Hotel reopens with a big thank you for key workers - Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club Kirknewton, Edinburgh

When Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club reopens on Thursday, April 29 as Scotland eases lockdown and allows the accommodation sector to reopen, it’s with a big thank you to key workers for keeping the country running this past year in the form of a free overnight stay.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:36 am

Teachers, the armed forces and NHS, care home and supermarket staff booking a minimum of one night stay at the hotel during 2021 will receive a complimentary second night.

Combining the convenience of a city hotel with the beauty of a countryside retreat, the hotel and golf resort set in 1,000 acres is only seven miles from Edinburgh city centre and perfect for romantic breaks, family getaways or a hybrid country and city break.

Built in 1725, what was once a grand manor house is now an independently-branded four-star hotel. Blending rich history and first-class hospitality, each of its 215 rooms is a mix of old and new. From authentically Scottish dining at the Pentland Restaurant to more relaxed fare at the James Braid Bar or The Brasserie, the cuisine is a major draw. There’s afternoon tea in the Douglas Lounge whilst the Cocktail Bar delivers the perfect serve.

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A modernisation project in 2019, led by Scottish design firm 10 Design, was part of a two-year upgrade that saw a refurbishment of the hotel’s bedrooms and suites, part of an investment programme since the hotel became independent in August 2016.

Covid precautions

The hotel will reopen with safety measures in place to allow guests a comfortable and relaxing stay, whilst still maintaining a warm Scottish welcome. The resort covid health and safety precautions are detailed in full here.

Budget or boutique

The Cocktail Bar at Dalmahoy is the place for a perfect serve.

Dalmahoy is a charming four-star, independently-branded hotel.


With 215 rooms, guests can choose from Classic Rooms for two with a modern flair, contemporary turret suites and seven manor house rooms full of historic charm. All rooms have Hypnos beds, Smart TVs, free wifi, coffee and tea-making facilities, Scottish Fine Soaps bathroom products and a hairdryer.

Wining and dining

All 215 rooms have been given an upgrade over the past two years.

Home-grown heroes and local flavours are the stars of Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club’s new menu at the hotel’s signature dining spot, The Pentland Restaurant.

From Pan roast fillet of North Sea cod and Slow braised Scottish beef cheek to Pearl barley and Highland mushroom risotto, executive head chef, Bruce Price, has ensured the hotel’s supplier list reads like a who’s who of the Scottish produce scene.

Featuring locally sourced ingredients from as far as Shetland and as near as the resort’s herb garden, the restaurant menus combine flavours of home with international influences in what is a thoroughly modern offering.

Price, having been deaf since birth, has navigated some of the best kitchens in Scotland, including The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews and Crieff Hydro Hotel, and won the ‘Scottish Chef of the Year’ title three times.

Executive Chef Bruce Price at Dalmahoy.

Worth getting out of bed for

With attractions including two golf courses (one a Championship) and a range of Stay and Play golf breaks, a swimming pool, children’s play park, tennis courts as well as on-site walking and jogging routes, Dalmahoy is one of Scotland’s best leisure resorts.

Little extras

Kids will love the resort’s in-room camping experience which can be added onto any room reservation and includes a camping tent for two pitched inside the hotel room, complete with comfy bedding, books, soft toys, lanterns and torches.

The Ultimate Duvet Day overnight package offers a day and night of decadence. From £349 per room, guests can enjoy a deluxe guest room complete with ‘Raid the Bar’ package featuring a selection of beers and wines, cream tea delivered to the room upon check-in and a ‘Guilty Pleasures’ in-room dining experience in the evening before a “DVD night” with films, ice cream and popcorn. Dalmahoy’s bath butler will organise a bespoke dip with a glass of something refreshing before a restful night’s sleep followed by breakfast in bed. Full use of the leisure facilities, including 18-metre heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room, are included.

Guestbook comments

Only seven miles from Edinburgh city centre, set in 1,000 acres of countryside, Dalmahoy combines a city hotel convenience with the beauty of a countryside retreat.

Escape lockdown to enjoy rooms with fantastic views, helpful staff, top-quality food and facilities in lovely grounds.


Classic double room prices B&B start from £99 per room per night.

If you’re a key worker and would like to book your free night at Dalmahoy, please visit:​.

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Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club’s Rachel King gets set to welcome key workers for VIP treatment at the hotel when it reopens on Thursday 29 April as Scotland eases lockdown and allows the accommodation sector to reopen. Teachers, the armed forces and NHS, care home and supermarket staff booking a minimum of one night stay at the hotel during 2021 will receive a complimentary second night.
A quiet reading corner in a bedroom at Dalmahoy.