Stylish Stay: Melville Caste, Midlothian

Melville Castle Exterior

Melville Castle is an elegant landmark building that dates back to 1791, and sits in the middle of a vast estate surrounded by beautiful woodland. It's not far from Edinburgh city centre; but its secluded location makes it feel a million miles away.

Melville Castle StaircaseMelville Castle Hotel Lobby

We stayed last week in one of Melville Castle's 32 en-suite bedrooms. Our room was well-decorated, elegant and comfortable; with lots of nods to the building's 18th century heritage.

Ours came complete with a grand four poster bed and commanding view across the misty Scottish woodland landscape. We had a great night's sleep in this silent location, and really had everything we could need in the room, such as a fridge, Soft white towels and Scottish shortbread.

Melville Castle Brasserie

We also enjoyed dinner in the hotel's cosy and romantic basement brasserie, where we ate by a crackling log fire. The waiting staff were really passionate about the menu, and everything we tried was delicious. We had lovely peppery haggis croquettes and a fresh smoked salmon salad to start, followed by pan-fried pheasant and succulent pork belly. The presentation of the dishes was beautiful, and the flavour combinations had been perfectly and expertly put together by the chef. The fact that the bread was warm and homemade was a nice touch too. The brasserie menu is constantly changing due to local produce availability.

There have been a lot of reviews on Trip Advisor criticising the hotel's food and staff. However, this has really been turned around by an enthusiastic and passionate team, and really should be tried. We were excited to hear that they will have a separate and more formal dining restaurant opening on the first floor in time for Christmas too. We viewed the set-up and the Christmas dining menus. and it would make for a wonderfully atmospheric family meal in the lead-up to the 25th. We may just have to return for some turkey.

To book a room or a table, and to find out more, visit or call 0131 654 0088.

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