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“Lovely two nights stay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hawthornbank Guest House

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High Road, Galashiels TD1 2BD, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 12 Galashiels B&B and Inns
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Lovely two nights stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Had a really lovely stay despite the horrible Scottish weather. :-) Very comfy room with the best shower I have been in in years! Felt so welcome and the breakfast was lovely.
The guest house itself is gorgeous too.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I just need to tell you about this fantastic guest house.It is the most welcomed place you will ever stay. Needless to say this is our fourth stay here,this time we stayed 3 nights last time 5 nights and we will be going back soon.Helen and Ian make you so welcome you feel like it is your house and you feel part of the family.The rooms are spacious and luxurious with egyptian sheets on the bed's. Every time we stayed, there were fresh flowers in the room.There is a vast breakfast menu.Helen always ask you what time you want breakfast. Nothing is too much trouble for Helen and Ian. All I can say is wow wow wow, amazing house and people.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011 via mobile

Hawthornbank is the kind of wonderful little guest house we love finding. Our room was beautifully decorated and fitted out with everything we could possible need. Helen (and Bracken the spaniel!) made us feel most welcome. So much thought and effort has obviously gone into making a visit here special and memorable; thank you.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

We had the most amazing two nights at Hawthornbank - our thanks to Helen, Ian and Michelle for making our stay so comfortable and luxurious. What a beautiful home - everything was perfect and we were made to feel very very welcome. As said in other reviews, nothing was too much trouble for the Calders to make our stay so so pleasant. The rooms were very spacious and beautifully decorated - no detail was omitted. It was in a quiet location although it was easy to walk into town and we had a delicious meal at the Salmon Inn - highly recommended. Two nights was not long enough - We didn't want to leave and are already planning our return trip next year.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

You can consider the beautiful house, the excellent bedrooms and facilities and food but thats easy for many places to deal with. What is extra special is the feeling of being family or close friends from Helen and Ian. Daughter Michelle took over on Saturday night to look after us and I will let mother and daughter fight it out over who makes the best breakfast. I cant make that decision.She has the same ideas as Mum and Dad about what is really important when people stay. As has been mentioned by others the food in the Salmon Inn is splendid and worth a visit.
I had a great 2 days and a special mention to Bracken the dog. How much energy does he use up wagging his tail.

Room Tip: Only 3 rooms. All are splendid. Room 2 is massive.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stayed two nights at the Hawthornbank Guest House and were very pleasantly surprised by the luxury of the room and by the hospitality of the proprietor, Helen Calder. She and her husband, Ian, also run The Salmon Inn pub in Galashiels and were most gracious and solicitous hosts. They made our stay in the Borders area a very memorable experience.
The parking area was very cramped for a novice left-side-of-the-road driver and the Internet connection was intermittent but these were very minor items in an over all excellent experience.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Thank you Helen for the most incredibly luxurious, relaxing stay.. we felt chilled out and utterly pampered. The rooms are better, bigger, cleaner, more luxurious, with more facilities, than virtually all the 5 star hotels we've stayed in. We were late for a wedding in the area when we arrived.. & when we couldn't get a taxi to the venue, Helen's husband offered a much appreciated lift which saved the day for us. We would've missed the ceremony otherwise! Nothing was too much trouble. I felt like we were saying goodbye to family by the time we left! I really hope we get an excuse to come back.. as next time we'll make sure it's more of a relaxation break- & make the most of that incredible hot tub !!
We felt like we could sleep all day if we had wanted to.... there was no pressure to get up/let them do the room..or make it down for breakfast... as relaxed as we could possibly want! Helen very kindly brought up the breakfast and left it outside our door for us so we only had to step out of bed for it! Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hawthornbank Guest House

Address: High Road, Galashiels TD1 2BD, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Borders > Galashiels
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Galashiels
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautifully presented boutique style Guest House, set in the beautiful centre of the Scottish Borders. Fantastic views offering the following: grand rooms, all en-suite, king-size beds, hot tub, fluffy soft towels, open log fires, wi-fi, steam showers with lighting effects, flat screen TVs, organically fresh sourced food .... pure luxury. ... more   less 
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Hawthornbank Guest House Galashiels, Scotland

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