A ten-minute train ride from Central Station to Dumbreck, the hotel is located on a hill in a residential suburb south of the city. While all city centre and West End sights and the majority of restaurants and shops are a taxi or train ride away, the castle makes up for it through romantic seclusion. Its looming square tower, with flying St. Andrews cross flag, is one of the best known local landmarks.
Rooms are arranged around three sides of the large hall and staircase. Used as a radar training centre for naval officers during the Second World War, the 18 rooms have long since been converted into romantic sanctuaries with four poster beds, roll-top bath tubs, antique furniture and sweeping views across the hotel’s front lawn garden to its conservatory. Above the beds, chandeliers swing and lavish drapes frame the window views. Though more expensive, the five junior suites and corner rooms are all built into the turrets, and are worth the extra expense. The rooms have recently undergone a £3.5 million renovation.
A small conservatory serves breakfast and Afternoon Tea and there is a sun terrace with views across the city. Beneath this, there is a winding private garden laced with traditional wrought iron gas lamps and a mixture of flora.
Eating and drinking
The in house restaurant Morrison’s boasts an award-winning chef and a Scottish influenced menu focusing on locally sourced seafood and game. I love the traditional Afternoon Tea.
None but the world famous Burrell Collection is nearby.
Family owned, the service is very bespoke and hands-on. The team are very used to dealing with seasoned travellers and foreign guests.
Who stays there
Popular with wealthy tourists, seeking a slice of traditional storybook Scottish history, and local wedding parties. Think of the Scottish wedding from Four Weddings and a Funeral and you’ve got it in a nutshell.
The hotel has its own 35-spot car park and free WiFi.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Effortlessly romantic
- A taxi ride from the city centre