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Dalhousie Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bonnyrigg
Reviewed 21 October 2013

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.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

After looking longingly at the website for over a year I finally got the chance to whisk my fiancee away for a short break to Dalhousie castle. If you are used to staying at 5 Star hotels and luxury boutiques then do not come here, if on the other hand you wear a short sleeved shirt of nylon-cotton blend, drive a Vauxhall cavalier and it's your wedding day - well then by all means this will be paradise. Basically the place turned out to be in a state of total disrepair, the website photos must be about 10 years old now, almost the entire spa was out of order, along with peeling wallpaper and printed A4 signs stuck up everywhere. We stayed in the De Ramesis suite which was generally had a feeling of damp about it along with a few failed lights and a worn out mattress. The rest of the hotel, the carpets are worn out the reception area is badly in need of updating. The staff although friendly-ish are hardly competent. Breakfast was a disaster, I've never had pink (!?) scrambled eggs before but I suspect they were made from old bouncy balls. I had arranged to be met by a bottle of champagne in the room on arrival - this never materialized. If you like to spend time outside then prepare for the quarter hourly dumping of recycling glass which must be nearby. I could go on and on. Dinner in the Dungeon restaurant was quite good, about the only quality moment we had. To the owners of Dalhousie - go and stay at Prestonfield house, came back and make changes.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

A must place to stay if you're going to Edinburgh. The Dalhousie is a fabulous. The Castle and the grounds are beautiful. The owners have done a great job renovating this authentic Scottish castle. The foyer is gorgeous. All of the rooms are themed. We had a nice four poster room with a turret balcony, The Cockpen, which was roomy with a modern bathroom and desk. We ate in the Dungeon both evenings which is a neat experience. However, both the Dungeon and Orangerie menus are excellent. Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank BrianRI
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

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.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

Stayed on business recently and was impressed by the location and the appearance, great looking building, my room was good size well appointed , service was ok had to ask for my drink at dinner twice before it arrived, to say there was a fine dining restaurant in the hotel the food in the second restaurant (the Orangery) was quite ordinary, the belly pork I had was dry and chewy, breakfast was ok but again bacon and sausage was plain tasting and only available form 7.30 am. Place was filled with American accents, and I'm sure it would have been a great experience for tourists as the building is particularly impressive.

Wi-Fi was understandably patchy because of the thick stone walls. Good for holidaymakers but not really set up for a business trip

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank Earmas
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

We only visited Dalhousie for lunch in the Orangery. We found the view lovely and relaxing. Service was also attentive and friendly. However, the menu is very restricted from a selection perspective and the environment is very old fashioned. Room set up is too formal and also formal staff uniforms all add up to a slightly stuffy feel. Has immense opportunity if efforts can be made to make the environment less formal and family orientated. We will go back.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We spent the afternoon at this lovely castle. It is also a hotel and spa. We had a lovely lunch in “The Orangery” overlooking the picturesque lands of the castle. We had high tea in the library later in the afternoon which was a true delight. The feature we came for was the falconry. We reserved a spot for “the ultimate falconry experience”. What an incredible experience we had! We started off meeting all the birds – they have around 25 or so various species. “Tom” the falconer brought out a falcon and we followed him to the nearby grounds to fly him. We flew a falcon, owl, kestrel, hawk and an eagle (needed a very heavy duty leather glove for this bird). To “fly” them meant you were given a heavy glove and the falconer would put a piece of food on your glove and the bird would fly right to you from the perch, and in the hawk’s case, the nearby tree. We were able to experience that several times with each bird. We had a beautiful day, the birds, a castle in the background, lovely grounds, great company, etc. A fantastic experience that everyone should experience!

  • Stayed: September 2013, 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: £80 - £228 (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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