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“History and Comfort in a Quaint Market Town” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dornoch Castle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Certificate of Excellence
Farmington, Connecticut
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278 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“History and Comfort in a Quaint Market Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2011

This friendly hotel was chosen for its character and charm and it delivered both. Our pretty room had a view of the back garden with distant water views, calm and happy. The spotless bathroom was also appreciated.
In the bar is a glass display case filled to the brim with every type of whiskey imaginable and an enormous stone fireplace. The expert staff can recommend and explain the whiskey selection; they even kept handy the books and bibles of whiskey rating. (I do not have a good enough palate to appreciate fine whiskey, though)
The restaurant, a glassed veranda, offers views onto the gardens. At first, I was bewildered by how bright it seemed at dinner time... the sun doesn't set until very late at night! Glorious! Excellent food, excellent service in a beautiful setting. It is family run... so you get personal attention from the staff.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bravo-cinzia
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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2011
Thank you for such wonderful comments, all the staff really appreciated such comments and we thrive on ensuring a memorable stay.
We hope to see you again in the furture.
Warmest wishes from all the staff at Dornoch Castle
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Northants, England
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99 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

First impression of this hotel was really positive. Huge room which was fabulous, 4 poster bed, vaulted ceiling, champagne on ice, bathrobes and slippers. Sadly let down by grey and frayed face cloths in the bathroom on the first day and really poor quality and outdated bed linen. It was spotlessly clean but clearly showing signs of it's age (from the pattern I would guess about 15 years old). When I checked the duvet again it appeared to be an ancient bobble polyester one. Not impressed given the cost of the room £650 for 3 nights)

Staff were really friendly and the evening meal was good value but again let down badly by outdated maroon polyester tablecloths and battered cutlery.

We only had breakfast on the first day and it was reasonable - nothing special, staff began to move tables ready for lunch sitting before we had finished eating and this really put us off.

There is some free wifi but for some reason it is limited to public rooms and only 30 minutes a day.

We probably wouldn't go back, it was just too expensive and we stayed in some fabulous B&Bs during our trip that far outweighed this hotel both in quality and value for money.

Room Tip: Look for a special deal, rack rates are expensive.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Kittybat12
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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2011

The Food was Excellent, the main mean was very well cooked and the breakfast was also excellent. The Staff were friendly, really nice barman.
The executive family room was superb and having two rooms with a "Jack and Jill" Bathroom was excellent.
I did explain that one of the beds in the kids bedroom had seen better days and they said that they would look into it.

Room Tip: there is no elevator so be ready for the stairs. Book a table early, as it was busy.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank aldial44
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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2011
Thank you for your comments, all the staff strive to ensure that every guests has a memorable stay while they are here.
We hope that you are able to visit again in the furture.
Warmest wishes from all the staff at Dornoch Castle
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Scotland
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

Groupon deal. £99 for 2 including breakfast and bottle of wine for room. Bargain.Really enjoyed this hotel. Large room (room 9). Very clean but hot at night despite heating being off. Large, clean bathroom. Wi-fi free but only in residents lounge and bar. Garden view (really just a lawn with tables and chair). We only had breakfast twice here but it was delicious. Waitresses very friendly and efficient. Thanks ladies! Bar staff also great...especially "Curly" who advised on whiskies. No lift in hotel but staff did offer to take luggage if needed. Hotel was a great base for us to explore the north of Scotland. We had dinner at a local restaurant which was lovely and so we went also the 2nd night. Would return to this hotel. Local resident worthy, Gordon, spoke to us one morning outside the hotel and told us some local history.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jimguru
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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2011
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, we are glad you had such a lovely stay and we strive to ensure that every guest has a memorable stay.
We hope that you can visit us again in the furture.
Warmest wishes from all the staff at Dornoch Castle
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Aberdeen
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2011

We enjoyed a 3-night midweek break on a dinner, B&B basis. We stayed in the lovely Tower Room, which had smart decor and furniture along with a lovely fireplace complete with woodburning stove. The room was very clean and there was nice toiletries in the bathroom as well as fluffy robes and towels. The only downside to this room was that it was a bit of a climb to the top, but probably went some way to keeping trim as the breakfasts were very good as were the dinners which included canapes. Each night there was a specials menu and we were lucky to have lobster one night. The bar also had an excellent choice of beers and an exceptional choice of whiskies. Dornoch itself is such a pretty place with a beautiful beach and is a brilliant base to explore the area. I will definitely return; maybe in the winter next time so I can use the woodburner.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BeautifulCritic
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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2011
We are all so delighted that you had such a lovely time and loved the Tower Room.
We hope to see you again in furture.
Warmest wishes from all the staff at Dornoch Castle
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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2011

I just spent a short break with my 9 year old grandaughter at Dornoch Castle hotel .The hotel is very comfortable and the staff exceptionally friendly and helpful .All staff made themselves available and made us feel very welcome .We ate in the hotel for the two nights and the food was fresh and well prepared the dining room looks out on a lovely garden area which was very pretty.Dornoch is a pretty wee place the locals are friendly and there are a few good gift shops including the old jail.The Cathedral and sandy beach are both stunning .We were sad to leave and i plan to go back .Thanks and well done Dornoch castle .

Room Tip: The room overlooking the garden with the four post
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank carolyn063
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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2011
Thank you for your lovely comments, all the staff are delighted that you and your grand-daughter had such a lovely time and we hope to see you again in the furture.

Warmest wishes from all the staff at Dornoch Castle
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Germany
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2011

We've been at Dornoch Castle for just one nigth. We chose this Hotel spontaneously, when we came though the village while looking for accommodation around Dornoch. First good news for us, they had a superior double room available which they would let us for £100 ("normally" £175). First impression was really good. We liked the room, which was situated above the restaurant glass roof. There was enough space for our suitcases and even bath robes provided. We wondered a little about the kitchen-fan, we could hear humming from the other side of the building, but it was switched off at appropriate time, so it did not annoy us at night. We enjoyed the restaurant with a good very good meal and friendly staff. And we liked the Bar very much, with a good choice of whisky and very nice barkeepers.
What blurred our experience on the Dornoch Castle, was the bathroom. When we wanted to have a shower before going to bed, we found the shower curtain unappetisingly blotched. I guess this is, because it is way too long for this tub, and so it lies on the bathtubfloor and stays wet all the time. Well, that evening we decided that we wouldn't want to touch this with our feet.
Another "no go" were the yellow stains on the porcelain, when we lifted the toilet seat. I don't know which kind of comments your wifes let off, at the sight of this. Anyway, my wife was, let's say "not amused". A little more care at this point of housekkeping would help a lot at minimum effort.
To summarize our experience, the basis is quite ok, the staff is very friendly and obliging. But the housekeeping, especially in the bathrooms, definitely must be improved, since this is not adequate even to £100, nor to £175. If the objectionable topics were eliminated, I absolutely could imagine coming back here again - for let's say £90.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank webalex
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Property: Dornoch Castle Hotel
Address: Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Dornoch Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Castle is located in the historic town of Dornoch across from the stunning 13th century Cathedral, boasting stunning views of the town. The central position of the hotel makes it ideal for exploring Dornoch, home to the world famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course, which overlooks the breath taking golden sand beach. Dornoch is also well situated for those looking to explore more of what the Highlands have to offer. The historic Castle is built on the site of the original Bishop’s Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th century. The building eventually sold on and in 1947 became a hotel after some extensive work, which maintain much of the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable home. The Castle boasts a total of 22 en-suite bedrooms situated both within the original castle and the modern garden extension. There is a variety of room types available including; standard, superior, deluxe and our award winning Old Courtroom. Due to the castle’s layout each bedroom has its own special ambiance, great care has been taking in creating a distinctive character in each bedroom. The Castle's restaurant has retained an AA rosette standard, through the exceptional work from the chefs. The malt whisky selection is second to none and can be enjoyed in the cosy stone-lined whisky bar with the roaring fire to protect you from the Scottish winds, in the summer the walled garden is the perfect setting to relax during the long summer nights. Coming Summer 2016: The Dornoch Distillery will be opening soon on the grounds of the Dornoch Castle Hotel producing 'Old Style' Whisky and Hand Crafted Organic Gin from scratch. ... more   less 
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