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“Fantastic location and wonderful golf but needs some refurbishment” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cally Palace Hotel
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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347 reviews
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“Fantastic location and wonderful golf but needs some refurbishment”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

I stayed here with my son for two rounds of golf and dinner bed and breakfast. The location is wonderful near Gatehouse of Fleet surrounded by woodland. We where the only ones on the golf course on the Sunday in bright sunshine. The Golf course is only open to residents which makes it very exclusive and the course is well designed and challenging. I stayed here 20 years ago and it has not changed much with some refurbishment now required with our room being very tired and the oldest TV I have seen in a hotel (not a very good picture either). It did not spoil our stay and we had a great time and the staff are very good. Upgrade the hotel and rooms and it would be perfect.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh
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52 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Visited this hotel with a deal from Hotel Connexions. My husbands parents had visited a number of years ago and sang its praises so were very excited.

Arrived on a lovely (chilly) spring afternoon having travelled through all seasons on the way. You arrive at the hotel driving through a wood which was lovely and then arrive at a large parking area that goes straight onto the golf course. The hotel sat grandly at the top of this with big pillars guarding the doorway.

We went to check in and having been advised on our letter of confirmation we would not have access to the room until 2.30pm were pleasantly surprised to be told it was ready. The check in went smoothly and we booked dinner and then a porter took us to the room showing us where everything was on the way.

We had a standard room and I wished we had booked the next one up out of sheer nosiness as the standard was huge. Yes, like someone had stated on this website the rooms were dated but somehow they look fine. If you put modern fixtures and fittings it would have looked odd. It was really like stepping back in time, everything looked old but was in good repair and spotlessly clean. The bathroom was bigger than the one we have at home with a shower over the bath.

After unpacking we headed down for some lunch in their bright and airy conservatory. We had a cream tea voucher but having been advised this was coffee and a scone we opted to have sandwiches as well to start. These were lovely and couldn't be faulted but to be honest once the fresh, homebaked scone with cream and jam arrived I wished I hadn't bothered, this was massive and I was disappointed not to be able to finish it off.

After this we went for a wander round the grounds. There are some great walks to go on so don't worry if you don't golf.

I then felt that lunch had settled and went for a swim. The pool area is very clean and you have the choice to get undressed in a small changing room or go down in your dressing gown from the room, the hotel also provide towels specifically for use at the pool. The pool is large and warm, after a few laps you can sit in the whirl pool and then the sauna. Very relaxing.

After a swim I had a bit of a snooze and then got ready for dinner. I'd initially thought the shower over the bath wouldn't be great but it was really good and had me feeling fresh and ready for dinner.

Dinner is a fairly formal affair in that you have to dress for this, men have to wear jacket and tie so I felt it only fair to get dressed up to.

Pre dinner drinks are taken in the lounge, again a step back in time with a huge roaring fire, whilst you choose your menu you are given some appetisers to get you ready for your meal.

The meal was lovely in the large dinning room, if you include the sorbet between the soup and main courses and then coffee and chocolates 6 courses in total! If I had to really nitpick I'd say that they should have softer lighting in the dinning room, the tables are well spaced out but we were in the middle and you do feel a bit exposed. Softer lights and candles on the table would just make it perfect. (I put this in my feedback form).

Coffee is taken back in the lounge and after a final drink we both headed to bed, shattered!

The bed was really soft but not uncomfortably so and we both had a great nights sleep, not to mention the complimentary sherry in the room and also coming back to find our bed turned down!

Breakfast again was fantastic, some buffet items to help yourself to and a few hot options. The Cally Grill is highly recommended and as a cooked breakfast it isn't over facing.

Check out was really easy as well, no complaints.

One point to make, the hairdryer in our room was in the bathroom and not that great. I asked in reception if they had any others and within 10 minute one was brought to the room. Its the same for ironing boards, they are not in the room but if you ask they can provide one.

Overall a fantastic stay, staff were courteous and we both felt pampered and that we had been treated like royalty. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Dundee, Scotland
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

Tried to choose a Hotel that was not too boisterous for a 3/4 day relaxing break and thanks to an offer from Hotel Conexions the Cally Palace came up.The hotel sent us a letter when we booked with the terms and conditions and highlighted jacket and tie for dining room evening meal.

The hotel has good facilities, indoor pool etc and sits in it's own country park with it's golf course.

Staff, food and accommodation were all excellent.......would we return...Yes.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Nerja, Spain
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109 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

Lovely building with pond and golf course to the front and gardens to the rear, plenty of parking and a pleasant and professional welcome from staff. Our room was very large, comfortable beds and the pool facilities looked nice and i was informed they and the sauna etc were very good. We had cream tea in the conservatory which was very nice and dinner in the main dining room in the evening was great, i found the service extremely good, efficient and professional but not too formal, choices of trout or ham terrine to start, sea bass, chicken and venison for mains, there were vegetarian options, good cheeseboard and desserts and coffee in one of the nicely decorated lounges after. Breakfast was good and we ordered packed lunches as we were going walking the next day, they were definitely above average and i liked the home made shortbread! This stay was part of an offer but i would return and happily pay much more, we had a great stay in a lovely environment and there was nothing to fault.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank westwing2
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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90 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

Have stayed at the Cally many times. It remains my favorite hotel in Gatehouse. The atmosphere is classic country house hotel. Food and service are very good. Rooms are nice, but don't expect updated. For some reason, that is ok and fits the atmosphere. Great place to get away.

Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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West Linton, Scotland, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

Had a lovely stay that was sadly wasted on us as we didn't arrive until midnight then left the next morning. Facilities looked fab, just sad we didn't get to use them! Wonderfully old fashioned and the staff where faultless. More hotels should take note on service and charm Cally Palace provides. However, I noticed that some aspects required attention, there where some cracks in the pool terrace walls and it was just starting to look in places like it needed some TLC. The room was roasting, but I appreciate that most people would want this and finally the room next door had a yappy dog, again not sure how this could be dealt with. Overall we enjoyed our stay, next time we will arrive in afternoon to take advantage of pool, table tennis, croquet, golf and all the other things that are offered.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

What a stunning venue at Christmas! The hotel has old-fashioned charm with stunning Christmas trees in all main areas. The staff were extremely welcoming when we arrived assisting us with our luggage. This was a pre-Christmas treat for myself, my eight year old daughter and my parents. The food was fabulous and one evening there was a dance during dinner. We all thoroughly enjoyed this including my daughter and all other diners loved her joining in. The staff were fabulous, local and could not do enough for us. Following dinner, we retired to the lounge to sit beside the open fires and play a selection of board games that they had.
The pool area was lovely, very clean and quiet. We had the pool to ourselves most afternoons which was fab.
The rooms we had were beautiful, with stunning views both at front and back. They were very clean, had coffee and biscuits (along with a small jug of port!), beds were turned down before bed....everything you could possibly want!
Will definitely return!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: 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 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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