Nr Walkerburn, Tweed Valley, Scotland
Cosy hideaway in the Scottish Border hills with fine food, peace and quiet, and as much fresh air as you can handle
Doctors should be allowed to write prescriptions for stressed
patients to visit places like this: here on the chaise longue in my
lovely bedroom in Windlestraw Lodge, all I can hear is the hum of
my laptop. No traffic, no people, not even the sheep in the
neighbouring field. This boutique hotel is an idyllic spot for city
dwellers seeking peace and quiet - and the fresh air guarantees a
good night's sleep too.
Windlestraw Lodge is a grand Edwardian house with views over the Tweed, around an hour south of Edinburgh. With just 5 rooms, it's an intimate and romantic retreat and also very appealing for outdoor types, with golf courses and some of Britain's best fishing and mountain biking nearby. Built by mill owner Mr Ballantyne in 1906 for his Austrian wife, the sense of grandeur has not diminished over time, with Austrian carpentry, leaded glass windows and ceiling roses, not to mention the heavenly views. The new owners, Julie and Alan, have created a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, with roaring fires, luxury fabrics and lots of personal touches.
Reviewed by Laura Dixon
- If you want a silent night, this is the place
- Fabulous views from most bedrooms of the Border hills and river Tweed; you can also watch the pheasants strut about in the garden from your window
- The intimate wood-panelled restaurant with crackling fire and great service
- A house with great historical character and stylish contemporary details
- Although the bus from Edinburgh stops close by, you really need a car to get around
- It's more of a retreat than entertainment central, and the nearest decent restaurant (outside the hotel) is 12km drive away
- Children are welcome but not especially encouraged - this could be a positive, depending on how you look at it!
- A 4-course dinner every night is not for everyone, particularly if you are staying for more than a couple of nights
Food is a big part of the pleasure of staying at this comfortable country house...The Observer