Good Hotel Guide Review
An Edwardian manor house built in the Tweed valley as a wedding gift for the future wife of a cashmere mill owner is today a small, elegant hotel with a serious emphasis on food. Arts and Crafts details include wood panelling in the light sitting room and ‘exquisitely carved’ grotesque birds on the newel posts of the oak staircase, leading to individually styled bedrooms. Deluxe rooms have a slipper bath and walk-in shower; the best room has a lounge area and original cast iron bathtub. Owners John and Sylvia Matthews are natural hosts – one reader felt ‘looked after with care’. But it’s at mealtimes that this place really shines, with menus showcasing home-grown and local produce. The daily changing five-course dinner is ‘good and imaginative’ kicking off with canapes, and perhaps including Borders lamb with wild garlic, and hake with mussels and Prosecco. Breakfast brings home-baked soda bread and the full Scottish. ‘Luckily we were able to do plenty of long walks to burn off the calories.’ (Frances Thomas)
all year except 20 Dec–22 Feb.
bar, sunroom, lounge/restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 3-acre landscaped gardens, parking.
all ages welcomed, under-4s free, additional bed for under-12s £50, in own room £140.
allowed in bedrooms (max. 2, not unattended, £10 per dog per night), public rooms, not restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £190. 5-course set menu £80.