Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway, a place in the country to write, to love, to dream. Perfect retreat to remember the simple but beautiful things in life, fresh air, good food, conversation and friends.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - The home
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – The home

Tucked away far from preying eyes is a place in my humble opinion to stop, unwind and most likely pretty much do nothing. Certainly that is quite a statement as for some that is a challenge, no Gameboy, Twitter, Pokémon, or any number of social media crazes that keep us away from the pure and most important things in life which is human company, breathing, food, sleep and fresh air. These are in fact from a scientific perspective some of the key ingredients to sustain living existence and yet in the world we live in they are under threat.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Looking over the hedge
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Looking over the hedge

Even I, I know! I hear you cry “the elder statesman of society” that is Gentlemans Butler, yes even I suffer from interrupted sleep, noise, particularly in the summer from those lovely people coming into Heathrow and all the other joys that a big city gives. Don’t get me wrong I adore London but I can literally feel the stress start leaving my body, like in some version of Aliens 8 when I get to go away to peace and tranquillity.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Cranshaws Farm
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Cranshaws Farm

A short hop from the centre of civilisation which is of course Putney on the world’s finest urban transit system which is of course The London Underground to Kings Cross and then a very pleasant journey courtesy of Mr Branson’s Virgin Railways up a little north of my old university city of Newcastle to Berwick Upon Tweed where we are met by 2 Range Rovers to drive us just over the border into Scotland.

Cranshaws Castle – an exclusive use castle in the Scottish Borders www.cranshawscastle.co.uk

Though called a castle it’s really in layout more like a tower as everything is based around a central stone staircase.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Artistic artifacts
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Artistic artifacts

Dating back to 1350, Cranshaws is an exceptional private castle set amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Lammermuir Hills in the north Berwickshire countryside.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Views for as far as the eye can see
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Views for as far as the eye can see
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Flowing streams
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Flowing streams

Originally part of the Earldom of Dunbar and March, this Grade A listed tower was immaculately restored by the present owners to create an incredibly charismatic residence rich in period features, fine architectural detailing and stunning interior.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Drawing room, a place for convivial conversation
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Drawing room, a place for convivial conversation

As soon as I set my eyes on my bedroom it reminded of my mother and my childhood growing up in the countryside. Full of love and antique furniture with definitely an air of Jane Eyre about it.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - A bedroom fit for both lord and lady Gentlemans Butler
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – A bedroom fit for both lord and lady Gentlemans Butler
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Ladies dressing table
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Ladies dressing table

Despite its heritage and grand proportions, Cranshaws Castle is both intimate and warm, and benefits from all the modern comforts of a luxurious country retreat. Very important to me and luxury relaxation.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Original antique furniture adds to the softness
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Original antique furniture adds to the softness

Upstairs Downstairs, “that will show your age” maybe one thing as long as you are not lighting stoves at 5 in the morning, so old fashioned charms do need to be combined in my opinion with modern luxuries.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Afternoon tea in peace.
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Afternoon tea in peace.

Available only for exclusive use, Cranshaws Castle sleeps up to eight guests and offers a variety of catering options as well as amenities and services, allowing guests to tailor-make their stay according to their needs, and with as much or little assistance as required.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Meats oh yes
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Meats oh yes

Activities available include walking, cycling, shooting, fishing, sailing, cooking lessons, national trust houses, etc.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Country walks and country lanes
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Country walks and country lanes

We headed out with a dog, no not a prop, yes a real dog for a country walk in the fields, making sure we did not disturb the cows,

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Saying hello to the locals... of course the cows....
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Saying hello to the locals… of course the cows….

past the flowing barley fields which reminded me of some of the opening shots to the film Gladiator.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Fields of Barley
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Fields of Barley
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Beautiful vistas over flowing fields
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Beautiful vistas over flowing fields

We were treated to a cooking lesson, though the heathen that I am is more of an eater than a cooker, had a wonderful trip to their hunting lodge where convivial conversation about three men and their dog was had with lunch having been already prepared and waiting along with the relevant bubbly, oh yes…

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Views whilst having lunch
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Views whilst having lunch
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Tasty lunch
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Tasty lunch

Butler service was on hand in the evening

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Butlers at hand
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Butlers at hand

with pre drinks by the fire,

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Roaring fire
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Roaring fire

my favourite space and some beautiful drives through the countryside and to the lake where you can sail and canoe.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Lakes and skies feed the soul
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Lakes and skies feed the soul

If you were planning a Christmas gathering or a family birthday it would be a perfect place.

For me my mind was taken to a rather lateral thought. As a filmmaker it would make a perfect place to work on a film script. Enough space for a writer, producer and 2 assistants to really focus on the job in hand and allow the mind to really breath. I say film but in essence any creative process than needs beauty, peace and solitude but with assistance on hand.

Beds are changed and the place is cleaned and personally I would choose to have a chef prepare a cooked breakfast, have a lunch prepared along with tea and then return to cook dinner.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - A well dressed dining table really does add to the experience
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – A well dressed dining table really does add to the experience
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Fresh rhubarb mmmm
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Fresh rhubarb mmmm

Really really loved it. I was greeted with a warm smile, loved the décor and it is remote enough to feel one can just stop.

Perfect.

Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - Berwick train station
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – Berwick train station
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway - View from the train window of the sea
Cranshaws Castle, luxurious Scottish getaway – View from the train window of the sea
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