The 600-year-old Scottish castle has landed a top award for its recent refurbishment, which has transformed it into an exclusive-use venue for a range of private and corporate events
The multi-million pound refurbishment of Borthwick Castle in Gorebridge has scooped one of the UK’s most prestigious design awards.
Six-hundred-year-old Borthwick Castle, which is one of Scotland’s oldest castles, has taken top honours at The Northern Design Awards, which took place in Leeds last Friday (11 November), winning the ‘Hotel Interior Design’ category against a shortlist of 10 finalists.
The Castle’s award-winning redesign was the work of Sunderland interior design company Design Direction, led by Melanie Brown.
The project saw Brown undertake a multi-million pound refurbishment of the 15th Century Castle which, for a short time, was the home of Mary Queen of Scots, who fled the castle disguised as a pageboy as it was surrounded by an insurgent army.
Brown dedicated 18 months to the restoration of the Castle, which is thought to house one of the finest and best-preserved keeps in Scotland, creating a 12-bedroom luxury retreat available for private hire, weddings and corporate events.
She managed the interior design, project management and all procurement during the project and worked alongside Historic Scotland to create an exclusive luxury destination which combines the Castle’s newly revealed historic grandeur with the finest in contemporary luxury.
Borthwick Castle is now operating as a luxurious retreat for exclusive use bookings where guests can enjoy private hire of the Castle and its grounds for special gatherings, lavish family celebrations, holidays, weddings and corporate events.
Beautifully positioned near the A7 Borders route, it is located just 30 minutes from both Edinburgh city centre and Edinburgh airport.
General manager Ewan Grant, who says he is proud to see Brown’s passion and dedication recognised by the judges at such a prestigious awards ceremony, said: “Our congratulations go to Melanie and her team on receiving this award. As anyone who has visited Borthwick Castle recently will know, behind the stone Castle walls there now lies a magical experience for guests, thanks in large part to the wonderful transformation that Melanie has delivered to our rooms and bedchambers.
“She has retained the grandeur and historic detail of the Castle’s past, whilst ensuring the luxury, warmth and comfort of a beautiful private house.
“There have been many challenges to overcome, from heating and lighting to simply getting furniture into the Castle through its ancient doors and windows, and every item of furniture, paint colour, piece of fabric and accessory has been painstakingly researched and sourced by Melanie and her team, to great effect throughout the Castle.”
The Northern Design Awards which, this year, were held at the Royal Armouries and New Dock Hall in Leeds, bring together designers, retailers and property developers in a glittering celebration of Northern design and style.