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“Feels like an old friend” 4 of 5 stars
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Cally Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   just outside Gatehouse of Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2DL, Scotland   |  
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Selby, UK
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Feels like an old friend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Have been coming to Cally since before the golf course and always enjoy the drive through the gates anticipating a relaxing enjoyable stay with amazing golf, good food and chilling out.

On this visit, and the first time, it was noticeable that gents did not adhere to the dress code for dinner and entered the dining room without a jacket or tie. Last year on a stay the manager turned down a diner without a tie! Have standards changed? Is a tee shirt now acceptable attire at dinner? Please don't let standards slip or Cally will lose its charm.

Room Tip: If you enjoy golf, rooms at the front of the hotel overlooking the car park are good.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Stranraer
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It was with great disappointment that I left Cally Palace after a two day break. The service was inconsistent, the food okish, and the suite shabby and tired. The grounds are magnificent, as are the views. Unfortunately they don't make up for the lack of "luxury" in this "Luxury Hotel"

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We recently enjoyed a 2 night break in this lovely old hotel. We had opted for a suite on the 3rd floor (room 54). Fabulous room with a beautiful view over the first fairway down to the lake.
Dinner was excellent and drinks prices very reasonable for a hotel.
Golf course is challenging and there were a few lost balls over the 3 days .... especially at the 13th.
Really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is an amazing hotel with excellent leisure facilities, simply perfect for that luxury getaway.
The approach to the hotel leads you up a mile long woodland driveway before the skies open up over the architecturally brilliant building, with its huge pillars towering over you as you walk inside.
Check-in at reception was both swift and courteous. We were also guided to our room by a porter who carried our luggage.
Our bedroom was large and grand, with all the amenities one could ask for. The views over the 18th hole were of course stunning.
The restaurant and food was beyond expectations, accompanied by attentive yet discreet professional service.
I noticed that the Hotel Manager, Robert McWhir personally met and spoke with each and every guest during dinner. What establishment provides that level nowadays?
There are so many country walks you can do around the hotel's grounds. We took the one to the beach which was beautiful. The 18 hole well maintained private golf course puts most membership courses to shame with it's challenging and attractive fairways and greens.
All in all a full 10/10 for this hotel. We will be back soon!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a delightful restaurant set in beautiful gardens and with all the finishing touches of a quality meal. We didn't stay at the hotel but maybe we will another time. The evening began with drinks on the lawn (it was a lovely summer's evening) and finished with coffee in the palatial lounge. In between there were meals chosen from the menu and cooked to perfection. The staff were professional and attentive.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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scotland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The Cally is an old friend. She is a magnificent old bird, with wings and a huge nest of the finest arboreal splendour you could ever wish to see.
I organised a golfing trip for twenty one of us last weekend. We were treated with respect and kindness for every request. The food was great. The rooms were terrific. Larger than most other hotels, and even larger than most downtown apartments in some city centres. The weather blessed us with fives golf holes of warm rain over four days. Not bad for south West Scotland.
The attention to detail is good. I had a call the previous week, telling me the hotel had loosened off it's dress code. I replied, the hotel may have, but we had not. Jackets and ties were worn.
We did not get a chance to sample all the leisure facilities, swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, croquet, tennis, snooker, billiards, and a great walking/running route through the trees.
We will return.

Room Tip: Go for a room in the main hotel.Worth the extra
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Although this hotel had been recommended to me many times this was actually my first visit. Everything about it was superb - including the weather! Delightful golf course, well maintained, attractive layout with some challenging holes - greens just a bit on the slow side. Bedrooms were excellent, breakfast was very good, dinner was superb, all served in a beautiful dinning room - real feeling of "old world" grandeur. Staff very friendly and helpful. I shall return to this remarkable hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking golf course very pleasant
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cally Palace Hotel

Address: just outside Gatehouse of Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2DL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Gatehouse of Fleet
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Gatehouse of Fleet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cally Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 56
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Also Known As:
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Hotel Cally Palace
Cally Palace Hotel Gatehouse Of Fleet, Scotland

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