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Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in St. Boswells
Pembroke, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Wedding overnight stay”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

I stayed at the Dryburgh Abbey as part of a wedding I attended with the family. I found the hotel of need of a little TLC. Rooms were clean and had a large room as family room with an extra bed put in for our little boy but for the price we paid I don't really think it was worth the price. I have stayed in better hotels at less the price. Just because it had a pool I would suggest that's why the prices were so high.
Breakfast was a little basic as you helped yourself to the continental part of your breakfast, cereal, juice but could have done a little better. Even the cooked choice was great.
The wedding meal - very little vegetables on the plate in fact if I blinked I might have missed them!!
Overall staff very friendly and helpful but hotel is in need of refurbishment would not rush back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Having visited the Abbey, we repaired to the Hotel for lunch. Despite it being mid-afternoon, we were shown through to the Bistro and advised that lunch was still being served! - and what a lunch!
Both our starters and main courses were excellent, beautifully presented and served by attentive staff.
Do try the Haggis, neeps and tatties starter - it was delicious! The minted lamb burger with its trimmings equally titillated the palate.
This Hotel deserves its four star rating just for the above. We will be back in the not too distant future to sample its delights again, hopefully to stay a couple of nights too!.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Dryburgh is beautifully situated on the banks of the Tweed. There are only something like 32 rooms in this enormous building. It must be a management nightmare! All of the staff were very attentive and obviously cared for their guests.

Our room was large, but was a little tired around the edges. The bathroom was in serous need of updating.

We ate in the Tweed dining room in the evening. The views over the River Tweed are exceptional; the food doesn't rise to the level of the surroundings. Why, oh why, use artificial flowers on the table with the riot of flowers available in all the local gardens? It was all a bit pedestrian. The service was attentive and thoughtful.

Breakfast was adequate, except that the orange juice which had at some stage been freshly squeezed, had become rancid. The manager was appropriately horrified, but the offending jugs of juice (not on ice) were not removed from the buffet.

Dryburgh could be one of the world's great hotels, but it doesn't get close to its potential in either food or accommodation departments.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Biggar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We attended a wedding ceremony on Saturday in nearby Dryburgh Abbey, followed by the wedding breakfast and reception in the Hotel nearby. The meal and the service were very good indeed, fast friendly service, nothing too much trouble, and they made our day very enjoyable. I could certainly recommend this Hotel. We did not stay overnight, so can only comment on the reception.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Stayed here for two nights to attend a family wedding. The wedding was perfect and the hotel went out of their way to make everything very special. The meal served at the wedding was very good - especially the cranachan pudding.

The hotel is exactly what you would expect of a country house hotel - very elegant and comfortable public rooms but the bedroom décor slightly faded and worn in places.

Breakfast was delicious with a good choice - would recommend the smoked salmon and scrambled egg.

The staff were very friendly and helpful. Just before the wedding we discovered the hairdryer in our room was faulty but the housekeeping staff quickly provided a replacement.

The hotel bar was a bit on the expensive side - £10 for two G&Ts, but what you would expect in this type of venue.

We enjoyed the swimming pool and sauna.

The hotel grounds are beautiful with views over the river. Dryburgh Abbey is next to the hotel - it is well worth a visit and has a small gift shop.

The village of St Boswells is only 5 minutes drive away and has a few shops.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Nottingham England
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Just returned from another visit to Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, Staff are excellent nothing was too much trouble, breakfast menu brilliant, but what has happend to the evening menue, expensive and not as good a choice as last we were there. We will return as the fishing on the Tweed is very good.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is an amazing place located as it is in the middle of nowhere! Perfect if your are trying to get away form it all. Unfortunately, during our stay the bars and public rooms were mostly occulied by a very large shooting party and their dominance of the public rooms made it difficult to have a relaxed enjoyable conversation owing to the shooting party and their children.
That said the food is very good, the staff are very friendly and appear to want to please. The rooms themselves are getting rather tired and need freshening up.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
Address: St. Boswells, St. Boswells TD6 0RQ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Borders > St. Boswells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in St. Boswells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dryburgh Abbey Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel sits on the banks of the River Tweed in the breathtaking Borders countryside. Next to the historic ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, Sir Walter Scott's last resting place, it offers a fabulous location for fishing, cycling, walking, or simply enjoying a relaxing leisure break. Quality local produce is served in the tranquil setting of the Tweed resataurant by friendly and attentive staff. The proximity of the hotel to the Abbey also makes it an ideal venue for that special wedding day. ... more   less 
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Hotel Dryburgh Abbey
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