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“Wonderful Birthday treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Windlestraw

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Windlestraw
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Walkerburn
Certificate of Excellence
scotland
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40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Wonderful Birthday treat”
Reviewed August 21, 2009

lovely hotel, great hosts, and wonderful food.
Alan and Julie made a lovely gester on my husband 65th birthday and made it very special. Anyone who is not totally impressed by this hotel and the special couple have no idea what they are talking about. wish I was going back next week.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow
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Reviewed July 3, 2009

We had a wonderful relaxing 3 days at the end of June.Our room was very clean and comfortable with a fabulous view. The hotel is very well placed for visiting the surrounding towns . However the absolute highlight of our stay was the food . I dont think we have ever experienced such delicious quality food . Everything from the presentation to the last bite was perfect . If you love peace ,quiet and excellent food this is the place for you . The restaurant is very small and intimate a perfect place for a special occasion . Only regret is that we had to get back to real life and could not stay longer .

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank sheebee
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Edinburgh
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41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2009

My husband brought me here for a birthday treat and it was just perfect.

We live in Edinburgh so it's only about 30 miles away but it's another world. On the edge of a little village not too far from Peebles, it's set in a large garden and has great views across the valley.

The room we stayed in (Willison) was very smart and cosy, it had the largest bathroom of any hotel room I have ever stayed in and the huge roll top bath is irresistible. Husband loved the huge walk in shower too with one of those giant metal shower heads. We had absolutely no problems with hot water - there was lashings of it on the evening we arrived and the next morning.

The proprietors are very welcoming and friendly, as is their black lab Ellie. All the public rooms are beautifully appointed with wooden panelling everywhere and a very attractive sun lounge where we had afternoon tea.

The absolute highlight is the food though, I can not remember the last time I ate such good food. We were served canapes in the lounge with our fizz, followed by an amuse bouche of spinach and lovage soup that was just the best soup I have tasted. All the food was freshly prepared with local produce and tasted amazing. The absolute highlight was the steak - my husband ordered it and we were fighting over it. A surprisingly extensive wine list is available and we had a very fine 10 year old rioja.

Breakfast the next morning was also excellent - really good choice and my smoked haddock and poached egg were perfect.

It isn't a cheap place to come and stay and eat but both of us thought it was worth every penny. We felt like we had been away for a week not just a night.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank sheehlb
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Mercer Island, WA
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49 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2009

The Windlestraw exceeded our expectations--absolutely beautifully furnished,immaculate, peaceful location, gorgeous dining room, and true gourmet dinners. Alan and Julie are wonderful hosts who went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves in the Tweed Valley. They gave us excellent sightseeing and walking suggestions. Alan's fabulous gourmet dinners were beautifully presented. An article was recently devoted to him in Scottish Life magazine. We definitely plan to return to the Windlestraw and spend more time in this beautiful area of Scotland.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank wearetravelers
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Edinburgh
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118 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2009

Our usual weekend haunt in the Scottish Borders was closed and, when friends whose opinion we value warmly recommended Windlestraw, we decided to give it a try. We're glad we did. It's an excellent small hotel run by friendly and accommodating hosts, who are unobtrusively but unmistakably professional. The location overlooking the Tweed valley is beautiful: it's less than 40 minutes from Edinburgh, but you could believe you were in the back of beyond. We took the McIntosh room, which was spacious and had a lovely bathroom (you could do laps in the bath) as well as being tastefully decorated, the enormous bed decked out with high-quality linen. The highlight of the place is the food, first-class ingredients cooked to perfection with just the right variety of flavours and textures; decent-sized portions too. Judged by the delicious wines we had in a two-day stay, the selection has been made with some care and to suit all pockets. Windlestraw Lodge is a cosy, well-run little hotel in a lovely setting which is ideal for getting away from it all.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank TheHistoryProfessor
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Newcastle
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2009

We have unfortunately had to return home after a very poor experience at the above hotel. We had to return home arriving in the early hours of the morning, having been told 30 minutes after our arrival, in no uncertain terms that the dining area is off limits to children. We had booked to stay for a celebratory weekend "dining experience"- one night of a la carte menu and another at the Chefs selection / degustation menu. At the time of booking I enquired about our our daughter as we wanted to check our travel-cot would fit into the room. We were told by co-owner Julie Reid that this would not be a problem. We were not however told at the time of booking, of the "no children policy in the dining room" and after having had to drive for 6 hours in total on a very windy, rainy, dangerous night with our sixteen month baby, we feel rather annoyed. This policy is not mentioned anywhere on their website nor in reviews. This despite the fact that we booked a "dining experience weekend" which we had hoped to enjoy with another 2 couples.

We felt this matter should be brought to the attention of families with young children. From the frosty reception from the owner Julie right through to our early departure no warmth of feeling / compassion was shown. The "dining experience weekend" was a complete disaster not only for us but also for our friends who have been totally embarrassed by the whole affair. Stay here if you don't mind locking your child away in a cupboard for the weekend.

Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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JarrarPeeblesshire, Partner at Windlestraw, responded to this review, April 1, 2009
In response to this critisism, our version of events is somewhat different. Three couples booked for our special two night break, one of the dinners featuring a tasting menu. Two of the couples arrived in the afternoon, relaxed and happy and came for down for drinks at 6.00pm. The third couple, who were bringing a baby, did not arrive until after 7.30pm. We knew they were bringing a baby (she was in fact a 16 month old toddler)and offered a cot and any other assistance they required. I offered to warm the baby food for them but they told me that we would not need to do that at that moment, as they were bringing the child down to have dinner in the dining room with them. I was taken aback , as we have never, ever had guests bring a baby/toddler to sit in a high chair in the evening, as all other parents have fed their children, settled them in bed and then come down to enjoy their own meal. I offered to arrange a high chair in the lounge to enable them to feed the baby before dinner but they flatly refused. They then informed me that they would be checking out and I was more than dismayed and upset by this as they had travelled from Newcastle on a wet windy evening.I personally thought that it would have been better to put the childs needs before their own, feed her and settle her in bed rather than take her all the way home again.
Windlestraw is a small, peaceful, intimate, romantic destination and guests come here for that very reason. Whilst we have no objection whatsoever to people bringing their babies, we could never have imagined that they would expect to have their child sit alongside them in a high chair in the dining room, particularly when they knew they were coming for a special dining weekend.
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bilbao
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2009

The lodge we stayed was really beautifully decorated inside, nice big garden and amazing view. The breakfast and dinner were really 5 star quality. The price we found slightly too expensive.

  • Liked — the house and food
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Windlestraw

Property: Windlestraw
Address: Galashiels Road, Walkerburn EH43 6AA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Borders > Walkerburn
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Walkerburn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique getaway destination close to Edinburgh but in the heart of the beautiful Border countryside with outstanding views of the River Tweed and Tweed Valley. Relax and enjoy the splendour and location of this beautiful Edwardian Manor house, combined with superb food, fine wines and relaxed but professional hospitality from owners John and Sylvia Matthews ... more   less 
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Windlestraw Lodge Scottish Borders Hotel Walkerburn
Windlestraw Hotel Walkerburn
Windlestraw Walkerburn, Scotland - Scottish Borders

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