Chatelherault, Hamilton, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on Chatelherault near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire, about forty-one miles west of Edinburgh.

Chatelherault originated as a hunting lodge and summer-house in 1732. It was built for the Dukes of Hamilton who engaged the services of leading Scottish architect, William Adam for the project. Positioned with a high elevation, is was originally at the end of a grand avenue of trees which ran from Hamilton Palace . Due to subsidence the Palace was demolished but Chatelherault survived and benefited from extensive restoration between 1979 and 1987.

View west from Chatelherault to site of former palace

The name is derived from the French town of Châtellerault, the title Duc de Châtellerault having been granted to James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran in 1548 for his part in arranging the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, to Francis, Dauphin of France.

Chatelherault is now open to the public and used for weddings, corporate hospitality and similar events. Additional features and aspects:

  • Walk around terraced garden dating from 1741.
  • Visitor Centre covering Chatelherault and the adjacent country park.
  • Ten miles of woodland walks in and around the gorge of the River Avon.
  • Ruins of Cadzow Castle.

Formal garden at Chatelherault

Ruins of the medieval Cadzow Castle

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