Windlestraw Lodge

'A beautiful house and very welcoming hosts.' Praise this year for Alan and Julie Reid's small hotel, an Edwardian mansion in the Tweed Valley forest park. They have restored the original features of the house, which was built by a mill owner for his Austrian bride. They uncovered a fireplace with gilt-edged carvings and reinstated oak floorboards that had been covered by carpets. The open-plan public areas, which have Austrian decorative wood panelling and a two-foot-deep plaster frieze, are arranged to provide six separate seating areas. The 'sublime cooking' of Alan Reid is an 'outstanding feature': he serves a daily-changing menu of local ingredients in the elegant dining room. 'Alan starts with a small cup of soup, which was always delicious. Picking out special dishes from the menu is difficult because the overall quality is so good; that said, pan-roasted sea trout with prawn and lobster risotto did stand out.' The 'smart' bedrooms are 'big and comfortable'. This year the Peddie Room has been refurbished. Breakfast has an extensive menu: 'Don't miss the smoked haddock and poached egg.' (Peter Anderson, and others)
  • 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

Telephone

01896 870636

Further Information

Bedrooms

6, all on first floor.

Open

all year except 1 week Feb, 1 week May, 1 week June, Christmas/New Year.

Facilities

bar lounge, sun lounge, drawing room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 2-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

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

Dogs

not allowed in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2014] per person B&B £85-£105. Set dinner £55.