As my husband was busily researching his family history back in Edinburgh I had organized a tour guide to take me to three castles, Thirlestane being one of them. As it was the first day of being opened (after the Winter closure) we were the only ones in the castle, and I even had the opportunity of meeting the owner, Captain Maitland-Carew! The castle is very well maintained with plenty of rooms to visit, though my gripe being that no photography is allowed. I spent quite a while admiring the fabulous Cole & Son wallpaper that hangs in the Drawing Room; as well as the exquisite ceiling plasterwork. The castle is different to the others, as there is a border country life exhibition which gives a glimpse into the life of the less fortunate who worked on the Estate. The Grounds are also worth a visit, though on the day we were there it was slightly nippy. This castle has plenty of potential as both the Gift Shop and Tea Room were virtually non-existent. I had to make do with a single postcard and a Guide Book!
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