Firstly, really would be three and half if I could rate it like that but was feeling generous. We had a very nice stay on a deal via Classic Britain and was excellent value for money, no arguments there.
On arrival it's very strange there is no big sign from the main road to help you find the turn off, but the drive up to the hotel is nice and it's a lovely building.
The public areas are great and seemed freshly refurbished, the bar and restaurant surroundings are nice, comfortable and modern. You can easily while away a few hours relaxing in the bar area (as I did).
The bedroom we had was a little more dated. Clean enough and comfortable but could do with a bit of a refresh. We found the bed a little uncomfortable as well and we both woke up each morning with a slightly achy back. We also asked for an accessible room as we had a baby and a dog but ended up down several corridors and up and down several sets of stairs. Great, however, they allow dogs without a surcharge and the baby was made more than welcome in all the public areas.
The restaurant needs to improve. While the surroundings are nice the food, although presented in a posh way, is nothing better than average, ok but average. An example of this was a steak I ordered medium and which turned up on the well done side of well done! Fairly basic cooking I would have thought, I was offered a new one but could not be bothered waiting. Also the service on the second night was poor with one waiter looking after all the tables and was a bit slow. Not the waiters fault (Barry) who was exceptional and very friendly, just a shame he does not have the food to serve that would make the all round experience much better. We also found a bit of a disconnect between the bar and the restaurant. For example we ordered coffee to have in the lounge after dinner but we had to remind then to make it! Service could be improved here.
Breakfast was better, a good selection and freshly prepared with plenty of choice. Very nice.
Overall would still recommend a stay here and we had a very nice time. The staff are excellent and very friendly and location is good to access Peebles and surrounding areas. Would consider returning for another stay on a similar deal.
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- Barony Castle Hotel Eddleston
- Barony Castle Hotel Peebles
- Barony Castle Peebles
- Mercure Peebles Barony Castle Hotel Eddleston, Scotland