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Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, Midlothian. EH19 3JB.
Tel: +44 1875 820 1535
Imagine that you were an invading medieval army approaching across the rolling fields of Midlothian from the south, and looming large on the skyline you saw in front of you the seemingly impregnable bulk of Dalhouse Castle. Your heart would have missed a beat. Indeed, Dalhouse Castle must surely be one of the formidable fortifications in the Scottish Lowlands; and as the southern stronghold of the powerful Ramsay family (family motto: “Pray and Work”), staunch supporters of the Scottish Freedom movement under Sir William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, it needed to be.
Although nowadays transformed into a luxury hotel, this magnificent Norman-style fortress which over the centuries has hosted the likes of Edward I of England, Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell, still creates that same sense of shock and awe, albeit on a far more welcoming basis that in days of old! In March 2012, Robert Parker, owner of Doxford Eshot and Guyzance Hall in Northumberland purchased Dalhouse Castle, and in 2014, Castle Rocks, the 13th century workers' lodge, a two minute walk from the castle over Dalhousie Bridge, was fully restored and refurbished.
Today, therefore, guests can occupy one of the opulent twenty nine individually created bedrooms, many themed around famous historical figures and decorated in Scottish design fabrics such as tweed, tartan and twill. They can also enjoy dinner in the castle's ancient stone-walled, barrel-vaulted Dungeon Restaurant, partake in falconry at the on-site mews, and relax afterwards in the private spa.
Fancy a drink or two? Scoring top marks for charm and quirkiness, the magnificent panelling in the Library Bar is illuminated to great effect, with delightful Scottish touches to the décor (like eagle feathers attached to the lamps and a real log fire) creating an grand atmosphere fit for nobility.
Dalhousie Castle in the 21st Century, no longer under attack from invading armies, provides an idyllic location for small and medium sized weddings. In addition, its five function rooms and close proximity to Scotland's Capital make it a superb location for corporate events and meetings.