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Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carberry
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 September 2013

This is a lovely wedding venue, Full of olde worlde charm and atmosphere. The gardens are beautiful and fortunately the weather was superb for our friends' stunning wedding. The venue is clearly geared up to functions, food was very good and the event ran smoothly. However the evening prior to the wedding was a disappointment as the bar menu was extremely limited and staff appeared to be in need of more training, Craig however saved the day and was still on duty two days later for Sunday breakfast which was delicious, We stayed in the budget room in a lodge in the grounds. Clean and perfectly adequate although a little tired. But beware lodge owners are refused a Tab at the bar and are therefore made to feel a little inferior to those residents with rooms in the hotel,

Room Tip: Budget lodges are excellent value
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Great castle building and grounds in peaceful location 8-9 miles from Edinburgh. Double room fairly small for the price, with almost unusably small bathroom. A friend had another room which was billed as a double but had a very small bed, queen size or smaller. Food wasn't great and bar service slow; skipped breakfast because looked rotten. Very difficult to find any members of staff when you needed them, and when you found them they were run off their feet / grumpy. I'd think twice about paying the quite high price again.

Basically, it's got the looks but not the substance.

Room Tip: Some rooms were billed as doubles but had very small beds.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank greenfish45
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Superb country house setting, steeped in history and easy to see why it's so popular as a wedding venue. Our experience here was very positive, we had the perfect bedroom on the third floor, with views over the extensive grounds. Staff were helpful throughout, even though you could see they were stretched at times (particularly in the bar, which seemed understaffed during busy periods) We didn't have time to explore the grounds but there are plenty walks around the estate. Maybe next time.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

I have stayed here twice in the last month. The staff are very friendly and the accommodation in the hotel is generally good although don't take a single bed as they are very uncomfortable and cheap, the double bed that I stayed in was very good. The buffet breakfast had flies all over it on my first visit so I pointed it out to the new general manager. Sadly nothing had changed for this visit it was still exposed and fly ridden. They are now charging extra for a hot breakfast. It is not up to the standard of Ackergill it's sister venue. It could do with Jackie the manager from there working her magic on it as it could be outstanding. They do not have modern facilities like a coffee machine but they do have tea making facilities in the rooms.
It is in a lovely quiet location for those of you who want to be near the centre without the hustle and bustle as it is very near to the ring road and A1.

Room Tip: Overlooking the rosé garden.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

this is a very romantic hotel, with stained glass windows, a suit of Armour and a wild boar in the entrance. Our room was small but really beautiful and comfortable. Only the bathroom was small and so poorly laid out, it was barely usable. Our views were over the garden and walking on the grounds is a treat. We did not have dinner at the hotel, as breakfast was a bit of a shambles with one waitress trying to crisis manage a whole room full of guests. There was some help floating around, but it seems it was all on her. The next day breakfast ran more smoothly. In spite of this I would recommend this charming and beautiful hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nicci R
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Carberry Tower is a beautiful castle hotel with lovely grounds. Although a bit pricey for the small room that I had, I enjoyed the ambiance of the experience. But it was lovely as I only planned to sleep in my room so that I could enjoy as much of Scotland and the locations as possible. The high tea was great, and the dinner was nice. If you want to experience a castle hotel, this is a good choice just south of Edinburgh.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Allie P
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Firstly for £135 my single room was tiny, couldnt fine remote for tv, no powerpoint near mirror (although this was rectified by providing a mirror) but clean, basic and newly renovated.

The "Dining Experience" was exactly that........ an experience never to be repeated. The staff desperately need direction & training. Two choices for each course, pork belly or salmon for main, not very inspiring and not wanting to eat "fat" I chose the salmon which was ok and something I could have anywhere and possibly cook better myself. We chose the menu without wine but our one of our companions chose the menu with wine, firstly she had to ask and was never given any more than 1 glass!! We had to pour our own wine for the duration of the meal. Coffee (which was bitter) and petit fours came without the petit fours.

If you are selling this as a Dining Experience then make it one to remember but for the right reasons.

Breakfast was a farce!! We had to clear and set up our own table after waiting, others waiting a long time, no-one was turning over dirty tables.

Yes this hotel looks stunning from the outside and I am sure if you pay a premium for the suites they are lovely to stay in but as soon as you walk in the door it goes down hill fast.

I would never recommend anyone staying here nor would I ever set foot in again and I have stayed at many many hotels.

Room Tip: Dont bother. I am not a complaining person but this took the biscuit.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Sue A
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Additional Information about Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate

Address: Carberry, Musselburgh EH21 8PY, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > East Lothian > Musselburgh > Carberry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Carberry
Price Range: £81 - £178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate is a place of intimate grandeur. And to arrive here is to weave your own journey into a story that goes back to 1480 when our first foundation stone was laid. Since then, we have been a gathering place for Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses and over the centuries the great and the good have also come to warm themselves by our fires and feast from our banqueting tables. And today, more strongly than ever, the banner that reigns over Carberry Tower continues to reflect the matchless values of excellence, abundance and grace - coupled together of course, with the very warmest of Scottish hospitality. Guests can dine in the Rose Garden Restaurant and enjoy a four course menu designed by Head Chef, commencing with canapes and a welcome drinks reception. Private dining for 2 or banquets can also be arranged. ... more   less 
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Carberry Tower Hotel Musselburgh
Carberry Tower Mansion House And Estate East Lothian

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