The opportunity to live like a Lord and Lady within a luxurious castle doesn’t come along very often, but this unique experience is now being offered by Scotland’s oldest castle. Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa has introduced the Royal Experience package for people who are seeking the ultimate opulent aristocratic break.
In what is the only experience of its kind available in a Scottish castle, ‘Royal Experience’ visitors will enjoy the full noble treatment including a Scottish pipe sergeant on arrival and departure and a regal itinerary including archery, falconry and use of the hotel’s Aqueous Spa.
John Badley, General Manager at Dalhousie Castle, said: “Every guest at the hotel and spa is treated like a king or queen, but the Royal Experience takes things to a new level. So many guests have told us that stepping inside the castle makes them feel like Scottish royalty, so we decided to take things a step further and create an experience where you can truly live like a Lord and Lady of the castle. Throughout your stay, you will be addressed by all staff by your royal title – for example Lord John Smith of Dalhousie Castle – and will have the opportunity to have your picture taken on the castle throne. At the end of the break, you will be presented with a personalised Lord or Lady of Dalhousie Castle Scroll to keep forever.”
The full experience also includes dining like a Lord, with a Medieval Banquet including personal ‘Toast to the Haggis’ in the 2 AA Rosette Awarded Dungeon Restaurant, and a full Scottish breakfast in the Orangery in the morning overlooking the castle ground. Lords and Ladies will also enjoy luxurious chambers for the night and an exclusive tour of the castle, a keepsake swatch of the castle Ramsay Tartan, and a Dalhousie Scottish gift hamper packed with bottle of Glenkinchie Whisky from the local distillery, shortbread, tablet,IrnBru, a Scottish Dandy comic, a Dalhousie postcard and a castle history pack.
Guests can also opt for extras as part of their Royal Experience such as chauffeur transport to and from the Castle, use of the helipad, and a tour of either Edinburgh or the Highlands. Plus, additional Aqueous Spa treatments and a bespoke Ramsay Castle Tartan kilt with accessories can also be arranged so the experience is tailor-made to meet guests’ requirements.
The 13th Century Dalhousie Castle, at Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh, is the ideal venue for this once in a lifetime experience. Surrounded by wooded parkland and on the banks of the River Esk, this fortress is guaranteed to provide the ultimate royal experience.
Today, it’s best known as a destination of choice for luxury breaks, weddings and events. The hotel has 29 rooms within the castle, and 6 country house style bedrooms in the newly refurbished Castle Rocks. They also have their Aqueous Spa available including Scotland’s first Hydro Pool.
The Royal Experience costs £995 for two guests sharing and is subject to availability. The package must be booked at least four weeks in advance.