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What We Love

  • A relaxing stay at Edinburgh's only castle hotel, with breakfast and dinner includedStaying in a bona fide Scottish castle and feeling suitably smug about it
  • Enjoying the 50 acres of private grounds and woodland
  • The beautifully restored 18th-century features throughout the hotel
  • Partaking in archery, clay-pigeon shooting and other quintessentially rural activities available

What To Know

  • Free WiFi and continental breakfast
  • Barman John is great for drink suggestions and a laugh
  • The castle serves daily afternoon tea


  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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An 18th-century castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with breakfast, dinner and late check-out included

The Lowdown

Commanding attention within 50 acres of beautiful woodland, Melville Castle is an 18th-century, country-house hotel, just a 20-minute drive from the center of Edinburgh. Perched on the outskirts of the city, Melville – Edinburgh’s only castle hotel – trumpets both a scenic setting and an ideal location close to the city’s culture and buzz. This historic four-star property is an ideal base for both a relaxing rural idyll or a European city getaway.
At this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, you’ll find original features, gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape and luxurious rooms. Beyond the stylish décor and traditional touches, you can throw yourself into the countryside activities on offer, like clay-pigeon shooting, archery and axe-throwing. Start off your day as a true hearty Scot, tearing into a full Scottish breakfast complete with patty scones, haggis and locally sourced sausages.


Combining luxurious features with the traditional elegance of an 18th-century castle estate, Melville Castle offers a sophisticated stay in your Classic room. The room is classically furnished, with crisp linen sheets, fluffy white towels and gorgeous woodland views.


The Brasserie Restaurant & Cellar Bar serves up delicious fare using locally sourced ingredients, ranging from hearty breakfasts to idyllic evening meals. Indulge in afternoon tea to the backdrop of the beautiful castle grounds, too.


Perched on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Melville Castle sits within 50 acres of gorgeous private woodland. With plenty of space, the grounds are popular for horse-riding, trekking and clay-pigeon shooting. Despite its ideal rural location, the Castle is only a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh’s bustling city center.

How to Get There

Melville Castle
Gilmerton Road
Lasswade, EH181AP United Kingdom


4.0 Very Good 1044 Reviews
Perfect Wedding Venue
Reviewed 14 hours ago

We chose Melville Castle as our Wedding venue after discovering it online. Its a wonderful romantic setting in beautiful surroundings. The staff were exceedingly friendly and helpful both throughout our planning and our stay. Hospitable and welcoming. Food was very good and chef was flexible with dietary requirements. Very happy to have spent some time here and likely to return again. Amazing to think I may have sat on the same bidet or bathed in the same bath/hot tub as Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria ;0

Fab place!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought a voucher for an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast. We had a lovely room. Very spacious!!
The dinner was beautiful and service was great. The setting is beautiful and I wish we could have stayed a bit longer.
My only gripe would be the buffet breakfast but that’s a personal thing as I am not keen on them. There was plenty of choice but it’s never hot enough.
As I say though it’s a wonderful place to stay and dinner was fantastic!!

Perfect wedding
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was here for a wedding and it was magical. The place is beautiful and prepared for a perfect wedding. I recommend it as a place to look at. The views were astonishing and the rooms nice and comfortable! Very nice!

Short trip to Edinburgh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a two night stay at the Melville Castle Hotel on Wowcher.
We were totally amazed at the grandeur of the building set in lovely grounds with the river running by.
It was easy to find and well sign posted.
A pleasant young man greeted us at reception and directed us to our room.
Evening meal was a little slow but very delicious, I recommend the Haggis Bon Bon's as a starter.
We had read that our room was visited by a ghost but on our visit it must have been scared away by the occupant upstairs with the heavy feet.
I thoroughly recommend this establishment for a visit.

Great for a quiet get away
Reviewed 1 month ago

Stayed for 1 night on a Saturday. There was a wedding ongoing in a nearby Marquee
the guests did not interfere in any way.Really beautifull setting next to the River Esk.
The central staircase is amazing for such a historic building.Room was large and comfortable.Restaurant seems to be under used but the food presentation and choice was great. Good breakfast hot and cold buffet style.