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The Old Priory Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 19 Kelso B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“the extra mile”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

The location was excellent - town centre, but with beautifully stocked courtyard garden and conservatory. A home from home(but better) sitting room with games and books etc. Very comfortable bed, turned down at night, old wooden shutters closed for you. Spotlessly clean but far from clinical. Breakfast cooked freshly, or cold selection, to suit all preferences and a host who attended to all our needs, requests etc with consummate professionalism - nothing too much trouble. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this B&B over any star hotel. We will be back!

Room Tip: Groundfloor room to left of front door had little dressing room between bedroom and bathroom
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights, in the enormous Family Room and enjoyed every minute of our visit. Robin was a very generous and genial host and we had the use of two public lounges in addition to our own room. There is a huge and eclectic selection of books, CDs and DVDs on hand and breakfast is cooked to order. The porridge and the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs can both be recommended.

Robin is always on hand with advice on places to visit and places to eat and an interesting story or two.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

We stayed 2 nights at The Old Priory in Kelso while on a bicycle trip through the Scottish Borders. It is a very tranquil place. The shutters darken the room very nicely, good for sleeping late. Wonderful mattress and bed linens. Excellent breakfast! Our en-suite bathroom had a tub which was great for soaking. We do hope to come back some day.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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KelsoGemini49, Owner at The Old Priory Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 22 May 2014
I will just about forgive you for photographing your breakfast!

Thank you for your review, it was lovely to meet you both and I know that you enjoyed the Borders so do come back and see us if you can.

Robin
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

We stayed two nights - over a weekend & bank holiday when some places were closed. Host Robin's knowledge of the local area and sights made it a very special time in Scotland. He recommended excellent restaurants and organized transport to some of the local historic sights that aren't featured in most of the tourist information which was very helpful. Access to the garden and sitting room made it more like staying in an elegant older home. The bed was very comfortable, towels large and fluffy and the shower was the best ever. Breakfasts were tasty with lots of choice from fresh fruit and yogurt to a traditional Scottish breakfast and a scrambled egg and smoked salmon dish that was just devine. I would go back in a minute!

Room Tip: Any room will please.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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KelsoGemini49, Owner at The Old Priory Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 22 May 2014
Thank you for your review it is one of the best I have had because you spotted the towels, the salmon and of course the bed. That may seem obvious but not always.

You were a pleasure to have to stay and we would welcome you back anytime

Robin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

We had an excellent two nights in the old priory. Robin is an excellent and knowledgeable host. The rooms are well appointed and clean. The furniture is idiosyncratic but it works. The breakfasts are super with good choice and great quality. Could not fault it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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KelsoGemini49, Owner at The Old Priory Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 22 May 2014
Idiosyncratic!!!! When you left you said unique

You had to be a teacher to come up with that one.

Idiosyncratic are those shoes! .

Come again you were great guests, glad that you had a good time at the races and thank you Christine for going on a course.

Robin
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

We stayed as part of a working holiday and were blown away with the warmth of Robin, his wife and family who made us feel so welcome and relaxed for over 2 days. The rooms were immaculate and gorgeous, breakfast was amazing. (Robin, we have had to source truckloads of Mango and Passion Fruit Curd since we have got back to Edinburgh!). The attention to every detail and helpfulness was second to none and we cannot wait to come back!
Claire/Konrad at Carr-Gomm Scotland

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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KelsoGemini49, Owner at The Old Priory Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 22 May 2014
Claire

You are a card.

It was great to have you all and I am so glad it worked as well as it did.

You were so appreciative and easy to host

Thanks

Robin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

What a great place! Very central, lovely warm room, fantastic breakfast (scrambled eggs are particularly good!) and a superb host. Thanks for all the travelling tips, Robin, and we'll definitely book with you again next time we're in Kelso.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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KelsoGemini49, Owner at The Old Priory Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 22 May 2014
Dear David

What can I say...flattered.

Come again you are very welcome

Robin
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Additional Information about The Old Priory Bed and Breakfast

Property: The Old Priory Bed and Breakfast
Address: The Old Priory 33/35 Woodmarket, Kelso TD5 7AT, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Borders > Kelso
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Kelso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Priory is a gem of a house half in 1796, when it was built, and half in the modern world. We straddle the gap between Woodmarket and the old world of Abbey Row which houses Kelso Abbey. The aim is for us to provide comfort at a reasonable price, atmosphere and charm as befits the age of our home. Our Sitting Room overlooks the Old Parish Church and garden, our Family Suite is two rooms and can be used in a varity of ways. ... more   less 
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