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“A medieval experience.. pleasant for a night away”
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Dalhousie Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bonnyrigg
Reviewed 29 July 2011

We wanted to experience castle living while on our vacation to Edinburgh and this was the perfect place for this type of quick experience getaway. We were only there for a night but the room was meticulously appointed and very authentic feeling... complete with a beautiful fireplace and mantle, wooden shutters and a canopied bed. It was certainly romantic and had that historical touch, maybe even a little spooky. The bathroom was all recently renovated and clean!

The spa was very comfortable, small but not too populated so the small quarters really weren't an issue. They have a couple different pools and steam/sauna rooms, as well as a very relaxing lounging sun room that overlooks the beautiful greenery surrounding the castle.

One of the highlights was having drinks in the library next to the roaring fire, followed by dinner in the dungeon. The food was surprisingly good (we weren't expecting much). The experience of the whole evening was perfect for a romantic getaway.

All in all a comfortable "experience" stay but nothing exceeded expectations drastically.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed here for one night in a themed room, in the main castle, which had a four poster bed and views of the lawn and property. The staff were very friendly and helpful, breakfast was included in the room and lovely. We had a few whiskeys in the library which was very nice. We were not attending a function here, there seemed to be a lot of romantic couples having a getaway. We didn’t order any room service so can’t comment on that, and we had a tour of the spa but didn’t partake in any activities. A great castle stay, perfect for romance or a large family getaway or function. If you like medieval style then this place is for you.

Pros
• Genuine Castle Feel
• Loved the Library and secret bar
• Dungeon Restaurant for dinner
• Lots for outdoor green space
• Falconry display is great
• Very clean room and modern bathroom
• Friendly staff (especially the night porters for that late night drink)

Cons
• Room was a little small with all the furniture
• A little far from Edinburgh if you plan to go in to town
• Looking a little warn in places but hey it dates back to 15th Century, so part of the charm,
• A little pricey but not totally over the top

Room Tip: Stay in the main castle if your can, the lodge is great for family groups though
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We spent 4 nights in Edinburgh, Scotland in June 2011. One of those nights was spent in Dalhouse Castle. We stayed in the Mary Queen of Scots room, and it was fabulous! It cost us a bit of money to stay there, but it was worth every cent, how often do you get to sleep in a castle? The price of our room included dinner in the dungeon restaurant. The dinner was amazing, there was so much food and each course was delicious!
The service here is fantastic, although it was busy the staff members provided excellent customer service, and made us feel as if we were the most important people in the world. They took us on a tour of the castle, they showed us the various rooms, including the original dungeon. They told us amazing stories of the history of the castle. The falconry, on site, is definately worth visiting. The spa was also included in our stay, and it was amazing. It was wonderful spending the afternoon just relaxing!

Room Tip: pay the extra money and get a themed room, the Mary Queen of Scots room was amazing!
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

This place is terrible, tired and run down. It requires some major money spent on it to improve the rooms and the outside area. The food was good as were the treatments, however, spa was nothing to write home about. Will not be returning and it is defienetly not worh the money.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

From the minute I walked in to the hotel I knew it was a special place. A big Scottish welcomed. Whether its relaxing in the library, chilling in the spa or eating in the dungeon restaurant I couldnt fault it.
Ive stayed here a few times in standard rooms but this time stayed in one of the castle rooms and with it visible well and towered bedroom you did feel like a Queen.

The food was wonderful, the grounds exilharating and it has a falconry. The spa is luxourious and definitely worth the visit. It would be a wonderful place for a wedding as it has so much charm and character as well as its own chapel.

The hotel/Casle is a very special place and at night lit up which is amazing. Bonnyrigg isnt that far from Edinburgh but I would suggest you stay a few days in and around the hotel and lap up the charm and luxury to the fullest.
A definite gem!!!!

Room Tip: There are various types of rooms and at different prices. Castle rooms, Themed Rooms, Four Posters...
  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

Following my booking three nights in a standard castle room here, I read a number of reviews and became I a little apprehensive about what to expect from this hotel. I needn't have worried. Immediately on arrival, we were very warmly welcomed by not only the receptionist but by every member of staff who passed us. The staff indeed turned out to be excellent throughout, (especially Grace, who even ran around supplying us with wellies before our walk)

I mentioned that we were celebrating a special occasion and had been advised an upgrade may be available....immediately we were upgraded to a wonderful suite (Edward 1) with its four poster bed and glorious view. The room was very spaciious, warm, comfortable and quite elegant (yes, there is one stain on the carpet as previously reported but not enough to spoil the overall decor) Hidden in a large unit was the iron/board/trouserpress/tea and coffee making facilities (and not instant stuff)/shoe polisher/sewing kit/fridge/safety deposit box etc. There were decent toiletries, dressing gowns and slippers supplied in the large bathroom, with bath and separate shower.

The grounds are lovely with woodland walks and a falconry. We used both restaurants and found the quality of food and service to be excellent. The dungeon restaurant offers a 5 course meal for £49 pp but is well worth at least one visit. The spa was wonderfully relaxing. As my husband and I generally had it to ourselves it was very enjoyable, however unsure how I'd feel if there were a number of other people using it....due to its size.

My only reservation in recommending this hotel would be if walking was difficult as I didn't see lifts or facilities catering for disabilities. Otherwise I would highly recommend Dalhousie Castle and will return.

Room Tip: If celebrating a special occasion, send an email in advance advising the hotel, and asking for a roo...
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

I would have rated this as a "good", but this isn't an option. It's not really very good, but then again it's better than average. It's a great building in a lovely parkland setting with a river winding it's way through the grounds and there are designated walking routes.

As you walk in the main entrance hall is also impressive. We had one of the more expensive rooms (Prince William I) as this was all that was left. We were on the second floor, had a great view, a big room with a four poster bed and chez longe, a small "office" in one of the castle turrets and entrance hallway with large wardrobe and a good sized bathroom with a bath as well as a shower. On the downside, the walls were covered in wallpaper with a stone pattern on rather than genuine brick work, and there were a few stains on the carpet.

The staff were mostly friendly and helpful, although the guy who checked us in could have been a bit more cheerful and welcoming; a smile wouldn't have gone amiss. He was the exception though, everyone else was fine. The spa facilities weren't really much of it unless you paid (a lot) extra for treatments. Otherwise all you got was a smallish pool/jacuzzi and a couple of steam rooms, one of which seemed not to be working.

The dungeon restaurant was a great setting and it was a nice touch sitting in the panelled library bar beforehand to peruse the menu and have some drinks. These were expensive, working out at around £7.40 a pint. We did however have some unusual parsnip crisps and olives. The meal itself was ok, but nothing spectacular. There were some nice touches like an amuse bouche to start and a small dish to cleanse the pallette before desert, but overall I've certainly had better for less. The orangery for breakfast was a nice setting, but it was a shame they didn't clear all the dead flies off the window sill before service commenced.

My main gripe was probably being expected to pay an extra tenner if I wanted to use the wireless broadband. I stayed in a £60 B&B the previous night, but if I pay £350 in a top hotel it's not. What a con.

Room Tip: One with a view, not in the dungeon
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Dalhousie Castle grounds, Bonnyrigg EH19 3JB, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Midlothian > Bonnyrigg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bonnyrigg
Price Range: £129 - £249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dalhousie Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Aqueous Spa is a magnificent 13th century fortress set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the River Esk. From the moment you arrive at Dalhousie Castle a warm Scottish welcome awaits. Whether relaxing in the the Spa, gathering in the library next to the open fire, dining in the vaulted 2 Rosette winning dungeon restaurant, or retiring to your chambers, you will always feel as welcome as the 'Laird'. ... more   less 
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