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“A Fascinating Stay.”
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Traquair House B&B
Ranked #4 of 8 Innerleithen B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Mickleton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A Fascinating Stay.”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We've just had a two night stay at Trequair House to celebrate our Golden Wedding. We were greeted by the housekeeper who showed us to our room and explained which other rooms were available for our use.
We stayed in the pink room which was reached via a stone spiral staircase in the main house. The room was spacious. spotlessly clean, with all mod cons. It was beautifully furnished with antiques, but comfortable enough to relax in.
Helen the housekeeper cooked us a lovely dinner each night The food was excellent, mostly local produce, well cooked and presented. It was served in the blue still room. It was an experience to eat in a room surrounded by antique china. A nice touch was a complimentary bottle of wine for our Anniversary. Breakfast was also served here. Again the food was freshly cooked and plentiful.
After dinner we went into the low drawing room for coffee. The fire was lit and you could spend the rest of the evening there. If you wanted a drink you could help yourself from an honesty cabinet. We had a key to the room and you could come and go as you wanted. You were surrounded by beautiful objects with no restrictions or do not touch notices!
You were free to explore the house before visitors were admitted, this was pleasurable as you could take your time and take in the history of this very old house.
In fact you felt more like a house guest than a paying customer. Every member of staff we met was pleasant and efficient.
If you want a lovely quiet break with a difference this could be the place for you.
We will return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2013

I stayed for two nights here as a 50th birthday treat. The room was incredible and having the drawing room to use was unexpected and made my stay extra special. I loved the little extras - like the Traquair House souvenir guide, mints and bottle of ale left in my room. Thank you so much also for the bottle of bubbly in recognition of my birthday. The staff were wonderful and informative. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful. Being a history fan, I was in awe of the house itself, especially having it to myself each morning before it was open to the public. I will definitely be back and have already started planning a new trip which includes a stay in the Blue Room.
Thanks Traquair! p.s. Don't let the garden maze fool you - it's harder than it looks!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Perth, Australia
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57 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We spent one night at Traquair and really enjoyed it. We have visited this wonderful house three times before but not stayed, it was a great experience to stay in a building hundreds of years old with such a rich and historic past. The white room was splendid and breakfast delicious. Recommended.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

We last visited here over 20 years ago and loved the hand typed (and corrected) details for exhibits. There has been a bit of an upgrade but we were delighted to see that the lack of commercial slickness you find in other places has not yet arrived at Traquair. We left, as before, with a large smile of joy and how often can you say that after visiting a stately home!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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120 reviews
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Our first impression of Traquair House was one of awe and expectation. We arrived shortly after 'Traquair House' had closed to visitors for the day. We loved the long driveway and being ushered through the grand main gates and invited to park our vehicle conveniently by the front door.
Our hostess, Helen, offered a very warm welcome, and showed us the main features of the House and our gorgeous 'Pink' room. Our room was spacious in the extreme, and decorated with lovely antiques and period pieces. The bed and bath linens were high quality. The mattress on our canopied bed was soft, (like 'grandmas'); the consequence being that one tended to roll cosily towards one's partner in the middle. I appreciated that there were both soft and firm pillows on the bed to choose from.
I particularly liked the fact that there was a writing desk in the room, and a comfortable chaise that invited one to languish. There were many thoughtful touches; uncomplicated WiFi, international adaptors, a good quality hair dryer, divine toiletries, etc.
The sitting room available to guests, the 'Lower Drawing Room', was beautifully decorated in late 17th century style. It was marvellous to sit amongst so much history, read one of the many books available, and enjoy a wee dram from the honesty bar.
The biggest thrill was waking in the morning to find that all the adjacent doors had been opened; allowing us to wander through the rest of fascinating Traquair House.
Traquair House manages to perfectly meet both day visitors, and overnight guests needs.
The house and its history is fascinating.
Breakfast was served in the pretty blue 'Still Room'. Helen excelled herself. The portions of our Scottish breakfasts were generous, and everything was absolutely delicious.
In summary, Traquair House offers a wonderful 'Bed and Breakfast' experience, as well as a fascinating trip back into Scotland's history.

Traquair - Jacobite History
Imposing 'Bear' gates were installed at the entrance to 'Traquair House' in 1738. In 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart, (Bonnie Prince Charles - the Young Pretender), visited Traquair. On Charles departure to take London, the gates were firmly locked by the fifth Earl who vowed that the gates would remain shut until a Stuart King was restored to the throne. The magnificent gates have remained locked ever since. The avenue was grassed over and a temporary drive, (that is still used today), was made to one side.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeenshire
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405 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were staying at Cardrona, not far from Traquair, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, so had to pay a visit.

The entry was very reasonable at £8.00 given that there is the house to see, a lovely chapel, super grounds, including a maze, walled garden, pond-side walk etc, and there is a brewery, restaurant and gift shop too.

We began with a snack in the cafe/restaurant and that was not cheap, as others have said, and the guy wasn't particularly friendly. The dearest tray bakes I've ever seen, and a mouse ran across the floor as we waited for our food. My husband enjoyed his soup though.

The house itself was really, really interesting and we found ourselves spending longer that we planned. The guides were all delightful. We then tackled the terrific maze, and got in and out....somehow! The chapel was just beautiful, and very peaceful. A walk along the pond, and up to the famous Bear Gates was followed by some time spent in the walled garden, before we headed back to the brewery to pick up some of the beer brewed there. The chap there was very friendly and knowledgeable and we enjoyed wee tastes of the three beers brewed. You'd expect it to be cheaper 'on-site' but we later saw the £10.50 taster pack containing one each of the three beers we purchased for sale in Peebles for £10 and elsewhere for £9.50!

You certainly can spend 3 to 4 hours here, especially on a gorgeous day, as it was when we visited, so make sure to allow ample time to do it justice.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Liberty, WV
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2013

I've always wanted to stay at Traquair and took advantage of this past journey with friends to do just that. What a treat! It offers everything. A thousand years of history, a sound sleep under the same roof that housed Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots, excellent care and attention from the redoubtable Helen and her two canine greeters, Joe and Kevin, a beautifully cooked breakfast with lots of choices (including lovely kippers), and the wonderful 1745 Restaurant right on the estate which is deliciously convenient and serves the famous Traquair ale. If you want your overnight stay to be a destination in itself and as memorable as any other part of your visit, Traquair House will fill the bill in spades. And to top it all off for us, we hit the jackpot with a medieval fayre going on that same weekend. My friends had the lovely blue room in the "newer" part of the castle while I stayed in the pink room in the older section. Sorry, for those of you hoping that 1000 years of history will give you good ghost stories, Traquair offers nothing but serene tranquility and restful nights with nary a haunting. But not to worry, the take away is a true sense of ages past and layers of history that have been lovingly preserved and shared, and the highlight for us was having the run of the place before the tourists arrived. It was a fun experience the next morning to see the velvet ropes in the doors of the beautiful sitting room where we'd all been playing at lords of the manor just the night before. Traquair House does it all just right.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Traquair House B&B
Address: Innerleithen EH44 6PW, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Borders > Innerleithen
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Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Innerleithen
Hotel Class:4 star — Traquair House B&B 4*
Number of rooms: 3
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