Read the latest about what’s happening at Carlowrie Castle.
Carlowrie Castle. Saving the planet, one tree at a time!2nd September 2018
The Carlowrie Estate is being transformed. Our 32 acres will soon be the home of thousands of new trees and plants as we embark on an ambitious carbon offsetting program.
The plan will enrich the estate with a diverse wealth of tree stock including statement trees such as Monkey Puzzle Trees and Birches, more formal trees such as bay and olive, and enchanting soft fruit trees. Smaller and more manicured varieties of tree will be planted closer to the castle building.
The trees will not only serve an important environmental purpose but also an aesthetic and edible one too. Soon you will be able to walk up to the front door in a haze of lavender and admire creative topiary in the walled garden. You will also be able to enjoy the (literal) fruits of our labours during your stay, not to mention exceptional photo opportunities in front of our fruit trees, whether they are in delicate blossom or laden with fruit.
Given that the castle’s former and illustrious owners include a renowned botanist, Isobel Wylie Hutchison, and Robert Hutchison, an expert in arboriculture, this project is a wonderful opportunity to plant for the future while honouring the past.
Are you on our list?8th August 2018
As you may have noticed, change is in the air at Carlowrie Castle this year.
Don’t worry – the bits you love are still very much in evidence, but we have some exciting new additions to the Carlowrie Castle and Estate coming up.
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You know what they say: “When you’re on the cover of China’s most prestigious travel magazine…”20th July 2018
Did we mention that there was a glossy 8-page spread inside too?
But in all seriousness, we are thrilled to have been featured and look forward to welcoming anyone who discovers the castle through the feature.
In the meantime, maybe we’ll crack open a bottle or five of champagne and congratulate ourselves.
Explore Our History: Celebrating the past12th June 2018
Carlowrie Castle has everything: a world-class art collection, Nespresso machines and roll-top baths in every room, an award-winning chef, stunning gardens, the best parties in Scotland…
The castle also has a fascinating history.
Working in partnership with Craft Design House, we are developing an exclusive collection of homeware and accessories and an innovative program of experiences by leading Scottish designers and makers. These will provide a stylish, unique and interactive interpretation of Carlowrie Castle’s history and the story of its most intriguing inhabitant, Isobel Wylie Hutchison.
>Born at Carlowrie in 1889, Isobel was a pioneering Arctic explorer, botanist, writer, artist, polyglot (she spoke over eight languages fluently) and one of the world’s first documentary filmmaker, capturing extraordinary footage of the native peoples she encountered as they went about their daily lives.
Isobel made her first expedition in 1924 to Iceland, and later travelled to Greenland, the Arctic, Alaska, Canada and the Aleutian Islands. In 1934 she became the first woman to receive the prestigious Mungo Park Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. It was presented to her by the future King George VI.
Isobel sent back thousands of botanical specimens to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and Edinburgh and was responsible for planting and nurturing much of the garden at Carlowrie Castle. By the 1950s Isobel had slowed down somewhat, but still embarked on ‘strolls’ from Carlowrie to London and John O’Groats, gave lectures and wrote papers about her experiences, including for the National Geographic.
When Isobel passed away in 1982 the Hutchison line ended and the castle went on the market for the first time. It was bought by the Marshall family who own it to this day.
The collection will be launching in October 2018.
Additional accommodation coming soon!9th May 2018
Following an extensive renovation, the gate lodge at Carlowrie Castle is finally coming together. We are also going in for planning for 8 double bedrooms in our stable block, seen in the photo.
Like all good Scottish estates, Carlowrie comes with its fair share of outbuildings, some large, some small, some contemporary, some later additions. Set a few minutes’ stroll from the castle, the lodge has privacy, the luxurious interiors you would expect from a Carlowrie property, and architectural significance, having been designed by the same prestigious architect as the castle, all rolled up into a spacious yet cosy chocolate-box-perfect lodge.
The lodge comprises three double bedrooms and two smaller rooms ideal for children, with a large communal area and kitchen facilities. It marks a substantial increase in the accommodation capacity of the castle.
The gate lodge will be ready to welcome its first guests in September.