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This grand country mansion previously owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, located in the scenic Scottish Borders, provides a secluded retreat for country pursuits and peacefulness. Countryside charm and comfort are combined and set within ample acres of rolling countryside for long walks with friends, family or with your four-legged friend in this pet friendly hotel. There's a champion golf course, a range of country sports from shooting and deer stalking to fishing, and with the pretty market town of Kelso close by and Edinburgh and Newcastle only an hour away, there's much to explore during your stay. The food and drink offerings are creative and focus on local, fresh fare and the hotel's home-from-home ambience makes you feel welcome.

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Yasemen Kaner-White
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An award winning author and accomplished writer, Yasemen specialises in travel, wellness and food, having written for a range of publications including BBC Travel, Metro, The Week, Geographical Magazine, Guardian and Reader’s Digest. She broadcasts her food and travel experiences for BBC Berkshire radio and speaks regularly at events



We bought some typical Scottish Border treats including Empire biscuits and enjoyed them sitting by the River Tweed.

Located in the Scottish borders, the market town of Kelso is home to boutique shops, Kelso Abbey and racecourse. Visit Roxburgh Castle, a 10-minute drive from the hotel.
By car: 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester, 6 hours from Bristol and under 7 hours from London. Free parking available.
By train: Berwick upon Tweed is a 40-minute drive to the hotel. Trains run from Edinburgh to Galashiels station. It's a 20-minute drive to the hotel.

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Style & Character

Ideal for a group or family in search of an idyllic getaway for country pursuits and a round of golf in a stunning natural setting. The humongous swing outside the hotel makes you feel like a little child again, swinging freely.

Service & Facilities

A fly-fishing lesson with the affable and informative Eoin Fairgrieve of the Fly-Fishing Centre was memorable. You can give the catch to the chef to prepare for dinner. Dog owners can book rooms where there will be water and a rug or basket for their pet for £30 per night, per pet.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The Deluxe Room has floor to ceiling windows to let natural light flood in and offers a beautiful view of the garden. The floral and gold wallpaper matching with the curtains was a nice touch.

Deluxe Room, Superior Room, Estate Room, Estate Deluxe Room, Estate Suite, Junior Suite, Duplex Suite, Schloss Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The succulent hand-dived scallops with grilled leek, crunchy herbed shallot and bacon crumb and delicate roe foam was a delight to eat. The red beetroot salmon gravlax with fragrant yuzu and nori and punchy watercress starer was delectable.

Sunlaws Restaurant: elegant dining room. Scottish cuisine, locally sourced. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
State Room Lounge: stylish lounge, relaxing ambience. Light bites and snacks. Open daily, 11am-5pm. Afternoon tea from £32.

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