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Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders

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Set in the heart of the Scottish Borders the Buccleuch Arms is a charming four star Inn with an incredible history dating back to 1836. In recent years the Buccleuch has earned an award-winning reputation as one of the finest Inns in Scotland, welcoming both locals and guests from further afield. Most recently of course winning Scottish Inn of the Year 2015 at the Scottish Hotel awards in April. So whether you're visiting the Scottish Borders on the new Borders Railway or passing through, make a point of stopping at the Buccleuch. We hope you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Fishing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Baggage storage
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Restaurant
Wine / champagne
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Non-smoking hotel
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Mid-range
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Travellhound wrote a review 7 Apr
Cheltenham, United Kingdom268 contributions125 helpful votes
We have stayed at the Buccleuch a few times over the years with quite differing experiences. 5 years ago we stayed and it wasn’t great but we decided to try again as 5 years is a long time for things to improve. Firstly the positives: ample car parking Good grassy area outside for exercising your dog Dogs are very welcome, which is great Friendly and professional staff Comfortable bed Food is good The negatives: Reception not really manned We booked a twin, but got a double - attention to detail lacking No hot water so no shower - have seen this in an earlier review for our room - room 1 so this has not been rectified. Badly needs a refurb - very tired Noisy and we could hear people in the next room going to the toilet Noise exacerbated by factors outside the control of the hotel; storm Kathleen making her presence felt and a rather inebriated couple having a row outside for what felt like hours in the early hours…. So we had a very poor nights sleep overall, which was really all we wanted.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: It’s good for a meal and drink, and ok for a stay but not a memorably good experience if that’s...
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MARK N wrote a review 4 Apr
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What a shame as this hotel could be good if it made a few changes. As you arrive there is an overwhelming smell of bleach and then you enter a area that is like a railway waiting room to find reception area that is rarely manned. Once you get to your room you find the hot water is lukewarm at best (room 1) and my friend in room 16 said his shower did not have any water pressure at all and was unusable. The carpets and chairs are worn and the whole place is really in need of a massive refurbishment. Just no fun to stay there. On the positive side the staff are very good despite working in conditions that work against them and the food is good.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: if you just need a comfortable bed and don't care about ambiance would probably work at price...
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AndrewFuller0104 wrote a review Jan 2024
Cambridge, United Kingdom130 contributions86 helpful votes
This was our 4th group stay As usual Everyone we interacted with were so nice and professional As usual the service and food at breakfast and dinner was superb! Would highly recommend the Buccleuch Arms Large Carpark Updated menus each evening with a changing specials board
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Stenick1 wrote a review Nov 2023
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom1 contribution
I booked for 11 people to have an 8am breakfast on 10th November 2023. The booking was made over the phone on 7th November. The person taking my booking was very polite and competent and confirmed the booking, saying they looked forward to seeing us. We arrived at 07.50am and were told that no booking had been made. I showed them that I had spoken with someone on the 7th but they denied all knowledge. The girl then said that they would pull some tables together for us but we did this ourselves to help out. She brought out crockery and cutlery and then one pot of coffee which did not even give us a quarter of a cup each. We sat and waited until 08.35am before the orders were taken for breakfast. Some came through at 9am. There was no toast, butter, sauces etc. provided. Three breakfasts had not been cooked. I said to the staff that I had been coming to this hotel for several years with this shooting party and had never had any previous problems. One person had ordered scrambled eggs on toast, was given one slice of toast and a very small portion of scrambled egg and this cost £16, absolutely outrageous. We paid for the breakfast which had been served and I informed them that that I would not come back to this hotel ever again due to the service received by myself and my friends. The staff member who took payment did not apologise for the service we had received and actually did not speak.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tumsh01 wrote a review Oct 2023
St. Boswells, United Kingdom2 contributions
I would like to say in all the times i have dined in here and tried almost if not all of the local produce, and thoroughly enjoyed, i have to say we have just had the best pulled pork burgers myself and my good lady have ever tasted outstanding. Thank you
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Barry M wrote a review Sept 2023
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom273 contributions95 helpful votes
We stay locally in a self catering let but regularly use the Buccleuch Arms for drinks and food. The place is spacious with very large bar and eating area and good car-parking facilities. The staff are friendly and helpful as is the Patron who is convivial and full of local knowledge. The food is tasty and of a good variety and quality and there is a impressive range of drinks. The Big bonus is that it is dog-friendly. Being on the A68 it has easy access and is also good stopping off point on a journey return i.e. Musselbrough Races
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Marian1990 wrote a review Jul 2023
Whitchurch, United Kingdom345 contributions108 helpful votes
We were travelling in our motorhome with our Border Collie and were able to spend the night in the pub car park. The pub was very busy but we received a warm welcome and they managed to find us a table. We were warned that there would be a delay as they were serving a table of 21 and both function rooms were in use. However, we didn't have to wait too long and really enjoyed our meal. They even found time to bring Monty a bowl of water and were clearing the tables quickly. Well done!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Kimberley Briggs wrote a review Jun 2023
Livingston, United Kingdom38 contributions22 helpful votes
Lovely traditional fresh seasonal food. Menu is changed on a regular basis depending on the time of year. A small but lovely menu as well as a wonderful specials board. Warm friendly welcome. Made to feel like we were locals. Thank you to all the team.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book in advance to avoid disappointment
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TokyoJimmy wrote a review Jun 2023
Newcastle148 contributions157 helpful votes
A former Victorian hunting lodge in the pretty village of St. Boswells, the Buccleuch Arms offers a warm welcome, which is what we received when we checked in. The location of this inn is excellent for exploring the scenic Scottish Borders. There are many good points about our stay, the breakfast was good quality and offered plenty of choice, the staff are very friendly and keen to help. We had plans for the evenings we stayed but on both occasions we were asked or called to double check we did not require a dinner reservation so we didn’t miss out in a busy restaurant, which was very thoughtful. The rate we paid was very reasonable and included a bottle of wine on each night. Check out was very smooth. The bed was very comfortable, and or attic room had a view over the garden (we had no issues with noise from bar patrons), and the Velux window opened wide, so we enjoyed the breeze on the two warm summer’s nights we stayed. The bathroom was very small but included a large bath. Our room was a good size with wardrobe, TV, lamps, desk armchair and full length mirror, but being in the attic the roof sloped on one side so walking around the room meant you had to be a little careful so you didn’t bump your head. There were some niggles. The pressure in the shower was very low, a sign in the bathroom gave a tip to boost it, but even using the advice it was very low. The room doors have fire door hinges on them, which were squeaky or tended to slam shut if you weren’t ready, which meant being woken very early at times as early risers left. I hope we didn’t do the same to other guests. The hotel is a little tired, door handles don’t match doors in terms of size and shape, carpets are a little worn, roof hatches exposed, paintwork scuffed etc. but the hotel is comfortable and a pleasant place to stay. The Wi-Fi is very up and down but mostly up. We really liked our stay and the Buccleuch Arms helped to make for a very nice weekend.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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FLTL wrote a review Jun 2023
Edinburgh, United Kingdom7 contributions6 helpful votes
Fortunately, the only saving grace was the quality of the food, as everything else fell short. The customer service was lacking, with a noticeableh absence of a warm welcome. Despite the presence of five other vacant tables, we were seated at a rickety old table tucked away in a corner near the passageway. Our patience was tested as we sat and waited, having to personally approach the counter to order our drinks and retrieve menus. Eventually, our order arrived, and thankfully, the food was delicious. However, we had to wait for cutlery and again for condiments, as there was a lack of attentiveness from the staff. It was unclear who was in charge, and the waiter's artificial friendliness only served to make us feel like an inconvenience.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders
Which popular attractions are close to Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders?
Nearby attractions include Scott's View (2.2 miles), Dryburgh Abbey (0.6 miles), and Trimontium Museum (3.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Hoebridge, Seasons, and Provender.
Is Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of St. Boswells.
Are pets allowed at Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Melrose Abbey (3.4 miles), The Abbey Mill (3.5 miles), and Rhymer's Stone (3.5 miles).
Is Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.