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  • Spotlight on mental health at our Isobel Award ceremony

    10th June 2024

    At our sixth annual Isobel Award ceremony we had the privilege of celebrating a wonderful charity that goes above and beyond to support children with their mental health.

    That charity, and this year’s winner of The Isobel Award, is With Kids.

    The Isobel Award honours the legacy of renowned botanist, explorer and author, Isobel Wylie Hutchison, who defied convention in the 1900s and chose a life of solo adventures, community giving, and endless wonder for the natural world. Carlowrie Castle was Isobel’s family home and the place she would return to after each of her adventures.

    Each year Carlowrie Castle presents The Isobel Award to an individual or group who has overcome adversity and made a positive impact on their community. The award includes a grant towards their work and a year of dedicated support from our team.

    This year’s event had a focus on mental wellbeing and joining us as our guest speaker was TV personality and mental health advocate, Gail Porter. Gail shared her honest and raw experience with her own mental health in a moving and memorable speech.

    With Kids is a small charity that provides crucial mental health support to children and their families during difficult times. They work closely with communities, schools, and other agencies to foster healthy development, ensuring children can grow up to be happy and healthy adults. We look forward to supporting their work throughout the coming year.

  • First Castle in the World to Receive B Corp Certification

    20th May 2024

    We are over the moon to become the first castle in the world to be awarded B Corp Certification, perfectly in time to celebrate our 10th year in business.

    B Corp Certification is awarded to businesses that are able to demonstrate and maintain exceptionally high standards of socially and environmentally conscious practices. We now stand alongside international companies such as Patagonia, TOMS and Aesop who have all received the coveted Certification for putting people and planet before profit.

    Andrew Marshall, CEO said: “In an age where businesses and consumers are seeing the importance of putting social and environmental issues above everything else, becoming B Corp Certified this month after 10 years of trading, is an excellent way to show our customers our lasting commitment to doing good by people and planet.”

    Companies from around the world already use the castle for corporate retreats and events, and now we are excited to welcome even more like minded socially and environmentally conscious businesses through our doors in the wake of this announcement.

    “When our guests come to Carlowrie Castle, whether that be for a business conference, a wedding, an exclusive-use party, a community event, or a private stay, they know that they are supporting us on our mission for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy,” Andrew continued.

    To attain B Corp Certification, we had to undergo a comprehensive and rigorous process to measure our entire social and environmental performance. From supply chain and input materials to charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification verifies that a business is meeting high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. All B Corp businesses are manually assessed and audited every three years to ensure they maintain these high standards.

    Chris Turner, executive director of B Lab UK, said: “Welcoming Carlowrie Castle to the B Corp community is hugely exciting. Its commitment to doing business differently will be an inspiration to others and will help spread the notion that success in business is as much about people and planet as it is profit.”

    Keith Taylor, Operations Director said: “Giving back to the environment and our community has long been an important part of what we do at Carlowrie Castle, but achieving this Certification has pushed us to do even more. It is a deliberately difficult Certification to attain which means it is held only by businesses who are truly passionate about environmental and social wellbeing. We’re immensely proud to be joining a group of like-minded businesses who share our commitment.”

  • The Breakfast Bothy Fundraiser

    20th April 2024

    Do you know we run a charity? The Breakfast Bothy is a bright yellow former police box located near The Meadows in central Edinburgh. It was opened by the team at Carlowrie Castle in 2020 with a simple idea in mind: to provide a hot drink and breakfast to those who are homeless or otherwise unable to provide for themselves.

    The Breakfast Bothy has created a safe community providing services, friendship and purpose. To further support our community, we are opening a charity shop which will not only provide funds to keep The Breakfast Bothy running but will be a community hub for our guests.

    On the 19th April, 40 volunteers from Carlowrie braved the cold (2 degrees to be exact) and spent the night outside, in the grounds of the castle, to raise the final funds in order to make this happen.

    Throughout the evening we heard from our guest speaker Walter DeForest, who shared his experience of homelessness and how that introduced him to art. He is now an artist and holds the record for the highest number of portraits created in 12 hours.

    A huge thank you to everyone who donated, participated and supported us in helping raise over £11,000 towards setting up the community hub and charity shop, The Bothy Boutique.

  • Wedded Bliss at Carlowrie

    16th March 2024

    At the end of last month we welcomed many couples to our wedding open day. In a day filled with music and entertainment, delicious canapés, sweet treats, many glasses of fizz, excited chatter, and some beautiful sunshine, we showcased all the wonderful things that Carlowrie Castle has to offer.

    The wedding open day gave couples the opportunity to explore the castle, meet our vendors, and picture themselves walking down the aisle in this beautiful location. Our superb team and over 30 of Scotland’s leading wedding suppliers were on hand to help our guests plan their dream day. From flower arrangements and cake design, to invitations, entertainment, and so much more, our wedding vendors truly are the best in the business in our opinion. To top it all off, each of our guests received a goodie bag from the team at Harvey Nichols.

    For anyone who missed out on attending our open day, rest assured that we host private tastings and tours of the castle throughout the year. Get in touch if you would like to book your visit and we would be delighted to show you around and help you plan your big day.

  • A Burst of Carlowrie Colour

    8th February 2024

    A warm welcome to Eranthis Hyemalis, otherwise known as Winter Aconite. A charming early Spring flower known for its small, bright yellow cup-shaped flowers and glossy green foliage. The first flowers to emerge in the Castle gardens after Winter are a welcome sight and the promise of the arrival of Spring.

    January and February is a time of reflection, goal setting and team training ensuring we are ready to tackle the year ahead. Our Garden Team plays a major part in this process. Winter is a crucial time for garden maintenance and preparation, even though plant growth may slow down or stop altogether, there is plenty to be done. From removing dead plant material and pruning to mulching, Winter sowing and companion planting, Alex and her team are always one step ahead and with one with goal in mind – ensuring every inch of the estate has the WOW factor for our Carlowrie Couples, Special Celebrations and Corporate Getaways.

    As we move swiftly into Spring the Castle grounds will see the arrival of Hellebores, Hamamelis and Orange Beauty providing an array of colour and elegance everywhere you look.

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