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Crossbasket Castle

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Crossbasket & Estate History The tower of Crossbasket was erected in the early 15th century, and was a jointure, or dower-house of the Lindsays of Dunrod whose principal residence was the slightly earlier Mains Castle. John Lindsay of Dunrod had been granted the lands of Kilbride by King Robert the Bruce in 1382 after the estate had been forfeited by the Comyns who had fought against the King. Lindsay was the successor to James Lindsay who had assisted the King in killing John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch - also known as Red Comyn. Crossbasket remained in the hands of the Lindsays until the beginning of the seventeenth century, when the extravagance of Alexander of Dunrod ruined the family and caused the alienation of the estates. By 1747, the Castle was in the possession of the Peter family, who had acquired it from John Kincaid in the first decade of the 18th century. Kincaid himself had purchased the property in 1661. The most notable member of the Peter family, and resident of Crossbasket, was Thomas Peter who was the Dean of Guild of Glasgow from 1708-9, perhaps purchasing and moving to Crossbasket after this date. A later generation of Peter was a Lieutenant-General, and it is thought that the distinctive General's Bridge of 1790 nearby was either built by or named after him. Crossbasket House was occupied by many families during the 19th century including Alexander Downie, John Caddell, and most famously by the inventor and raincoat manufacturer, Charles Macintosh (1766–1843). Charles Macintosh was the celebrated inventor of waterproof cloth used in the manufacture of raincoats. Many of his experiments involved dyes and, as the mill on the River Calder at the rear of the house was originally constructed as a dye mill. By 1878, ownership of the Castle passed from Charles Macintosh to Alexander Downie and then John Cabbell. The latter sold the castle to Robert Clark. His son, James Clark was a partner in the Glasgow textile and trading company James Finlay & Co. He died at Crossbasket in 1876, and his son, John Kerr Clark continued the Clark family ownership of the castle until 1891 when it was sold to George Neilson and it was under the ownership of George Neilson that the building we recognise today was formed. The pattern of ownership continued. The merchant Thomas Dunlop Findlay owned the property from just after World War 1 until 1932 when it was sold to James Little. James Little donated the Castle to Dr Barnardo's homes around 1945. In the 1960s the James Little College was established at Crossbasket as a further education centre in Scotland. The Castle was sold in 1981 to the Latter Rain Ministries who ran the property as the Crossbasket Christian Centre until 2005. It was then sold to a developer with plans to turn the building into a series of apartments. After the developer went into administration, the building lay empty and near derelict until 2011, when it was then bought by current owners Steve and Alison Reid-Timoney who have invested £9m into transforming it into the luxurious hotel and event venue which it is today.
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Breakfast Available
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Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Booked this to celebrate a special birthday . The castle is very impressive as you drive up and the interior is beautiful. A table was set for us by the window in the large sitting room . We had booked the champagne afternoon tea . Staff were very friendly and attentive . Our
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It was lovely and a lot to eat but a bit on the pricey side at £31.50 each waitress put leftover cakes in a box to take home it’s a old and quaint big castle with a lot of history behind it would be lovely on a nice dry and sunny day we got a tour right up to the tower weddings
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We stayed at the Crossbasket overnight for DBB, the hotel was absolutely stunning,it was so perfectly clean you could not find a spec of dust anywhere, and the decor was exquisite, the food was amazing and the service of the staff was outstanding. Fab hotel, would definitely
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Response from CrossbasketCastle, General Manager at Crossbasket Castle
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Lynne and David, Thank you so much for your lovely review of your recent stay at Crossbasket Castle. I am always delighted from guests who have enjoyed there time with us. I do very much hope that we have you both back again in the very near future. Warmest regards Rob Baird General Manager
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I booked the Winter Package (overnight stay with dinner and breakfast) and paid extra for a superior room (Findlay Room) as this was a gift for my husband for a special occasion. The room was beautiful, clean comfortable, beautiful views etc as other reviewers have said. I think
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Response from CrossbasketCastle, General Manager at Crossbasket Castle
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear lbkglasgow, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review regarding your recent stay at Crossbasket Castle. I am delighted to hear that you were delighted by the bedroom. Thank you very much for pointing out the broken bathroom door to our reception team, I am pleased to report that our maintenance team have fixed this issue. I am truly sorry to hear about your experience with dinner. This is certainly not the usual level of service we provide and I will be speaking directly with the team who looked after you during your time with us. It is with thanks to guests such as yourself providing both positive and negative feedback that we can learn where our mistakes are made. Once again, please accept my apology that your visit did not live up to your expectations. I am immensely proud of the work my team do hear and it saddens me to hear that we have missed the mark on this occasion. I do hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you both back again in the future. Please do contact me directly and I can ensure that you are well looked after. Kind regards Rob Baird General Manager
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Perfect way to spend an indulgent Sunday lunch. Beautiful setting, staff extremely pleasant, helpful and on hand with advice if needed. The food was superb, beautifully presented and pace of service meant it was possible to have time to savour each course. The “extras” before
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Response from CrossbasketCastle, General Manager at Crossbasket Castle
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Elmacayr, Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your recent visit to Crossbasket Castle. I am delighted to hear that we are high up on your "must do again" list! I will make sure that I pass on your feedback to all the staff who looked after you during your time with us. I very much look forward to having you back again soon. Kind regards Rob Baird General Manager
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What dress code would you need to dine here as a woman?
It's very relaxed, I wore a smart dress.
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Could I have a copy of meal menu's
Sorry I didn't take menu either but I'm sure it's online ??? If not call them they very helpful I'm sure they would send u a copy .
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I am the exception here! I have some mobility problems (walk with a crutch after spinal surgery), so I just booked a car online - walked out the front door of Glasgow Central and they deposited me 25 mins later at the front door of the hotel. £25 - well worth the absence of stress!
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Do they do afternoon tea?
Hi there yes they do, although I haven't tried it. I'm sure it will be lovely and it's a beautiful setting, very peaceful.
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Hire a car, it is about a 40 minute drive. The alternative is a train to Blantyre via Glasgow or Motherwell. It is about 2 miles from Blantyre train station. You may have to change train stations in Glasgow from Queen St to Central (low level). A taxi from Edinburgh Airport could cost about £30-50 or even more. Sorry it took so long to respond, I don't really look at my alerts that often.
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"All rooms have views"
"I had a junior suite which was sensational!"
"we did not stay overnight."
"We were in the Mackintosh Room on the first floor."
"Only had lunch, did not stay in hotel"
US$152 - US$524 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomScotlandBlantyre
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