Just got back from staying the weekend at Dornoch Castle Hotel and we loved the whole experience.
On arrival on the Friday evening, we were greeted by a very nice lady who, after checking us in, personally took us to our room. She was so nice and helpful. We were in a Garden Room which was very pleasant indeed, with everything you would need/expect. The lady kindly asked us if there was anything else we needed etc, explained brekfast times, etc. just like a 5 star hotel. The room was super with a big flat screen TV and the most comfy bathrobes, and a lovely view over the pretty gardens. The bed was very comfortable too!
We were booked in for 2 nights DBB. Breakfast was served by particularly experienced and very cheery ladies. Dinner was sublime, with a wonderful choice each night and very attentive staff ready to explain any dishes further and offer advice on wine etc.
There is a really cosy bar area, where you can sit and relax in front of a roaring fire, which is a real treat after a hard days sightseeing!
I would definitely reccommend the Dornoch Castle Hotel to everyone. It's a really cracking place to be, very nice and friendly staff, excellent service (like a 5 star hotel), the best food, great location.
Perhaps if you read some of the the old previous mentions, you might think it would put you off. I have stayed in some of the best hotels in Britain and believe me when I say, I would not go to to the bother of doing this write up if I didn't think this particular hotel deserved it! Try it out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Castle is almost certainly on the site of the original Bishop's Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th Century, but it is not known when the oldest surviving part of the present building was put up. In 1557 the Palace was given to the Earl of Sutherland by his brother in law, Bishop Robert Stewart. It is clear that the building was erected before that date and may well be of the late 15th Century. The earliest surviving documentary evidence of the Palace is the Charter of 1557 by which the Bishop Robert appointed the Earl of Sutherland and his heirs to be hereditary Constables for Dornoch "situated in the Irish (Gaelic speaking) Country among the wild, unbridled, untamed and savage Scots". The appointment was made by the Bishop who was alarmed by the progress of the Lutheran doctrines and wished to safeguard the property of the Church by putting it temporarily in the care of his relations. He cannot have visualised that the Church would never own its property again. When the building passed into private hands in 1922 it was considerably modernised. Further extensive work was carried out after it became a hotel in 1947. Great care has been taken, however, to maintain the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable residence. This work continues now with the new owners who took over in June of 2000. They have gone some way to restore some of the former glory to this magnificent and fascinating historic building. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dornoch Castle Hotel Scotland