The Diversification of a Scottish Estate
Gordon Castle Estate, Walled Garden and the Gordon Castle Scotland brand are the results of eight years hard work by Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox since they took over the running of Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers in 2008. Completed as one of Scotland’s largest houses in the 1770s by the Duke of Gordon, Gordon Castle is the historical home of the Gordons, one of Scotland’s oldest families. The estate nestles in the Spey valley, in the heart of whisky country, with a stretch of the Spey River running through the estate, which boasts some of the best salmon fishing in the world. The castle was used during the Great War as an auxiliary hospital for soldiers returning from the front and was then sold back to the Crown in 1938 following two successive deaths leaving the family with unmanageable death duties to pay. It fell into disrepair before being ‘rescued’ by war hero and much loved soldier Lieutenant General Sir George Gordon Lennox (grandson of the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon) after World War Two. He was forced to knock down much of the original house due to dry and wet rot, but he and his wife began the loving restoration, which Angus Gordon Lennox (Grandson of Sir George) and his wife Zara, continue today.
Upon arrival they decided that an estate of such historical importance and significance had to be brought into the 21st century and was in dying need of renovation. The traditional activities of farming, accommodation and fishing are not enough to sustain it in the long term. A major diversification programme was needed. It was decided that the once traditional sporting Estate was to be transformed into a multi-faceted attraction for the community and visitors alike. Today, the Estate offers exclusive use accommodation in the Castle, self-catering holiday cottages, world-class salmon fishing, Walled Garden visitor attraction, natural children’s play area and a café serving delicious fresh food from the garden and local suppliers. In addition, the company has launched the Gordon Castle brand which encompasses Gordon Castle Gin, the luxury bath and beauty range, tweed and bone china products: all of which have been inspired by the Walled Garden.
The Estate employs over 65 full-time staff and welcomed 40,000 visitors in 2016; both local, national and international. In a nutshell - the business is striving to be one of the biggest visitor attractions in the North east. The dream being to have the gin a household name, and the luxury beauty range in every hotel across the UK.
The Brand - Gordon Castle Scotland
Crafted from botanicals grown in the Scottish Highlands, Gordon Castle Gin is the brain-child of Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox; owners of the Gordon Castle Estate and direct descendants of the Dukes of Gordon. In 2008 Angus and Zara took over the running of the Estate and have since dedicated their time to transforming the traditional sporting estate into a luxury brand and visitor attraction. The biggest task facing the team was the renovation of the eight-acre Walled Garden. One of the oldest and largest walled gardens in Britain, the ongoing project is in full swing with a completion date of 2020 in sight. But this wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support and dedication of our gardeners and volunteers. The gardening team patiently tend to and hand pick our gin’s botanicals, ensuring each individual sprig is good enough for your G&T.
wholesale + trade
We produce a range of products - all crafted using plants, herbs and flowers grown at one of Britain's oldest and largest walled gardens. From hand wash to bubble bath, gin to cider, we have everything covered for your business at highly competitive rates.
For businesses looking to move away from single use plastic, the brand has gone one step further. Fortunate enough to be able to engrave onsite, the brand has launched a refillable engraved bath and body range. Each design is hand drawn and carefully engraved onto the bottle.
who do we supply
If you have a customer facing business, we can help.
Everyone from luxury hotels & apartments, exclusive Use properties and self – catering cottages can benefit from making the best first impression.
Guests comment on the little touches and by supporting a small Scottish brand, you are setting a great first impression.
From restaurants to garden centres, gifting & homeware shops, on-sale and off-sale spirit wholesalers.
Good for you, good for the planet
Never tested on animals and handmade in the British Isles, our products contain no artificial fragrances, colours, parabens, glycols, sulphates or petrochemicals. Choose from our hotel amenities range, our refillable collection made from recycled plastic, or our environmentally conscious bespoke glassware.
how it's made
We grow the flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables in our amazing Scottish garden. Once ready, we harvest these products and distill onsite to extract the finest essential oils. The quality is impeccable, the fragrance like non-other and as a result, the product is highly sought after.
Here at Goodwood, we are delighted to use products from the walled garden at Gordon Castle. It seems entirely appropriate that the Castle and walled garden are still supplying Goodwood in the same way it has done for nearly two hundred years. The historic links aside, our guests hugely enjoy using the products in the bathrooms at Hound Lodge, and Gordon Castle gin is a favourite with many guests.
The Duke of Richmond & Gordon
Delighted to partner with Gordon Castle Scotland. Its bath and body range here in the Country and Living Department at The House of Bruar, is a real luxury treat that also has sustainability and provenance.
Retail Buyer for Gifts & Homeware House of Bruar