Derelict historic castle to reopen as Glasgow luxury hotel


A 14th century derelict castle on the outskirts of Glasgow is being brought back to life as a luxury hotel, restaurant and event venue, set to open next spring.

Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre was put on Scotland’s buildings ‘At Risk’ register in 2010, before being saved by businessman Steve Timoney and his wife who purchased the property in 2011.

Over the last five years, the couple have invested more than £9m restoring the building to its former glory, adding a grand ballroom and bringing Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI) on board to manage the property.

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Each of the nine bedrooms has been personally designed by Timoney’s wife, Alison Reid-Timoney, who scouted various locations in Scotland to source antique 14th, 15th and 16th century pieces for the bedrooms, drawing room, dining room and library.

Scheduled to officially open its doors in spring 2016, the Timoneys will host a one-off ‘sneak peak’ on December 21, where Albert Roux will craft a special menu to give guests a taste of what to expect when the hotel launches next year.

She said: “My husband and I have a passion for restoring old buildings and first spotted Crossbasket Castle over a decade ago. When we purchased it vandals had damaged the roof and interiors, it was leaking water and the walls were starting to deteriorate. Since then we have painstakingly restored it with a focus on using craftsmen to reinstate original features. Our aim is to create a sustainable business for our family that also supports the community we live in.

“We are honoured to have partnered with ICMI to reopen Crossbasket Castle as a luxury hotel. ICMI’s group of experts are the best in the luxury hotel sector and have a track record of success, most recently with Andy Murray’s multi award-winning Cromlix Hotel, the Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course near Kelso and Fasque Castle near Aberdeen.”

ICMI already has a firm reputation in the area, managing 12 other independent properties around Scotland, including Inverlochy Castle, Greywalls Hotel in Gullane and Rocpool Reserve in Inverness.

ICMI’s group of industry experts includes Albert Roux, owner of Le Gavroche in London.

Norbert Lieder, ICMI’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Timoneys on this very exciting project to run Crossbasket Castle, and to be offering our guests a wonderful hotel near Glasgow.”