We were on a Borders tour and stayed at The Grapes for 2 nights. Taking rooms 2 and 4, one of our party had been before and said he felt it had gotten a bit shabbier since the previous stay. That said, we were given a warm welcome and taken directly to our rooms. We stayed in #2 which had 2 single beds that were truly singles -- very narrow and quite short. They were, unfortunately, also very uncomfortable with bedsprings poking out and little padding throughout. However, that is where the complaints end.
Everything else made for a great stay. The staff couldn't have been more accomodating and the food was top flight. We ate breakfast in the morning (included in the room) and were delighted with the selection of hot and cold. It was substantial enough to skip lunch while we were out exploring. Dinner both nights we took in the dining room, and again the food was spot on. Good selections, locally sourced foods, huge portions and friendly service.
The bathroom was a bit peculiar, but once we figured out the idiosincracies, it became more amusing than annoying. The toliet made great whooshing noises followed by something akin to a blender, and the shower punp engaged every 15 seconds while being used, but the water was always hot and plentiful. We did try to limit our showers and flushing after 10pm to respect the other guests, and it seemed this was an unspoken consideration of all the other rooms around us, as the hotel was very quiet otherwise.
for the techies -- wireless internet was provided free, and you will get a chuckle at the password when you inquire at the bar. Mobile phone signals are almost non-existent and there are no telephones in the rooms.
Newcastleton is a lovely small village with a few services, but if in need of a bit more, a visit to Longtown or Wawick ("Hoyk") will prove useful. And the secenery is breathtaking!
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