We stayed at Maplehurst for 3 nights in May as part of a tour of Scotland, & loved the Borders.
On arrival we were treated to afternoon tea, before being shown to our room.
The whole house is exquisite, built in Arts & Crafts style in the early part of the 19th century. The genuinely friendly owners, Linda and Derek, have decorated and furnished the house in keeping with this theme, lots of stunning original pieces everywhere.
The rooms are beautifully appointed; our room was the Morris room inspired by the great man with his “bunny rabbit” wallpaper and fabrics to match, absolutely beautiful. Other rooms are in the Macintosh style etc. you get the picture. Complementary chocolates & biscuits in the room was a nice touch.
Breakfast was amazing. The selection of fruits and platters on offer defied belief.
They included Carpaccio of pineapple with vanilla syrup & a splash of Bacardi rum, melon balls in ginger syrup, prunes in elderflower syrup with a splash of whiskey, rhubarb with orange & ginger syrup, compote of apricot with bay leaf & sherry. Bowls of fresh raspberries and strawberries, bircher muesli, greek yogurt and a variety of sprinklers. All this before your main course, which is equally delicious, beautifully cooked & exquisitely presented by Linda. Interestingly this was the only Guesthouse that served fresh orange juice on our travels. Five star hotels of the highest calibre would struggle to do as well in my opinion. Faultless in every way.
Quite simply if there were a top ten of the very finest guest houses country
wide Maplehurst would be in the top three!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SLEEP WELL, EAT WELL & RELAX IN LUXURY Welcome to Maplehurst Guest House - our beautiful Arts and Crafts home in the Scottish Borders a hidden gem set in its own quiet, tree-lined grounds, with elegant period interiors, gourmet breakfasts and stylish modern comforts described by many guests as a 5 star boutique hotel. Striking original interior features including beautiful tapestries, rich oak panelling and the stunning stained glass window, A Woman with Fruit, help to create an unforgettable haven for your stay in the romantic Border country. At Maplehurst Boutique Guest House, we like to spoil you with our tailor-made gourmet breakfasts, It's all freshly cooked on the Aga, and served in our lovely oak-panelled Arts and Crafts dining room, for a perfect start to your day. Where possible we use fresh locally sourced ingredients, and cater for every palate, whether you prefer full Scottish/English breakfast, continental, or a taste of something new. Join us at our Maplehurst Cooking Academy or our Maplehurst Fine Dining Club for gourmet hosted dinners, enjoy the fantastic wine cellar. We cater for exclusive small in house events for up to 20 guests or garden events for max 50 guests, we also do outside catering on request. Maplehurst gives you the best of both worlds: only ten minutes' walk from Galashiels town centre, yet well back from the road, and quietly sheltered by tall trees. The house is set in its own generous grounds with sweeping lawns, maple, pine and cherry trees, and magnificent rhododendrons. On warmer days, you're welcome to use the summerhouse and patio, or explore the terraced garden. Our central location makes Maplehurst an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Border country, or hopping on the new Waverley Border train up to Edinburgh (35 miles) to see the city sights. Right here on the doorstep, there's the Southern Upland Way and Sir Walter Scott's magnificent Abbotsford House and within easy reach, you'll find romantic ruined abbeys and imposing castles, busy market towns and pretty villages, gentle lowland hills and a wild, spectacular coastline - all within the catchment of one of Britain's great salmon waters, the River Tweed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maplehurst Boutique Guest House Galashiels, Scotland