Booked afternoon tea and overnight stay (via itison) in March. Great value for money and greeted by friendly staff and served a delightful high tea in the lounge, again by friendly staff. Hotel itself very grand and room clean and spacious with direct access to the garden. Decor old fashioned but as described and also as you would expect for an old Castle Hotel.
Breakfast was exceedingly poor with piped music playing throughout a very cold dining/bar room.
Appeared to be only one member of staff who was doing his best but, not explained very well, no juice glasses left, boxed cereals and pots of sweet yogurt for starters then, Full English or Scrambled Eggs. No vegetarian choice, went for eggs which arrived tepid, odd flavour and with eh warmed bread as opposed to toast. No fresh fruit or rolls or good quality yogurt - was disappointing and would have complained if we were paying the full price. All in all, staff great and Hotel trying hard to be 5 star but more staff may be a start and upgrade the breakfast. F
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melville Castle, once home to the influential Dundas family, is set within a 50 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 tranquility of a country setting on the doorstep of this thriving city. The 32 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. Complimentary city maps and bus timetable are available at reception. Whether lounging with a drink next to a crackling fire in our library bar, or relaxing over a game of croquet on the lawn, we are sure you will enjoy your stay with us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melville Castle Dalkeith, Scotland