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Holiday Rental House -
15 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 40
Melrose, Borders, Scotland

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KarenL898
Ellon, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
319 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Cried when we left”
Reviewed 20 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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We stayed at the the house for a good friend's wedding and I can honestly say that I cried when we left as it was such an amazing weekend. I think that the best thing of all was that the whole house was rented out for the wedding party and friends and it made it so much more special.
My husband and I stayed in Ian's room on the second floor - a wonderful little cosy, comfy room and I loved it. It was fantastic to wander in and out of all of the other rooms - they were all decorated amazingly and were in keeping with the style and history of the house.
All of the rooms were simply amazing - I loved the red room and the room that the dinner and dancing was in had a fantastic little bar in it. The wedding itself was held outside just in front of the gardens and we got a fantastically sunny day which just made the day all that more brilliant.
I want to get all of my friends together and rent out the house as it's just a wonderful, totally amazing place to stay!!

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
29 Jun 2015
Thank you for visiting Kippilaw .
We loved having everyone here and look forward to meeting alan sometime.
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DanielKip...
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful family house - full of character”
Reviewed 18 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015

Went to Kippilaw for my brother-in-law's wedding, stayed all week, looked after VERY well by Lil and co. Was worried that the old house would be cold and drafty in the middle of January in Scotland ... but was actually well warm and cosy in the rooms ... though you can't all have a shower at the same time as the water pressure drops! Unlike some posh places where you feel you can't breathe on the furniture, Kippilaw had a wonderful family feel and was PERFECT for Paul and Mel's wedding. Cannot praise this place highly enough, hope to visit again sometime.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
19 Feb 2015
We're delighted you had such a wonderful stay! Please do come back again.
The Kippilaw Team x
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Greenbelt...
Croydon
2 reviews
“A trip I'll treasure forever!”
Reviewed 16 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015

My hubby and I had a truly wonderful stay at Kippilaw House last month. It was special for many reasons (e.g. it's not often you see your sister marrying your brother to his fiancee!) but we'd love to give a wee plug for Kippilaw and the wonderful hosts there. We were made so welcome, nothing was too much trouble and the place manages to be both grand and comfy at the same time. Being rather a wuss about feeling the cold, I was delighted to find the place cosy in January and with modern showers and a lovely bath heated off the aga for a guilt-free soak! One of the highlights was the homely kitchen where an assortment of our lovely group came and went, enjoying lingering at the big table over a cuppa. Together with great walks and special family time, this really was a "divine" hol! Thank you, Kippilaw! :)

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
19 Feb 2015
We're delighted you had such a fantastic stay and that their wedding day was so perfect. Please do visit again.
The Kippilaw Team x
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Mel H
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“If you don't feel it, check you still have a pulse!”
Reviewed 6 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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people found this review helpful

My husband and I got married in front of an open coal fire in the red room at Kippilaw House on the 10th January 2015.
We spent a full week in the house along with 17 close family and friends with the wedding in the middle of that week.

I have put off writing this review as I feared that my words would be inadequate at doing justice to the setting/people who make up this magical place!
I'm so pleased we picked Kippilaw House in which to be married as nowhere else could have come near it.It's hard to explain why,but I will try:

It has everything. Comfort,style,all mod cons, but most of all what it crucially has,in spades, is what I will call "heart".
This is the factor, the X factor,which makes it stand out from all the rest.
It is full of beautiful, artistic,homely and comfortable touches which all add up to make it something special but from our first meeting with Lil, we felt this friendly welcoming feeling, this "heart.
When searching for our wedding venue we had a long list of requirements which were not easy for us to find in one place. However, not so at Kippilaw. There nothing was too much trouble. Lil listened to all our requirements for the wedding day AND DELIVERED. Not only that, but she, and the team made it look easy!
Although they must all have been working SO hard all day,it all happened behind the scenes, seamlessly.
I must also comment on the food which was like a mini theatrical event in itself. Such attention to detail, with everything beautifully presented AND delicious!
Kippilaw has provided us with such amazing memories we will treasure for ever.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Having to leave.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
6 Feb 2015
Thank you Mel for such a wonderful review. We're delighted you had such a fantastic stay and wedding day. Please do visit again. x
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jayayebla...
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect wedding day and weekend at Kippilaw house.”
Reviewed 1 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014
2
people found this review helpful

Absolutely stunning venue. We had our entire wedding at Kippilaw and couldn't fault it at all. From the moment we arrived on the Friday afternoon, Lil, Douglas and staff were on hand to help us and get everything organised. The rooms are all gorgeous and real effort has been made to maintain as many of the original features as possible (including the thunderbox toilet which was a hit among many of our guests!).The team bent over backwards to make sure we had everything we needed and our day was perfect. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious and the staff attentive and friendly without being at all overbearing. Everyone was made to feel very welcome. We had several guests comment on how lovely the house was, how nice the food was and how relaxed the atmosphere was. Truly a weekend to remember-would thoroughly recommend.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
11 Sep 2016
thx for coming.
please visit us
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Ailsalsa
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The most fantastic place for a wedding!”
Reviewed 1 August 2014 for a stay in April 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We had the most fantastic time at Kippilaw House for our wedding. Words can't describe how amazing it was. Everyone commented on how brilliant a venue it was and how everything ran so smoothly.

We really appreciate how much effort Lil and her team went to on the day to make sure all the transitions happened effortlessly (for us at least!). Jess and her team on the Saturday night were absolutely brilliant and she really thought of everything. She consulted us on all the important things but did a great job of guessing and sorting stuff out for us without any hint of stress- she was fantastic! Staff were willing to arrange changes of time for the break with the kitchen when we were running behind schedule and were so lovely about it! All of the waiting staff during dinner were so smiley and lovely and they really knew what they were doing- such a credit to Lil and the fab venue!

The rooms were all gorgeous and we loved that on the Friday, Sunday and Monday we were left to our own devises- it gave us the chance to relax and chat with everyone without having to try and get round them all on the day of our wedding. There are very few places where that would have been possible (we know because we scoured the whole of Scotland trying to find them!) and being able to turn our wedding day into a wedding weekend really made it so special.

The tables and crockery were just gorgeous and I can't even begin to explain how happy we were with all the food- the chef is truely fantastic! We asked a lot by not sticking to Kippilaw's menus and creating our own and were nervous about whether our Moroccan inspired feasts would work on a large scale but it was amazing! All of our friends had always said the only expectation they had of our wedding was that the food would be great and everyone was blown away and said how much better it was than the usual roast chicken- we can't thank Lil and her team enough for their willingness to give it a go and making it so much better than we could have imagined!

I could go on forever about how fantastic it was and we will be talking about how amazing it was forever, to whomever will listen, and even to those who don't!

Lil is so laid back it helped us remain laid back and I think we can honestly say that we are the only people we know to get married who didn't have any stress in the run up to the wedding or on the day- thank you!

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Liked best: The amazing rooms.
Liked least: Nothing.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
11 Sep 2016
thx so much -please come back -we loved having you and your family and friends
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NicePotOf...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful wedding venue”
Reviewed 7 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Kippilaw House; relaxed, informal and so comfortable. The house is restored to a lovely standard, but is still quirky enough that you can really feel like it's your own home.

The wedding day itself was superb, nothing was too much trouble, the Kippilaw staff felt like very helpful friends. Beautiful setting, excellent food, suited us perfectly. We and our friends and family all had brilliant day.

Bit of a hidden gem - would not hesitate to recommend for a wedding, special birthday party or any big family gathering. Enjoy!

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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