5 Bubble Spa 2016

Stobo Castle Health Spa

Castle is Scotland’s only destination spa. Guests sleep and eat in an historic crenelated castle, while a bright, modern extension at the back provides the setting for a luxurious, eco-friendly spa. The vast pool has a glass wall which overlooks the nearby hills; try the thermal rooms (a large part is for ladies only) or head upstairs to the fitness facilities. Take a moment to relax in the outdoor hot tubs or the many relaxation spaces around the spa.



  • XXL robes available
  • 25-metre indoor ozone-treated swimming pool
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Experience showers
  • Steam room
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Rasul
  • Sauna (men's)
  • Single sex facilities
  • Hair studio
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym
  • Personal Trainer
  • Leisure Club
  • Spa/club shop
  • Mountain biking
  • Tennis court
  • Ice fountain
  • Guided walks (including the Japanese Water Gardens)
  • Coffee shop


  • Darphin
  • Phytomer
  • Gatineau
  • Jessica
  • Fake Bake

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

It's pretty special to spa in a Scottish castle. Set in the low hills of the Scottish borders, Stobo Castle is a destination spa. The front of the building is all crenellated castle, but the back is a large modern extension with a very contemporary spa.

Whether you visit for a day or an extended break, you can find everything you need from treatments to dining and shopping on the estate.

On offer

What's on offer?

The bedrooms, dining rooms and drawing room are in the old part of the house and have traditional furnishings; think oriental images and fabrics and period furniture. The drawing room has a selection of newspapers to pore over in quiet, too. If you're staying, check in at the main reception (past the suit of armour) before heading up to your room. The oriental flourishes run through the glass atrium which connects the old house with the new.

The atrium is the spa-reception area, a courtyard-shaped building with stone walls, a glass roof and Roman-style tiling on the floor. The central comfortable seating for 30-40 people is where you wait for your treatments. At the centre of the space is a huge faux olive tree which has bright red lanterns hanging from the branches. To one side is a café where you can order drinks, wine, champagne, smoothies, juices, light lunches and sweet treats. A spa shop has products, swimwear and gifts, and a very cute restroom has vintage furnishings and flocked wallpaper. If you visit for a day, you'll have a locker in a room just off this atrium.

The gents' changing rooms are a traditional changing area with showers and plenty of changing space. The female equivalent is the "Ladies Health Suite" with loos, showers and four thermal facilities. A small aromatherapy steam room would just seat six, the larger crystal steam room and mild laconium would comfortably take eight to ten people. Both steam rooms weren't quite hot enough when we visited, but rub the flakes from the ice fountain onto your skin if you need to cool down. The Health Suite has lots of towels so you can dry off after your shower.

Head through the doors to the mixed-sex thermal facilities and pool. The main 25-metre pool has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding hills. We loved swimming lengths watching the sun move over the countryside. Take a seat in one of the hanging pod chairs overlooking the pool or the loungers on the side. This shared area has a large, glass-fronted sauna and a smaller steam room which would seat six to eight people. The hydrotherapy pool has bubble seats, swan pipes and airbeds.

The three outdoor hot tubs are in a sunny courtyard. Each one seats eight and has individual controls: you can just turn and adjust the power of individual jets. We were impressed!

The post-treatment relaxation room is a new addition at Stobo Castle. Walk through a corridor lined with bronze mirrors to a low-lit room with orchids and blue and grey wallpaper. With ten lounger beds, this is the perfect place for a quiet nap.

Upstairs are the treatment rooms, manicure/pedicure studio, hair salon, and gym with cardio and weights facilities. Phew… We think that's everything!

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We tried the Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Detox Facial (55 minutes, £60) and Caudalie Divine Massage (55 minutes, £60). My therapist, Lorraine, met me in the atrium and took me along to our treatment room. We discussed my skin type (oily and congested – sigh!) and areas of concern. Lorraine began the facial by cleansing my face twice, then took a proper look at my skin. She exfoliated my skin then applied Polyphenol Detox Oil, massaging it into my arms, neck and face. Lorraine moved some dinky cold rollers gently across my face, massaging in the oil.

Lorraine cleansed my skin again with a beautifully scented cleanser and toner then applied a thick, peel-off mask. It went on cool and set while Lorraine massaged my hands and arms. She removed the mask, cleansed, then applied a finishing serum and moisturiser. The fresh, light Caudalie products smelled beautiful throughout and my skin felt soft and hydrated.

My spa partner had the Divine Massage which he declared very divine; perfect after a run around the nearby lochs.

You can choose from a huge variety of over eighty treatments at Stobo Castle. Try facials, body treatments and massages by Caudalie, Phytomer and Themae, ritual treatments from NEOM, and Jessica manicures and pedicures. Stobo also offers some unusual treatments, such as reiki, Indian head massage and water massage. Also on the menu are treatments for men, for mums-to-be, and mud treatments.

Food facts

Food Facts

Stobo has two dining options, and where you eat will depend on your package type. We ate in one of the dining rooms in the main house; you're assigned a space, and for lunch and dinner can choose from a three-course menu. A lunchtime cold buffet of salads and cold meats was accompanied by a choice of four hot dishes including salmon, beef and pasta.

You could also have lunch in the spa café in the central atrium. Try soups, salads, sandwiches, sweet treats and nibbles, alongside hot and cold drinks, juices, milkshakes and smoothies.

For dinner, you need to dress and dine in the main house. Again, it's a three-course dinner. We tried the tuna steak which was delicious and even indulged in a white-chocolate and ginger dessert. 

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The location: In a quiet dip in the lowland countryside, Stobo's scenery is glorious. Take time to explore the grounds, including the Japanese Water Garden.

The little seating areas spread around the spa: You can pause and take stock in the drawing room, atrium, relaxation room, in the hanging chairs, by the treatment rooms… Pause and enjoy your day.

The engaged and enthusiastic staff: Everyone we met was positive and helpful. Happy staff lead to happy customers.

We didn't love

Some of the thermal facilities are beginning to show their age; specifically the steam room in the Ladies Health Suite and the hydrotherapy pool. We understand that Stobo keeps reinvesting in its facilities so these might be next on the list.

The lack of men's thermal facilities: It's great to have so many experience on offer to women, but it felt a little sad that I could enjoy all the rooms but my partner was left to sit and wait outside.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Walkers and runners: The surroundings are truly lovely. We went for a run around the hills and lochs which was exhausting but definitely worthwhile. Stobo also has lots of fitness facilities, including exercise classes and guided walks.

Friends and small groups: There's so much on offer at Stobo that you can stay together for lunch but split up and enjoy the facilities before meeting for a quick swim or bubble in the hot tubs.

Single spa-goers would love the big treatment menu and the quiet spaces to sit and think.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We once again awarded Stobo Castle a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. The setting is beautiful, the facilities extensive, and the staff friendly and helpful. If you want to escape to the country for a couple of spa days, Stobo Castle is a great choice.

Summer Spy visited in May 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"My friend and I go to Stobo castle every year. We have now upped our stay to four nights. It's amazing"

Catherine Fox

  • March 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"My friend and I go to Stobo castle every year. We have now upped our stay to four nights. It's amazing"

Catherine Fox

  • March 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"i have recently had a revitalisation visit to stobo with my friend and had a wonderful time. everything about it was perfect,the spa facilities, the staff, the food in fact the whole package. this was a birthday gift from my son and is the second time i've been the first time i stayed in the lodge. the only complaint i have is the gratuity fee added to the final bill. The fact that this was the first I knew about this was when i received the print out prior to me settling our bill. I don't mind tipping staff but what i do mind is being unaware of any extra costs. "

linda odonnell

  • November 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Staff at Stobo Castle Spa are very helpful and friendly. You are made feel so welcome the minute you walk through the door. It's so relaxing"

Maureen Branney

  • November 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly

"Staff at Stobo Castle Spa are very helpful and friendly. You are made feel so welcome the minute you walk through the door. It's so relaxing"

Maureen Branney

  • November 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly

"11th year with my daughter. Stobo gets better each visit. Great staff. Thanks to Jamie for the yummy cocktails. We loved the new relaxation room. Topic of the chat was the ladies rest rooms. Which are fab. Thanks to all at stobo for another great visit. Can't wait to our next one. "

Linda miller

  • April 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"I adore Stobo .....I've been coming for over 20 years with my girlfriend and think it has improved every year. The pool is magical first thing in the morning . The treatments outstanding , the food ( especially the lamb cooked to perfection) finally it is the staff team who make it such a pleasant experience ...nothing is too much bother. Trying to explain it to friends who haven't been and think a week abroad is cheaper is very tricky. It's not like a hotel but more like a special friends home. I love the peace and calm I experience on arrival. Sooo Looking forward to my visit in February "

Jane edgar

  • January 31, 2016 at 9:48 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"I was recently at Stobo Castle with a crowd of friends. We had a wonderful time so relaxed, treatments were brilliant. I attended three classes which were fun. Food was wonderful as usual. We even got the opportunity to visit the kitchen and meet the chief who cooked a beautiful dish of vension and we also got to sample it. Hot tub and all the rooms were wonderful. I can now recommend it enough we all plan to return next January."

Frances McLennan

  • January 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused

"I voted as it is the best spa I've ever been to and I've been to quite a few, staff are amazing, especially reception and reservation staff. I would highly recommend to anyone."

Dawn Buckett

  • November 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"I voted for you in the best spa,well done,it has been a while since I came owing to the distance,but do hope I will return in the new year.The spa is comfortable but not glizy which I love,friendly lovely staff,and not too stuffy,so I felt so relaxed and great food.The treatments are fabulous,and the place and grounds are so wonderful,don,t change it,perfect the way you are!!!"

Jean cannings

  • November 17, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"Very relaxing spa . "

Joyce Gray

  • November 17, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Excellent customer service and all staff friendly. I highly recommend this Spa. "

Angela Barton

  • November 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"In the past year I have enjoyed a day at Stobo with 2 friends and an afternoon with my daughter.The only disappointment was lunch.We all chose to have the buffet and the food was mediocre and lacking in imagination.I'm sure this can be easily rectified and I hope that the management of the Spa can address this as it puts me off buying a day package in the future."

Mrs A Green

  • November 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly

"Have had numerous day visits also and overnight one which was quite luxurious Whole ambience of Stobo is first class "

Mrs Cecilia Tosh

  • November 17, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused

"Have visited regularly with other'girls' so cannot comment re family or romantic! Guests usually sociable. Visits always enjoyable and therapeutic!"

Kay Jenkinson

  • November 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly

"I am a huge fan of Stobo Castle. We visit annually and whenever we can in-between. As soon as you enter the castle you just feel relaxed, The facilities are fantastic and the food is presented to a high standard. The staff are all very welcoming and efficient. Hoping to get my daughter hooked on it too in January, Top marks!"

Sandra Leslie

  • November 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly

"Although family friendly I would not take children as a consideration to other guests.I have just been there for two nights and everything was fabulous! The new Ladies Restrooms are state of the art....quite the most fabulous I have ever been in.Food,staff ,treatments, rooms and everything else just wonderful for a de-stressing weekend. "

Sally MacDonald

  • October 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused

"6 visits so far and already booked for next year. Very professional staff, wonderful treatments, beautiful rooms and delicious food. Perfect in every way"

Irene mckellar

  • October 6, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic

"It is not very male-friendly. Removed male changing rooms since we were there last, and replaced them with 'Ladies Restrooms'. You can count males on one hand, probably for the reason I have just said!"

Sue Cutler

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

Voted: Health Focused

"I went here two years ago with my husband and enjoyed it very much, but being disabled in a wheelchair because of my.m.s. we would prefer an easier apartment for easier access in and out of? We would like to bring my "carer" with us as a way of thanking her? She loves to swim and "work out"."

Mrs Lorraine Styles

  • June 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Voted: A social spa

"I had a lovely Lazy Afternoon at Stobo Castle yesterday with my 2 friends - the only downside being when my friend and I were coming out of the ladies changing room into the corridor, where I and slipped fell on the tiles at the door and the carpet area. I found the tiling very slippy and my leg was sore for the rest of the day. Other than this we all had a perfect afternoon being thoroughly pampered, the customer being your staffs first and last priority. The facilities were excellent and we are definitely hoping to return for another enjoyable pampering day. I write to let you know so that other customers may not have the same unfortunate exprience. i would say I found the spa all of the above."

Mrs Ena Kilpatrck

  • May 3, 2015 at 9:53 am

"Been several times and always look forward to returning each year, away tomorrow with friends for overnighter, excited :-)"

Lynda Robertson

  • April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Stobo is anything you want it to be. Stephen and his staff always tend to our needs. Returning soon with my daughter for our 10th year. Can't wait."

Linda miller

  • January 22, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"My daughters and myself have been to Stobo Castle on several occasions. We loved being pampered from head to foot. Staff attentive, but inobtrusive. Food superb. Well done Stephen Winyard and staff. Look forward to our next visit. We got a voucher each for Christmas... Woo Hoo."

Janice Lynn

  • December 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Voted: Family friendly Health Focused

"I have been to Stobo Castle several times with my daughters. We all thoroughly enjoy being pampered from head to foot. A peaceful walk through the picturesque Japanese Gardens a true delight. Food excellent. Staff extremely attentive without being intrusive. We look forward to our next visit, as were given a voucher at Christmas. Well done Stephen Winyard and staff. "

Janice Lynn

  • December 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused

"Myself and my daughters went fro the Ladies Spa Day, arriving at 0.30 as advised and leaving at 5.30 pm. In spite of this, our day seemed rushed. Possibly as our treatments were at specific times chosen by the spa, which left shorter times in between to spend time in the pool/gym/sauna etc. The lunch was amazing, choice and quality superb. The staff were very professional and friendly, except for the aqua gymnast instructor, who was very witchlike, cross her at your peril !"

Christine McInally

  • November 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Have been going here with my daughter for the past 6years. I always feel totally relaxed staff very friendly rooms very clean and food to die for.Will never tire of going to Stobo"

Liz Denoon

  • November 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"Spent a day in Stobo Spa, the facilities are fantastic, the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable about products and health benefits. The meals were light and satisfying. Would recommend Stobo to all "

Angela Wilson

  • November 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly

"My friend & I have been visiting stobo for the last five years at least twice a year and have recommended it to many people . Truly the best experience you can have . So relaxing. Go and enjoy for yourself"

Edie Graham

  • November 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"When you drive through the gates of STOBO you are transported into a world of peace And tranquillity. I feel my shoulders relax and know I will be treated to the most amenable and caring attention by all the staff including the owners. I have been going to Stobo for many years with various friends and family and I never want to leave. Looking forward to my next visit."

Anne Marie McMillan

  • November 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"When you enter the gates of Stobo peace and tranquillity surrounds you. Inside the doors the welcome from staff and the owners is in evident. The rooms are sumptuous and peaceful. The whole set up from treatments ,entertainment ,, food and grounds are great. Look forward to my next visit "

Margaret Cooper

  • November 22, 2014 at 10:17 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"This Spa has everything you could ever wish for and they are constantly upgrading it. I am a member and it's well worth every penny !!"

Sheena Hall

  • November 22, 2014 at 8:52 am

Voted: A social spa

"I have been to Stobo many times - it is so comfortable, not in the least ostentatious - I once described the feeling of walking in the doors as "having the most wonderful hug". There is no where quite like it - completely away from everything you are cucooned in a world of aromas and relaxation! The staff are delightful, the food delicious and the amenities are wonderful - I just love that pool! I hope to be there in January!"


  • November 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

"I have visited Stobo several times over the past 10 years and it never disappoints. The staff are friendly without being pushy and the facilities are excellent."

Chris Mackie

  • November 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Been to Stobo Castle on many occasions loved every minute of it back again to meet up with friends 28th November 2014 cant wait. And by the way I live in England, the nearer I get o Stobo the more excited I get, wonderful place highly recommended. "

Dorothy Fiedorowicz

  • November 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused

"A very worthy winner of the best Spa in Scotland. I am off this week for three days and can't wait to get there. This will be my eighth visit so thank you Stobo. "

Joan Nixon

  • November 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly

"Stobo Casstle Spa has the most friendly comfortable atmosphere you could ever want to wish for and the staff are absolutely wonderful to everyone day in day out "

Derek Fergus

  • November 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"Everything about stobo is fantastic. Go every year with my daughter. Next year will be our tenth. Steven and all the staff are lovely. They all go out of their way to please us. Can't wait for our next visit."

Linda miller

  • November 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

Spa Location

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Spa location

EH45 8NY

01721 725 300


Extra Information


An informal buffet lunch is available in-between treatments during the day. Breakfast and dinner also available, and every preference can be catered for.


Seven room styles available from Castle Lodge Rooms to The Cashmere Suite. Room rates start at £218 per room per night or £109 per person, including meals and use of the health suites and spa facilities.

Opening Hours

7am - 10pm every day.

Treatment menu

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