Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa was the big winner at the National Scottish Hotel Awards 2016, winning Castle Hotel of the Year for Scotland.
The Bonnyrigg hotel beat Inverlochy Castle and Fonab Castle in a finely-fought contest to win the top prize.
This follows on from the hotel’s success at the Regional Scottish Hotel Awards 2016 held earlier in April, when Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle swept the board, won Castle Hotel of the Year, Wedding Hotel of the Year, Events Team of the Year, Housekeeper of the Year and Hotel Manager of the Year.
Commenting on this achievement, John Badley, general manager for the exclusive property which has 35 bedrooms, extensive conference facilities, luxury spa and an AA restaurant, said: “We are ecstatic to have received Castle Hotel of the Year in the National Scottish Hotel Awards, especially after having won not one but four prestigious Scottish Hotel Awards in the 2016 regional finals.
“This is most certainly down to the incredible team effort, and the fantastic members of staff we have working here at Dalhousie.
“From our weddings to our housekeeping, all aspects of the castle have been praised.
“We are thrilled to have claimed the national award for the best Castle Hotel. It is especially exciting having won so many categories in the regional awards held earlier in the month.”
The Scottish Hotel Awards is an annual award scheme aimed at recognising and rewarding hospitality excellence in Scotland.
There are nine different regions, and the winners of each region are put forward for the National Scottish Hotel Awards.
Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa is set in its own landscaped grounds near Bonnyrigg. It is part of a privately owned group of luxury hotels which last year launched a new overarching brand for their portfolio.
The new brand is called The Robert Parker Collection (RP Collection), and incorporates six eyecatching properties across the north of England and southern Scotland, including Doxford Hall and Ednam House.