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Crossbasket Castle

Crossbasket House Stoneymeadow Road Crossbasket Estate, Blantyre G72 9UE Scotland
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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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Superwing27 wrote a review 2 Oct
Broxburn, United Kingdom61 contributions63 helpful votes
As patrons of other ICMI establishments over the years my wife and I were keen to extend our patronage and nowhere better than Crossbasket Castle. It was our wedding anniversary too and we could not have picked a better venue. There are a number of key things for us that make an overnighter a better stay, staff, accommodation and food and Crossbasket Castle delivered brilliantly on all three. This review will only repeat that which you've read already I'm sure but suffice to say that our stay was fantastic. Super helpful and informative staff, stunning venue, great suite and sublime food at dinner and breakfast. I'm sure Albert Roux would have smiled widely from above knowing that his memory is skilfully preserved and professionally served up in every bite. Well done to all for you are indeed a credit to the owners and the group.
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Date of stay: September 2021
stuartlaing187451 wrote a review Sep 2021
Edinburgh, United Kingdom10 contributions17 helpful votes
We’ve recently hat a two night stay at the weekend where we opted for the foodies favourite which is bed and breakfast plus a five course tasting menu with paired wines on both nights and a whisky tasting experience on the first evening, the castle itself is simply stunning as was our room , the food and drink was both excellent and indulgent and all the staff were incredibly attentive and friendly ( special mention to Scott who was incredibly engaging and informative regarding both the wine and whisky), we would highly recommend this five star luxury hotel as it ticked all the boxes for us .
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
lizaeth22 wrote a review Sep 2021
Oxford, United Kingdom36 contributions65 helpful votes
We stayed at this hotel en route for the north and we were delighted by the experience. We stayed in the Peter room: very spacious and well equipped. The staff were all delightful, and the food (we had the 3-course dinner) was excellent. We’ll definitely revisit if an opportunity arises.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Rob Baird, General Manager at Crossbasket Castle
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Lizaeth22, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your recent experience at Crossbasket Castle. I am very pleased to hear that you were particularly impressed with a la carte evening dinner menu. We appreciate your kind words and I will be sure to share your review with our entire team. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel in the future. Kind regards, Rob Baird General Manager
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Roy S wrote a review Sep 2021
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Another excellent lunch at the crossbasket the staff were very attentive and the food 1st class well worth avisit Have visited a few times now and never been disappointed well kept grounds and a very secluded location make this an enjoyable experience
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Rob Baird, General Manager at Crossbasket Castle
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear W6878DTroys, I am very glad you have had another opportunity to come and dine with us at the Castle and thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your review! The team were delighted to read such positive words. I hope that I will be able to welcome you back again in the near future. Kind regards, Rob Baird General Manager
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Frances L wrote a review Sep 2021
7 contributions3 helpful votes
Visited this hotel recently. The ambiance within the hotel was 1st class. The food was excellent. Again 1st class. The staff were friendly and very attentive. Couldn't do enough to make the night fantastic. Would definitely recommend this hotel. It is a bit pricey but worth every penny.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Response from Rob Baird, General Manager at Crossbasket Castle
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear 306francis, 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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US$161 - US$1,203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomScotlandSouth LanarkshireBlantyre
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Frequently Asked Questions about Crossbasket Castle
Which popular attractions are close to Crossbasket Castle?
Nearby attractions include National Museum of Rural Life (5.8 km), Chatelherault (7.9 km), and Calderglen Country Park (4.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Crossbasket Castle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Crossbasket Castle?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Crossbasket Castle?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Crossbasket Castle?
Conveniently located restaurants include The BISTRO, Beefeater Hamilton, and Massimos at The Log Cabin.
Are any cleaning services offered at Crossbasket Castle?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Crossbasket Castle offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Crossbasket Castle?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Chatelherault (7.9 km), Bothwell Castle (4.1 km), and The David Livingstone Centre (3.5 km).
Is Crossbasket Castle accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.