ESCAPE LONDON – Feel like a princess at Melville Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland
I am half Scottish, so it is almost a sin that it has taken me so many years to visit Scotland for the first time. My Scottish father grew up in a castle and I have always wanted to stay in one, so to visit beautiful Scotland and stay in a stunning castle crossed off two exciting events from my life bucket list.
As soon as you turn down the tree lined drive to the castle you can’t help but excitedly wonder what you will see at the other end and you are not disappointed when you do. Melville Castle is a surrounded by tall fern trees, the breath-taking view is of stunning splendour and that is just from the outside.
Melville Castle is a surrounded by tall fern trees and the breath-taking view is of stunning splendour.
It looks just like you would imagine a beautiful Scottish castle to and the entrance matches the grandeur of the exterior. As you step in your eyes dart around at the stunning vision in front of you, a huge crystal hangs from the entrance ceiling, with a gorgeous real fireplace and a old painting, perhaps of a previous owner, hangs above the mantle. In the reception, the alluring staircase winds around 3 floors, leaving you are able to appreciate the stunning vision of the staircase from below. The walls are adorned with gold mirrors and beautifully framed paintings of old. Gentle violin music plays in the background and you can’t help but feel like a princess in this wonderful Castle. It was built in 1786 and from the moment you set eyes on it, you fall in love!
Gentle violin music plays in the background and you can’t help but feel like a princess in this wonderful Castle.
The bedroom matches the grandeur of the entrance, as the lovely lounge area was comfortable and classy. Stunning gold renaissance chairs were upholstered to create a modern finish. A shabby chic silver mirror hung from the wall and the view was equally stunning, as it looked out onto the perfectly kept grounds. However, the Pièce de résistance was the Georgian four poster bed. The wood was dark, the covers thick dark red velvet and my princess feeling was certainly heightened.
However, the Pièce de résistance was the Georgian four poster bed.
The Bathroom was painted in fresh white, with shiny gold taps, a bidet and my favourite, a Jacuzzi bath. The towels were fluffy, white and ample bath products lay on the side.
The bar proved to be just as stunning, with a tartan carpet giving it that authentic Scottish feel, beautiful high windows over looking the grounds and a real beautiful fireplace burning. One of the walls shared books, standing on lovely antique shelves.
The restaurant houses another beautiful real fire and we were lucky enough to be seated right next to it, with the November nights getting a little colder, the warmth from the fire was welcome. Arched windows were set in the lovely stone walls, while oak tables and chairs were placed around the restaurant. The lovely bar is made of traditional wood, the lighting gothic, the walls maroon and the floor made of black stone. The whole effect is warm and inviting, in keeping with rest of the castle. Music plays gently in the background, just the right level to add ambience without having to speak with raised voices and the happy chatter of the clientele adds to the atmosphere.
The whole effect is warm and inviting, in keeping with rest of the castle.
Our waiter was charming, with a beautiful French accent and was attentive throughout. The menu shared a lovely selection of food, but we opted to start with the Roast butternut squash salad, with candied walnuts, apple and balsamic dressing. This dish was full of flavour, with lovely crisp apple, sweet walnuts and butternut squash providing a welcome and flavourful combination. For the main I opted for the Baked smoked haddock, mature cheddar rarebit, poached egg, creamed potato and leeks. The presentation was excellent, the fish lay on fluffy mashed potato and the stunning blend of flavours titillated the palate. The haddock fell onto the fork and was wonderfully smoked. My guest opted for the Wild mushroom ravioli, with rocket salad, shaved parmesan and toasted pine nuts. The ravioli could have welcomed a sauce, as it was a little dry and the rocket lacked flavour, but the dish was generously portioned.
Although we had intended to be good, we could not help but be tempted by the deserts. I opted for Sticky toffee pudding, with salted caramel sauce and clotted cream. The pudding was beautifully soft, while the caramel provided a welcome salted taste and the cream balanced the flavour. My guest chose the Vanilla pod crème brulee, with toasted short bread. The crème brulee was creamy and was paired with melt in your mouth short bread. Deserts seem to be their forte at Melville Castle.
Deserts seem to be their forte at Melville Castle.
Heading back to the room, I took time to experience the luxurious Jacuzzi bath. The bubbles help you to relax you and it was absolutely divine, it was hard to get out off! After spending a night in the exquisite bed, I no longer felt like a princess, but a queen. Opening the curtains I was met with the beautiful site of a slight frost sparkling on the pretty grounds and the water fountain gently flowing.
After spending a night in the exquisite bed, I no longer felt like a princess, but a queen.
Heading to breakfast, the room was breathtaking and fit for royalty. We sat by the window to admire the beautiful view across the grounds. The large windows were adorned with gold curtains, whilst the ceiling and walls shared gold trimming. Beautiful crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling and crowned the room in perfect renaissance style. Once again Melville Castle’s staff provided a perfect and friendly service. The breakfast bar shared an array of hot and cold food, with other options to suit your desires. The food was tasty and the breakfast setting stunning.
Beautiful crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling and crowned the room in perfect renaissance style.
I have totally fallen in love with Scotland, the people are warm, the place stunning and I can’t help but be proud of my Scottish roots.
Melville castle in Scotland shares all the grandeur that one would wish a castle to have. The rooms are luxurious, the food delicious and the service A class. I would happily come back to this special castle in a heartbeat. They host many weddings and I can see why, the décor oozes romance and is the perfect place to create beautiful memories in. You can’t help but feel like a princess, as you enjoy every moment you spend at Melville Castle.
Melville Castle, Gilmerton Rd, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH18 1AP
Tel: 0131 654 0088
Heart London 5 * Rating
Cat, Heart London Magazine