Windlestraw Lodge

With views of the Elibank and Traquair forests and the River Tweed, this 'stunning' Edwardian house, built for a mill owner's bride, is a small hotel run by 'engaging and professional' owners, Alan and Julie Reid. 'They have put theier stamp on the house which is beautifully decorated with many original atouches,' says a visitor in 2013. There are decorative wood panelling and deep plaster friezes in the dining room and open-plan public rooms; family photographs and objets d'art, open fires; six distinct sitting areas. Bedrooms, all recently upgraded, are 'smart and comfortable'; all have a bath and overhead or walk-in shower. 'Our delightful room had a lovely view of the hills.' Alan Reid serves a daily-changing and much-praised menu using local meat and seafood. 'Delicious dishes include my favourite expresso soup which I've never found anywhere else.' An 'equally good' breakfast might include 'outstanding' pinhead oatmeal porridge, smoked haddock and poached egg. Orange juice is freshly squeezed. The Reids cater for small house parties and weddings. The Southern Upland Way is handy for walkers, as are the historic Borders towns.
  • After more than a decade it was nice to renew acquaintances with the Reids whom we knew from their time at the Wheatsheaf in Swinton. We had a good bedroom – Willison – and a large and really splendid bathroom. Alan Reid is under much less pressure in the kitchen than he was at the Wheatsheaf, a much larger operation. He produced many excellent meals there, but dinner here was even better. Breakfast was also very good. Mrs Reid is not just “engaging and professional” but as lovely as ever.

    John and Elspeth Gibbon, 28/08/2014

  • A beautiful house and very welcoming hosts. Our room was big and comfortable, the outstanding feature though is the cooking which is sublime. Alan starts with a small cup of soup which was always delicious. Picking out special dished from the daily changing menu is difficult because the overall quality is so good, that said pan roasted sea trout with prawn and lobster risotto did stand out.

    Peter Anderson, 22/09/2013

  • If, from the moment you walk in the door, you want to be inspired by a "home" that is beautifully decorated with many tasteful and original touches...if you appreciate being welcomed by a couple who have put their own special stamp on their home and then serve you with tea and the best ever home-made shortbread....if you enjoy delicious food at dinner and at breakfast...If you like to walk up the hills behind the hotel or drive to various attractions in the borders....then Windlestraw Lodge, high above Walkerburn, with wonderful views of the Tweed valley offers all of that. Julie and Alan are engaging, friendly and professional.

    C.A., 01/05/2013

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Local attractions

Glentress Forest Mountain Biking
Bike hire and trail advice available.
Cardrona Golf Club
An 18-hole course, with the River Tweed running through it.
Osprey Watch Centre
These birds have returned to the Borders after an absence of 100 years.

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Contact Details

Windlestraw Lodge

Galashiels Road, Tweed Valley WALKERBURN Scottish Borders Scotland EH43 6AA


01896 870636

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


6, all on first floor.


all year except Jan, Christmas/New Year.


bar lounge, sun lounge, drawing room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



not under 12 at dinner (high tea 5-6 pm).


not allowed in some public rooms.

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MasterCard, Visa.


[2013] per person B&B £75-£97.50. Set dinner £46, 6-course tasting menu £61.