitchen and there is also the castle’s Victorian Kitchen where the whole group can dine together.

Catering can be provided and there is also the option to hire other parts of the castle e.g. the State Rooms on request, a private tour of the castle, and Spa treatments can also been arranged (additional charges apply). 

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Living Space

Reception rooms

Each individual apartment has its own reception area with sofas and a television. 

Apartment 1: formerly the castle laundry, this is now a luxury 2 bedroom apartment across a cobbled courtyard from the castle

Apartment 2: in the south-wing of the castle, a cosy one-bedroom apartment

Apartment 3: formerly the castle's nurseries, now provide guests with comfortable accommodation in three bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms. 

Apartment 4: a one-bedroom apartment featuring an original kitchen range in the open-plan kitchen/sitting room

Apartment 5: formerly the castle sculleries, now a one bedroom apartment

Whilst guests can chose to enjoy a few meals alone given each apartment has its own kitchen and sitting room, groups can convene at mealtimes to cook and eat together in the Victorian Kitchen which can accommodate up to 18 guests comfortably around a large central table. 

Kitchen / Dining

The Victorian Kitchen was still used as the castle’s main kitchen until the end of WWII. The original kitchen range and vaulted ceiling are the room’s key features. It can seat all 18 guests on a large central table. Just off this room is the servery which has a dishwasher, fridge, hob and oven along with all crockery, cutlery, glassware and kitchenware.

Each individual apartment has a dining table large enough to seat the occupants of that apartment and all have a full kitchen with fridge/freezer, oven and hob, dishwasher and all crockery, cutlery, glassware and kitchenware.

*Breakfast & grocery hampers available on request - additional charges apply.

  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Play area, outdoor, childrens
  • Oven & Hob
  • Complimentaries, pass to castle
  • Breakfast Hampers*
  • Communal cooking and dining
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Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 18

This property can accommodate a group of 18 adults in 9 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.

Apartment 1: Courtyard
Bedroom 1: King size bed with en-suite shower room
Bedroom 2: Super-king or Twin with en-suite bathroom

Apartment 2: South-wing
Bedroom 3: King size bed with en-suite bathroom

Apartment 3: Nurseries
Bedroom 4: Super-king size bed with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 5: King-size with en-suite shower room
Bedroom 6: Queen size bed with private bathroom

Apartment 4:
Bedroom 7:Super-king or Twin with en-suite bathroom

Apartment 5: Sculleries
Bedroom 8: Super-king or Twin with shared bathroom
Bedroom 9: Double bed with shared bathroom

  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Private Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Super King Double/twin Room/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Super King Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 2 King Size Double/twin With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 King Size Double Bedroom With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Super King Double Or Twin With Shared Bathroom
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Grounds & Surrounds

Outdoor Children’s play area, extensive grounds for walking, complimentary passes to the castle

The nearest town of Lauder has several eateries and independent shops to explore and just 20 minutes’ drive away is the larger town of Melrose which again has many independent shops and restaurants. The Scottish Borders has a wealth of places to visit including other historic houses, four abbeys, textile mills and even a whisky distillery at Hawick. The Tweed Valley is renowned for its mountain biking facilities and there are also many opportunities for walking and horse riding throughout the Borders. Edinburgh is around 45 minutes’ drive from the castle.

What We Love ...

- its magnificent exterior; it's got the Bavarian Neuschwanstein Castle look which Disney modelled for its Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty stories 

- that groups can enjoy some private downtime in the privacy of their own self contained contemporary apartments

- the impressive State Drawing and Dining rooms; these entertainment spaces were built for Kings and Queens


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Bed linen, towels, WiFi, electricity, water and central heating.

Notes & Warnings

Apartment 1 has level access from the castle gardens. All other apartments are accessed by a flight of stairs. Level access via a ramp can be provided on request to Victorian Kitchen, Apartments 2, 4, and 5.

The castle can supply cots & highchairs. Please make sure you request these so the owner is aware of your requirements.

Dogs are welcomed in the main living areas of each apartment. Please see our Pet policy for further information

All wedding enquiries must be discussed and brought to the attention of the owner prior to booking, additional state rooms can be hired within the castle and a marquee can be erected in the grounds, please enquire for further charges.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.


Nestled at the foot of the Eildon Hills under the brow of the Three Peaks, in the valley of the river Tweed, the attractive town of Melrose is a lovely holiday spot. The distinctive landmark of the peaks carry a rich history; an ancient settlement, the Trimontium Fort has been located in this area since about 79AD, and you can learn more in the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre. The town is home to two beautiful National Trust for Scotland walled gardens, Priorwood and Harmony, both fantastic floral displays overlooking the Abbey grounds. The magnificent and grand scale Abbey was ruined by the English in the 14th Century. The Abbey is said to have interred the heart of Robert the Bruce. Nearby Abbotsford is the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott. The house is set in a beautiful location on the river Tweed, and represents the Romantic Movement that Sir Walter Scott created. 


The Borders region of Scotland, offering spectacular sceneries and beautiful towns and villages, is the ideal destination for visitors. The historic county of Roxburghshire borders England to the south, and is a welcoming gateway to Scotland. The area is attractive to walkers and cyclists thanks to its sweeping hills and valley landscapes. With the rivers Tweed and Teviot running through the county, fishing is within easy reach, and the Tweed particularly is famed for its salmon. An excellent number of golf courses can be found in the area too.  The largest town, Hawick is renowned for its textile industry, in particular knitwear, and the town’s shopping centre is testament to this. For visitors in the months of May and June, the town is also the starting point of a fantastic celebration of local history, the Border Common Ridings celebrated across the towns of the Borders.  At Melrose, on the river Tweed, you can find Abbotsford, the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, a lasting monument of its owners life and achievements. Kelso, at the junction of the rivers Teviot and Tweed, also boasts its own abbey ruins, and set nearby is the magnificent Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Jedburgh, can be found just 10 miles from the English border, and its proximity to England has provided it with a rich history of national battles, and it too is home to a fascinating ruined abbey. For those looking for city life, then Edinburgh and all its attractions are only one hour away.

Scottish Borders

Popular as a short break destination, the Scottish Borders offer peace and tranquillity in the beautiful landscapes, and traditional towns and villages. Behind the scenes, the Borders tell of a turbulent history; there is much to learn of the Scottish wars from this area. Fishing, golf, walking and cycling can be found in abundance, so make sure you see the best of the region!

Southern Scotland

Stretching across the border with England, and reaching up to the central belt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Southern Scotland region is a popular location for short break holidays. Although you may not find the monumental mountain ranges of the Highlands, don’t think that this region lacks the traditional Scottish landscapes. The famous 7Stanes mountain biking routes can be found across the Border counties and Dumfries and Galloway, as there is an abundance of hills, glens and forests to challenge even experienced bikers. The region has plenty of fishing opportunities too, most popular perhaps is the River Tweed, well known for its salmon, and miles of coastline, ideal for walking and bird spotting. Golf can be found in abundance in this area too. For gentler activities, visit the Four Borders Abbeys, magnificent tributes to the religious history of the area, at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.   

Area Melrose Type of location Private Estate Nearest shop Under a miles Nearest supermarket 11 miles Nearest pub Under a miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh 34 miles


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