Our son was married in the castle, Sept 13, a perfect venue. On arrival the entrance was not what you would expect, hidden round the back and painted 'pinkish' A nice touch was the bowl of apples from which you could help yourself as you entered. We up graded our room, to be honest the only difference we could see from a normal one, was the heavy draped curtains over the bed/windows Don't waste your money. Thank goodness they took my suitcase to the room as there are many steps & corners to get round that it is very easy to get lost. Thought that 'tagging' guests could be an idea so they could find lost guests quickly. They supplied dressing gowns & slippers but made it quite clear that you must not take them with you. Do they have a market for second hand slippers ??? The carpet in the room was stained and needed a good clean. Best rooms would seem to be the ones at the lodge which had a nice conservatory to sit in, and a lot cheaper than rooms in the castle.
The wedding ceremony in the chapel was very good, great location not far to walk, 5 yards. The owl bringing the wedding rings was a very nice touch. The meal was good but not spectacular.
Breakfast in the Orangery was average, glad the weather kept fine otherwise the views across the grounds would have been cold. Staff were very good.
Biggest disappointment was the 'Bar' hidden in the library, we were only a small party, a larger one would not have been able to seat everyone. Only had bottle bear, after two cold ones they had run out ! The grumpy barmen did find one other but was not chilled. A castle that size with out a bar selling draught beer is not acceptable, don't they know what happens after a wedding ? The fridge in the 'bar' could at most hold 40 bottles, what they do after the first hour I am not sure.They forced us to go out to the local pub, whilst there we had a meal. What a missed opportunity. Still as other people have said the meals are expensive and only average. Had two curries for £10 in the pub, it was a no 'brainer where to have a meal.
On the Thursday evening Peter took about 20 of us on a ghost tour of the castle. Started at 10pm so we really got the atmosphere, even the children found it very interesting, yes the following morning someone had been visited by the ghost.
Great wedding venue but the finer points need addressing, been to better castles at a better price.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Dalhousie Castle Bonnyrigg, Scotland
- Dalhousie Castle Hotel Bonnyrigg
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