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#2 of 2 hotels in Dalkeith
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Melville Castle, once home to the influential Dundas family, is set within a 54 acre estate of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the river North Esk. Located just 20 minute drive from Edinburgh’s city center this luxurious castle offers the tranquillity of a country setting on the doorstep of this thriving city. The 33 classically styled bedrooms offer all the luxury & comfort you deserve and our friendly team will take pleasure in catering to all your requirements during your stay. The Castle provides Bed and Breakfast accommodation and there are a number of award winning and highly recommended restaurants within 5 minutes drive. At one time the hunting seat of Mary Queen of Scots, the Castle was commissioned by the first Viscount Melville in 1791 for entertaining, which it continues to do to this day. We have ample free parking and a frequent 24 hour bus service to Edinburgh from the bus stop at the Castle Gates.
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Sophie C wrote a review Sep 18
Sunderland, United Kingdom1 contribution
We've just had our wedding at melville castle and honestly couldn't have wished for a better day. Weve not even left yet, but i had to write a review! The staff are all absolutely incredible and couldn't have done any better for us. They are an absolute credit to the hotel! The bar staff who worked our wedding had to put up with our crazy families and they did so amazingly haha! We felt so relaxed throughout the wedding and it because of the people who were working that day! I'd recommend a wedding at melville castle to absolutely everyone! Thank you for helping making out day so special! The Carrolls
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear sdj1324, Thank you for your wonderful review and for choosing to celebrate your special day with us here at Melville. Going above and beyond to create weddings that our couples will cherish for a lifetime is what we’re passionate about so we look forward to sharing your kind feedback with our team. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together and we hope to welcome you back to the castle for another special visit sometime soon! Best wishes, Marketing.
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153luis wrote a review Aug 2022
Caltanissetta, Italy13 contributions19 helpful votes
I highly recommend staying in this wonderful castle surrounded by a breathtaking park. staff at the height of the place. Daniel and Mathev went out of their way to pamper us and make us feel our best.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear 153luis, Thank you for your wonderful review, we’re delighted to learn that you enjoyed a fantastic stay. We look forward to sharing your excellent feedback with our team. We hope to welcome you back to the castle again sometime soon! Best wishes, Marketing.
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Phil M wrote a review Aug 2022
Aberlady, United Kingdom16 contributions6 helpful votes
We were supporting a wedding today at Melville Castle Hotel. The day was pleasant enough, the hotel has some cosy nooks to enjoy a drink, and we also enjoyed a tasty dinner served by courteous staff. However, just as we were packing the car to leave, Joe, the coordinator of today's wedding, came running out to remind us that we had still to pay for our dinner. We had actually paid our server about 15 minutes before. Joe, a word of advice - check your facts before accusing customers of theft, especially ones who’ve been working hard to support an event at your venue. This incident at the very end of what was otherwise an enjoyable day left us with a very bad taste in our mouths as we drove off. Absolutely disgraceful, and we don't recommend this place.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded Aug 15, 2022
Dear Phil, Thank you for your review and please allow us to extend our apologies further for the miscommunication amongst our team. We pride ourselves here at Melville for our first-class service, with which your feedback has offered valuable insight into how we can find new ways to ensure every dining experience is nothing short of astounding. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience and we hope for the opportunity to welcome you back to Melville sometime in the future. Best wishes, Marketing.
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GKonovalenko wrote a review Aug 2022
Amboise, France323 contributions178 helpful votes
This is a cozy place in a nice surrounding. The staff was very friendly. The hotel, however, does not stand up to the pretended four stars. Everything of the interior is worn out, old. The room was spacious and clean. But the furniture, except the beds, was uncomfy. You couldn't really sit at the small desk e.g. The ventilation in the bathroom was not working. The food in the restaurant is ok but not more. The menu lacks some creativity: a steak, a haddock, that's more or less it.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Ask for a room to the park!
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Response from Helen Laing, Marketing at Melville Castle Hotel
Responded Aug 8, 2022
Dear GKonovalenko, Thank you for your honest review and for taking the time to share your experience. Here at Melville, creating special castle stays where our guests can create memories to cherish for a lifetime is at the heart of our guest experience, so please accept our apologies that not all aspects of your stay met your expectations. We’ve poured oodles of love into creating practical spaces with a touch of opulence, however understanding how we can improve our facilities is always valuable. With this in mind, thank you for sharing how your stay could have been that extra bit special and please feel assured that we will pass your recommendations onto our team. We hope to welcome you back to Melville again sometime soon. Best wishes, Marketing.
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S1234321-0 wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom11 contributions6 helpful votes
Just had a fantastic stay at Melville Castle. They came to our rescue when an Airbnb booking fell through at the last minute. They couldn't have been more accommodating. Fantastic service, wonderful rooms, great breakfast, beautiful setting and dog friendly on top. Danielle and Matthew must get a special mention as they went above and beyond and helped our family group of 12 to have a wonderful weekend.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Aug 3, 2022
Dear S1234321-0, Thank you for your wonderful review, it’s a pleasure to learn that you enjoyed an excellent stay with us here at Melville. Our team take immense pride in going above and beyond to create special castle experiences so we look forward to sharing your kind words with them. We hope to welcome you back to Melville again sometime soon! Best wishes, Marketing.
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leigh wrote a review Jul 2022
Biloxi, Mississippi274 contributions34 helpful votes
This was my fourth castle stay on my trip. Lovely castle tranquil grounds. The only draw back was our room had no windows. The hotel manager went and purchased fans and we got a small one to use . The staff were nice room was well decorated, enjoyed our stay
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Dog friendly
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Responded Jul 22, 2022
Dear Leigh, Thank you for your excellent review, we’re delighted to learn that you enjoyed a great time here at Melville Castle. Our team take immense pride in going above and beyond to deliver a first-class service so it was our pleasure to ensure you had a comfortable stay. We hope to welcome you back to the castle again sometime soon! Best wishes, Marketing.
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Claire G wrote a review Jul 2022
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Nice grounds to walk the dogs, but these are not just for hotel guests. People park in the passing places along the driveway down to the hotel, to exercise their dogs in the grounds. We saw an owl one night in the woods. The hotel was ok, clean and tidy. Breakfast was included in our room rate and was nice too. Juices could have been filled a little quicker but on the whole the breakfast was ok. On sitting outside the hotel in the outside bar/seating area someone decided to fly a drone abod out heads. My dog was petrified by this as it hovered over our heads for a time. I reported this to reception, after having to return to our room, because the dog was so frightened. Apparently after speaking to the manger, anyone can enter the grounds and exercise dogs or use drones as the management only look after the hotel. I felt our privacy was invaded by the drone, as it was around 9pm and most people were in their rooms by this point and probably weren't aware of the drone, whizzing around the hotel taking photos. (These were hotel guests) This did spoil our stay here, as the dog was constantly looking up when we exercised him in the grounds and having a drink the following night, outside,was a no go. He was stressed out by the drone, which had an effect on us too.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Big car park, but some like to drive around it and park in the smaller spaces!
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Response from Helen Laing, Marketing at Melville Castle Hotel
Responded Jul 21, 2022
Dear Claire, Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your Melville experience. Please feel assured that we take on board all of our reviews as they play a fundamental role in helping us to improve our services moving forward. With this in mind and the feedback you have shared, please allow us to apologise that your stay here at the castle wasn’t as you hoped it would be. Our doors are always open to our furry friends so we are incredibly sad to learn that your dog had a distressing time as a result of a drone in our grounds. The comfort and privacy of our guests is at the forefront of our stays so although our guests are welcome to use drones around the building, it’s important that this is done in a way that is considerate of other guests. Pooches are just as much royalty as their fellow two-legged companions so please know that we share your frustrations for any upset caused. In order to ensure a similar situation does not occur again, your experience has been shared with our team and will be reviewed carefully to prevent any future problems arising. Once again, please allow us to extend our apologies for any distress caused to your pup, and consequently the impact this had on your stay. Guest satisfaction is at the heart of all of our stays so please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you would like to share any further information on this or to discuss your stay in more detail. We hope to welcome you back to Melville in the future. Best wishes, Marketing.
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Andrea K wrote a review Jul 2022
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Stayed at the castle with my mum. We loved our room, enjoyed the food and bar, and them experienced some spooky stuff overnight. Slept with light on after having a woman in our room, was freaky but it was okay. Our room smelt like baking after she appeared. Very strange. Beautiful castle though.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jul 20, 2022
Dear Andrea, Thank you for your excellent review and for choosing to stay with us here at Melville - it’s a pleasure to learn tat you enjoyed a lovely stay! We’ve not heard any ghost stories before so this is interesting; we will be sure to pass this onto our team! We hope to welcome you back to Melville again sometime soon! Best wishes, Marketing.
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LordCauldArse wrote a review Jul 2022
Bathgate, United Kingdom5 contributions
I thought it would be a nice wee start to the summer holidays by booking afternoon tea for my young family, at the very place we had our wedding. So I booed for four on Monday. As expected, the setting is absolutely stunning and the ambiance is lovely. However, this is where the niceties end. The food was presented beautifully, but to our disappointment was very bland. Infact, I would go as far as to say it felt/tasted shop bought. The scones were nice, obviously had just been heated up for presentation. As the food was brought out, I remember actually commenting on the scruffiness of the waitress, but was met with that look that only a husband knows when his wife is silently telling him to be quiet! However, the real shock was the clotted cream which had the texture of butter, and the Victoria sponges which were absolutely stale. That’s fine though as we had ate our fill and to be fair, we had purchased on a discount voucher offer. Then yesterday, Tuesday, suddenly and without warning the four of us were utterly floored with food poisoning of some sort. Now I can’t prove that the source was the afternoon tea, but given the timescale and the fact it was the only common denominator in regards to what we’ve all eaten over the 36 hour period, I have no doubt that is where we picked up the bug. Myself and my youngest daughter still haven’t fully recovered and it’s now Wed afternoon. I’m not sure how to report this, or if it’s even worthwhile reporting, but I’m hoping someone from Melville Castle might see this and st very least, give their serving/kitchen staff a gentle nudge in regards to cleanliness and best practice. Food we eat should be safe as possible, and that’s non-negotiable. Thanks.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jul 20, 2022
Dear LordCauldArse, Firstly, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, understanding our guest experience is incredibly important to us here at Melville as it helps us to find new ways to shape our offerings to be the best they can be. With this in mind, thank you for sharing your afternoon tea experience, and please allow us to apologise that it was not as you hoped it would be. Understanding our guest experience is at the heart of delivering the best possible service here at the castle. Whether that’s an overnight stay, afternoon tea or simply a drink with friends in our eclectic bar, we’re always keen to learn from our guests first-hand. Attention to detail and an attentive service creates the foundations to our castle experience here at Melville so please know that we share your disappointment that your afternoon tea didn’t meet your expectations on this occasion. We would like to note that we take reviews of this nature extremely seriously, and we of course agree with you that food safety is a non-negotiable in any establishment. Please note that we have shared your feedback with our head chef and hotel manager and we we would like to collectively assure you that all of our food is freshly prepared on site, in our recently installed industrial kitchen, to the highest food hygiene standards. All of the tasty treats which comprise our afternoon teas are made fresh on the day, including our scones which are baked daily and then warmed to order. In particular, our chefs have poured oodles of love into creating three tiers of sweet and savoury goodness for our guests to indulge in, so it is concerning to learn that you and your family felt unwell following your tea. We’re incredibly passionate about going above and beyond to ensure that every guest enjoys nothing short of a royal experience. Taking this and your feedback into consideration, if there is anything further you’d like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact the hotel directly via email at reception@melvillecastle.com, or call us on 0131 654 0088 to speak to a member of our team. Best wishes, Marketing
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rhonjohn10 wrote a review Jun 2022
23 contributions7 helpful votes
Unable to go to the Highlands due to the rail strike. Had just landed in Edinburgh on way to train station when we found out about strike and had to quickly find a hotel for 2 days during a busy weekend. Saw Melville Castle on Booking.com and so glad they had an opening. Front desk, bar and kitchen staff were all friendly and efficient. No interaction with housekeeping but room was well kept and comfortable so good job from them too. Excellent breakfast. Relaxing time in lovely environment with good service.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jul 4, 2022
Hi! Thank you so much for your review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We'll be sure to pass your kind words on to the team at Melville! We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best wishes! Marketing Team
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$118 - $241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandMidlothianDalkeith
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Frequently Asked Questions about Melville Castle Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Melville Castle Hotel?
Nearby attractions include War Memorial (0.7 miles), St John And King Parks Church (0.7 miles), and St David's Church (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Melville Castle Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Melville Castle Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Melville Castle Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Melville Castle Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Itihaas, Elginhaugh Farm, Dining & Carvery, and Esk Valley Table Table.
Is Melville Castle Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Dalkeith.
Does Melville Castle Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Melville Castle Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Gilmerton Cove (1.8 miles), Craigmillar Castle (3.2 miles), and Newbattle Abbey (1.3 miles).
Does Melville Castle Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.
Is Melville Castle Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.