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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

this has to be one of the best hotels we have visited,saw it on the internet and it looked ok,what a lovely surprise it was a delight, a beautiful Edwardian house full of beautiful woodwork. and carvings,silvya greeted us like old friends and made us feel at home straight away,our bedroom was so comfortable and spotless with a fantastic bathroom... More 

Thank helen b
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks Helen for your lovely comments. The Tweed Valley is not far from 'Auld Reekie' but its still a wee bit of a secret and as its only our second season not many know of Windlestraw. We are delighted you found us and enjoyed the experience we are creating here. I have to give credit to Stu Waterston our locally... More 

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73 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

This was our second visit to Windlestraw but the first visit with new owners Sylvia and John. Well we were not disappointed and our trip to this beautiful b&b was once again fantastic. There were a few changes to the house which really did compliment our visit with one of the main ones being a brand new bathroom in our... More 

1 Thank AdventuresWithGeorge
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Hi George! it was lovely to welcome you and your very well behaved owners back to Windlestraw. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Glad your owners enjoyed our new chefs creations and appreciated the ' wee tweeks' we are making. We have a few more ideas up our sleeves which we will complete this winter but its a... More 

Balfron, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Windlestraw is simply a delightful place to stay. It's stylish and beautifully appointed: our very comfortable bedroom with its show home bathroom and view of the River Tweed complemented the equally comfortable and spacious public rooms. The situation of the house is lovely too and it's made clear that you're welcome to explore its extensive grounds. The dining is wonderful,... More 

Thank JandPfour
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Such a nice comment. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed your stay. Its always a balance to provide a quality experience while at the same time keep things relaxed and personal. Appreciative guests make it all worthwhile! See you again soon! More 

San Jose, California
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71 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

We stayed for three nights and hated to leave. The dinners were amazing both in taste and presentation. Since there are only 6 rooms, it is quiet and very relaxing. We stayed in the McIntosh suite which was huge, with the largest bathtub I had ever seen! It is a perfect location to explore the Borders during the day and... More 

Thank San M
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments, it was a pleasure welcoming visitors from across the big ocean and we hated to see you go! Its always a delight to have guests who appreciate the experience that we are trying to create and we certainly hope to welcome you back next time as friends. More 

England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

There was a warm welcome on a wet and windy day with a tray of tea and some gentle conversation about the hotel, our room and the evening's dinner. Being friendly in a low key way is an art which flourishes here so that even the most timid guest would feel able to ask about anything. The room was luxurious... More 

2 Thank Meticulosity
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

As we like to say here, ''To-days rain is tomorrows whiskey'' and there is nothing more pleasing than inviting a guest in from the inclement weather and making them feel ' at home' . We genuinely want a stay at Windlestraw to be different: to feel like you are visiting old friends, friends who will pamper you with comfort, fine... More 

Fife, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

A group of us stayed for 3 nights whilst exploring the Borders. This hotel was a real find, with 6 bedrooms it offers a personal, friendly service. The rooms are delightful and comfortable. The food is exceptionally good, dinner each night was a treat, John is a very accomplished chef. Breakfast too was very good, fresh fruit juices, lovely homemade... More 

2 Thank John A
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments, we are very pleased you ' found' us. Its our second season and we continue to raise standards as high as possible. We are glad you enjoyed the experience. your comments about the cuisine is appreciated. John worked alone last year and laid the foundations but credit for the food during your recent stay... More 

Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

I have just returned from a three night break with friends at Windlestraw. What a find! Everything - breakfast, dinner, rooms - was wonderful. Sylvia and John were perfect hosts. This is definitely the place to stay in this area if you want beautifully furnished rooms and excellent food.

2 Thank WillTrev
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

It was an absolute pleasure to have a wee extended stay to pamper you over. Wonderful guests make for wonderful atmosphere! We are delighted with that you appreciated what we are creating here at Windlestraw. See you again soon. More 

Glenrothes, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 June 2016

We have just returned from a two night break at the Windlestraw. On arriving we were welcomed by Sylvia with chilled apple juice and a seat in the beautiful sun room. Our room was beautiful with lovely views of the area. The dinner on both evenings was just a work of art, every detail was perfect, with all the courses... More 

1 Thank shirleyjane1211
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks Shirley and Harry. Its always a pleasure to look after guests who appreciate our efforts to provide a unique experience. The house and location are indeed special but its our guests who stay, relax and leave renewed [ and provide such warm feedback ] that makes it all worthwhile! Looking forward to seeing you at the first signs of... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

This place is a MUST DO on anyone's list! Sylvia and John used to live and work in Dubai and know about service, food and making people feel very welcome. For me, it is the whole package, from the location to the finer/tiny details that have been thought through and executed with care and a passion to 'wow' the guest.... More 

1 Thank Tricia W
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you Tricia for such lovely comments. Its our ambition to show that you dont have to travel as far as Dubai to have a grand experience! Its encouraging for us to hear we are on the right track! Hope to welcome you back to the beautiful Tweed Valley soon"! More 

Devon, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 May 2016

John and Sylvia have created something really special and the standard of hospitality, attention to detail and the food are at a level against which other hotels should be judged and most will fail to even come close. It is hard to imagine even the most discerning guest not being impressed with their stay at Windelstraw. A place to return... More 

1 Thank barry507
Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks Barry, Wow! what a great review! Having just reached our 1 year anniversary of opening we are delighted to receive such positive feedback. As long as our guests appreciate what we do we will continue to invest to ensure the Windlestraw experience is indeed special. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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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: €153 - €235 (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 will be loved”
 of 5 bubbles Maggs1958, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The McIntosh suite is quite large, and if you love to take leisurely, relaxing baths, this is the room for you.”
 of 5 bubbles SanM476, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“All rooms good.”
 of 5 bubbles shirleyjane1211, 7 Jun 2016 | Read review
“all are excellent and have their own charm with excellent facilities”
 of 5 bubbles barry507, 20 May 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are stunning but the Grand has the best bath!”
 of 5 bubbles VAB81, 12 May 2016 | Read review
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