Stayed 2 nights in July last whilst going to The Open at Muirfield G.C. Not round the corner, granted, but by choosing to be a few miles further afield, we saved a packet and the drives to and from, which we did very early (06.30) and late (after 19.30) were fabulous - cracking views, scenery, devoid of traffic - stayed on smallest Country Lanes & missed A.7 etc. Strongly commend the B6368 !
The Hotel is very near the Junction (roundabout actually) of the A.7 and the A 6091, but access is down a small side Lane into and through a Housing Estate. Assume that the Old House's grounds were sold off for that purpose some years ago. I might be wrong, but that was our guess and a bit weird it was too.
The building itself is a rather grand old (Classic Scottish Castlate) House, in what appeared to be quite spacious grounds, high on the Banks of the River Tweed, but which were decidedly neglected and very overgrown/unkempt. Sadly much the same feeling derived inside.
Everything seemed dark, grey, ill-lit, old and a bit neglected. Big if not massive rooms with very high ceilings and tiny windows. Our Room, whilst huge and very comfortable, reeked of damp, so we jammed two windows open for the whole two days - to significant effect I might add.
Bar - dark, round the back through the kitchens, and unwelcoming.
Restaurant - we went out, it looked so good.
Breakfast - we had left before it was even close to being served.
Have just read a couple of others Reviews' set alongside this page. Seems I was at another place altogether. Completely respect their opinions though.
Sorry, but I stand by the above/mine. The potential is obvious, The reality is Average. A lot needs to be spent to bring this place up to 21st century Standards, retaining of course the grand Old House's character. I would mute Stage 1 is a super clean, and massive dose of TLC ('Tender Loving Care'). Without that I cannot foresee it surviving and suspect an enlargement of the aforementioned Housing Estate will ensue.
PS. From the original Booking, made by me by-phone, they were so lax about sending the Confirm by EMail that I had to follow-up twice. Not good.
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