Borthwick Castle

(8 reviews) 8 5
North Middleton Gorebridge Midlothian Lothian & Borders EH23 4QY
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About Borthwick Castle

North Middleton, Gorebridge, Midlothian
Lothian & Borders, EH23 4QY

Luxuriously romantic, Borthwick Castle is nestled within the beautiful landscape of the Scottish border hills providing a truly spectacular setting for your perfect wedding experience. 600 years of dramatic Scottish history await you and your guests, providing a magical backdrop for your special occasion. Borthwick Castle will be exclusively yours; from the majestic principal rooms to the ten elegant bedchambers scattered throughout the castle and accessed via the fairy-tale spiralling staircases, our delightful Crookston Cottage which accommodates an additional four guests and finally our luxurious and private Gatehouse - the perfect retreat for the newlyweds to unwind at the end of an unforgettable day. Each one of the 12 uniquely designed bedchambers comes paired with an en-suite bathroom, and are designed to o­ffer guests a relaxing and indulgent experience.

The surrounding grounds within the Castle walls set the ideal scene for summer drinks, barbecues and activities as well as providing stunning views and numerous photo opportunities. The magnificent Great Hall, Garrison and Stateroom are all licensed for religious, humanist and civil ceremonies and partnerships or, if you prefer, we can assist you in booking Borthwick Church which is situated next to the Castle gates. The Castle can accommodate up to 85 guests for your Wedding.

Our friendly team will ensure all your guests are warmly greeted as they arrive at the Castle.  They can enjoy the stunning surroundings, sip a glass of champagne and meet new friends and old before the ceremony begins.  All our brides are given a room where they can make final preparations before their entrance into the ceremony room. Once the formalities are complete everyone can relax and enjoy the very best of Scottish hospitality; dining, dancing and creating wonderful memories.

After a truly magnificent wedding, you and your guests who are spending the night at the Castle can relax and unwind with a wee dram in front of the fire before heading off to your gorgeous bedrooms which have been prepared with a turndown service by our housekeeping team.  The following morning you can have a leisurely start by enjoying a delicious full Scottish Breakfast in the Great Hall and reliving the highlights of your fantastic wedding day.

We understand that every wedding is unique and we will work with you to ensure your day is designed to suit your exact requirements. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be on hand every step of the way to assist in booking any additional requirements you may have and ensuring your wedding is truly unforgettable.  We will be able to assist and advise you on booking any additional requirements for your event from a lone piper to a full Ceilidh Band; garden games and a summer marquee, to floral decorations and bouquets. We can also help you to book any additional accommodation required for your guests and organise your transfers to and from the Castle. We will ensure that you really can relax and enjoy your special occasion!

• Set within scenic countryside yet just half an hour from Edinburgh • Stunning Castle built in 1430 with over 600 years of history to tell • Refurbished to a luxuriously high 5 star standard • The whole castle is exclusively yours including three principal rooms and 12 bedchambers • Licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships • The castle can accommodate up to 85 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast

Facilities at Borthwick Castle

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

Borthwick Castle Reviews (8)

Perfect Venue
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By Tyler and Aurelie, on 16 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 25 Aug 2019

What can we say about a wedding at Borthwick? It was perfect. We had almost no ideas when we set out to plan the wedding. Or a million ideas and nothing concrete. The moment we stepped inside Borthwick - the first venue on a list of many we were going to visit - we knew we’d get married there. We wanted a medieval castle that somehow both felt like a castle and like a luxury hotel; modern in the ways that mattered, but castle-y in every other possible way. Borthwick met that goal and then went way beyond it. The dining hall is spectacular. The ceremony space is gorgeous. Spending time on the lawn outside makes you feel like you’re in some kind of fantasy show. And what could we say to do justice to the service? Our coordinator at the castle - Amy - was simply flawless. Not only did she handle almost a year’s worth of our constant questioning and requests with absolute aplomb, but when there were issues on the day of the wedding, she would come to us with a solution already worked out. Amy is one of the most professional and capable people I have worked with in any capacity and we could not recommend her enough. We could go on. In the interest of space, we’ll just add that the chef’s team was absolutely phenomenal. We had *highly* bespoke requests and fantasized about a Michelin-quality dinner for our wedding. They delivered, and then some. Ten out of ten. Eleven out of ten, even! Absolutely fantastic job by everyone at Borthwick and we could not recommend them more strongly.

Stunning location, incredible team
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By Chris & Carrie Ninnes, on 17 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Jun 2019

We got married at Borthwick in June 2019. It's a beautiful setting, inside and out, but the staff really put it above any other venue I've attended or worked at. From planning the wedding through to the execution and follow up, they were willing to help out with any and all tasks and provided an impeccable level of service, while simultaneously being amazingly accommodating. They even helped us get everyone home at the end of the night when the coach didn't turn up, including ferrying people in their own cars. The castle and its grounds are the perfect wedding venue - with the three-tier setup of the Garrison, State Room, Great Hall and Lawn, there are separate spaces for each element of the day which keeps things flowing and minimises setup stress. This was aided by every member of staff being polite, helpful and excellent at managing the guests. Decor in both the reception and bedrooms is stunning. The food is exceptional, the drinks selection excellent and both chef and catering manager very knowledgeable and accommodating. We had a selection of dietary requirements, all of which were taken in their stride, and they even created unique end-of-night food based on the story of our engagement. We genuinely couldn't have asked for a better experience, thank you.

Best Wedding Venue
Venue Service

By Elaine & Martin Killick, on 17 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 10 Jun 2019

We got married at Borthwick 10th June 2019. The most special day in a breathtaking stunning perfect castle. Yvonne the wedding coordinator was incredible. Yvonne sorted everything for us from Flowers to wedding favours, She organised the Kilt Company to visit whilst we were there visiting the castle before. The cake and more. The food at the castle was first class, we all over indulged. the staff were wonderful so friendly and helpful. Our family and friends were all blown away with the wedding at the castle.

Superb wedding venue!!!
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By Shruti & Adnan Amjad, on 17 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 12 Jan 2019

In the moments we drove up from the church to our first step in the main hall, we knew Borthwick Castle was the place we wanted to get married. The venue offered us the elegance, authenticity and intimacy we wanted for our wedding day. Each room is breath-taking – unique and beautifully decorated. All the staff were professional, friendly and helpful at all times. We were looked after from when we made an enquiry to the day of the wedding. Northing was too much trouble at any time for anyone. Jamie our wedding co-ordinator in particular was outstanding. He worked very well with us to organise the wedding, and took care of everything on the day. We didn’t have to worry about a single thing, and could enjoy ourselves. We were also fortunate to work closely with the chefs to create a bespoke menu to cater for our Asian-Scot heritage. They were happy to accommodate all our dietary requests and requirements, and the food was excellent. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you to everyone at Borthwick for our amazing day. There are not enough words to describe how you helped us have the wedding celebration we had always hoped for. We, our family and close friends have wonderful memories of our wedding day to cherish for years and years to come. Shruti & Adnan married 12th January 2019 at Borthwick Castle

Wow, Wow, Wow......and Wow.
Venue Service

By Julia & Allistair McIllwrick, on 17 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Dec 2018

We had our wedding here on the 1st December 2018 and from the moment we first made contact with Borthwick Castle to arrange the event we were not disappointed. Yvonne and the team were first class. Nothing was too much trouble for the team, we had the information we needed right from the start to make this day special. The food tasting was amazing and the team were very accommodating when we wanted to visit the Castle to look at the rooms and run through the schedule of the day. On the day of our wedding we were made to feel very special, nothing was too much trouble, the guests were blown away with the Castle and the food and staff were wonderful, this was everything we wanted out of our special day. Life is about creating memories and we have plenty of memories of this day to last us a lifetime. Thank you Borthwick Castle for everything.

Magical Wedding at Borthwick Castle.
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By Kenneth & Lisanne Stewart, on 26 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 13 Jan 2018

Lisanne and I have just returned to the Netherlands from our magical wedding at Borthwick Castle. Jamie and Amy done such a wonderful job, we couldn't have wished for a better day. The guests loved the castle and rooms just as much as we did, the food was absolutely delicious and the piper was excellent and I'm sure Borthwick will be receiving a lot more guests from The Netherlands in the near future. No doubt we will be back. Our thanks to everyone at Borthwick Castle for the wonderful experience. Fantastic job!!! Kind regards, Kenneth and Lisanne Stewart P.S. An extra thank you for saving the day when one of our guests turned up without his kilt. We really appreciate the last minute shopping run Jamie done to get him a replacement kilt in time for the ceremony.

Jamie Neil , Event and Sales Coordinator at Borthwick Castle responded to this review on 18/05/2018 08:59:47

Hi Kenneth and Lisanne, It was an absolute pleasure to make both your dreams a reality and be part of your journey, planning your perfect day!! Both myself and the rest of the team wish you and your family well, and we would all be delighted to welcome you back to the castle in the near future. Kind Regards, Jamie Neil Event and Sales Coordinator

Why did you not make us book 3 nights.
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By Lorraine & Carl, on 26 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 12 Nov 2017

Carl and I are wanted to thank you and the team again for making our wedding beyond perfect. Jamie, Amy, Kieran were wonderful and nothing but nothing was too much trouble. Please pass our thanks to Chef, the food was stunning and every guest has mentioned how fabulous the food and wines were. My only criticism, why didn’t you make us book 3 nights ??. We loved every minute of our stay at Borthwick and really look forward to returning. Our very best wishes and deepest thanks. Lorraine & Carl X

Jamie Neil , Event and Sales Coordinator at Borthwick Castle responded to this review on 18/05/2018 10:08:47

Dear Lorraine and Carl, Thank you for your lovely review. It was a great pleasure to work alongside you in planning your dream day!! Myself and the team wish you all the best for the future, and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind Regards, Jamie Neil Event and Sales Coordinator

The perfect location for a Scottish castle wedding
Venue Service

By Jillian Bader, on 27 Jun 2018Date of Wedding - 05 Sep 2017

We had our wedding at Borthwick Castle in September of 2017, and I still think about it just about every day! It was the most magical day and one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The renovation they recently underwent is incredible, and all of the rooms look amazing. They managed to make everything feel new, while still looking appropriate in the setting. So many castles we visited in Scotland are beautiful on the outside, but on the inside they look like 80s hotels. Borthwick castle makes you feel like true royalty while you're there. The staff is also incredible, and work tirelessly to make sure all of your needs are taken care of. The icing on the cake was when we headed out on our coach the day after the wedding, and the entire staff waved us off. We all felt like we were Lords and Ladies in Downton Abbey! I could go on forever, but just do yourself a favor and book Borthwick!

Jamie Neil , Event and Sales Co-Ordinator at Borthwick Castle responded to this review on 06/07/2018 12:27:11

Dear Jillian and Matt Thank you for your lovely review and kind words. Both myself and the team were delighted to receive your review. It was also a pleasure to assist you in planning your big day! I hope to welcome you and Matt back to the castle in the near future. Kindest Regards, Jamie

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