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Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 21, 2016

Thank you John and Sylvia for yet another MAGNIFICENT meal, lovely to see you both again and for accommodating my dietary requirements, John you are master in the kitchen! We are very much looking forward to our next visit. TOP MARKS! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

1Thank Paulainpink
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Lovely to have such appreciative regulars! Looking forward to seeing you again soon, I do believe its very soon! ps: We will have to give Stu our ' locally sourced' chef the stars!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

When you are looking for a luxury getaway it's always a bit nerve-racking. No need to be nervous here. The owners, John & Sylvia, who run the place come from the luxury hotel market, and they have re created this hotel to the highest standards. The finest linens, crockery, decor and designs make you feel spoilt, and the grounds, views...

1Thank Patrick B
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks Patrick for such a glowing review. Very pleased you enjoyed your stay. We are a very small team here here and its a real boost to get such great feedback. The Tweed Valley is beautiful and full of history, we are certainly privileged to call this place and our unique manor house 'home'. Also pleased you appreciated the efforts...

Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed August 31, 2016

This is a remarkable place: well run, beautifully maintained with every detail attended to by a family that knows inn-keeping inside out. The rooms are immaculate, quiet and immensely comfortable. The food is prepared with expertise and care, using fine ingredients and not a small amount of cleverness. (I stayed at Windlestraw for three nights and each night I ate...

1Thank oceanauthor
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments. Its always encouraging for us to hear such positive feedback. The Borders, and in particular the Tweed Valley, are often overlooked by many travellers and we are delighted to hear you appreciated the landscape we have come to love. Very pleased that you enjoyed your Windlestraw experience, we try hard to make every aspect...

South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 24, 2016

Fantastic getaway with excellent food, comfort and hospitality. We have stayed in some of the best hotels in the world and Windlestraw did not let us down. Sheer comfort and very tranquil. Sylvia and John done everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible.

1Thank Maggs1958
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you, its very kind of you to compare us with the best"! We are only a short way through this new journey with a very small team and we are hoping to get even better with every step. Stu our new chef is doing wonders with the cuisine and of course Sylvia is world class with every other aspect....

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 21, 2016

A truly fabulous experience from start to finish, a real hidden gem that will whet the appetites of all foodies. Located in the heart of the borders this is the perfect escape for a romantic getaway. Top class food, first class service and beautiful interiors. A real home from home you won't want to leave

Thank Helen C
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you Helen, we are really pleased you enjoyed your wee escape! Hope to see you both again very soon.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 18, 2016

this has to be one of the best hotels we have visited,saw it on the internet and it looked ok,what a lovely surprise it was a delight, a beautiful Edwardian house full of beautiful woodwork. and carvings,silvya greeted us like old friends and made us feel at home straight away,our bedroom was so comfortable and spotless with a fantastic bathroom...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks Helen for your lovely comments. The Tweed Valley is not far from 'Auld Reekie' but its still a wee bit of a secret and as its only our second season not many know of Windlestraw. We are delighted you found us and enjoyed the experience we are creating here. I have to give credit to Stu Waterston our locally...

Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

This was our second visit to Windlestraw but the first visit with new owners Sylvia and John. Well we were not disappointed and our trip to this beautiful b&b was once again fantastic. There were a few changes to the house which really did compliment our visit with one of the main ones being a brand new bathroom in our...

1Thank AdventuresWithGeorge
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Hi George! it was lovely to welcome you and your very well behaved owners back to Windlestraw. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Glad your owners enjoyed our new chefs creations and appreciated the ' wee tweeks' we are making. We have a few more ideas up our sleeves which we will complete this winter but its a...

Balfron, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Windlestraw is simply a delightful place to stay. It's stylish and beautifully appointed: our very comfortable bedroom with its show home bathroom and view of the River Tweed complemented the equally comfortable and spacious public rooms. The situation of the house is lovely too and it's made clear that you're welcome to explore its extensive grounds. The dining is wonderful,...

Thank JandPfour
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Such a nice comment. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed your stay. Its always a balance to provide a quality experience while at the same time keep things relaxed and personal. Appreciative guests make it all worthwhile! See you again soon!

San Jose, California
Reviewed July 25, 2016

We stayed for three nights and hated to leave. The dinners were amazing both in taste and presentation. Since there are only 6 rooms, it is quiet and very relaxing. We stayed in the McIntosh suite which was huge, with the largest bathtub I had ever seen! It is a perfect location to explore the Borders during the day and...

Thank San M
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments, it was a pleasure welcoming visitors from across the big ocean and we hated to see you go! Its always a delight to have guests who appreciate the experience that we are trying to create and we certainly hope to welcome you back next time as friends.

England, United Kingdom
Reviewed June 20, 2016

There was a warm welcome on a wet and windy day with a tray of tea and some gentle conversation about the hotel, our room and the evening's dinner. Being friendly in a low key way is an art which flourishes here so that even the most timid guest would feel able to ask about anything. The room was luxurious...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

As we like to say here, ''To-days rain is tomorrows whiskey'' and there is nothing more pleasing than inviting a guest in from the inclement weather and making them feel ' at home' . We genuinely want a stay at Windlestraw to be different: to feel like you are visiting old friends, friends who will pamper you with comfort, fine...

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A unique getaway destination close to Edinburgh but in the heart of the beautiful Border countryside with outstanding views of the River Tweed and Tweed Valley. Relax and enjoy the splendour and location of this beautiful Edwardian Manor house, combined with superb food, fine wines and relaxed but professional hospitality from owners John and Sylvia Matthews ... more   less 

Additional Information about Windlestraw

Address: Galashiels Road, Walkerburn EH43 6AA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Borders > Walkerburn
Price Range: $166 - $256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Windlestraw Lodge Scottish Borders Hotel Walkerburn
Windlestraw Hotel Walkerburn
Windlestraw Walkerburn, Scotland - Scottish Borders
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“All rooms will be loved”
Maggs1958, Aug 24, 2016 | Read review
“The McIntosh suite is quite large, and if you love to take leisurely, relaxing baths, this is the room for you.”
SanM476, Jul 25, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms good.”
shirleyjane1211, Jun 7, 2016 | Read review
“all are excellent and have their own charm with excellent facilities”
barry507, May 20, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are stunning but the Grand has the best bath!”
VAB81, May 12, 2016 | Read review
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