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Windlestraw

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Devon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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London, England
Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 14 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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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 1 December 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 7 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!

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 October 2016

My wife and I visited Windlestraw for three nights in June in Moritz room. Location and views (!), accommodation, food, drinks, service and hospitality were all excellent. There is not the smallest thing we could suggest for improvement. Very well done!

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your belated review! Its like receiving a wee present in the post unexpected! Thank yo fr seeking out Windlestraw, we are relatively new and tucked away n the Borders so we do appreciate the effort. Very pleased we were able to contribute to a great experience!

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 October 2016

If you're passionate about eating great food in sumptuous accommodation with first class service, then a visit to Windlestraw will not disappoint. My wife and I have just spent a weekend in this fine old Edwardian mansion house, looked after by Sylvia and John. Attention to detail and personal service are very much the order of the day. Overlooking the...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. Its really appreciated as we know many of our guests, not having heard of Windlestraw before, read TAdvisor. Its always a real pleasure looking after guests [ friends] who really appreciate what we are trying to create here at Windlestraw. The experience from Rooms to Dining to how we look after you comes as much from...

London, England
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is my new favourite place. We made it here on a last minute booking for my birthday, and everything was just brilliant. Sylvia gets hospitality and John gets food. We felt well and truly spoilt and looked after the whole time we were there. So why stay? Location is spot on if you like gorgeous walks or sports -...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

'Our new favourite place' , we like that! Thank you for your visiting and your lovely comments. We are trying very hard to make Windlestraw a special place, somewhere you can take a break from the daily grind and be really pampered, but without the OTT formality that usually goes with a top notch experience. Hope to see you again...

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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: $221 - $340 (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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“All rooms good.”
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“all are excellent and have their own charm with excellent facilities”
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