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Crossbasket Castle

Glasgow & Clyde

Crossbasket Estate, Stoneymeadow Road, High Blantyre, Glasgow. G72 9UE.

Tel: 01698 829461

http://www.crossbasketcastle.com

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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 older 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.

By 1747, the castle was in the possession of the Peter family. 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).

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. His son, John Kerr Clark continued the Clark family ownership of the castle until 1891 when it was sold to George Neilson. It was under the ownership of George Neilson that the building we can recognise today was developed.

This haphazard pattern of ownership continued until 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. The couple have invested £9million into transforming the property into a luxurious hotel and event venue which opened in Spring 2016.

The fruits of their investment are abundantly clear to see in the quality of the furnishings, service and guest experience at Crossbasket Castle. It is a true five star hotel that will compare favorably to some of the leading period hotels of Europe. Indeed, it is not dissimilar in style and feel to either the Hotel Bristol in Paris or the highly acclaimed Merrion Hotel in Dublin. The hotel is an absolute delight, furnished with exquisite taste and embellished by outstanding service. The experience of the tasting menu in the Albert and Michel Roux Junior restaurant is highly recommended. 

The hotel will quickly become a much sought after retreat as its outstanding quality and attention to detail and service are as undeniable as they are enjoyable. This is truly a jewel in Scotland’s international-level hotel offering and is testament to the Timoney-Reids commitment to quality throughout the whole property.

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