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“It was the most beautiful place for a wedding.”

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Dornoch Castle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
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Overland Park, Kansas
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“It was the most beautiful place for a wedding.”
Reviewed 8 October 2010

My nephew was married in Dornach at the cathedral. Both families stayed at the Dornoch Castle and the reception and rehearsal dinner were also there. It was the most beautiful place for a wedding. The pictures they took were amazing. They used all the vendors recommended by the hotel and were happy with all of them. The hotel and food were great. The rooms are very quaint and comfortable nothing fancy except for the honeymoon suite my nephew had. It looked just like you'd expect a castle room to look like. A huge bed and fireplace. They loved it. My father had the room next door and it was very nice. Both of those rooms were on the west side. You could walk out from the hallway onto a stone balcony. The town of Dornoch was so much fun to explore. The men all played golf the day before while the girls went shopping. There are a lot of cute shops and restaurants on the main street. The atmosphere, the scenery, the bagpipes, the minister, everything was perfect. I would recommend this as a wedding venue to anyone or just a beautiful spot to vacation.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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dornochcastle, Receptionist at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 12 October 2010
We are delighted both families enjoyed their stay at Dornch Castle Hotel, and thank you for your comments.
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scottish highlands
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Reviewed 8 October 2010

Stayed at the Dornoch Castle on 3rd October to celebrate our first wedding anniversary as we held our wedding reception there. Again, the staff were extremely welcoming and the food was absolutely superb. We had our Sunday lunch in the bright and airy restaurant which was the most gorgeous beef roast and also dinner there, where we had venison which was to die for. The service was also of a very high standard.
We stayed in the 'Old Courtroom' which is spectacular with it's old castle walls and four poster bed. We lit the open fire and enjoyed our complimentary champagne and sherry beside the crackling log fire.
All in all an absolutely splendid stay and thanks to Colin and his staff for making our stay memorable. Hope to see you same time next year.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

Stayed for 2 nights while attending a wedding in the beautiful village of Dorncoh. The hotel looks fantastic in a perfect location in the centre of the historic town (not a modern building or tacky shop in sight) opposite the Cathedral. Enjoyed everything, staff very friendly and helpful, bar the nicest in Dornoch with real ales and malts, food great and room clean and of a decent size. I missed not having a bath in the room but the shower at least was very spacious.
Would love to return.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2010

This is a lovely Hotel having an excellent location in the centre of town. The staff are pleasant and the food at both breakfast and dinner is plentiful and imaginative. The Hotel was busy and they could only offer us a 'Superior' room on this visit. This entitled us to complimentary sherry, chocolates, slippers and bottled water. However none of this made up for the fact that the room itself was awful! No view, no bath a cracked sink & mis-matched furniture. Cleanliness of the bathroom was suspect, looked as if loo had not been flushed or perhaps the plumbing does not work Chambermaid should check that. I KNOW the Hotel has some lovely rooms - just make sure you ask to see your room before agreeing to pay the extra for a Superior room that just may not live up to the name.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 26 August 2010

I always like to stay in one nice hotel when I'm on my yearly golfing trip to Scotland. This year it was the Dornoch Castle Hotel. It is a very fine place with comfy rooms, a breakfast that is second to none and an excellent, very competent staff. At 118 pounds, it is a bit steep but very memorable. Once again, I got lucky! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled solo
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

Booked two nights at Dornoch castle for or anniversary. Asked for a room in the old part of the castle which was fantastic.The service and staff were friendly and very helpful. The food was very good. Dornoch is a lovely town with the most gorgeous beach. We spend to great days and are hoping to be back soon.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

we booked the castle superior double room...and it was very different from the photo available in the official castle website. To be honest all the castle (facilities, dining room, restaurant) is poor, crumbling and just old...not ancient.
There is no Hall (they checked us in and out in the Bar...above the drink counter)..and then assigned us a room with old closets and dirty moquette.
The restaurant room is not in the castle but is a wooden prefabricated building...and also the garden rooms are in another prefabricated building (as we noticed while we were having breakfast in the garden..a very small garden).
So to summarize our stay, we spent 175 & to sleep one night in a cold and dusty room and to have breakfast in a wooden hut.
However they have arranged a beautiful website...unfortunately very different from the real offer.

Cristina

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 21 August 2010
Thank you for the comments you have posted on Trip Advisor.

We are happy to accept criticism of service where it is due, and do our utmost to respond to any adverse comments positively.

You are certainly entitled to your opinion, however we have thousands of happy guests who return and visit us each year. Perhaps The Dornoch Castle just wasn’t for you.

Kindest Regards
Manager
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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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