What’s in a name? Winton Castle reinvents itself

A re-brand is undoubtedly a chance for a fresh start but in the case of Winton Castle, formerly Winton House, it also spells a return to its roots. “Winton was always a castle to many of its visitors, so the move back to its original name was long overdue,” explains the castle’s Christopher Lamotte.

“It was only as recently as the 1960s that the name was switched from ‘castle’ to ‘house,’” he adds. Looking to the past makes sense for a venue filled with as much history as this spacious East Lothian home is. In fact, it predates Columbus with its 500-year-old fortified tower, royal coats of arms, battlements and seven-foot-thick walls.

The castle belongs to the Ogilvy family, who remain as proud as ever of their ancestral pad. “External features – such as the twisted chimneys – shine, just as they would have done for the visit of King Charles I,” beams Sir Francis Ogilvy. “Winton is glorious and we’re delighted to share it.”

Winton’s grand drawing room can host civil, humanist or religious ceremonies and hire of the castle and grounds, including two nights’ accommodation across the venue’s eight bedrooms, starts at £6750.