Cowlowrie. Welcome to the herd.04th October 2021
We have some new members of the Carlowrie team arriving this month from Perthshire.
Helping to keep the grass in the paddocks neat and tidy will be four new highland cows. We do of course have Florrie, our Highland cow sculpture, however these new beasts promise to be a lot more fun. We still need to find names for our cows and welcome any ideas – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carlowrie Gardens development04th July 2021
Behind everything at Carlowrie lies a story, our beautiful gardens are no exception. Tended by Isobel Wylie Hutchison throughout most of the 20th century, we are delighted to announce a programme of replanting and development.
We plan to reintroduce many of the plant species brought back to Scotland by Isobel, and enhance all of the beds with seasonal herbs and rotational flowering plants that will guarantee colour all year round. Butterfly and bee friendly beds should see plenty of activity in the warmer weather.
Our team are working around each area and replanting for spring when we can all enjoy the outdoors again.
Carlowrie Stables conversion project started.15th March 2021
We are very excited about our stables conversion project. The old stables building at the far end of the walled garden has planning permission to convert to 7 ensuite bedrooms each with their own access, meaning that we will have more accommodation for your guests to stay at the castle for your event.
The project was delayed due to the pandemic, but work has started now and is due for completion in spring 2022. Please keep an eye on this space for more updates and images as we progress.
Secret Rooms for Stimulating Stories11th February 2021
I’m sure you are aware of our famous former resident, Isobel Wylie Hutchison. Explorer, author, botanist and all round early 20th century Scottish legend. If not head to google and then come pay a visit to our latest room in the castle.
We locked local artist Kelly Stewart in the turret room on the top floor for a couple of weeks at the start of the year. Kelly has been inspired by Isobel’s story and produced the most beautiful 360 degree mural with snippets and tales of Isobel scattered around an arctic landscape.
It’s the perfect space to relax, reflect and take some time out from the hustle and bustle. Isobel’s own thoughts, copies of her publications and items from her life at Carlowrie are on show. For us, it’s a wonderful link to our past and a tale that needs to be told to generations to come.
Water of Life15th December 2020
Christmas posed an interesting question – What happens when you run out of whisky?
You get more whisky of course.
After the huge success of our initial Carlowrie Malt at the start of lockdown, we embarked on a strenuous research mission to find another, even more special drop of the amber nectar. After many late nights and much discussion (probably) our expert panel unanimously decided on a smooth and fruity Highland 12 year old. A quick trip back to the label design and a subtle tweak or two saw the bottling of our new baby, 12 year aged single Highland Malt.
Guaranteed to warm the coldest of Scottish winter evenings and melt the hardest hearts, this is one to be enjoyed with kith and kin.
For more details or orders, please contact us email@example.com . Now where’s the gin…?
Wining, dining and sunshining05th December 2020
We are very excited about our new property and vineyard in the Loire Valley, France. Purchased during lockdown to boost Carlowrie’s portfolio, progress has taken longer than we would have hoped but we now have some exciting visuals from our architects in Paris to share. Planning permission has been granted, and we have a team on site beginning renovations and refurbishment. We will update this page regularly as it all takes shape.
Set in 6 hectares of prime wine producing land, Domaine de la Citardiere lies 20 minutes south of Saumur. Easily reached from Paris in 4 hours, or Nantes international airport in an hour and a half, the vineyard is ideally placed to sample the region’s gastronomic and bibulous delights, as well as the rich history and charming towns of the surrounding area. La Citardiere will even supply Carlowrie’s own wines from 2022.
We can sleep up to 14 people, the estate and pool are guaranteed private for your group to relax and enjoy our famous Carlowrie hospitality in warmer climes. Domaine de la Citardiere has produced wines for hundreds of years, and the vines are currently looked after by Francois and Vanessa Martin who will be supplying the castle, and your guests with boutique organic Loire Valley wines.
Opening June 2022, we look forward to welcoming you with a glass of our very own crémant and fine French cuisine. Ideal for honeymoons, family stays and parties. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or interest.
Staycation 202007th August 2020
Staycation of a Lifetime
When life gives you lemons, go live in a castle. Trips abroad may not be an option this year, however we have something way better.
A truly one-off opportunity to have your own 9-bedroom luxury castle, a team of talented private chefs and welcoming hosts at your disposal. Tennis court, manicured gardens and 32 acres of complete relaxation and seclusion for an unbeatable 2-day experience just minutes from Scotland’s glorious capital city.
Arrive at the castle from 2pm to a welcome glass of fizz, check into your luxury bedroom and take some time to explore one of Scotland’s most unique castles. More than 90 pieces of carefully selected modern art grace the walls and grounds of this beautifully refurbished home.
Afternoon tea is served in the lounge, and our library bar is fully stocked with the finest malts, boutique Scottish gins and vintage champagnes should you require a pick me up after your journey. Relax in your own handmade roll top bath, before changing for drinks, canapes and a four-course dinner with accompanying wines, showcasing the best of Scotland’s seasonal larder and introduced by our head chef.
Coffee in the Marble lounge with selected malt whiskies provided by our sommelier, or a glass of fizz from the champagne bar are all included.
A choice of Full Scottish or continental breakfast, then the day is yours to explore with an individual picnic lunch prepared for you by our chefs.
We can recommend walks along the beach, or a wildlife-spotting boat trip on the river Forth from nearby South Queensferry. Fruit picking in neighbouring Craigie’s Farm and walk along the coast to Dalmeny. For some retail therapy, Edinburgh’s shops and sights are 30 minutes away, and we can arrange a personal shopping experience with a professional stylist.
Back to your castle for a more relaxed dinner, perhaps a barbecue, then a movie or games to round off a perfect stay.
Breakfast and a final walk around the estate, before check-out at 11.30am with a lifetime of memories.
We have limited availability over the next few months and expect this to be very popular. Our experience price is £9000 for a two day stay, inclusive of food, drink and board as above for up to 18 people. Extra nights and experiences can be added, please ask one of our team.
Covid 1913th April 2020
There is absolutely no doubt that this is a tragedy on a never seen before scale. The immediate effects on health, society and the economy are huge, the ramifications are immense and unfathomable. What felt like a bad dream is now a stark reality, and nobody can say how and when it will end. But it will end, and how we come out of this is up to us all.
Like every other individual and business in the country, and indeed the world, we have felt the effects hard at Carlowrie in what was shaping to be our busiest and most dynamic year. The majority of our team are on furlough and we are operating with a skeleton staff to keep the communication lines open, the castle safe and the bills paid.
We are focussing on the other side. Our business and our essence is that of togetherness and that is how we will get through this and come out stronger. Together we can share pain, help heal, socialise, motivate and inspire. We have regular calls and video chats (we love Zoom) with the team. We are looking at a whole new style of social media interaction including playlists, blogs and tales from the characters who make up our own wee family. We want to reach out to our suppliers, put together Q&A sessions for our clients, video tours of the castle. We want to remain excited, driven and even more together than before.
The Carlowrie crest that hangs above our front door translates from Latin into Be Mindful. We are and will remain. We will emerge brighter, better and ready to run. Don’t wait until the other side – call, email, zoom, write – be together with us now.
Flying high at Carlowrie08th April 2019
Falconry in our walled garden is just one of the unique experiences we offer guests. Get up close and personal with Hawks, Owls, Falcons, Kites and Eagles. Under our instructors watchful eye guests can handle and feed these incredible birds and enjoy a leisurely walk through the Estate as they fly high above.
Our 32 acre estate and stunning gardens are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, and don’t forget to make time afterwards for a mouthwatering afternoon tea in our delightful Piano Lounge or Orangery.
For more information on falconry or our selection of bespoke experiences please get in touch here
Carlowrie – your new flexible friend27th March 2019
After the rigours of the festive season we started the year at Carlowrie with our first yoga retreat, joined by a select few from around Scotland on the mats in the Orangery. A luxury weekend of spiritual development and higher consciousness, not to mention fine healthy food and drinks with guidance, massage and therapies provided by our expert partners at Sonoyoga.
It proved the perfect setting, a world away from the bustle of daily life, and an inspiring start to 2019. However wellbeing is not just for Christmas, so if you are interested in a wellness retreat, or even just a session or package to add in to your own event at Carlowrie, please get in touch.
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