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“Base for the Borders Golf Trip”

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The Auld Cross Keys
Ranked #1 of 2 Denholm B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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“Base for the Borders Golf Trip”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

Just come back from a week playing golf in the borders and stayed at The Auld Cross Keys Inn and Karren & Dave were excellent hosts, nothing was too much trouble.
The room was first rate, with clean towells every day and the service would put many to shame.
As other reviews mention the food is excellent, though as cooked fresh there was a slight wait and well worth it when it came, but this left plenty of time to sample the fine beers Dave keeps in his cellar.
If planning to play golf in the borders you'd be hard pressed to find a better base.

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Thirsk
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We were 8 ladies meeting up for a 3 day golf trip in the Borders. We had a room each, without any single supplement, the rooms were spotlessly clean and simply but tastefully decorated, and fresh white towels appeared every day. The food was excellent too, but best of all was the welcome we received - Karen and Dave could not have been more helpful. All in all, a great place to stay, and amazingly good value for money.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

a first class little pub located in a quiet little village. nothing is to much trouble for the family running this establishment. the food served is good honest pub grub and the excellent full
scottish breakfast will keep anybody going all day. it is well situated for touring the borders
area or playing the many local golf courses. do yourself a favour and have a few days
luxury.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

a first class little pub with all the attributes of a 5 star hotel. a family run establishment
where nothing is to much trouble for the owners to ensure your comfort and enjoyment.
the food is good honest pub grub and the full scottish breakfast will keep most people
going until dinner in the evening.
the location is ideal for touring the borders area or
playing golf on the many courses within a 20 mile radius. do yourself a favour and
take a few days relaxation.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

This is a very friendly old Inn facing the beautiful green in Denholm. We were made extremely welcome. My husband is disabled and they could not do enough for him. We stayed in a disabled room, which was, in fact a little cottage next door to the pub. I would recommend this to anyone with a disabled partner to stay here, it is the best hotel we have ever stayed at. There were people drinking outside but they were not too loud and we had a lovely peaceful nights sleep. Traffic started to pass at about 7 am but was not too intrusive. All in all a lovely experience for both my husband and myself

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Scottish Borders
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

Didn't stay at the hotel so can't comment on that, but attended the annual ale festival recently. Friendliest of staff, great selection of the wet stuff, good honest food, beautiful location, will be returning for the next jamboree. Big thumbs up!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Sheffield
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Stayed here for the first time late February 2012 after reading reviews on TA. My stay was really enjoyable and Karen and Dave couldn't make you more welcome. Rooms are spotless and have everything you need. Food was excellent - the dining room is huge. Didn't sample the beer garden as it was a bit cold but it looks like a great place for a summer pint.
Few nice real ales on too, sadly missed their beer festival by a couple of days !!.
I will definitely recommend the Auld Cross Keys to colleagues and friends and we'll probably look to base our golf holiday there next year.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Property: The Auld Cross Keys
Address: The Green, Denholm TD9 8NU, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Borders > Denholm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Denholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Auld Cross Keys 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Auld Cross Keys Inn was built in the 1800's as a bakehouse but later became a Coaching Inn. Situated in the picturesque village of Denholm, overlooking the village green we are centrally located to the Scottish Borders and as such provide an ideal base for Golfing, Fishing, Shooting, Walking, Cycling and Archery. Or, if you prefer, you can just explore the Borders and relax at the Cross Keys enjoying quality homecooked local produce in our dining room or cozy lounge bar with open fire, or something from our well stocked bar including Cask Ale and a large selection of Malt Whiskies. Our public bar offers pool table, dartboard and Sky TV also with open fire.Our Function Suite is ideal for any occasion and is available with no hire charge for functions from 40 to 140 people. The Function Suite leads directly through to our large sunny, south facing Patio Area which can accomodate a further 60 people. The Cross Keys Inn is proud to feature in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and Scotland the Best ... more   less 
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