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Dalhousie Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bonnyrigg
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Norwich
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“Phenominal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

Went there for a relatives wedding and could not find a single thing negative about anything. The room was breathtaking, the castle wonderous, the food top drawer, the service spot-on, the Piper and Recpetion staff genuinely polite and courteous. Well Done and Thank You!!

Room Tip: Got to be the 4-poster in the turret!!!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

Spent Christmas at Dalhousie, was wonderful.
Food was excellent, the castle has so much history and character, and falconry and archery on site. Was a christmas away with a 10 year old, she loved it, made friends and loved the idea of dressing up.
It was not a case of having to be dressed for each meal, just if you wanted to, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Was a wonderful little get away. One thing that got us, unlike the castles in England, it was not big and not obvious from the road, quite little get away. Just what the doctor ordered.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2012

Internally the hotel is looking very shabby. The room rate is the same as Prestonfield House hotel nearby and the experience could not have been more different. We were given a bedroom that clearly doubled as a meeting room with a sofabed and with a door that had been forced with a crowbar. We know where we will be choosing next time.
On the other hand the setting is stunning and a little investment would enhance the experience for all.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012

from the minute we all arrived until the minute we left the whole experience was perfect.All the staff were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble.Graham was great and made sure everything ran smoothly ,i can't speak highly enough of him.We had sole use of the castle and all our family and friends had a lovely time.the place was spotless and the food was delicious.As a wedding venue or just as a break in a romantic scottish castle dalhousle castle is a must!

Room Tip: all the rooms were so individual they were all lovely
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012 via mobile

From the first moment we drove down the approach to the castle we were filled with a magical sense of history. The team were great from Check in through to departure. We had a fantastic 4 poster room which had a sense of style and authenticity and we could imagine the figures from history who may have stayed there during the castle's long history. We enjoyed a relaxing hour in the spa and the most wonderful meal in the atmospheric Dungeon Restaurant. The food was top class and the evening was made complete when Andrew Sharpe talked through some of the castle history and some of the ghostly occurrences.
In the morning after a lovely Scottish breakfast we had a stroll in the grounds which were lovely on a sunny spring morning. We have read a number of reviews saying the castle looks worn and in need of decoration but we just do not agree as the aesthetics of the castle reflect the history and authenticity and any improvements need to be carefully planned to maintain the look and feel of this wonderful place. We will definitely return to this magical place

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

My husband and I chose Dalhousie, as we wanted to stay in Scottish castles. We were a bit disappointed with our choice.

The castle is stunning on the approach. The reception area is nice, spaces are large and interesting. I can only say that it's time for the owners to have a walk-through with a restoration expert to get some ideas of how they can update their establishment with appropriate paint, wallpaper, carpets. I understand that a major overhaul would not be possible. It is, after all, an old castle that has seen many different uses over the many centuries of its existence. I just think a bit of updating could be in order, as it doesn't appear to have been touched in the 40 years since it was converted to a hotel.

As for service, it was okay, though impersonal. The staff are professional, without seeming to care a lot about the individual guests they are serving. I cannot fault them or praise them. There was never an offer of help with seeing the countryside, anything that could have been improved in our room, etc.

Breakfast was good. It was not outstanding. We did eat in both the Orangery Restaurant and in the Dungeon Restaraunt. The mushroom soup in the Orangery was excellent. The food in the Dungeon was good, but left us dissatisfied because of the extremely miniscule portions. We were definitely paying for ambiance, not quantity.

We are glad we stayed at Dalhousie, because otherwise we would wonder if we should have given it a try. However, we will never return there, and were not sad to leave it.

Room Tip: We stayed in the William Wallace room, at the very top. It is the only one that opens onto the batt...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2012 via mobile

We returned for our 6th anniversary after getting married here. I am glad to say that it is still superb. Location, spa,food and staff are first rate. After years of under investment by von esson the new owners wont need to spend a huge amount to take this back upto 5 stars where it belongs.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Property: Dalhousie Castle
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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