Walkerburn, Scottish Borders
+44 (0)1896 870636
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A relaxing country house with graceful interiors, a panelled dining room, a wood-burner in the bar and great views from the sitting room


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

A small country house with lovely interiors and beautiful views down the Tweed Valley. Hills rise, deer roam, osprey glide through the afternoon sky. John and Sylvia came back from Dubai to do their own thing and have been hard at work presiding over a chic refurbishment. Fires roar, a grand piano waits to be played, there’s a sun-trapping terrace for afternoon tea. You find a conservatory sitting room filled with books and curios, a panelled dining room for super food, then binoculars with which to scan the valley – sunsets turn the hills orange. Country-house bedrooms have a warm contemporary style: smart colours, comfy beds, sofas in the bigger rooms, fine views from those at the front. Spotless bathrooms do the trick: one has a claw-foot bath, bigger rooms have robes. Good food waits downstairs, perhaps scallops from Eyemouth, local lamb, an irresistible tarte tatin. There’s lots to do: walking, fishing, mountain biking, even kayaking on the Tweed; if you try your hand on Pebbles golf course, the views may well be better than your game! There’s a literary festival at Traquair House in August, too.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Children over 4 welcome.
10 December - 10 February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 4 courses, £60.


Nightly price
from £220
Damage deposit
Singles £200. Dinner, B&B £200-£265 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £50-£90 per person per night.
1 Suite for 2
From £350
5 Doubles
From £220



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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from John & Sylvia Matthews

  • Windlestraw was built in 1906 by John King Ballantyne, the local Mill owner for his Austrian bride. Much of the wood interior was imported from Austria and many of the features express the link between Scotland & Austria.
  • The house sits on two acres of landscaped grounds which include a grade 2 listed greenhouse and recently installed kitchen garden.
  • We are passionate about our cuisine , our menus are seasonal, local and change daily. Its fine dining provided in a relaxed experience. Our breakfast includes homemade breads, cakes and muffins, all cooked on our Aga.
  • We have a full bar license and a cosy bar with a log fire
  • The local areas attractions include Traquair House, Abbotsford [ home of Sir Walter Scott], Roslyn Chapel and Melrose Abbey