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Reviewed 30 November 2016

We spent one night at Windlestraw at the beginning of the month and were absolutely delighted with our stay. We had spent a frosty day exploring Melrose and the surrounding area and were looking forward to experiencing the hospitality and cuisine of Windlestraw first hand. We were not disappointed, this place is a gem! John and Sylvia go out of...

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Glasgow, Scotland
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Visited Windlestraw with my wife as a thank you to her for making my 60th and my mum's 90th birthdays so special. We stayed one night and we wish we had booked for longer. I can't speak highly enough of our experience. Sylvia and John are wonderful hosts who have worked very hard to make the Windlestraw experience special. The...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you for your post and generous feedback. Its getting to the end of the season and we are working hard to keep standards high and make every guest feel truly pampered. Very pleased to hear you had a lovely stay. Of course one night In the amazing Tweed Valley is not enough! See you again very soon!

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 October 2016

My wife and I visited Windlestraw for three nights in June in Moritz room. Location and views (!), accommodation, food, drinks, service and hospitality were all excellent. There is not the smallest thing we could suggest for improvement. Very well done!

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your belated review! Its like receiving a wee present in the post unexpected! Thank yo fr seeking out Windlestraw, we are relatively new and tucked away n the Borders so we do appreciate the effort. Very pleased we were able to contribute to a great experience!

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you're passionate about eating great food in sumptuous accommodation with first class service, then a visit to Windlestraw will not disappoint. My wife and I have just spent a weekend in this fine old Edwardian mansion house, looked after by Sylvia and John. Attention to detail and personal service are very much the order of the day. Overlooking the...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. Its really appreciated as we know many of our guests, not having heard of Windlestraw before, read TAdvisor. Its always a real pleasure looking after guests [ friends] who really appreciate what we are trying to create here at Windlestraw. The experience from Rooms to Dining to how we look after you comes as much from...

London, England
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is my new favourite place. We made it here on a last minute booking for my birthday, and everything was just brilliant. Sylvia gets hospitality and John gets food. We felt well and truly spoilt and looked after the whole time we were there. So why stay? Location is spot on if you like gorgeous walks or sports -...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

'Our new favourite place' , we like that! Thank you for your visiting and your lovely comments. We are trying very hard to make Windlestraw a special place, somewhere you can take a break from the daily grind and be really pampered, but without the OTT formality that usually goes with a top notch experience. Hope to see you again...

Borders, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Thank you John and Sylvia for yet another MAGNIFICENT meal, lovely to see you both again and for accommodating my dietary requirements, John you are master in the kitchen! We are very much looking forward to our next visit. TOP MARKS! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Lovely to have such appreciative regulars! Looking forward to seeing you again soon, I do believe its very soon! ps: We will have to give Stu our ' locally sourced' chef the stars!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

When you are looking for a luxury getaway it's always a bit nerve-racking. No need to be nervous here. The owners, John & Sylvia, who run the place come from the luxury hotel market, and they have re created this hotel to the highest standards. The finest linens, crockery, decor and designs make you feel spoilt, and the grounds, views...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thanks Patrick for such a glowing review. Very pleased you enjoyed your stay. We are a very small team here here and its a real boost to get such great feedback. The Tweed Valley is beautiful and full of history, we are certainly privileged to call this place and our unique manor house 'home'. Also pleased you appreciated the efforts...

Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is a remarkable place: well run, beautifully maintained with every detail attended to by a family that knows inn-keeping inside out. The rooms are immaculate, quiet and immensely comfortable. The food is prepared with expertise and care, using fine ingredients and not a small amount of cleverness. (I stayed at Windlestraw for three nights and each night I ate...

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments. Its always encouraging for us to hear such positive feedback. The Borders, and in particular the Tweed Valley, are often overlooked by many travellers and we are delighted to hear you appreciated the landscape we have come to love. Very pleased that you enjoyed your Windlestraw experience, we try hard to make every aspect...

South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Fantastic getaway with excellent food, comfort and hospitality. We have stayed in some of the best hotels in the world and Windlestraw did not let us down. Sheer comfort and very tranquil. Sylvia and John done everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible.

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you, its very kind of you to compare us with the best"! We are only a short way through this new journey with a very small team and we are hoping to get even better with every step. Stu our new chef is doing wonders with the cuisine and of course Sylvia is world class with every other aspect....

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 August 2016

A truly fabulous experience from start to finish, a real hidden gem that will whet the appetites of all foodies. Located in the heart of the borders this is the perfect escape for a romantic getaway. Top class food, first class service and beautiful interiors. A real home from home you won't want to leave

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Sylvia M, Owner at Windlestraw, responded to this review

Thank you Helen, we are really pleased you enjoyed your wee escape! Hope to see you both again very soon.

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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: £130 - £200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Windlestraw Lodge Scottish Borders Hotel Walkerburn
Windlestraw Hotel Walkerburn
Windlestraw Walkerburn, Borders, Scotland
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“The McIntosh suite is quite large, and if you love to take leisurely, relaxing baths, this is the room for you.”
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