There were 6 of us and we stayed only one night. We opted for a themed room. It was a lovely big room, the best one up to that point in our trip. It was clean and comfortable with a great view outside. The scenery and the room were beautiful. The only negative I have is that nowhere could i find what 'theme' our room was supposed to be.
We got there late in the day so only had time for a short walk around the immediate grounds and in the building before freshening up and meeting the others for drinks in the Library. I found the building and grounds to be beautiful. The building is a maze of stairs and hallways so without the signage you definitely could get lost.
I have to agree with some other reviewers that the staff person in the Library was not friendly or particularly attentive. We had to wait quite a while for service. The room is gorgeous but compact so you can't have more than 2 groups our size and maybe 2 other couples. This is where you go before dinner in the Dungeon to place your dinner order. They take you down to dinner when they are ready for you.
There was a wedding going on when we were there but other than not being able to check out a couple of the rooms because they were being used the wedding didn't negatively impact service or our enjoyment.
Dinner in the Dungeon was excellent. The service was very good and the food was delicious. We loved eating there. If you stay in the castle you have to eat dinner here. It may be expensive but if like me it is the one and only time you will actually stay in a castle then this is an experience not to miss.
The concierge was excellent and all the staff except the gentleman in the Library were friendly and helpful. Was very happy there was help taking our bags up the many flights of stairs.
Breakfast was in the Orangerie and was good. My only complaint is (and it is the complaint i have everywhere we stayed outside London) there are no meat products beside pork for breakfast. I don't eat pork and it would be nice to have the option of chicken, turkey or beef sausages or turkey or chicken cold cuts.
Never stayed in any other castle so don't know how it compares but we really enjoyed ourselves.
- 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
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