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Dornoch Castle Hotel

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The Castle is located in the historic town of Dornoch across from the stunning 13th century Cathedral, boasting stunning views of the town. The central position of the hotel makes it ideal for exploring Dornoch, home to the world famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course, which overlooks the breath taking golden sand beach. Dornoch is also well situated for those looking to explore more of what the Highlands have to offer. The historic Castle is built on the site of the original Bishop’s Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th century. The building eventually sold on and in 1947 became a hotel after some extensive work, which maintain much of the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable home. The Castle boasts a total of 22 en-suite bedrooms situated both within the original castle and the modern garden extension. There is a variety of room types available including; standard, superior, deluxe and our award winning Old Courtroom. Due to the castle’s layout each bedroom has its own special ambiance, great care has been taking in creating a distinctive character in each bedroom. The Castle's restaurant has retained an AA rosette standard, through the exceptional work from the chefs. The malt whisky selection is second to none and can be enjoyed in the cosy stone-lined whisky bar with the roaring fire to protect you from the Scottish winds, in the summer the walled garden is the perfect setting to relax during the long summer nights. Coming Summer 2016: The Dornoch Distillery will be opening soon on the grounds of the Dornoch Castle Hotel producing 'Old Style' Whisky and Hand Crafted Organic Gin from scratch.
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Free Parking
Free Internet
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
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My husband and I booked 2 nights at the hotel over St Valentine's Day as a treat for our wedding anniversary. At the time of booking, I did mention that this was the reason for the reservation, but we got absolutely no recognition of this event on arrival (it's not unusual for a
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Stayed for new year Wasn’t very impressed with the rooms they displayed nothing like the outside , we expected maybe baronial but I was really unimpressed nothing “castle “about the inside On being taken to our rooms we wer told that the Room basically tatty Paid £70 each
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The Castle was holding a tasting event with Jamie Scott who is a previous winner of Master Chef. We booked a room with a garden view for £50 bed and breakfast for two with the evening meal being in the £70:region each. The bedroom was spotlessly clean though a wee bit dated
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Response from dornochcastle, General Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel
Responded 5 Jan. 2019
Dear Guest Thank you for your review - we are very pleased that you enjoyed our Jamie Scott evening at the Castle - it seems to have been well enjoyed by guests and staff alike and is certainly something that we would like to do again. The B&B deal was certainly good value for money and we usually run deals like this throughout the off season months - always advertised through our social media portals. Your comments regarding check out times are very valid and we thank you for bringing it to our attention - we have certainly taken them on board and will implement changes to this for future events as well as day to day. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind Regards, Matt
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Fantastic piece of Scottish history. The family room with four poster in the main has has sea, golf course and garden views. It’s called Golspie. The staff, attention to detail and food are impeccable. Thank you. Colin’s family gin Is wonderful. If you want Scottish royalty come
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Response from dornochcastle, General Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel
Responded 5 Jan. 2019
Dear Guest Thank you for your review - we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back again in the future. Kind Regards, Matt
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We stayed at Dornoch Castle late november, and everything was great. Our room (number 2) was spacious and full of charm. Four poster bed, nice bathroom with a large bath, lots of small and nice details. The lounge downstairs has a really good atmosphere with the big log fire. We
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The Old Courtroom deluxe room
Cracked slate around sink, Old Court Room
Disgusting stains on bedding, Old Court Room
Base of bath covered in chips, Old CourtRoom
I agree with the previous writer that bus is convenient from Inverness to Dornoch BUT it leaves early (?9.20am) so you would need an overnight stay in in Inverness unless you were doing sleeper which arrives Inverness ?6am. Train connection goes to Tain and a taxi would be feasible from there approx.8 miles.
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I think they have a couple of rooms in the ground where dogs may be allowed but not 100% sure
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The Royal Golf Hotel has hair dryers in every room.
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II am sure they would as it is a bar and a restaurant so coffee is available. They were very friendly so would be sure to serve you.
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"Ask for a room as shown on their website!"
"Stay in the castle!"
"Watch out for their offer on " Restricted View""
"Rooms in the main castle building are more spacious"
"Just book in!"
USD 205 - USD 260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomScotlandCaithness and SutherlandDornoch
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