Review: Stobo Castle Luxury Spa Breaks near Edinburgh

What better way to spend a weekend with your mother and sister than at a spa, in a castle, in the countryside?

Stobo Castle sits in the Scottish Borders countryside around 30 miles from Edinburgh (about 1hrs drive).


We went for the Morning Chill Out package (£55) which includes unlimited use of the spa facilities, free fitness classes, guided countryside walks including their Japanese Water Gardens and a healthy buffet lunch.


Overnight stays start at around £195, and I wish we’d booked as there is simply too much to do in one morning! Click here to see their rates.


The place absolutely screams luxury, with Molton Brown products dotted around the spa, cleanser, toner and moisturiser in the changing rooms and even a flash high-tech toilet that opens with a button and even has a fan. I felt like I was in Japan!

The spa itself has wonderful facilities, with a large swimming pool that overlooks the gorgeous grounds around the castle.

Indoors there is a Jacuzzi, steam rooms and saunas too. They also have a room called a laconium (a new discovery for me), which is a dry room with a very gentle temperature of 65 degrees that won’t leave you feeling overheated.

Outside, there is a lovely decked area with hot tubs, covered by a leafy canopy. Even in the Scottish climate, the tubs were warm enough to relax outside and take in the beautiful scenery.  



We went on a Saturday, during the Fringe Festival, so I expected it to be busy but there was only a handful of people around and never a need to wait to use any of the facilities.

The relaxation room is also perfect for after your treatments, dimly lit with candles, flowers and cosy seats. Perfect for when you want to chill but leave the aromatic oils in!


We also had lunch at Stobo, included in the package, but it was a little disappointing. The “healthy buffet” only offers access to a small salad bar, although everything in there tasted amazing and fresh, it was a little sparse. We accidentally helped ourselves to some soup on the side of the buffet which was delicious but, as we latterly found out, not included in the deal.


While we were there, we each had a full body massage too. Treatments come at an additional cost but they have more than 80 services at come at a very reasonable price. My massage, the Caudalie Divine Body Massage, was £65 for 55 minutes.


I was really impressed with my treatment, using Caudalie oils that left my skin silky smooth and smelling of roses, vanilla and white musk. I love their products so much, didn’t want to wash it off!


Throughout our whole experience, the staff were incredibly helpful, polite and friendly. We had a really relaxing day in the beautiful surroundings of Stobo castle and we will definitely be returning in the future!

To find out more visit Stobo Castle’s website here.

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