Crossbasket Castle announces expansion

Luxury Scotland member Crossbasket Castle is undertaking an exciting expansion, set to launch on 1st August 2024. The nine-bedroom 17th-century castle and estate near Blantyre has already been extensively renovated over five years.

And, after a significant further investment of £20 million, the five-star property will re-open as a completely new 40-bedroom hotel, two five-bedroom eco-lodges, a 100-cover courtyard bar and a first-of-its-kind Scottish destination restaurant - Trocaderos.

A new, art-deco-styled cocktail bar and dining destination, Trocaderos will incorporate live music, amazing food and exceptional service.

This will be in addition to the existing dining option at the castle – a contemporary fine-dining restaurant overseen by legendary French chef Albert Roux and his son, Michel Roux Jr.

A new spa is being developed at the property, too. This is spread over two secluded lodges with three treatment spaces apiece and is set to offer heat experiences, relaxation areas, outdoor hydrotherapy pools and a signature product line.

On the fresh developments, Crossbasket Castle owners Alison and Steve Timoney said:

‘It’s tremendously exciting to reveal a first glimpse of our hotel and restaurant that we couldn’t be more excited to open this year. Attention to detail and personalised customer service are the hallmarks of Crossbasket.

‘The interiors will be lavish but welcoming, and luxury will be found in the materials, as well as bespoke, upholstered furniture in classic styles with plenty of cosy corners for private, more intimate moments with friends and loved ones.

‘To say this has been a passion project is an understatement. It has been a remarkable process that has called for dedication and in terms of furnishing and design, extraordinary craftsmanship.’


Cook up a storm at Crossbasket Castle

Can’t wait for the new additions? There’s still plenty to enjoy in the meantime. This February, Crossbasket Castle is hosting two very special cookery experiences with Michel Roux Junior.


Lunch experience

Taking place from 11.30am until 3.30pm on February 29th, this exclusive masterclass with the famous chef will allow you to watch Michel Roux Jr. at work and learn how to make some of his favourite dishes. You’ll also enjoy a delicious two-course lunch with a paired glass of wine. Tickets cost £95 per person. Find out more and book here.


Gourmet overnight package

Prefer to savour the experience a little longer? Kicking off at 3pm on Thursday 29th of February, this overnight package should hit the spot with seasoned foodies.

You’ll enjoy an exclusive drinks reception and canapés, followed by dinner with matching wines hosted by Michel Roux Jr. Immerse yourself in the convivial atmosphere as you share a table with fellow food enthusiasts. You’ll enjoy insights from Michel Roux Jr as he shares his culinary philosophy and the inspiration behind each dish.

Double rooms are available from £555. For more information about this special event, and to book, visit this website.