Scottish Ballet lift the curtain to Crossbasket Castle

Dancers from Scottish Ballet took time out from their Swan Lake tour to mark the grand opening of Crossbasket Castle, a new five-star luxury hotel in Scotland.


The castle, based in Blantyre, has been thoughtfully choreographed into a modern day fairy-tale. The building was rescued from ruin in 2011 by local businessman and his wife Steve Timoney and Alison Reid-Timoney. The couple saved the property from the Buildings at Risk Register and have invested over £9 million restoring it to its former glory.
Their adagio style approach to restoration reflects their commitment to producing a work of outstanding quality. The makeover reached a finale when Scottish Ballet Soloists Constance Devernay and Andrew Peasgood, shared glimpses of their imaginative re-telling of Swan Lake, choreographed by David Dawson, in front of the castle and inside the Grand Ballroom.
Alison Reid-Timoney said: “We have poured our hearts and souls into the restoration of Crossbasket Castle. It has been a real journey, as have the Scottish Ballet with their new show. It’s the first time the company has performed Swan Lake in over 20 years and we were so pleased they shared a glimpse of this with us, they really helped capture the magic of the castle and make the opening special for us.”
“As locals, we have loved seeing the castle’s transformation over the past five years and we are very excited to now be able to share it with the community. We hope to attract visitors from far and wide to share the castles fairy-tale with them.”
Crossbasket Castle is managed by luxury hotel management company Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI). The business already manages 12 other renowned independent properties around Scotland, including Inverlochy Castle, near Fort William, Greywalls Hotel in Gullane and Rocpool Reserve in Inverness.
Norbert Lieder, ICMI’s managing director, said: “The Timoneys have done an outstanding job transforming Crossbasket Castle into a luxury getaway.
“We have already experienced huge interest from local people, corporate clients and prospective brides and grooms and look forward to working with the Timoneys and making Crossbasket Castle a success.”
The hotel will also feature a new restaurant from renowned chefs Albert Roux OBE, KFO and his son Michel Roux Jnr. It is the first time the duo have collaborated in Scotland. They first worked together in 1985, when Michel Jnr joined the team at London’s Le Gavroche, which he now runs.