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Windlestraw

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Fife, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Asked to organise a "spring break" for a group of 9 friends, I was delighted I chose Windlestraw. Owner Sylvia very kindly allowed us sole occupancy of the hotel for 2 nights - it has 6 bedrooms. Afternoon tea in the Conservatory was very good and pre dinner drinks and canapés in the drawing room exceptionally pleasant. The food was...

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edinburgh
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Fabulous small hotel - feels more like staying in someone's home. Genuine personal service from wonderful hosts john and Sylvia. The house is a beautifully restored Edwardian gem from the era of over-engineered houses with architectural interest. High quality furnishings and fittings, bathroom modern and well done. House so solid can't hear any noise from rest of hotel or from...

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent two nights here celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. Our room was fabulous with a large en-suite bathroom. Everything was perfect. We dined here both evenings and what a treat that was. My food intolerance was noted and catered for down to having my own breakfast muffins. Nothing seemed too much trouble for Sylvia and John. They have created...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your very special anniversary. Heaven in the Tweed Valley, we like that! It was a pleasure looking after you and we are glad we contributed to a memorable stay.

Devon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have not (yet) stayed here, but we do know that the owners are great at helping out in a crisis, so if their hotel is as outstanding as they are, then the great reports we see here are well justified. Sometimes hotels are great at customer care when you are "on site"...Mr & Mrs Matthews are great at customer...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

mmmh such a cryptic message but we are delighted with the positive recommendation! Please do come stay and we can justify your kind words in person.

London, England
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

A spectacular place to stay for those truly special occasions. In the heart of brilliant walking country this is a relaxed and beautiful place with fantastic food and wonderful hosts. We stayed last October and for our first wedding anniversary this was the perfect place to celebrate. As we stayed over Easter we got freshly baked hot cross buns on...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

So kind for you to share your comments, and for returning to give us the opportunity to pamper you again. Yes we love Easter and you got lucky with the chocolate hens laying! Why do you need waterproofs?....sure it never rains in The Tweed Valley! Hope to see you again soon.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Stayed overnight and really it was just the perfect experience from start to finish. Comfortable house, welcoming hosts and the most incredible evening meal. It's the attention to detail that makes the difference and which makes this so special. Highly recommended. We will be back.

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Great to receive such lovely comments early in the season. It encourages us to keep doing what we do. Looking forward to your return visit.

Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Stayed for only one night but wish it had been more. Wonderfully friendly welcome and quality of accommodation and service excellent. Ideal for couples or a small group of friends (6 large bedrooms) looking to relax, with a first class eating experience and then a quiet drink in front of an open fire, this small hotel would be hard to...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

We'll take 10/10 ! Thank you for lovely comments and high marks! Very glad you enjoyed your stay and the cuisine. As you say we offer a 5 course set menu so we can focus on quality, but we are flexible and cater for all requirements. Hope to see you again soon.

Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

.....or rather, let Sylvia and John (and not forgetting Stu, the chef) treat you as they welcome you into their beautiful home cum hotel. Actually it's quite difficult to label Windlestraw - hotel makes it sound bigger than it is, boutique makes it sound a bit pretentious which it most definitely is not! It is like being in someone's home...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments. Its been a steady start to season three and we appreciate you getting us off the mark with reviews. Very pleased you enjoyed your wee break to The Borders and your day trips to Abbotsford and Melrose and far beyond...even if we did spoil any thought of picnic! You were lovely guests [ ''The...

Glasgow
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We spent one night at Windlestraw at the beginning of the month and were absolutely delighted with our stay. We had spent a frosty day exploring Melrose and the surrounding area and were looking forward to experiencing the hospitality and cuisine of Windlestraw first hand. We were not disappointed, this place is a gem! John and Sylvia go out of...

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Glasgow, Scotland
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Visited Windlestraw with my wife as a thank you to her for making my 60th and my mum's 90th birthdays so special. We stayed one night and we wish we had booked for longer. I can't speak highly enough of our experience. Sylvia and John are wonderful hosts who have worked very hard to make the Windlestraw experience special. The...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you for your post and generous feedback. Its getting to the end of the season and we are working hard to keep standards high and make every guest feel truly pampered. Very pleased to hear you had a lovely stay. Of course one night In the amazing Tweed Valley is not enough! See you again very soon!

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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 

Additional Information about Windlestraw

Address: Galashiels Road, Walkerburn EH43 6AA, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Borders > Walkerburn
Price Range: $228 - $350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Windlestraw Lodge Scottish Borders Hotel Walkerburn
Windlestraw Hotel Walkerburn
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