This 18th-Century Gothic castellated mansion, designed by James Playfair for the notable politician Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, is silhouetted against a magnificent 50-acre woodland estate. Famous for its salmon, the river North Esk borders the estate. Melville Castle Hotel is a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh city centre and International Airport. The remarkable medieval Rosslyn Chapel, featured in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, is just 5 miles away.

Wake up to a wholesome full Scottish breakfast, with haggis and patty scones available; sneak a wee dram in the decadent library bar; dine in the hotel’s French-style restaurant located in the castle cellar; and enjoy the abundance of country pursuits on offer, including golf, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and archery.

The former hunting seat of Mary Queen of Scots, Melville Castle Hotel enjoys a magical setting in the heart of Scotland, close to Edinburgh. Visitors to Scotland’s capital will find the prominent Melville Monument at St Andrew’s Square, in the New Town that Dundas helped to establish. When’s the last time you stayed in a historic Scottish castle?

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking (80 cars)
  • Helipad
  • Golf course (18-hole)
  • Fishing
  • 2 Restaurants
  • 2 Bars
  • 32 Bedrooms
  • 4 Meeting rooms
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Lift(s)
  • Ground floor rooms
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  • 24-hour front desk
  • Room service
  • Concierge
  • Safe deposit
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry service
  • Accessible public areas
  • Packed lunches
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Bedrooms & Suites

Medium Family Room

Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, fridge, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access.

Large Family Room

Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, fridge, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access.

Deluxe 2-bedroom Suite

Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, fridge, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access.

Standard Single

Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, fridge, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access.

Classic Double

Period style en suite bedroom, 86 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, fridge, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access. Double bed.

Standard Twin

Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, fridge, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access.

Superior Double

Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, fridge, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access. Superior double rooms are split over two floors and are larger than standard double rooms. Four-poster bed.

Suite

Period style suite offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, fridge, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access. Lounge area. Four-poster bed.

Family Room

Period style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, fridge, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access.

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Food & Drink

Brasserie Restaurant & Cellar Bar

Every historic castle hotel needs a suitably historic dining venue and it is with sweet irony that guests are treated to authentic Scottish cuisine prepared from fresh, local ingredients in Melville Castle Hotel's cellar. There are no dungeons in this castle! Intimate, warm-lit alcoves with low ceilings, a flagstone floor and roughcast walls create a romantic atmosphere in which to savour fine food. The cellar bar offers a wide range of wines, spirits, ports and cherries. Guests can also choose to dine in the grand ballroom at Melville Castle Hotel, which features splendid chandeliers and large windows facing the south lawn and fountain.

Please reserve a table for dinner in advance.

Library Bar

The library bar with its adjoining ante-rooms make a cosy retreat to sit back with a cup of coffee or a cold beer and chat with a friend, relish a good read or play a board game. The bar's high ceiling, views across the lawns and feature period fireplace add to the atmosphere and charm of this unique howff. Watch the world go by with a wee dram in hand to ward off the winter chill.

Private Dining

The unique surroundings of Melville Castle Hotel present a wonderful setting for private dinners and celebrations. The hotel caters for reunions, anniversaries, family gatherings, birthday parties, charity and club events, and business dinners. Choose from a range of private rooms, each with its own individual character. Call Classic British Hotels on 0844 967 0984 for advice and let us help you organise a memorable private dinner.

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Golf Courses

Kings Acre Golf Course

Set in the Midlothian countryside, six miles from Edinburgh city centre, Kings Acre is a superb 18-hole golf course and academy, home to Scotland’s national fitting centre. The par 70 course has been designed by top Scottish architect Graham Webster and features water hazards, over 50 bunkers and undulating championship-quality greens. Popular with PGA European Tour pros and amateur golfers alike, the world-class golf academy features a whole host of facilities that simulate real on-course situations to help you improve every aspect of your game: 30 floodlit practice bays, fully equipped teaching studios, target greens, a short game area, bunkers, water hazards and a junior course.

  • 18 holes
  • Lake & parkland course
  • 6,031 yards
  • Par 70
  • Driving range
  • Putting green
  • Golf academy
  • PGA qualified tuition
  • Equipment hire
  • Buggies
  • Pro shop
  • Clubhouse

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Location

Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH18 1AP, Scotland, Great Britain

M8/J1

  • Edinburgh Waverley Train Station (6.5 miles)

  • Edinburgh Airport (13.0 miles)

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Places to Visit

Royal Mile

The Royal Mile runs its regal way through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Wynd your way from the bottom of the high street, where the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, to iconic Edinburgh Castle, at the other end. On the way, pass a glut of attractions and historical sites, including St Giles’ Cathedral and the Scottish Parliament, and first-rate eating and drinking establishments.

Meetings & Events

Ballroom

100

Theatre

80

Cabaret

80

Banquet

40

Boardroom

32

Classroom

50

U-Shape

50

Group-Circle

  • Ground floor
  • Natural daylight
  • Wheelchair access

Viscount

100

Theatre

80

Cabaret

80

Banquet

40

Boardroom

32

Classroom

36

U-Shape

50

Group-Circle

  • Ground floor
  • Natural daylight
  • Wheelchair access

Arniston

60

Theatre

36

Cabaret

30

Banquet

24

Boardroom

16

Classroom

36

U-Shape

24

Group-Circle

  • Ground floor
  • Natural daylight
  • Wheelchair access

Boardroom

8

Boardroom

  • Ground floor
  • Natural daylight
  • Wheelchair access

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