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County Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Selkirk
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 29, 2011

Upon arrival at The County Hotel were given a friendly welcome by the owner, who showed us to our room. The room itself was OK; there has obviously been some attempt to modernise what is a very old building and there are a few nice touches such as good quality toiletries, dressing gown and bottled water, but if you are looking for boutique luxury look elsewhere.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the single glazing and proximity to the main road means if, like us, you have a front-facing room, you have to put up with some noise of passing traffic.

The bathroom was small but clean and functional, let down only by the low-power electric shower. A more powerful mains-pressure unit would make a big difference.

The hotel offers a central location in the town, but unfortunately Selkirk itself has few redeeming features.

Of the few hostelries in the town The Cross Keys, The Queen’s Head and The Place are boarded up, leaving only the Town Arms, The Fleece and O’Malley’s. All of which I ventured in to and all of which have a very ‘locals only’, spit and sawdust vibe about them. The Lounge of the County Hotel itself is the nicest place in the town to sit for a drink and they have St Mungo’s lager (from the Glasgow-based West Brewery) on tap, which is a very welcome change from the usual Tennents or Stella.

The food in the brassiere was reasonable, the mussels and sea bass were well cooked but my wife’s medium-rare steak was more medium-well and my soufflé was more like scrambled egg, although very tasty at that.

The Scottish breakfast was well cooked good quality, and the staff throughout the hotel were all very pleasant and helpful.

Room Tip: If possible, ask for a room at the back of the hotel as I imagine these will be quieter than the one...
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

The county hotel is located bang in the middle of this small town and has private parking to the rear. Rooms have obviously been improved upon of late and its clear that the scandinavian hosts are making a real effort here. My double room (for single occupany) was spacious and quaint. The ensuite bathroom was very small but well equipped and functional with nice toiletries provded foc. The bed was quite springy but i slept well so no complaints there. Some may be bothered by the proximity to the road. I ate at the italian restaurant adjacent and owned by the hotel and took breakfast in the morning - both where of a good standard. The hotel has an attractive and peaceful bar area for relaxing with a beer or glass of wine.

There's little to attract the visitor to Selkirk but if your passing through, the County Hotel makes a pleasant stay for a night or two,

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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TrondDalby, Owner at County Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to provide your review - we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed April 24, 2011

We booked this knowing very little about the hotel (except previous reviews). We have stayed in some run-down hotels in Scotland .... but this certainly was not! We found our room comfortable, the staff extremely friendly and the food (breakfast and dinner) good.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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TrondDalby, Owner at County Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2011

Thank you for your review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and we hope we will see you here at County Hotel again.
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Reviewed July 19, 2010

We stayed one night in this hotel, we were given the last room that was available - the staff were very friendly & helpful, our room (number 6) was clean & comfortable with two double beds, nice modern decor, t.v & ensuite shower. There wasn't any view from the window's - but then we didn't book this hotel looking for a view!! Breakfast was very nice, freshly prepared with a good selection to choose from.
Our only gripe was the price at the bar - almost £12 for three gin & tonics, so we went to the pub down the road.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

We found the staff very friendly and helpful. Our room was comfortable with some nice touches like a bathrobe and "au lait" toiletries. The room decor was slightly tired but we noticed that one of the rooms was undegoing redecoration during our stay. We ate at both the Willow Brasserie and La Contea bistro and had an excellent meal in both. Breakfast offered a wide choice of food for such a small hotel. Our room faced the main street but it was surprisinly quiet for an A road.
We found Selkirk a good centre for exploring the Border area and the staff at the nearby tourist information office were very helpful.
We had our bicyles with us and spent a very enjoyable time following the some of the many clearly signposted cycle routes routes in the area.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

although we never satyed at the hotel we had a large family doo on the friday eve. The guys at the hotel are all so nie=ce and friendly and really good fun!! the food on offer is 1st class as is the service!! btw try the grilled swordfish mmmmm!!
anyway have been at the county several times now and always look forward to going for dinner when im in selkirk..keep up the good work guys!!! oh n patrick the chip joke was funny!!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2009

better than most hotels for double the price
comfortable, clean, modern TV equipment, good breakfast and lunch.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Additional Information about County Hotel

Address: 3-5 High Street, Selkirk TD7 4BZ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Borders > Selkirk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Selkirk
Price Range: $82 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — County Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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