11112007191717 fullThis left the unfortunate soul trapped in a foul smelling, soundproof, pitch black dungeon, confined until a ransom was agreed to be paid. Starved if necessary, the prisoner was eventually dragged from the pit and placed in the next room, the pledge chamber. The exact terms of the pledge, or ransom, was carefully negotiated and written in the form of a contract, witnessed and signed. From then on the treatment greatly improved, achieving the status of an honoured guest under arrest, evidenced by the en-suite facilities provided (the Garderobe). The payment of ransom or "Black meal" was corrupted into the phrase we know today as blackmail.

Ransoms at this time were usually paid in the form of sheep or cattle, resulting in certain families amassing considerable fortunes and creating some of the most powerful and influential families in the borders. Once the ransom arrived at the castle, the prisoner was released to return home to his family.1610200723934 full

Continuing up the main staircase gains access to the upper floors, above the Great Hall is a large open plan room, a solar, where the lairds family would sleep in a dormitory style room, hence the need for curtains around four poster beds. This room in the 16th century was subdivided into segregated sleeping arrangements. Above the solar chamber was the servants quarters known as the "windy hall", presumably this level was unglazed. The staircase then terminates at the battlements which run completely around the castle, encompassing parapets, murder holes, garrets, watch towers and guard house. It is believed that the barracks could contain up to 20 mercenaries. This level has been greatly altered over the centuries, originally being constructed from wood.

It is clear that preconceptions about life in a castle often cloud perceptions. Far from the bare draughty structures imagined, these buildings were warm pleasant, often luxurious places. When one remembers the owners of such castles were by modern day standards multi-millionaires, it is quite conceivable every comfort available at the time would be utilised to increase living standards, and as such, for those within the castle the surroundings would have been most pleasant.

A Genuine 15th Century Scottish Castle venue. Just 20 minutes from Carlisle.

Comlongon Castle is a restored 15th Century Medieval Scottish Castle, regarded as the most important and complete example surviving in Scotland today. Set in over 120 acres of manicured gardens, sweeping lawns, carp pond, lakes and woodlands, Comlongon is one of the very few hotel venues that remain in private ownership. With its attached Edwardian hotel offereing 14 individually themed suites, boasting a range of en-suite 4-poster bedrooms providing a stunning blend of history and modern luxury, and detached private Honeymoon Lodge, Comlongon is a truly unique venue.

For over 30 years Comlongon has specialised in providing, for clients from all over the globe, the perfect retreat for those who wish to step back in time and spend a few days away from the normal stresses of life, or to host
any sort of private celebration.

We have over the years organised a wide range of private functions for clients who wish to celebrate any event, and have gained a reputation for hosting weddings and receptions unmatched within the industry. Our dedicated staff
have experience in creating bespoke celebrations that gives us continual 5 star reviews.

Steeped in Scottish Border history, Comlongon Castle is more that just a wedding venue - it has fantastic displays of suits of armour, medieval weapons and historic banners, creating a memorable atmosphere that clients return to again and again.

 Conveniently located just across the border in Scotland we are only 20 minutes from Carlisle and less than two hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The M74 corridor is easily accessible within 10 minutes; we are the perfect location for those travelling between England and Scotland, or travelling to Ireland on the A75. London Euston can be reached within 3 and a half hours.

 The perfect geographical location for those groups who have a mixture of English and Scottish guests.

Privately owned and personally run we are very much a bespoke venue. There are very few venues like us left. What ever your reason to visit Comlongon;to simply get away, to celebrate your event with us or to host your wedding, our staff will ensure you will have the perfect stay. Become part of our story as you create yours. Whatever your reason to visit Comlongon you will soon realise excellence is affordable.  

We provide an increasingly scarce commodity these days - traditional hospitality. Phillip Ptolomey is proud to offer his home for your wedding celebration.

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