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“Ticked all our boxes!” 5 of 5 stars
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Whitmuir, Selkirk TD7 4PZ, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Selkirk
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Ticked all our boxes!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

This is an ideal venue for a family break. Our boys aged 12, 10 and 7 were in heaven. It was wonderful to see them free and safe to enjoy the grounds in fair weather and to have so much fun in the games room and pool when it was changeable. They were swimming 15 times in a week. One to one swimming lessons arranged at short notice were a bonus. The proximity of Glentress was a draw - a beautiful 35 minute car journey away.

The house is full of character: the entry hall is impressive and owls nesting in the eaves are clearly audible at night - for once not produced by a son's over-active imagination! The front aspect of the main house is light and bright and the views peaceful and relaxing. The silence was deeply appreciated both in and out of the house. Its age makes for good soundproofing.

Staff are excellent - friendly, welcoming, helpful but not "in your face"...on hand to fix things if needed, down to earth and totally unpretentious.

The homeliness of the properties was added to, we thought, by the simplicity of the interiors. Pristine decor can be a pressure for active families! Everything was attractive and nicely colour co-ordinated without being fussy.

We didn't mind paying for electricity because the rental was so low. Electric blankets on every bed added luxury; we also appreciated the enormous bed - two singles together - prepared for us prior to arrival.

Selkirk is a lovely wee town with a small Sainbury's and Co-op and a good range of gift shops and cafes. Note - no dvd shop! Take your own! We didn't go anywhere else because between the house and Glentress there was more than enough to do!

We did not want to leave and will be back!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2011

Marmion House (two bedroom - reference number 15787 on cottages4you and welcome cottages)

The house was a great sized and very nicely decorated with an open plan kitchen/diner/lounge, a good sized bedroom and bathroom. Very cozy and functional and the owners are very organised in providing a welcome pack and leaflets on the local area. The swimming pool and games room are fantastic and we had them to ourselves most of the time. The house we stayed in was just of the road in the Coach House Court, which are all ground floor. We stayed for Valentines weekend, so it was rather cold and wet during our stay. So this highlights the only problem we had with the place. We knew we were to have to pay for electricity as it was on a meter but as the heating was electric and we are only students we found that we were very conscious of the mount we were using the heating which did lead to us waking up in the cold etc. For those less conscious of the cost it would be no problem to leave it on constantly and it would be very warm and cozy. We ended up paying about £18 for it by the end of our 3 night trip so the costs ended up not too severe. I suppose the point I i am trying to make is that one can become more concerned with the cost of heating than whether you are warming and having a fun time. This, I can imagine, would not be an issue in the summer months. Apart from this we traveled to Edinburgh one of the days, it was a bit of a journey (approx 1hr 15mins) but was well worth it. We also visited the Bowhill House and took a walk in the grounds which was very nice. Selkirk does not have too much happening but we enjoyed a nice breakfast in a local cafe and we drove to Melrose for a meal in the Station restaurant and bar which was very very nice. On the whole a very good trip and very good accommodation for the price.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2010

i first stayed here in 2004 as a late new year break (booked 2 days before our arrival) and didnt know what to expect. i have now been there every single new yrs since then and for longer and longer periods and am looking forward to going back tomorrow for a week!!!!!!!! the room we stay in is clean, spacious, warm (once you figure out the heaters) and fully equipped, the staff are there most mornings and have always been more than accomodating and friendly with us. the grounds are gorgeous and if it is peace and quiet you are looking for then this place is perfect. me, my partner, our 12 yrs old daughter and the dog genuinely wouldnt stay anywhere else! it is fantastic value for money ove rthe xmas and new year break as most plces hike up the prices over new year.
now. for the games room/pool area. is this place brand new all singing and dancing and in perefect condition?. no. could it do with a revamp? yes. but the changing rooms are immaculate. the games room is more than adequate and most of the time you have the place to yourself. the sauna is o.k but could probably do with an upgrade, the pool area is quite old by the looks of it but it isnt dirty. it just looks that way because of the discolouring. it is clean but admittedly it does look a bit tired now. if it was me i would upgrade the pool and sauna, add a jacuzzi and steam room and then there really wouldnt be any complaints. but i love it here and would advise anyone to beat the location or value for money of this place. It isnt a 5 star spa retreat and thats why normal folk can afford to go here. it is reasonably priced and a great base to go out and see the borders. it is secluded yet only 10 mins into town. the phone reception is awful and there is no internet access but that is half the reason i love it!!!!! it is a great place to come and relax.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2010

Travelling with young children and elderly father, Whitmuir Hall was perfect. Cottage was welcoming, immaculate, clean and comfortable on our arrival. Kitchen had everything you could possibly need, and a large fridge and microwave. Grounds were super for the children who enjoyed exploring, cycling and time in the play area. The pool was great and most of the time we had it to ourselves then spend time in attached games room playing table tennis, pool or table football.
We had stayed about 8 years ago and found the place had improved greatly.
The only drawback was the poor positioning of ladder to get to third huge bedroom as it blocked access to toilet. This could be solved easily by management and make things safer for all.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

Eildon is within the main house at Whitmuir Hall. The property is characterful, nicely proportioned and well kept, but not immaculate. There are old phone wires hanging loose on the window sill in the living room, for example.

The property is cool: even in August we had problems drying damp clothes and towels. There isn't much in the way of cooking equipment for a property that's pitched as being suitable for up to five people, and there are half a dozen mouse traps in the room containing the immersion heater and cot.

The pool at Whitmuir is a good size for four to six people but any more than that and it starts to get crowded. The water is heated, but not warm. Although the pool lining is somewhat discoloured it's not life-threatening, simply a little unattractive, although both my wife and daughter described it as "manky". The pool table, table tennis and table football are all complete and perfectly usable. We found that most of the time we had both pool and games room to ourselves.

However, we weren't aware before we went that under 16s are not allowed in the games room or pool without adult supervision, which was a bit of a disappointment - don't expect to be able to let your kids go off and play while you sit in the house and read a book. There are also numerous other rules and regulations which although understandable might seem a little off-putting. Also, the other activities promoted as being available on site are quite expensive, so unless you're particularly flush you'll want to seek out cheaper options further a-field.

There's no Internet access or mobile phone signal round the back of the main building, although you can get a connection round the front of the house and in the games room.

There were no staff on site for the first couple of days of our stay - admittedly the weekend. When they were there the staff were friendly and offered some helpful tips, such as on a day trip to Edinburgh drive to Newcraighall, park for 50p then take the train.

Electricity use is charged by meter reading. Ours cost £18 for a week, although were careful to avoid waste. Be sure to set the timers on the immersion heater.

Would I recommend this property? Overall, yes, with caveats. We won't be going back, although that's probably not the fault of Whitmuir Hall but rather the kind of holiday we've realised we prefer. There is stuff to do on site, and there are plenty of places to go within a reasonable distance.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2010

The swimming pool was disgusting, out 'cottage' (if you could call it that!!!) was stone cold and 'staff' (do they exist?) were NEVER about to ask about the heating situation.
Very disappointed! Would NOT recommend!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Inverness
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

Have just returned from a family wedding where all but 2 apartments were't occupied by our party. No issues with the cold as previously indicated, too warm at times, mix of old and new furmishings but that didn't matter. Great for large parties looking to enjoy great countryside, good friends and roomy accomidation.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Whitmuir, Selkirk TD7 4PZ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Borders > Selkirk
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Selkirk
Number of rooms: 20
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