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The Mill House
Lounge with picture window overlooking the river
Kitchen with French doors overlooking the river
Sunset over the Tweed from the garden
Master Family Bedroom Kingsize Bed (+2)
Kingsize Bedroom 2 with Cot
Ground Floor Double Bedroom
Playroom / Sofa Bedroom
Garden Furniture
View from the Patio
Close up of The Mill House
Tweed Valley from Cadrona Forrest
Mill House Stone
Weather Vane
Evening in the garden
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5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland

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969ruthc
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Great location, well equipped but needs a lot more heat and water!”
Reviewed March 5, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Beautiful setting, lovely old building, fantastic well equipped play-room. Best equipped kitchen of anywhere we have ever stayed. Only criticism is similar to that mentioned by others; We didn't have anywhere near adequate hot water and the house was mostly uncomfortably cold (kids room registered 15'c on our baby monitor). Heating and water are controlled remotely by the owner. We did call to negotiate more heat and water but even with the increased settings we still didn't have enough hot water for the 4 adults in the group to each have hot showers each day (the 4 young kids shared a shallow bath each evening). We were then billed for extra fuel use. This would be a lovely place to stay in the summer; in February, with limited heating, it was chilly! There is an electric shower, so in theory there should always be hot water but we found this shower to be temperamental and had very poor pressure. If the shower was fixed (or fitted with a pump) and guests could control their own heat and hot water settings (even if we had to pay a coin meter) then I would rate this as a 5* holiday home. Would recommend it but would advise negotiating your fuel requirements in advance.

Date of stay: February 2015
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Liked best: scenery, kitchen & play room
Liked least: Being cold and unable to have a hot shower every day.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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RJD73
Ayr, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Peebles Invasion”
Reviewed February 22, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Three generations of our family converged on Peebles for our annual weekend away.
We have visited different areas of Scotland over the years, always after checking Tripadvisor reviews.
It would be fair to say that the most recent from Claire B is a fair assessment of the property and location as things stand, so no need to add to that. We would have to agree also that the heating/hot water issue is something that ought to be addressed sooner rather than later. Bearing in mind that access to the property is not until 4.00pm, I think it reasonable to expect that the house be warm on arrival. On a bitterly cold winter's day, there was no discernible heat in any of the radiators until well after 4.30pm, which left us sitting in our overcoats till rooms were at an acceptable level.
We also had three young children in our party,so it was important that there was hot water on tap for toileting/nappy throughout the day, rather than on occasion.
Having said that we had a great time, and would be glad to return to this marvellous property, but only perhaps when temperatures are more favourable.

Date of stay: February 2015
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Liked best: Spaciousness/location
Liked least: Heating/Hot water concerns
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Claire B
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Amazing location. Lovely house. Needs some changes”
Reviewed November 1, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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A group of 8 family members stayed at The Mill House for 4 nights. Booking was very easy and the owner was very good at answering an queries that we had.
The house is just as featured on the photographs. Sat right on the Rover Tweed and only a couple of miles into Peebles it was an excellent location.
Cars can be parked down the drive in a large parking area and step take you up to the main door that leads you into the kitchen.

Ground floor:
A small entrance hall to remove boots and a toilet.
The kitchen is lovely. Large and amazingly well equipped with absolutely everything you could ever need - bread machine, slow cooker, microwave, baking equipment etc. there's also a utility room with a 2nd fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble drier, iron, ironing board as well as spare light bulbs, batteries, BBQ charcoal etc!
The kitchen table easily say 8 of us and also had extending leaves for more if needed. The French windows in the kitchen were lovely allowing fresh air in and access straight into the patio where we stood watching salmon jumping.
One bedroom with a double bed Is situated just off the kitchen and is very cosy.

1st Floor
The living room is located on the 1st floor with a large window overlooking the river which was lovely. There are 3 sofas which offered plenty of room for the 8 of us. The room is very cosy with cushions and throws. There's a hi-fi in here and CD's to listen to (we didn't use this but it was a nice touch).
The TV is dated and relies on a free view box which was a a bit of a pain but it served a purpose.
We all enjoyed watching one of the DVD's provided - again a really nice touch.
Unfortunately there was no fire/wood burning stove.

The play room was great. There was a double sofa bed which the children slept on and found it to be comfortable enough. They had their own TV and DVD with loads of DVD's to watch - fabulous.
There was an abundance of games and books to keep them occupied too - what a great idea!

The shower room on this floor definitely needed updated. A pink bathroom suite and a room with no ventilation made this a very stuffy, smelly, dated bathroom - such a shame.

The top floor
The top floor has 2 double bedrooms and a room with a bunk bed.
The room with the bunk bed was small and bare. It served a purpose but I think it would be a far nicer room with a single bed, bedside table and lamp.

Both double rooms (king size beds) are very nice with very comfortable pillows and duvets. Nice furniture in both rooms but only one has hanging for clothes (which is just a clothes rail)
Both of these rooms have lovely views over the river.

The bathroom again could do with being updated. It was a beige suite - bath, sink, toilet and an over-bath electric shower. The shower was very bad with a very 'weak flow of water' and the head wouldn't stay up the riser pole, so anyone over five feet has to duck under it to use!
Again this room was very stuffy.

The lack of ventilation in both bathrooms made the upstairs of the house smell musty/damp.

Overall this is an amazing property, and apart from the bathrooms our main gripe was regarding the hot water and heating:
The hot water and heating are controlled by the owner remotely;
The heating doesn't kick in util the pre-set time of I think 5pm. Returning from a day out or spending a day in the house all we wanted was a warm house or put a fire on which we had neither!

The hot water was much the same:
it was pre-set to come on via a small hot water tank at 7:30 - 9am and again 5-6pm.
So outwith these times there's no hot water
- to wash your hands if you get up through the night
- for bedtime washes
- for a bath (even though there's one in the property
- if one has a bath then there's no further water for anyone else!
- if you wash larger dishes from in the sink there's not enough water for more than one person to then have a shower in the middle bathroom or for anyone to have a bath

The owner suggested using the electric shower in the morning but some had to use the middle floor bathroom as the shower wouldn't rise up over 5' staying up in the top floor bathroom! (That said there wasn't enough hot water in the tank for them both to shower in the middle floor bathroom either!)

All in all, height of season people are paying a lot of money for this rental and yet they have no control over the temperature of the house, and hot water is rationed!
I must say that when I spoke to the owner about it he was very pleasant, and did say that he could alter the times that the hot water came on but I wasn't able to control it myself. I had to think what times we might use it most but felt that we could only adjust the times to give us an hour or Two in the morning then again in the evening.

I would suggest that guests should be able to control it themselves, or even have a cap on the temperature... or better still to install a combi-builder for plenty of hot water. This is a property for 10 people yet enough hot water for 2!

Outside
We didnt use the gardens much due to the time if year, however they are very nice with lots of grass and right beside the river.
There's only a small childrens swing frame in the garden (no 'house' as featured in the pictures) and no outdoor furniture due to the time of year.
The Tweed is right alongside the house, and my husband organised a couple of days fishing on there; catching 1 salmon and 2 brown trout which he was very pleased with!

Kailzie gardens are a short walk away - the tea room serves delicious home made food. We only had afternoon tea but it was delicious (sat In Front of an open fire).

My daughter had a riding lesson at kailzie stables and went on a hack the next day. The owner was lovely and even asked my daughter if she wanted to stay to help out/muck out the horses which she loved.

Peebles is very nice with some nice gift shops, butcher, fishmonger, grocers and lovely off licence/wine shop (my dad and husband had a lovely ad hoc half hour in here being educated on whisky's and sampling some too!)

All in all, apart from the bathrooms and the hot water/heating situation, this is an amazing holiday rental that I would definitely recommend and return to.

Date of stay: October 2014
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sam B
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great for large groups, lovely views & location is perfect for biking”
Reviewed October 15, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

Lovely big house which sleeps 10 easily. Great reception rooms, especially kitchen which is cosy and well equipped. Bathrooms are a bit dated and showers were temperamental, but house was clean and warmed up quickly for such an old property. River views are spectacular and the location is perfect for families who enjoy the outdoors. Peebles has so much to offer for cyclists, walkers, shoppers and those who love eating out. Would recommend Glentress for all of the above!

Date of stay: October 2014
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Liked best: Location and garden
Liked least: Bathrooms
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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828mandy
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“'Amazing'”
Reviewed September 16, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

My family and I have just returned from a week long stay at 'The Mill' and were so sorry we had to leave what i can only describe as an idilic retreat. The Mill was a truly amazing place to stay and we were only sorry we didn't book longer. The Kitchen was a fantastic part of the house which we used mostly through out the stay. We had the patio doors open constantly due to having fantastic weather the whole week. The rooms were extremely clean to a very high standard and the beds and bedding extremely comfortable and fresh. Only a couple of slight niggles, there was no hanging space for clothes other than 2 small clothes rails, 1 in master bedroom and 1 in toy room, so for those who didn't have one, basically lived out of a suitcase. The showers were not very powerful or very hot, that being said it was stated in the white book about the settings for the showers which we adhered to but it was enough for us to use. The views from the living room were amazing and the noise of the passing tweed was certainly welcome whilst sitting on the patio after a long walk. Plenty of places to visit. Endless walks through the 7 staines, bike trails, loverly gardens and even the 'Go Ape' is a must, a brilliant afternoon for all the family. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed every minuet of our time spent at 'The Mill' and Peebles and would have no hesitation in recommending this place to anyone. I will certainly be looking at booking again for next year.

Date of stay: September 2014
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Liked best: the tranquility of the surroundings and setting
Liked least: having to leave to come home
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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lizzieWor...
Worcs
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely place for large family gathering in a beautiful location”
Reviewed July 29, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We had a great week here with all the family. Everyone loved the location and there was plenty of room for us all; the house was fitted out very well for large numbers . The kitchen was excellent, very well equipped and with plenty of space for us to sit at the table. The playroom was a great success with the youngest visitors and we all enjoyed the sitting room with the tremendous view. We also made good use of the river and garden, it was great to have such a big outdoor space.
There were however a few niggles; the keys to the patio doors were lost which meant we couldn't spill out from the kitchen to take advantage of the view. The downstairs bedroom was comfortable but stuffy as neither outside door nor windows opened.
The garden was not equipped as shown in the photos, we understand the play equipment was washed away earlier this year in the floods, but the photos and description should be changed to take this into account.
None of this alters the fact that we had a great week.

Date of stay: June 2014
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xfo01
Edinburgh
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Stunning Setting, Fantastic for Kids Too”
Reviewed July 28, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We enjoyed the use of this house very much. It is spacious, modern and extremely well equipped. The local area is beautiful with plenty of walks and cycle runs, gardens, castles etc. There is no shortage of activities. Peebles was well stocked with good restaurants and shops. We particularly liked the house as it was so well set up for the kids, with a playroom with loads of toys, TV and DVD etc.

Date of stay: July 2014
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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