Cringletie, Peebles, Scotland
An ideal hotel for couples and families to have an idyllic retreat with gourmet food set within pretty surroundings, from a signposted nature trail with fun facts to a whimsical walled garden. For those that enjoy outdoor games you'll have croquet, boules and outdoor chess to choose from, plus pitch-and-putt golf. There are many spots to relax with drink or book in hand in this country house-style hotel, with enviable views to look out on. The pretty town of Peebles is close by for a spot of shopping and to grab a coffee in a cute café, as well as exhilarating scenic walks along the banks of the River Tweed; you could also hire an e-bike locally.
Your expert reviewer
A tour of Traquir, Scotland's oldest inhabited house, is worth doing if you enjoy history, home brewed ale and acres of woodland; there's even a maze.
Nestled in the Scottish borders, there is plenty to discover including historical buildings and gardens, famous whisky distilleries and miles of glorious countryside.
By car: 4 hours from Manchester, 6 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and 7 hours from London. Free parking available.
By train: Edinburgh train station is a 30-minute drive to the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Ideal for couples looking for a romantic base to explore the Scottish Borders. We loved the grand gilded ceiling with an ornate fresco depicting enchanting cherubs and clouds in the Sutherland Restaurant.
Service & Facilities
It was a nice surprise to have the owner come over and introduce himself to us during dinner, as he did all guests; a real welcome.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Junior Suite is a larger room with a comfortable super king bed. There's also a complimentary night-time nip of whisky. The leaflet containing the history of Cringletie House in the bedroom is interesting and adds to the experience.
Classic Room, Luxury Room, Junior Suite, Selkirk Suite, Ardean Cottage
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso machine, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The Chef's Grand Tasting Menu is an experience - dishes and wine pairings are introduced by the chef and sommelier with information on the ingredients' provenance. The perfectly poached Atlantic cod with creamy bacon scented peas, well-seasoned crushed potato and sensational salty Arenkha caviar was delicious.
The Sutherland Restaurant: 2 AA-Rosette restaurant. Seasonal menu, locally sourced produce. All-day menu, open daily. Five-course menu from £75.
Rooms available from £213.75 per night
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