Windlestraw

‘A place in the ascendant,’ say our inspectors of Sylvia and John Matthews’s Edwardian mansion overlooking the Tweed valley. More

Contact details

Windlestraw
Galashiels Road
Walkerburn
Scottish Borders
EH43 6AA
Scotland
01896 870 636

Hotel information

Bedrooms

6.

Open

14 Feb-15 Dec.

Facilities

bar, sunroom, lounge/restaurant, free Wi-Fi in reception, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 2-acre landscaped garden, parking.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

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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Windlestraw
Galashiels Road
Walkerburn
Scottish Borders
EH43 6AA

Guest comments

'Stunning hotel, stunning views, and the best omelet for breakfast I have ever had. I highly recommend this hotel. ' - - September, 2014

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