This place, in what used to be a bank building, has been charmingly converted. We commented each time we returned to the room during our stay, how tastefully the entrance stairway had been decorated. There are only 3 rooms here and we stayed in two of them. Both were bright and cheerful with bay windows next to which sat two comfortable chairs. Yes! comfortable sitting chairs in a B&B bedroom. A rare find indeed.
The owner seems to go out of his way to please guests. The reason we stayed in 2 different rooms was that Scotland was experiencing a record heat wave and our first room got a lot of afternoon sun through the big windows. When we asked if the room on the other (shady) side was available, we were told it wasn't until the next day. However, when we returned after a short walk, the owner was also returning with a small fan which he'd just bought for us. We were impressed that he still let us switch rooms the next day when the shady room was vacated in spite of the extra cleaning that the switch entailed. I thought I was going to miss the lovely view we had from the first room only to find the view from the other side of building to be even better.
Criticisms? We aren't big TV watchers, but if you are, you may be disappointed as the TVs in the rooms have tiny, maybe 13-inch screens. (The owner takes such pride in the place, I'll bet he is already thinking as he reads this, 'l'll have to upgrade them". We hope he doesn't.)
All in all Melrose is a great little town in a interesting region (don't miss Floors Castle and Dryburgh Abbey) and this is a perfect place to base yourself while there. We were so pleased, we stayed an extra night.
- Also Known As:
- Old Bank House B&B Melrose, Scotland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Bank House was built in the 1800s for The Commercial Bank of Scotland. We have 3 en-suite rooms, all of which are individually decorated. 2 x Rooms are Twins and 1 is a Double. we are a Visit Scotland Full 4 Star B&B/Guest House. All rooms have WIFI, Digital Radios, Flat Screen TV, Hair Dryer, etc. Should you require it we will strive to supply it. ... more less