A couple of week ago, I spent a peaceful night* at Stobo Castle near Peebles, Scotland. I wanted to share my beautiful room with you, as well as my thoughts on the spa and the dining options at this luxury hotel and relaxation destination.
My Mum and I arrived at the hotel for check-in at 3PM. The building looks so majestic from the outside, and very cosy and welcolming on the inside. It feels like a real escape to come here as you have to drive for quite and while in the middle of nowhere, then drive up the castle’s long driveway before you reach your destination.
We were staying on the Revitalising 2017 package in the Deluxe Maitland Room* (£195 per person from Stobo Castle) and everything included, as well as the times for each, were introduced to us by the friendly reception staff, before our luggage was taken to our room.
Our room was just beautiful. It had two huge king-sized beds, a lovely sofa area, window seats and a stunning bathroom with bath and shower. We chilled out in our room and read our books and magazines until it was time for dinner. Things are quite regimented at Stobo Castle in terms of meal times and menu. It’s a different set menu with a few choices for each meal of the day, and no room service is available. This is definitely more of a retreat than a hotel, so if you love the freedom of being able to eat what you want, when you want, this might not be the place for you.
Dinner is served between 6.30PM and 8.00PM each night. No reservations are required – you just turn up at the dining room when you want to eat. You can choose to have a table by yourself, or you can join a table of other diners who might be on their own or just looking to meet new people. The dining room is so pretty and opulent in its decor, and I had smoked mackerel pate with oatcakes, followed by steak with chips and sauteed mushrooms, then a dreamy lemon cheesecake with Chantilly cream.
After dinner, we went to check out the spa area. The swimming pools and hot and cold experiences, such as saunas and steam rooms, are all open until 10PM, so it’s ideal for an after dinner soak to help you sleep at night. We visited the lovely spa shop too, which is full of stunning gifts and beauty products. I got a Christmas star decoration for my tree this year.
Once we got back to our room, I got all ready for bed in my new Minnie Mouse pyjamas (gotta show the Disney love!) and got all tucked up in bed. It was so comfortable and I had such a long and peaceful night’s sleep. In the morning, we awoke and went down for breakfast. There’s a cold buffet of fruit, yogurt and cereals, as well as a hot buffet of sausage, potato scone and bacon etc. The only thing you need to order fresh is your eggs, cooked as you want them.
After breakfast, it was time for our spa treatments. Any spa treatments you have, have an individual cost that isn’t included in your residential Revitalising package. They have so many amazing treatments on offer with the likes of Caudalie and Neom, but we both went for one that wasn’t too long and that sounded really intriguing. The Relaxing Water Massage* (£20 for 15 minutes from Stobo Castle). This treatment is so cool – you get massaged with approximately 2,000 litres of warm water without getting wet. You lie on a wobbly water bed and the system simulates various massage patterns that are similar to the classical massage techniques used by massage therapists except, they are applied with two high pressure jets of water instead of the therapists hands. It feels so amazing, and if I lived near Stobo Castle, I would book in for one every day.
With the residential packages at Stobo Castle, you also get lunch on the day of your check out. Check out is 12PM, which is when lunch service begins. Again, it’s a set menu – I had a delicious split pea soup, followed by beef stroganoff then the epic lemon cheesecake that I had for dessert the night before.
This was such a nice break for my mum and I, at a difficult time in my life, so I want to thank Stobo Castle for the relaxing experience. Have you been to Stobo Castle before?
My stay at Stobo Castle was complimentary, but all opinions are my own.
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