All four poster rooms have a delightful old syle decor and are in the oldest part of the castle. They have been sympathetically renovated and modernised. Our two rooms have either the turret or balcony with views to the front of the property and gardens.
Our family en-suite has a large zip and link bed that can be set up as a double or twin with a double sofa bed for up to two children, flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and hairdryer. The large en-suite has both bath and shower facilities. The room looks out onto the courtyard and old "Doocot" area.
The Retreat Castle is a four star unique guesthouse minutes from the city by-pass and 20 minutes from the vibrant Edinburgh City Centre. A five bedroomed family owned and run guesthouse in Midlothian. The rooms are all individually designed with period features and all rooms have a flat screen, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron, luxury toiletries and free wifi.
Set yourself up with one or our hearty cooked to order breakfast with Scottish local produce. We have a private guest garden to the back with picnic tables for you to avail of which are an ideal place to unwind during the Scottish Summers.
We are the perfect base to take in Rossyln Chapel, with a wide range of golf courses close by with the option of borrowing some clubs from us. Walkers and wildlife-lovers can explore the surrounding coast and take in East, West and Midlothian – perfect for beach walks in Gullane or Yellowcraigs and walks along the Pentland Hills and country parks to explore like Vogrie and Dalkeith.
If you are getting married at either Dalhousie, Borthwick, Oxenfoord, Meville or Crighton Castles these are all nearby and we are a popular choice for local accomodation. Getting into Edinburgh is easy - there is the 31 bus service that runs directly outside which is only 30 minutes to the City and costs £1.60. This service runs with a bus every 20 minutes and late night buses at the weekends up to 3 am. Or Eskbank station is 5 minutes away to get the Scottish borders or direct to Waverley Station.
So for a memorable stay at a Unique Fairytale castle come to The Retreat You won’t be disappointed. We offer service with a genuine warmth. Check out our reviews on Facebook, tripadvisor, booking.com and VisitScotland.
Books, DVD, games
Free WiFi internet
Children's books, videos, games
Desk working station
Activities and Experiences
Clay pigeon shooting
Golf - driving range
Art galleries & museums
Shopping - outlet
We have one room on the ground floor that is adapted for guest with disabilities - it has a large wet room with handrails. The public area has a disabled toilet.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Roadfrom Edinburgh Airport(11.0 miles)
Join the City by-pass at Gogarburn roundabout heading south A720. Take the Lasswade junction slip road and turn right through Lasswade. Follow directions to Bonnyrigg and go straight through Bonnyrigg in the direction of Gorebridge. Before you reach Cockpen roundabout The Retreat Castle Hotel is on the right hand side.
Trainfrom Eskbank(2.0 miles)
Eskbank train station is a 5 minute car ride from The Retreat and about a 25 minute walk. You can also get a taxi from the train station to us.
Busfrom City centre(6.0 miles)
You can get the number 31 from princes street or north bridge to us in the direction of Bonnyrigg or Rosewell ( NOT Poltonhall). The departs every 20 minutes and takes about 35 to reach the Retreat Castle. The stop you want to get off is called Brixwold bank - but just say you are staying at the Retreat and they should know. TIP- no change is given on the bus single journey £1.60.