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5 bubble spa 2016

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Stobo Castle Health Spa

Peebles, Scotland,
EH45 8NY

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Destination Spa

Has a pool

Has thermal facilities

36 treatment rooms

A short stay in a Scottish castle is always bound to cheer you up. Add in first-class spa facilities, a comprehensive range of treatments, elegant interiors and delicious food, and you're going to float home. Stobo is a deeply romantic, as well as a healthy place to stay; it is equally enjoyable with friends, partners, or alone. We loved watching the Scottish hills through the pool windows as the sun went down.

12 people say this spa is family friendly.
29 people say this spa is a social spa.
23 people say this spa is health focused.
18 people say this spa is solo friendly.
13 people say this spa is romantic.

  • 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
    • Fake Bake
    • Gatineau
    • Jessica
    • Phytomer

Our Spa Spy Review

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.

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

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

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

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?

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?

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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    Linda miller
    April 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Jane edgar
    January 31, 2016 at 9:48 pm
    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

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Frances McLennan
    January 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused

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    Dawn Buckett
    November 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Jean cannings
    November 17, 2015 at 7:49 pm
    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!!!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Joyce Gray
    November 17, 2015 at 5:55 pm
    Very relaxing spa .

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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    Angela Barton
    November 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm
    Excellent customer service and all staff friendly. I highly recommend this Spa.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Mrs A Green
    November 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Mrs Cecilia Tosh
    November 17, 2015 at 2:28 pm
    Have had numerous day visits also and overnight one which was quite luxurious Whole ambience of Stobo is first class

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused

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    Kay Jenkinson
    November 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm
    Have visited regularly with other'girls' so cannot comment re family or romantic! Guests usually sociable. Visits always enjoyable and therapeutic!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Solo Friendly

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    Sandra Leslie
    November 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm
    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!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Sally MacDonald
    October 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused

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    Irene mckellar
    October 6, 2015 at 7:36 pm
    6 visits so far and already booked for next year. Very professional staff, wonderful treatments, beautiful rooms and delicious food. Perfect in every way

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Sue Cutler
    October 2, 2015 at 9:51 am
    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!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Health Focused

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    Mrs Lorraine Styles
    June 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm
    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".

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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    Mrs Ena Kilpatrck
    May 3, 2015 at 9:53 am
    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.

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    May 7, 2015 at 11:37 am

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    Lynda Robertson
    April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    Been several times and always look forward to returning each year, away tomorrow with friends for overnighter, excited :-)

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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    Linda miller
    January 22, 2015 at 3:47 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Janice Lynn
    December 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • Health Focused

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    Janice Lynn
    December 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused

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    Christine McInally
    November 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm
    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 !

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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    Liz Denoon
    November 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm
    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

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Angela Wilson
    November 23, 2014 at 11:55 am
    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

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Edie Graham
    November 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm
    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

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Anne Marie McMillan
    November 22, 2014 at 10:37 am
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Margaret Cooper
    November 22, 2014 at 10:17 am
    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

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Sheena Hall
    November 22, 2014 at 8:52 am
    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 !!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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    jeanette
    November 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm
    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!

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    Chris Mackie
    November 21, 2014 at 6:20 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.

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    • A Social Spa

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    Dorothy Fiedorowicz
    November 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused

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    Joan Nixon
    November 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Derek Fergus
    November 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm
    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

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Linda miller
    November 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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Spa Location


Stobo Castle Health Spa


Peebles,
Scotland,
EH45 8NY

Extra Information

Dining:

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

Accommodation:

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.

Special Offers

Relaxing Spa Day at Stobo Castle Health Spa

£99 per person

Enjoy a pampering treat that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed! Included are:

A Stobo Express Facial, including a hand, foot or scalp massage (25 mins) A Dream Water Massage (15 mins)

A three course lunch with coffee served in the Dining Room Unlimited use of the spa facilities...

Revitalising Break at Stobo Castle Health Spa

£129 per person

Prices include all meals (dinner, breakfast and lunch), use of the spa facilities, guided walks and access to a range of fitness/aqua classes. Complimentary slippers are provided.

Stobo Spa Day at Stobo Castle Health Spa

£119 per person

Nestled among Scotland's beautiful Borders countryside, Stobo Castle offers relaxation, pampering and rest.

Arrival from 9am, your Stobo Spa Day will include:

- TWO of the following 25 minute spa treatments

*Back massage *Facial Massage *Jessica Hand Treatment *ZenSpa Foot Treatment

- Unlimited use of...

Lazy Afternoon at Stobo Castle Health Spa

£49 per person

There's something indescribably magical about a Scottish castle. Perched on a hill amongst rolling grounds, shaded by trees and set around a picturesque loch, Stobo Castle effortlessly sets the scene for an extraordinary experience.

Arrival 2pm, departure 6pm, your Lazy Afternoon will include:

* Unlimited use of the spa facilities<...

Morning Chill Out at Stobo Castle Health Spa

£49 per person

The sumptuous interiors of Stobo Castle Health Spa are carefully designed to remove all cares and to encourage guests to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of relaxation.

Arrival from 9.30am, departure at 1.30pm.

Your Morning Chill Out will include:

* Unlimited use of the spa facilities

* Choose...

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