Borthwick Castle, Midlothian, Scotland
Historic Borthwick Castle, Midlothian, built in 1430 and the final home of Mary Queen of Scots before her arrest and execution, has been transformed from a tired, shabby hotel clad in plasterboard and carpet tiles into an exclusive luxury destination which combines newly revealed historic grandeur with the best in contemporary luxury thanks to a landmark 18-month interior design project by specialist interior designer Melanie Brown of North East England-based Design Direction Ltd.
Built in the 15th Century by Sir William de Borthwick, a Scottish ambassador to England and a renowned member of Scotland’s ancient Borthwick family, Borthwick Castle is said to be the finest keep in Scotland. Working alongside the owners and specialist historians, Melanie created an outstanding luxury retreat for Borthwick’s new generation of discerning guests who can now hire the castle for private holidays, special events and weddings. The castle now comprises 10 magnificent bedrooms, imposing yet intimate dining and drawing rooms, historic halls and staircases which combine the highest quality contemporary luxury with the castle’s magnificent history.
Borthwick is now a major talking point in the luxury destination market, set apart from other venues by its rich history combined with the quality and exclusivity of its finishes created specifically for this project by Melanie’s worldwide network of artisan makers.