Windlestraw

Walkerburn, Scottish Borders
Hotel


A relaxing country house with graceful interiors, a panelled dining room, a wood-burner in the bar and great views from the sitting room

Bedroom

6 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

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.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Extra beds for children £15. Cots free.
Closed
10 December - 10 February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Dinner, 4 courses, £55.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £200
Surcharges
Singles from £125.
1 Suite for 2
From £280
5 Doubles
From £200

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Location

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