Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Stunning hotel, stunning views.’ A reader this year endorses John and Sylvia Matthews’s restaurant-with-rooms in an Edwardian manor house overlooking the Tweed valley. Bedrooms are done in period style. An inspector’s deluxe room was ‘simply furnished’, with ‘tasteful willow-green decor’, an ‘extremely comfortable king-size bed’, an espresso machine. The ‘warm and inviting’ bathroom had a monsoon shower and slipper bath. One room has an original Edwardian tub. All rooms have White Company toiletries, espresso machine. Open fires burn in public rooms where family memorabilia and soft lighting ‘create a peaceful, domestic ambience’. A bay window frames a pastoral river view. Former chef and wine merchant Mr Matthews is a genial host ‘with an eye for detail’. In the panelled dining room, Stu Waterston uses kitchen garden and seasonal Borders ingredients in such ‘first-rate’ dishes as Gressingham duck breast, roast pear and Calvados jus, Stornoway black pudding; turbot, fresh peas, watercress purée, lemon curd. Breakfast brought our reader ‘the best omelette I have ever had. I highly recommend this hotel.’ Abbotsford, Walter Scott’s ‘Conundrum Castle’, is nearby. (RG, and others)
all year except mid-Dec to Feb.
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 (not unattended), public rooms, not restaurant, £10 per dog per night.
per room B&B single £175–£265, double £200–£290, D,B&B £320–£410. 4-course set menu £60, à la carte £45.