Cornhill Castle – Our Story

We’ve been a Castle on the Clyde since 1851 and if walls could talk, Cornhill Castle could a tell a few stories.


For centuries, the stately building has enjoyed its secluded location beside the River Clyde with spectacular views across the Lanarkshire hills.

But it wasn’t always this majestic. The first mansion was not much larger than a farmhouse. It was built by the Bruce Campbell family. Today it still exists as an annexe to the main house. By 1851 the house was in the ownership of William Handyside from Midlothian, who in turn sold it to Alexander Kay, a Glasgow East India merchant in the 1860s. And this was when the building began to take shape.

Mr Kay was a busy man who had six daughters. Although Cornhill occupied a rural location, which he loved, he was still able to travel daily to Glasgow. 

The well-connected business man enlisted the services of architect William Leiper, who had designed Glasgow’s Dowanhill Church as well as the Doge’s Palace on Glasgow Green, built for Templeton’s carpet manufacturers.

The architect designed the grand building it is today. It’s an elegant Renaissance style French Chateau, built entirely of light coloured freestone sitting majestically by the banks of the River Clyde.


Cornhill Castle

Further owners and transformations were to come. The Young family renovated the interior and by the 1930s it was redecorated again by either Mr Alexander Rennie Stenhouse, a Glasgow insurance broker or by Mr and Mrs W McCosh.

In the late 1940s, under the ownership of the regional council, the house became a home for the elderly.

Then in 1998, Cornhill was bought by Mr and Mrs Fraioli, and under a major refurbishment made the amazing transformation to a much loved, and well visited hotel.

A ballroom suite was added in 2008 along with a wedding pavilion and many happy couples have pledged their vows and started those first steps towards married life at Cornhill. It’s become an important part of the community, as well as for people who travel far and wide. It’s a perfect rural escape from the city but it’s also easy to get to equally from either Glasgow or Edinburgh or from further south or north.

And to its present day, and another part of the Cornhill journey.

Manorview Hotel Group added the hotel its portfolio in early 2016.

The family-run business already own seven boutique hotels across the central belt of Scotland.

With a reputation for respecting and loving old buildings by giving them the care and attention they deserve, you can be assured beautiful Cornhill Castle is in very good hands.

And the rest, as they say, is history.


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