If you've ever had the desire to stay in an authentic castle, Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrigg would be hard the top.
The 13th-century fortress is in hectares of wooded parkland on the banks of the River Esk. The countryside is some of the most beautiful, but for more than 500 years it was also some of the most fiercely contested. Just a few kilometres south of Edinburgh, it was a position of great strategic importance and has witnessed more than its fair share of conflict.
Recent extensive renovation has created 27 rooms decorated in Scottish fabrics such as tweed, tartan and twill. Period furniture, rugs and carpets create a warm and luxurious feel.
Whether relaxing in the Aqueous Spa, enjoying one of the library's extensive collection, having a drink from the secret bar next to the open fire, dining in the ancient barrel vaulted dungeon or relaxing in your castle bedroom, you're sure to enjoy the feeling of stepping back in history.
The Orangery has views of the River Esk and is a less formal environment for dining. Cuisine is primarily Scottish, but with continental influences.
It is ironic that a building once so warlike should have become an inviting hotel that prides itself on the warmness of its welcome. Among its many Scottish features is falconry in the castle grounds. The sport of kings is represented by Falconry Scotland and you can learn to handle falcons, hawks, owls and eagles with the castle as a backdrop.
Dalhousie Castle lodge rooms start at about $260 a double a night. Castle rooms start at around $455 a double a night. Breakfast is included. A 2 course lunch starts from about $40 not including wine. A dining experience which includes accommodation, dinner in the Dungeon Restaurant and breakfast starts at around $665 a couple a night. Private jet and limousine transfers are available. Package valid until October 28, 2007. /p>
Prices correct at 26.07.2007.
Bonnyrigg in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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