Just over a week ago I took a couple of days off work, bundled into the car and journeyed down to the Scottish Borders to visit the lauded Stobo Castle. It’s a place which is special to a lot of people – most have visited for a birthday or as part of a bridal party. And honestly, I can see why.
An hour or so outside of Edinburgh, following winding roads, Stobo couldn’t feel further away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel, which is a legit castle, can be enjoyed in two ways – as a resident guest, where you get to stay over, or as a day visitor, which is perfect if you just need a couple of hours to yourself.
We were staying over, so after checking in, and oohing at the stunning architecture, we were shown to the Lennox Room. On the first floor of the main castle, it benefitted from sweeping views over Loch Stobo, and was absolutely stunning.
A riot of chinoiserie-inspired prints and Classical prints, it was the cosiest base for a getaway you can imagine.
When we checked in we were told our treatments had been booked for the following morning, so we really got to enjoy the room for as long as possible.
With antiques dotted around the room, it felt more like staying at a rather chic friend’s house than a hotel. After unpacking a little, we settled into the room. The beds were puffs of comfort – decked in piles of pillows and swathed in puffy duvets, they were absolute perfection.
The ensuite was stocked with bottles of Molton Brown, which is one of my favourite brands, so I ran a hot bath, grabbed my book, and hung out in there for a bit.
Then, after a good soak, it was time to explore the place! I knew that I would be spa-ing up in the morning, so I made full use of the stunning gym, and had a bit of a stroll about the grounds. Since other guests were also enjoying a relaxing break, I didn’t want to annoy them by swinging a camera around, but trust me, it’s beautiful!
Then it was time for dinner, which is served in the most stunning of dining rooms. Thankfully, we just had to float back upstairs afterwards, and enjoy the room some more!
A night at Stobo in a Deluxe room costs from £175pppn not including treatments (dinner, breakfast and lunch is included)