Spectacular historic medieval Scottish castle | Braidwood Castle - Braidwood Castle, Braidwood, near Carluke
Beamed living room with ornate painted ceiling | Braidwood Castle - Braidwood Castle, Braidwood, near Carluke
  • Cottage
  • Braidwood, near Carluke
  • UK10672

Braidwood Castle - Braidwood Castle

8.9

out of 10

  • 5

  • 3

  • 2

  • 2

Pets stay free
Car parking on site
Enclosed Garden / Patio
Pub within 1 mile

Enjoy a stay at this magnificent restored tower, awash with history, which boasts a majestic great hall and is set over four floors.

Ground Floor:
Step to entrance.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, vaulted ceiling and flagstone floor.
Separate toilet.
Very steep and narrow stairs with deep treads to...

First Floor:
Great hall: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
Very steep and narrow stairs with deep treads to...

Second Floor:
Bedroom 1: With single bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
Very steep and narrow stairs with deep treads to...

Third Floor:
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and vaulted ceiling.
Very steep and narrow steps with deep treads to...

Fourth Floor:
Bedroom 3 (accessed via short external gantry/walkway): With double bed, door leading to external gantry/walkway and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.

Enclosed garden with garden furniture. 1½-acre natural grounds with lawned area and orchard (shared with Orchard Cottage at Braidwood Castle ref UK10671). Private parking for 2 cars. Please note: The headroom is low from the stairs onto each floor level of the property. There is a fenced stream in the garden 20 yards away.

This is an extraordinary place, merging the history of a 500-year-old building with contemporary, high-end comforts. It is like time travelling, but Braidwood Castle also offers Wi-Fi, a dishwasher and a fabulous en-suite master bedroom right at the top of the tower. Braidwood Castle is in a class of its own, a rare gem owned by the same family for 350 years, but however tempting it sounds, please be aware that the stairs are steep and narrow, and a stay here would not be advisable if you would usually prefer to take the lift! Orchard Cottage set beside the tower (ref UK10671, sleeping 2) would be a more suitable choice.
Set in the lovely Clyde Valley and also known as Hallbar Tower, Braidwood Castle has a venerable history, being built around 1581 as a fortified tower to protect the Douglas family and neighbours from Border Reivers, and it still is a refuge of peace today. The tower was restored with enormous care and attention to authentic historical detail throughout this ancient building, and the great hall has a unique, painted ceiling.
The somewhat austere exterior has crow-step gables, narrow windows and an external parapet walkway with fantastic views over the Braidwood Burn and the surrounding countryside. The tower was designed, of course, for that very purpose of giving early warning of unwelcome visitors!
Very effective electric central heating helps maintain this ancient stone building and is very cosy for visitors too. A steep stone staircase with deep treads, built within the 1.5-metre exterior wall, connects each floor with the kitchen/dining room and a toilet on the ground floor. The kitchen/dining room has a stone floor, a barrel-vaulted ceiling and is fully equipped. On the next floor is the great hall, which has a low (5ft 6in) doorway, a huge original fireplace with a wood burner and it is beautifully furnished with period oak furniture and lovely fabrics. The painted ceiling shows heraldic motifs, flowers and beasts of the forest, reflecting the fact that hunting was an everyday pursuit 500 years ago. Just imagine an evening in the peace and warmth of this special room, then going up onto the battlements to look at the moon and stars. The bedrooms are on the next three floors, and include a pretty single room and well-appointed bathroom above the great hall. There is also a spacious twin bedroom with a wash hand basin, period furnishings and a vaulted ceiling. Finally, the master bedroom, at the top of the tower, is reached by going out onto the parapet walkway; it has a good sized shower room and lovely period furnishings.
The surrounding enclosed 1½-acre grounds comprise native woodland, and an orchard with a seating area which is shared with guests in Orchard Cottage. A walk leads to the River Clyde directly from the grounds. The central location of this historic tower house enables easy access to some wonderful countryside in the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve just north of Lanark, 5 miles, where there are way marked trails to explore, while at the UNESCO New Lanark World Heritage Centre on the magnificent Falls of Clyde, you can discover how life was lived at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Youngsters will love a visit to the Clyde Valley Family Park close by, or enjoy a day in Glasgow which is very easy by train from Carluke. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.
Braidwood Castle can be booked together with Orchard Cottage at Braidwood Castle (ref UK10671) to accommodate up to 7 guests.

Awards

  • Customers' Choice 2021

Features

Cot Available

Dishwasher

Enclosed garden or patio

Garden or Patio

Golf nearby

Grouped Property

Highchair Available

Historical Property

Open Fire or Woodburner

Parking - On Site

Pets Allowed

Pets Free of Charge

Pub Within 1 Mile

Shower Cubicle

Unique Cottages

Washing Machine

Welcome Pack

Woodburning Stove

Location

Good to know

Check in and check out times

  • Arrive after 15:00
  • Depart before 10:00

Pets

  • 2 pets allowed

Car parking

  • On-site

What's included?

  • Electricity
  • Bed linen
  • Towels

Smoking

  • No smoking, please

Overall holiday experience

Based on 22 reviews

8.9

out of 10

Value for money

8.7

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort and Equipment

8.6

Location

9

Local amenities

8.3

Overall rating

8.9

Andy

  • Doncaster

  • Family

8

out of 10

Exstrdanr place to stay. Only thing is the stairs are a bit dangerous.but if you take your time on them you will be fine.bit steep if you have a big dog like we have

2 Oct 2022

Vivian

  • Edinburgh

  • Family

9

out of 10

What a unique and magical experience staying in this beautiful, historic tower. After first day we got used to the stairs and realised it was best to carry our things up and downstairs in backpack, as saved additional trips and also freed up our hands to hold rail and carry our wee dogs up and down. Amazing location with access to beautiful garden area and a large orchard. It was just fantastic to get out and about for walks to nearby locations such as the Falls of Clyde, a short drive away and then collect apples from the orchard to make apple pie before relaxing in front of log fire and playing board games, reading books, enjoying a port and toasting marshmallows. The kitchen is cosy and well equipped to make nice meals with the added bonus of dishwasher and fridge and freezer and a beautiful welcome basket full of Scottish foods/drinks. So much fun, back to basics in a way, while having all the modern facilities and equipment we required to make our stay at Braidwood Castle perfect. Bedding was spotless, clean and fresh and beds very comfortable, despite initially thinking they seemed very firm. Shower/bathroom facilities and heating all excellent and a huge supply of logs at hand for log burner. We stayed for 4 nights but next time I'd book it for a week. Would have just loved another couple of days to relax in the tower and the grounds. I came with my 75 year old mum and 25 year old daughter and our 2 dogs and it turned out to be a dream holiday for us all. My mum is very fit, I did consider coming with my uncle and giving him the bedroom on lower level but realise now he would have found it a challenge to even reach the lower floors to lounge and bedroom due to his poor mobility and balance so probably just as well he decided not to join us. Next time I may book the cottage as well as the tower as this would suit my uncle perfectly, giving him his own space on one level while allowing him to still participate in this magical experience and surroundings.

25 Sep 2022

Colin

  • London

9

out of 10

You get to stay in a mini-castle - the kids loved it!

6 Sep 2022

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