14 Feb-15 Dec.
bar, sunroom, lounge/restaurant, free Wi-Fi in reception, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 2-acre landscaped garden, parking.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms, public rooms.
per room B&B £200-£280, D,B&B £310-£390. 4-course set menu £55.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A place in the ascendant,’ say our inspectors of Sylvia and John Matthews’s Edwardian mansion overlooking the Tweed valley. It rises to a full entry this year. Inside the ‘imposing front entrance’, they ascended a staircase ‘its newel posts crowned with griffins and owls’, and were shown to ‘a small, simply furnished bedroom. There was an espresso machine, a ‘large, warm, inviting bathroom with freestanding bath, efficient monsoon shower, underfloor heating’. Most bathrooms have an original Edwardian tub. Public spaces are ‘of the highest quality’, with ‘good art, family memorabilia, open fires’. An oak-panelled dining room opens into a comfortable lounge with views over ‘forested slopes, grazing cattle, a wide river’. At dinner, John was on stand-in ‘waiting duty’, which he accomplished ‘with considerable Irish charm and humour’. Chef Stu Waterston sources produce from Borders farmers, kitchen garden and glasshouse. ‘Fresh crab with a lemon crust, followed by Scottish salmon, led to a perfectly cooked rack of lamb, four Scottish cheeses in peak condition, a sinfully “moreish” chocolate dessert’. In sum, ‘comfort, culinary excellence, beautiful surroundings’.
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