Hoddom Castle was built by Sir John Maxwell of Terregles as part of a line of defensive structures completed in the 1560s. The lands of Hoddom were originally part of the Herries Barony.
The original structure was four storeys and a garret, built on a 'L' plan. The stair Tower reached up a further level to form a Caphouse. The walls at the ground level are between nine and fifteen feet thick and rise to seventy-five feet at the wall walk. The basement has seven gun slots with another two at the bottom of the wheel stair. The fourth floor also has a number of downward angled shot holes. The Castle stands in the Northern corner of the four-sided courtyard. There are round towers of two stories at each of the other corners.
After several changes of ownership including the celebrated Charles Kirkpatrick Sharp, the Castle came to the Brook family who employed William Burn to modify the place in the 19th century. Burn was a great exponent of the Scottish Baronial style and encased the whole ancient edifice within a baronial mansion. The Brook family however, took up residence at their other home, nearby Kinmount, and Hoddom Castle was rented out.
During the Second World War the Castle and grounds were requisitioned and allied servicemen lived in the extensive structure. The mansion fell into disrepair in the 1950s, which prompted the demolition of all the Victorian additions, revealing the 16th and 17th century Towerhouse. Today the tower is uninhabited.
the caravan park + the coach house
Hoddom Castle Caravan Park & Campsite has been operational since 1973. The site prides itself on its family appeal and more traditional nature, allowing guests to relax in tranquillity and beauty.
The site is home to 148 static caravans and has capacity for approximately 60 tourers and 27 tent pitches. Also available to hire for glamping are a small number of Kello Lodges and Chill Pods.
The Coach House is the hub of the Caravan Park and provides great food and drink along with adult and children's entertainment all season.
The Caravan Park has its own 9-hole golf course, a children’s outside play area and miles of river, forest and grassland walks.
Hoddom Castle is situated within a large parkland site, 5 to 10 miles from some of the best loved small towns in SW Scotland – Annan, Dumfries, Lockerbie, and the Wedding capital “Gretna Green”. A mere 4 miles from the M74 and
Just a short 1 hour drive from the Lake District, Galloway and The Scottish Borders. The Caravan Site is ideally situated for those travelling North to South or West to East just off the main A75 route from Ireland through Scotland and into England.