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“Castle Venlaw Hotel: friendly staff are a boon for this hotel.”

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Castle Venlaw Hotel
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Peebles
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow
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“Castle Venlaw Hotel: friendly staff are a boon for this hotel.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

Just returned from a two night stay at the Venlaw Castle Hotel in Peebles. Found the hotel almost on the first attempt. It's located just off the Edinburgh Road on the edge of Peeebles: up a 500m or so drive. The drive rises gradually to the carpark at the front of the hotel and affords some nice views over the town. From the outside the building is as you would expect from a 300 year old property and looks quite grand.

We were warmly welcomed by the staff and show around the public areas before be shown to our room (rooms are all named after a malt whiskey). The public areas are in nice order and are in the Scottish castle style: the bar and restaraunt being particularly nice.

We found our room to be acceptable - in need of a little TLC perhaps. We were slightly dissapointed with the bathroom which really needs to be refurbished, but in the mean time could be doing with a deep clean to remove mould from grout etc. A weekly spray with mould and mildew remover (available readily for a £1 a bottle) would make a hugh difference to the bathroom and just help to make the shower/bath area feel crisp clean instead of almost clean. That said it was clean enough but you wouldn't want to have a soak in the bath.

Breakfast was good with plenty of choice and again, very helpful and friendly staff. We had dinner in the restaraunt on our final night and, after some intial fear reading the menu (which is a bit haphazard in it's planning) found the food to be pretty good and value for money. Again, just a wee bit more thought to the menu - a bit more themed perhaps - would really make the meal memorable instead of just satisfactory. The addition of a cheese board is, in my opinion a must. Good wine list at reasonable prices also helps the dining experience. After the meal you can relax in the bar with freindly attentive staff ready to serve.

Peebles itself is a very nice town with plenty of bars and eateries to choose from, some nice architecture and good walking along the river and nearby forests.

Overall the total experience of the Venlaw Castle was good and we did enjoy our stay. But the tired rooms and the poor bathroom stop me rating it higher. To be honest I'd have went for a rating of good rather than very good if that had been an option. Still worth a visit though, with the freindly attentive staff making visit worthwhile.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013 via mobile

Third stay in as many years and gets better every time. So welcoming, good food, good service and reasonably priced. Booked directly this time on autumn deal. Superior rooms are twice the size and well worth it. Thanks to all the staff, they make you feel so at home !! Our special down time place for a good rest without stuffiness. A good place to go to get away from the children. Thoroughly recommend it and OK a bit draughty, but it is a Castle! A few of the lovely malts and cognac hot chocolate's from the bar and we were sorted. Had a great night's sleep in a very comfy bed and fab breakfast in the morning with homemade jams that really are lovely. Met friends there one night for dinner and needed a gluten free - seems to be very normal here and plenty of options. All very happy and advice offered on gluten free when asked. Will be back when we can.

  • Stayed October 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

Just returned from two nights at Venlaw and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Décor throughout was in keeping with the age of the place, especially the bar area; if only the big open fire had had a few logs roaring away in it! Room was well-appointed, comfy and clean if a teeny bit chilly, but what do you expect in a late-October Scottish castle? Nevertheless, we had a big bed, supremely fluffy towels and possibly a wee visit from the room's resident ghost.....maybe! The kitchen turns out big, tasty, keenly-priced evening meals and a knockout full breakfast. Bar is well-stocked with a decent pint of best and a fair spread of malts as well as good coffee. The grounds and surrounding land offered fab autumnal walks, stunning views and a lovely footpath through the woods down into Peebles. Many thanks to Ania for welcoming us and keeping the glasses full, and to Emma for all-round top service as well as enduring our meandering chats. A special mention to Beth the housekeeper, who found the valuable item my absent-minded partner left in the room; his grovelling thanks for her honesty. We'll be back, no doubt.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Just returned from 2 nights at this old castle hotel.The accommodation was very good indeed ( though a lift would have been very welcome) and the food was excellent both at breakfast and at dinner---the steak pie is to die for! The staff were very welcoming and friendly and we would definitely recommend it to future guests.Maybe daily newspapers could be intoduced as well and a few more trees taken down to improve the views over the town .

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

We stayed for three nights whilst touring around Scotland. The location is great for exploring Edinburgh and greater area. Traquair house, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, is only a few miles away. The Peebles area is lovely.

The hotel was lovely and we really enjoyed our stay. The staff do their up most to make your stay as perfect as possible in a non-intrusive and easily going way. It was lovely just sitting in the bar having a few drinks or coffee after a days exploring. The food in the restaurant is more like bar food but was absolutely delicious, well presented and timely serviced. Breakfast was really good also with home jams.

My husband felt he had never slept so well in any hotel before and our room was lovely with views over the surrounding hills.The bed was really comfortable. The room was meticulously clean.

An added bonus is there is a little path beside the grounds and if you take that and keep walking you eventually end up on the hills and the views are lovely. Wear your walking shoes.

We actually went on to stay at a 4 star country house hotel after Castle Venlaw but both of us agreed we wish we had stayed another 3 nights at Castle Venlaw instead. There is something a little bit special you just can't put your finger on.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

Lovely big room with views over the gardens and a large clean bathroom. Friendly, efficient staff in the hotel and the restaurant where good food was served at a reasonable price. Felt that the menu was a bit basic, but overall a fantastic stay. Definitely one to go back to.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

We are just back from short break wish it had been longer, absolutely superb, staff very welcoming, meals superb and reasonably priced, room spacious dvd flat screen tv iron and board plus hair dryer. I will deffinately visit this hotel again absolutely fantastic, highly recommend to anyone wanting peaceful quiet break. Owner on board and actually served meals cannot say enough about this hotel should deffinately be more than 3 star

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Castle Venlaw Hotel
Address: Venlaw Castle Edinburgh Road, Peebles EH45 8QG, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Borders > Peebles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Peebles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Castle Venlaw Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestling in 4 acres of beautiful woodland grounds overlooking the Royal and Ancient town of Peebles, Castle Venlaw hotel continues the country house tradition, bringing a perfect combination of relaxed informality and the elegance of another age. The hotel comprises of 12 guest bedrooms including four rooms with four poster beds. All rooms have full en-suite facilities. Enjoy a special meal made with fresh local produce in our two AA rosette restaurant. ... more   less 
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