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“Castle visit and dungeon dining”
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Dalhousie Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bonnyrigg
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Castle visit and dungeon dining”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Had always wanted to stay in a castle and was not disappointed. Really unique experience. The restaurant was set in the dungeon which was really memorable, but for the right reasons. Food fantastic. Well worth a visit.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Visited Dalhousie Castle twice now and I've been highly impressed on both occasions. On the first trip me and my partner visited the spa facilities and then enjoyed lunch afterwards.
On the second visit we booked the spa facilities again with treatments and stayed overnight. We both really enjoyed our stay and cannot fault the elegant castle at all or the very helpful staff. The room was very clean and the castle and its beautiful surroundings had real character and ambiance.
The highlight of our trip was an unexpected tour from the night porter! This wasn't organised by the hotel but I feel he simply does tours to pass the time but it was brilliant. He showed us parts of the hotel we definitely wouldn't have normally seen and shared its fascinating history. He really did make our trip memorable as he was a bit of a comedian!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

We ( my wife and i ) have just returned from a post honeymoon two night stay. So here goes .The Orangery for breakfast was fantastic offering a cooked breakfast and a continental buffet. We also dined twice in the Dungeon restaurant which the setting and the food was amazing. We were treated to two freebies of starters and deserts for us both compliments of the chef. My wife had one spa treatment and said it was as good as she had had anywhere else. But was slightly disappointed the hydro pool was closed. But she did use the steam room which was a pleasure.
The staff were excellent . The room was a theme room and quite authentic of what I expected the castle experience to be, with the best and most comfortable hotel bed I've slept in. The room was clean, warm and well stocked with tea n coffee etc. The bathroom was very good bath/shower with fresh towels and toiletries daily.
The wifi was fast and strong all round the castle except in the dungeon. To be expected it was underground.
The grounds where lovely and well presented. The falconry is well worth a look. It was also pleasant to watch the wild deer from our room and the Orangery. I did look at reviews before our visit and admit some concerned me ,but we found it excellent and would definitely return . Highly recommended. Thank you for a memorable most enjoyable stay.
Room 9 .Mr & Mrs G.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Haslemere
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

My wife and I, accompanied by our daughter and her partner who live in Edinburgh, spent the week-end at this very unique hotel whilst enjoying their 7 course Burns Night supper. Everything was of the very highest standard from the friendliness of the staff to the rooms to the exceptional catering. We had a "themed" room whilst the "children" had a normal one. Both rooms were of the very highest standard. It is an independent hotel and it showed. Everyone seemed to be genuinely happy to be working there and making your stay as enjoyable as possible was truly their pleasure. If you go, I hope that you meet Andrew the piper who has an accent similar to the late John Laurie and so could be listed to for hours. I also hope that Peter the night porter is on duty who will take you on a ghost tour of the castle - what a character! Outside there are falconry and archery which you can either watch or participate in and inside there is a spa, which I have to say we sadly did not sample. Not only an excellent hotel but it is the perfect wedding venue which its has own chapel: they even have a owl who will fly down the aisle to deliver the wedding rings!!!! You will not be disappointed with this hotel.

Room Tip: We are told that Room 17 is the most haunted!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Myself and my partner had dinner here at the weekend.

We loved it ! the setting is amazing, we had drinks in the library first, then were brought down to the dungeon restaurant which is so unique and intimate. We were introduced to our waiter Carlos who was just a delight all evening! extremely professional yet friendly at the same time. Our food was superb, we had fillet of beef each and it was cooked to perfection. Cant wait to go back, would highly recommend this restaurant, great for couples and specials occasions :)

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We had the pleasure of having our Christmas Day lunch at Dalhousie Castle.
In the Dungeon Restaurant.
The setting was wonderful, even santa made an appearance.
We were served champagne in the drawing room whilst our table was set then had a
fantastic 6 course lunch.
The food was truly the best meal we've had. Top marks to the chef.
The waiter was great, extremely polite, professional, ,attentive & very informative about the history of the castle.
Hannah the events co-ordinator also was excellent in the booking process.
Thanks to all the staff involved - we'd love to return.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

went to the castle for a week the week before Christmas,beautiful castle ,staff very polite and friendly and helpful,there isn't anything I found to complain about , I cant understand previous bad reviews! wonderful food everyday . beautiful setting ,perfect. cant wait to return very soon .

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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