Carberry Tower Mansion House

Carberry Tower Mansion House is located in East Lothian, Scotland. The property is mentioned in the 11thcentury when King David I of Scotland granted the land to the monks of Dunfermline Abbey. A square tower house was built on the site by the Johnstone family and eventually leased by the abbot to the King’s Advocate, Hugh Rigg in 1541. In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots faced an army that was assembled of her confederation lords. She surrendered and was imprisoned. There is a monument on the property commemorating the event. After the Scottish Reformation, the lands and tower were annexed by the Crown. The property exchanged hands numerous times throughout its history. In 1760, John Fullerton moved into Carberry Tower and construction began to enlarge the tower. The estate continued to be altered and enlarged by the Elphinstone family who took over ownership in 1801. William Elphinstone completely redesigned the estate in 1861, which included an arboretum. William’s son Sydney, 16thLord Elphinstone married the sister of Queen Elizabeth. The queen visited Carberry Tower Mansion often in her youth. The widowed Lady Mary bequeathed the tower house to the Church of Scotland. The church used the tower for conferences and built an annex and chapel on the property, although some of the estate was sold off in parcels. In 2004, the tower was sold and underwent major refurbishment, and by 2011 it was purchased again. After millions of dollars were spent on improvements, Carberry Tower Mansion House became a luxury hotel and a wedding and event venue. The mansion sits down a tree-lined drive on 35 acres of parkland and has 30 en-suite bedrooms. Carberry Tower Mansion boasts a vaulted barrel-ceiling taproom, a library lounge filled with the sounds of jazz music, a music room with a 17thcentury fireplace, and a drawing room to enjoy your afternoon tea. The hotel also has a bistro and offers private dining. Outdoor activities include archery, falconry, laser clays, and nature walks.