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Dalhousie Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bonnyrigg
Reviewed 17 January 2011

great stay, made to feel compfortable with kids.
Breakfast is nice in the conservatory with deer in the grounds.
Perfect base for a few days sightseeing

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

To say that we were disappointed is a gross understatement…

Errors in reservations, dreadful state of the themed rooms – I cannot begin to explain the shocking state of the bathrooms (mildew on ceilings and around bath, peeling wallpaper etc.) not to mention the fact that appliances did not work. For £260 per room night, I expected FAR more.

It must however be said that the duty manager did what she could to correct the reservation error. Furthermore, dinner in the Dungeon was indeed superb.

Overall the experience was deplorable – I fail to see how this hotel got the rating it has…

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Brenin74
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Reviewed 8 January 2011

We stayed at Dalhousie Castle as part of their Hogmanay package. It was a special occasion (a birthday as well as being New Year) and we booked it well in advance. I was slightly concerned that it would not live up to expectations, but I could not have been more wrong. The whole experience, and it was an experience and not just a break in a hotel, surpassed expectations! The castle itself is a wonderful building and our room was spacious, clean, well furnished and had a huge four poster bed. The staff made us feel very welcome and were very knowledgeable about the history of the castle, the food was excellent as were the activities that were laid on. I would recommend a room with a four poster bed, booking to eat in the Dungeon restaurant and gentlemen wearing a kilt instead of black tie on New Years Eve - if you have ever fancied it, this is the time to do it! On leaving, we felt as though we had been invited to someone's much loved home to spend the New Year with them. Thank you for a lovely time - we have taken away some amazing memories of Hogmanay in a Scottish castle!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

The first sight of the castle was good but its driveway is a poor advert. Badly potholed particularly after recent very cold weather. At least it is not very long. Take the last exit off the little roundabout for parking in front of the hotel. Its a nice level crunchy gravel area near the main entrance. There are extensive grounds and woods to be explored later & photographed including great exterior views of the castle. The main entrance is via a nice old large door with big old stone masonry walls leading into the reception area. Its all really cosy and full of quaint features including plenty of nooks & crannies, historic pictures, lovely antique furniture, numerous wooden, stone, & carpeted stairways, quirky passageways, heavy old doors, ornate ceilings, the family tree wall hanging, and impromptu guided tours to secret areas if you ask the staff nicely.
We had several themed rooms in the oldest part of the castle, all amazing with different styles. The De Ramseia room was the best. Large (reception, hall, bathroom, sitting room, bedroom), & more quirky features!
The wedding was superb and was run as smooth as silk. The piper was fantastic, so helpful, & many wise words, as was the registraar. The chapel room suited the ceremony perfectly. The piping in was excellent. After the ceremony the Library & its bar was a cosy complement to the Dalwolsey sitting room atmosphere. Service was always helpfully on hand to serve a wide variety of drinks at castle prices of course but what a setting.
The wedding "break fast" was held in the Dungeon restaurant and again the piper & staff played their parts perfectly. The Menu 2 starter was heavenly, but I have to admit the mains were somewhat ordinary, particularly for £43pp, but nevertheless, this special event was very special indeed. Slightly on the negative side, nothing against the assistant staff serving but these days it seems every business wants to penny pick by using cheaper labour from who knows where whether they are conversant in the native tongue or not. Ce la vie!
Breakfast at the castle however restored our faith in quality cuisine. The porridge was one of the best ever sampled, and the full scottish was delectable particularly the black pudding.
All in all a wonderful unforgettable wedding experience.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2010

Fantastic castle for that special romantic getaway. Took husband as suprise for his birthday. Really friendly place. Rooms are stunning. Got to see a Scottish wedding complete with bagpipes, really beatiful. Went into Bonyrigg to a pub called Laird and Dog, a fab country pub, food out of this world, best prawns in Tempura batter ever tasted!! Stayed for 4 nights. Resturant in castle very expensive for what you get. Ask for a whisky, biggest supply I've ever seen, hidden in a secret library . Fantastic place to take that special loved one ( oh and by that I don't mean family pet! LOL x)

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

This stay was terrible - not in the main hotel but their 'annex' called the Lodge. This is a lovely hotel - I have stayed before but this time I was not given a room in the main hotel but was pushed off into the Annex (Lodge). It is 100 yrds away down a dank, dark potholed track. It was so dark I walked into the diabled ramp rail. The room was bad - extract fan busted. Curtains hanging off the rail, wall paper hanging off wall. Lumpy and very musty smelling bed. Worn and basic shower. There are good lounge and few other facilaties if you did, perhaps, talke over the full building as a group. But as a sole traveller it is a muddy walk in the dark and rain back up to the hotel to use the Spa, library or resteraunt. The room is worn and did not feel clean. There is no Wi Fi in the Annex so I did not email work either.

Just to make matters worse - some outward bound type of training was on and they blocked the road with vehicles. After I asked, in the rain, for them to move they did - but immediately blocked the track again so that I could not drive back down to my room and had to leave immediately after breakfast - not being able to use the Spa or my room after 8am!

My advice - stay in the hotel. It is lovely. But NEVER agree to a room in the Lodge.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 September 2010

If you are looking for a castle experience, this is ideal. If you are looking for a modern hotel with all the amenities, this is not the place for you. It is a bit expensive, but for us Canadians, was worth it just to say we stayed in a castle. The rooms was really something, unlike any hotel room I have ever stayed in. The castle is several stories high, and has no elevators. Upon check in we were greated with a porter who carried out bags up the 3 flights of stairs to our room, which was much appreciated. The grounds of the castle are very nice, there is even a falconry area where you can see owls. The Orangery restaurant was not great and abit expensive, but nothing really to complain about. The library area is a very nice place for a pre or post dinner drink with a varried drink menue.

Unfortauntely our room did have one negative aspect, the heat continually turned on and off throughout the night and was quite loud when on, thus making sleeping tough.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Brewcee
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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: £129 - £249 (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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