Thirlestane Castle announces its post-lockdown plans
THIRLESTANE CASTLE WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO THE DAY VISITOR THIS YEAR BUT PREPARES TO OPEN DOORS OF IT’S LUXURY ACCOMMODATION FROM JULY, WITH A RANGE OF NEW GUEST EXPERIENCES ON OFFER
Thirlestane Castle in Lauder, one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland, has taken the decision to remain closed to the day visitor for the rest of this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The castle is however, preparing to re-open the doors to its five self-catering apartments later this summer, in line with the government’s Route Map - Phase 3, and new social distancing and cleaning measures will be in place for the safety of all.
Guests can select from one, two and three bedroomed apartments, which can be booked either individually or by a group of up to sixteen people, making Thirlestane the perfect post lockdown haven for both couples and families.
Each self-contained apartment has its own kitchen, bathroom and living space, and all are uniquely decorated and finished to a 5-star standard with exceptional views of the parkland, which guests can safely explore within the seclusion of the estate.
Guests can either self-cater or choose to be catered for, from a selection of award-winning caterers, in the castle’s Victorian Kitchen or in one of the State Rooms, meaning they don’t need to set a foot outside. There will be a new delivery menu on offer where guests can select from, a range of home cooked meals, breakfast platters and picnic hampers - all provided by local businesses. Guests can also select wine from the castle’s Wine Cellar. Other experiences on offer will include, cocktail deliveries, a range of lawn games and craft packs for children.
Staff are being trained in new measures to protect both themselves and guests, including self-check in services and enhanced hygiene and cleaning procedures.
Plans are being made for the Castle and Grounds to reopen to the day visitor in May 2021.
Edward Maitland-Carew, Thirlestane Castle Trustee said,
‘With so much uncertainty and having weighed up all our options, it is with great sadness that we have had to make the very difficult decision to not open the castle to the day visitor this year. These are challenging times for museums like Thirlestane Castle who rely so heavily on visitor income to preserve the castle and its collections. We are however, still intending to open the self-catering accommodation later in the year as part of Phase 3 and are looking forward to welcoming guests back here to stay in these wonderful apartments’