Castle looks beautiful on approach- the building and the grounds are gorgeous. On arrival we were given a quick tour and shown to our rooms which were average (I expected opulance- but they were clean and spacious) but did have very large beds for a twin room. The relaxing, coffee area where you wait for your therpist to collect you from is top class. My massage was spectacular (girl called Lisa) but one of our group said hers was very poor, so perhaps a bit hit and miss on the treatment front. Dinner was poor (warm food (in one case only luke warm) on cold plates). One of my party had serious allergies- her requirements were made very clear but her food had to be sent back to the kitchen twice. After dinner, we had coffee in the drawing room which is a very relaxing space.
Breakfast was good- hot and cold buffet.
Walked around Japanese water garden- gorgeous area.
Lunch was very bad. During the tour on arrival, we were advised that we could arrive at anytime during the lunch service and there would be a table for us- no need to book.... There was no table, we had to wait and then when we ordered, 2 of the 5 dishes weren't available anymore. We were rushed through our meal, so much so, that they started clearing our plates whilst one of our party was still eating. They topped that off by giving us the dessert menu whilst that person was still eating saying 'I'll just leave that for you'!
The waiting staff were far too subserviant- uncomfortably so. Apologising 3 or 4 times for reaching to poor your water but didn't bat an eyelid at rushing my friend.
At nearly £1000 for 4 people for 1 night, I expected more. They need better bedrooms and completely different waiting staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled among the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside, Stobo Castle offers excellent service, fine food, elegantly trained staff and above all, the ability to find peace in a frenetic world. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stobo Castle Hotel Stobo
- Castle Stobo
- Stobo Castle Peebles
- Stobo Castle Scotland