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Timeless Castle

Chateau with 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms in Galawater and Lauderdale, Scotland

From £4,198 per week

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Chateau to rent in Galawater and Lauderdale, Scotland

Timeless Castle is a sixteenth-century majestic castle complete with turrets, towers and fairytale mystique, nestled within hundreds of acres of meadowy parkland just south of Edinburgh.

  • Chateau
  • Sleeps 16
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 8 Bathrooms

Chateau overview - owner's description

Timeless Castle is a sixteenth-century majestic castle complete with turrets, towers and fairytale mystique, nestled within hundreds of acres of meadowy parkland just south of Edinburgh.

One of the seven “Great Houses in Scotland,” this magnificent home, formerly home to the Duke of Lauderdale, is still the Maitland family home and contains unrivalled seventeenth-century plasterwork, ceilings and a collection of Edwardian and Victorian toys. Timeless Castle is one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland.

Through a long and sweeping drive, framed by mysterious woodland and expansive, elegant lawns, visitors will pause to draw breath at this grand and dramatic vision: majestic, commanding and wonderfully romantic, guests will imbibe a preserved oasis of history, style and opulence, dripping with ornate architecture and lavish interiors.

The wider castle has a series of function rooms, tea rooms, gift shop, and public guided tours. The flamboyant South Wing offers sumptuous, private accommodation comprising of a series of lavish and cosy apartments. These four stunning apartments provide a selection of two and three bedroom self-contained and self-catering holiday homes, ideal for guests travelling in tandem, extended families or groups.

These charismatic and luxurious apartments are often booked in conjunction with an event or celebration, alongside one of the function rooms, but can equally offer an elegant little bolthole from which families can enjoy and explore all the Scottish Borders have to offer.

Immaculately executed, the apartments offer airy, gorgeously decorated accommodation with breath-taking views across rolling parkland. Luxurious, these homes feature original fireplaces, ornate and antique furnishings and irresistibly tactile fabrics - whether theses be silk printed cushions or warm tartans with a nod to the local industry.

Unapologetically indulgent, these enchanting homes offer cosy, inviting, yet opulent spaces for a family or group to enjoy an ideal blend of privacy and group access. With pretty florals, oil paintings, atmospheric touches such as porcelain accessories, pale jade tones or dusty pinks, guests will enjoy the impeccable comfort provided, the independence of being able to self-cater, along with all the additional services available - the best of the hotel experience within a private rental set-up!

Tranquil, secluded, and in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders, close to the winding river Leader, Timeless Castle is an unparalleled spot of raw and rugged beauty, as well as indulgently ornate historical style.

Visitors can enjoy the privacy of the apartments, as well as the acres of tranquil and varied woodland and parkland, along with access to the grand state rooms comprising decorative plasterwork ceilings, an extensive family collection of portraits and busts, elegant furnishings and family treasures.

The apartments at Timeless Castle, finessed with panache and graceful recognition to the surroundings, nonetheless offer every contemporary comfort for self-catering as a family; these apartments provide a “home within a home” experience: beautiful, majestic and sumptuous rooms, within the most enchanting and movie-set worthy backdrop!

There is a caravan park on the estate, cobbled courtyard, vaulted cellars and array of reception rooms for large formal events or small and intimate celebrations.

This lavish, extravagant home creates a dreamy silhouette: its delicate spires and towers fused with a sense of history and theatrical brilliance, carried down generations, are a romantic sight, glowing in the rose pink sandstone exterior. Guests can absorb a preserved slice of history, while enjoying luxuriously finished and fully modernised independent accommodation, for the best of both worlds!


The castle comprises of 4 private apartments that offer 9 en-suite bedroom, accomodating up to 16 guests.
Apartment 1 | Maitland
This luxury two-bedroom apartment off the castle's cobbled courtyard sleeps four people in what was once the castle's laundries

Apartment 2 | Lauderdale
Our one-bedroom apartment in the castle's South Wing that is available for the perfect relaxing break

Apartment 3 | The Earl & Countess's Rooms
It has three-bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms and is in what was once the castle's nurseries and offers beautiful views over the parkland.

Apartment 4 | Glenburnie
A one-bedroom apartment which features an original kitchen range in the open-plan kitchen/sitting room.

Guests will have access to the Victoria Kitchen which can seat up to 18 guests, so the whole party can dine together.
For private dining we have the following spaces available for groups staying in the apartments:
- State Dining Room - £1000 per 24-hours venue hire
- State Dining Room and State Drawing Room - £1800 per 24-hours venue hire


Timeless Castle is nestled close to the river Leader, just outside the pretty market town of Lauder. Lauder is on the western edge of the Lammermuir Hills, only thirty-five minutes south of Edinburgh. Keen walkers will be delighted to discover the Southern Upland Way actually crosses the estate.

This bustling town has an attractive centre and ample historical interest. One of the best ways to discover the town and learn about local history is to explore the Lauder Town Trail. This fascinating town trail is approximately two kilometres long and takes about an hour to complete. Lauder has a renowned summer festival, that draws an international crowd each year.

This region is popular with walkers as the Southern Upland Way long distance route passes by the town

The Scottish Borders are rich with history, offering a glut of stately homes, castles and historical sights. Priorwood Garden is cared for by the National Trust for Scotland and provides a lovely walled garden in the ancient precinct of Melrose Abbey - ideal for a picnic or a stroll in the summer months. Mellerstain House and Gardens is voted one of Britain's best stately homes by the Telegraph and offers wonderful, sedate gardens and tea rooms.

Worth a visit, Abbotsford is the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, nineteenth-century novelist and poet.

For golfers, The Lauder golf course has a nine-hole course with beautiful views.

Whether it be walking or cycling, this region is rich with opportunity, whilst Liamar Horse Hire is a small family-run business offering waggon rides from the village of Pencaitland in East Lothian, or keen equestrians will find multiple stables for trekking and riding.

The Scottish Borders are known for their textiles; the region offers tours of local mills, where visitors can observe the production of the gorgeous tartans and tweeds that the region is famous worldwide for, and will be able to pick up an excellently priced souvenir!


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Updated 14 February 2019

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 20 February 2019 - 14 February 2022: the minimum stay is 3 nights.



  • Refundable Breakage Deposit

    £1,000.00 per booking, paid locally



8 bedrooms, Sleeps 16


8 bathrooms