Castle Vacations III

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Dalhousie Castle luxury hotel near Edinburgh in Scotland has very much kept its Scottish Castle character with features such as Falconry in the castle grounds, hydrotherapy spa with beauty treatments, luxury characterful bedrooms and a formal fine dining restaurant, yet just half an hour from Edinburgh city centre, Edinburgh airport and Waverley train station. Is there a more memorable way of visiting Scotland than by staying in a luxury Scottish castle hotel?

The countryside of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders is some of the loveliest to be found anywhere in the world. However, for over five hundred years it was also some of the most fiercely contested. Dalhousie Castle, standing just a few miles south of Edinburgh, occupied a position of great strategic importance, and so was witness to more than its fair share of history. What better setting could there be to enjoy Falconry, the sport of kings, with the Castle as a back drop.

It is ironic that a building, once so warlike, should have become an inviting Scottish castle hotel that now prides itself on the warmness of the welcome it extends to visitors.


Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Aqueous Spa
Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, EH19 3JB

Telephone: +44 (0) 1875 820153
Fax: +44 (0) 1875 821936




Quintessentially Scottish, Dalmunzie hotel is a stunning Highland Lairds mansion turreted in the Scots baronial style. Enjoying magnificent mountain scenery in a hidden part of Perthshire. Dalmunzie is surprisingly less than two hours from Edinburgh airport. Peace and tranquility are the order of the day at Dalmunzie with fires, comfy sofas and unobtrusive service contributing to a relaxing haven from the outside world. The genealogy library can be used to trace elusive ancestors or brush up on Scottish history. The more active can enjoy the golf course, tennis, mountain bikes, hiking and fishing on Dalmunzie´s 6500 acre estate whilst the immediate area and beyond is rich in history and legend for you to explore.


Dalmunzie Castle,
Spittal of Glenshee,
Perth & Kinross
PH10 7QG


Tel in UK: 01250 885224
Tel outside UK: +44 (0)1250 885224
Fax: 01250 885225




Bovey Castle is history, excitement, glamour and adventure.
(and the perfect place to celebrate this fabulous festive season!)

Where else can you wear your Hunter Wellies at 8am, Golf Spikes at 3pm and Manolo Blahniks for dinner. But while we offer our guests luxury and indulgence, this is not a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves.

Bovey Castle is a place where you can live out your dreams, then put your feet up.


Bovey Castle is situated in the beatiful Dartmoor National Park, in the heart of Devon.
The hotel is easy to locate, just 45 minutes drive from Exeter International Airport and 40 minutes from Exeter St Davids Station.


Bovey Castle
North Bovey
Dartmoor National Park
TQ13 8RE
Telephone +44 (0) 1647 445000
Fax +44 (0) 1647 445020


It is an early Victorian castellated mansion built by David Williams, the first Liberal MP for Merioneth. Clough Williams-Ellis purchased the building and its grounds in 1931 in order to expand the Portmeirion estate and to give him a proper driveway from the main road. He used it as  a hotel in the 1930s, then it became a prep school and at one time was made into exclusive apartments for the likes of the Oppenheimer family.

The building’s Baronial elements, borrowed from the Gothic and Tudor periods, create an impressive example of Victorian architecture at its most fantastical. Clough referred to the Castell as “the largest and most imposing single building on the Portmeirion estate”.

Despite Clough’s best intentions to integrate the Castell into the existing hotel accommodation at Portmeirion, the intervening war and subsequent building restrictions delayed this. Seventy years after he bought the place Clough’s original vision has finally been realized. Castell Deudraeth was officially opened by Bryn Terfel on 20th August 2001.

All the buildings at Portmeirion are Grade II listed and the whole estate is a designated Conservation Area. Portmeirion including Castell Deudraeth is owned by the Second Portmeirion Foundation, a registered charity, and managed by its tenant Portmeirion Limited on a leasehold basis

For reservatoin enquiries please email or telephone reservations on 01766 770000 (fax 01766 770300)

Castell Deudraeth,
Portmeirion, Gwynedd LL48 6ET




Castle Venlaw was built in 1742 and opened as a hotel in 1949. Nestling in 4 acres of beautiful woodland grounds overlooking Peebles. A perfect combination of relaxed informality and the elegance of another age. All bedrooms including the four-poster rooms and the romantic suite, are individually designed offering every comfort you would expect from a 4 Star hotel. Popular as a wedding venue and also for conference and private dining. Whether your stay is for leisure or business, you can be assured of a warm welcome at this year round retreat.


Castle Venlaw Hotel
Edinburgh Road
Scottish Borders
EH45 8QG

Tel: 01721 720 384
Fax: 01721 724 066