We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Another great stay at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in St Boswells
Reviewed 14 July 2014

We were treated very well and everything we wanted / asked for was provided

Good fun in the pool also

Extremely peaceful location - yet only a short drive from busy main road

No complaints at all as usual - will definitely come back again

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank TTHEBLUES
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (982)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

586 - 592 of 982 reviews

Reviewed 12 July 2014

We spent three nights at the Dryburgh Abbey in a spacious suite. Everything was satisfactory with our accommodation, except that the bedroom window could not open (and it was very hot during our stay). However we were provided with a fan on request which did help a little. The hotel is very well located, slightly dated in its decor and furnishings, but this was made up for by the friendly, helpful staff. We ate each evening in the hotel and, like other reviewers, were surprised that the menu was identical in both restaurants, however we appreciated having options of where to eat and the food in general was good. Whilst the staff were, as mentioned previously, friendly and helpful, we did feel that there was a lack of senior management presence. We did enjoy our stay and would certainly return.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Service
Thank sendmeanowl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 July 2014

I stayed at the hotel a year ago or so, we returned on a Groupon type deal. On arrival the reception staff were professional and polite. The room was large and comfortable, but décor is a bit dated. The deal we had included afternoon tea, which was pretty poor for an “afternoon tea”. The grounds of the hotel and the surrounding walks are lovely, the days we were there the weather was fantastic, after a long walk along the Tweed we returned to the hotel grounds, sitting out having a well-deserved evening drink on the lawn overlooking the Tweed. The evening meal was excellent, quality of the produce was excellent, as was the breakfast the next day. Good location for a couple of days break.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Colin_B58
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We stayed for two nights at this lovely hotel; ample grounds leading down to the fast flowing River Tweed and adjacent to the ruins of the Abbey. The public rooms, including the restaurant are reminiscent of a bygone era which would be absolutely stunning if it were all up to date. Our room was pleasantly large with a juliette balcony (sadly rusting gently into oblivion) with a cream carpet with a large number of stains that needed resolving. But an otherwise pleasant room. Bathroom fittings had been fitted upside down (i.e. soap dish adjacent to the bath of the sculpted shell type was mounted thus as too the toilet roll holder - clearly because the little allan screw was so much easier to screw tight this way up!). Bizarrely the beautiful restaurant had the same meals and at the same price available in the lounge. What an opportunity for the hotel to offer their fine dining in the restaurant and a bistro or brasserie in the ample lounge. We tried both and the restaurant, whilst good, was not that good. Some strange sausage and mash (which was what it was but described in an exotic way) suffered from about a kilo of mash potato and a litre of onion gravy - possibly because the Chef thought he had to fill the very large bowl like plate it arrived in. Less is more! Equally bizarre a changing menu had "fish pie" as a constituent part but it was not available "because the machine that makes it had broken". Hmmm! Breakfast, part buffet and part table service was, despite this, excellent. The hotel just needs a bit of tlc and it could be great again!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
1  Thank Corderone
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Dryburgh, General Manager at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

Dear reviewer,
Thank you for taking the time to review the Dryburgh. Your comments are constructive which is very helpful. We have delivered fine dining in the Tweed Restaurant before, however, for a variety of reasons (perhaps our location) this has proven unpopular with guests and driven traffic to the bistro. It therefore made sense to move away from fine dining and offer a simpler menu in terms of description and modern techniques yet focusing on quality, fresh and well cooked ingredients. Commercially this has worked with more of our guests electing to eat in the Tweed Restaurant and our non resident visitors increasing considerably. We recognise and respect that this approach might not favour visitors who enjoy a fine dining experience. Our fish pies are finished off under a salamander grill which did unfortunately break recently, hence the temporary removal of the dish.
Thank you again for your constructive comments and positive feedback. We will continue to work hard and provide a warm and friendly experience for all our guests.
Very best wishes,
Mark Wallace

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We had visited Dryburgh Abbey probably 10 years ago and were impressed with the general ambience and in particular the meals. The hotel and been refurbished some time before but we had to admit some of the public rooms were still a little dated. Nevertheless we looked forward to a return visit and ,in particular, the quality food.
We had unfortunately not realised that the hotel had been sold some 7 years ago. I could discern no improvements made since our last visit so everywhere (and in particular the already a little faded public rooms) were looking somewhat seedy. An example of the general wear and tear is seen in the photo of the threadbare carpet on the main staircase.
The bedroom (bearing in mind this was the cheapest room at £140 per night) was mediocre and certainly not worth the cost. We were at the rear, and found that it was fairly noisy even at night where there seemed to be staff noise and doors shutting when we were trying to drift off. We were lucky the second night as there was a wedding but the guests were courteous enough not to make a huge noise as we had been concerned would happen.
On arrival there was no soap for the bathroom basin sink, so I had to request some.
The towel I had used after I showered the night on arrival I had assumed would be replaced. I am all for the idea that towels should be reused unless you (say) throw them into the bath. Usually though they are changed even if you leave them on the towel rack, as I did. Unfortunately the towel rail heating seemed to be linked to the central heating system, but whatever the reason the rail was cold. The second day after I showered and used a towel I found it was damp so assume my old towel was just folded and popped back. Whether this was the case or the towel was new but not properly dried the end result was I dried myself on a damp towel. My wife’s towel (which had not been used the first night was nice and dry – lucky her!.
The menu turned out to be the same for the restaurant and brasserie and was not very interesting to my wife and myself. As there seemed to be little, if any, choice in the area and having had a long day, we decided to risk the hotel restaurant. We could not get interested in any starter so ordered just a main course each and a bottle of wine. Only half of the restaurant was filled and staff seemed to wander in and out. After 10 mins or so we were brought a duck breast starter (odd accompaniments which is why we had not fancied it). We pointed out we were not having a starter so the waiter took it off to hawk it elsewhere. 5 mins or so later we were brought 2 battered fish main. Not ours of course so they were also hawked around. Time passed and I was getting fairly thirsty but then could not attract the attention of staff members (I do hate it when serving staff come into a room, do their business, then walk straight back out without looking around to see if anyone is trying to attract their attention). Eventually I had to walk out to the outer room to find the staff member who had taken our order, and of course remind her which wine we had ordered. This arrived a short time later. After another wait our meals arrived, and sure enough was hawked around other tables whilst we were waving our arms trying to attract the waiters’ attention. He did apologise and explained that he did not usually serve in the restaurant so was not familiar with table numbers (had they not heard of having a table map for staff to glance at??)
The mains were a battered fish and grilled gammon and egg. In my case gammon is my “safe” meal when the menu is not good. I asked for no pineapple but was not offered an extra egg which was a bit surprising. My wife had the fish for similar “safe” reasons. The menu for example had no lamb (Scotland and no lamb!! Except a lamb burger for heaven’s sake). The chips for both meals were soggy things. More half cooked than thrice cooked. My gammon was ok but the egg had a large amount of white and a tiny yolk more akin to a nipple. The fish was mediocre and not nice big flakes of fish hoped for.
Breakfast first morning asked for sausage, bacon and egg. Sausage was all filler and little meat. Bacon was one small piece and seemed decent quality but was cooked to within and inch of it’s life then 10 ins added. Egg same sort of big white and nipple yolk (where do they get these things). Second morning gave up on the sausage so had bacon and scrambled egg. Bacon was properly cooked but scrambled eggs were pretty “wet”.
The parking at the hotel cannot in general be blamed on the hotel (huge gaps between cars caused by idiots parking cars stupidly) but if they at least they had lines marked it would hopefully alert the idiots to the irresponsible way they parked. See photo. Even in the middle of nowhere finding difficulty in parking near the hotel does seem to be bizarre.
On leaving found we had been charged £28 for two little yorkies who had been kept in boxes so would not mess the room (not that they were likely to do so anyway). I pointed out that their own website had said a charge MAY occur but neither the confirming e-mail nor on arrival had we been told it was going to be levied, let alone at such a large amount. This resulted in an apology but the charge stood.
Overall, a nice location but the hotel is getting very seedy. The staff are generally very nice but seem to lack direction. Menu poor, food poor. Value for money it is not.

Room Tip: Avoid the rear near the centre. Too much night noise
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank David_Crowther
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

This is our 2nd stay at the hotel this year and we will be back again soon. Although the hotel is a bit dated it all adds to the charm and was very clean throughout. We arrived early and our rooms were available and had been upgraded. We had afternoon tea which was delicious and good value and ate both nights in the hotel which was also lovely. There was also a good choice of hot breakfasts. Last but definitely not least were the attentive and very friendly staff throughout the hotel who really made our stay- thank you

Stayed: July 2014
Thank Jeanette Y
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Lovely hotel in its Britishness, a bit of "vergane glorie" but worth the detour form St Cuthbert's path. Is located next to the ruins of the abbey. Has a lot of pre war charm with ladies powder rooms and gentleman's cloak rooms. Rooms at the front are great as one has a view at the abbey and the river Tweed. Rooms with ensuites are modern so the perfect combination.
The hotel is frequently used for weddings and also includes a swimming pool.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank 65Antonia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near St Boswells
7.2 mi away
Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course
0.7 mi away
Buccleuch Arms Scottish Borders
21.2 mi away
Peebles Hydro
Peebles Hydro
#7 of 8 in Peebles
2,113 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
21.7 mi away
Tontine Hotel Peebles Scottish Borders
8.6 mi away
Ednam House
Ednam House
#4 of 4 in Kelso
382 reviews
24 mi away
Mercure Peebles Barony Castle Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Dryburgh Abbey Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Dryburgh Abbey Hotel

Address: St. Boswells, St Boswells TD6 0RQ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Borders > St Boswells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in St Boswells
Price Range: £70 - £145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dryburgh Abbey Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel sits on the banks of the River Tweed in the breathtaking Borders countryside. Next to the historic ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, Sir Walter Scott's last resting place, it offers a fabulous location for fishing, cycling, walking, or simply enjoying a relaxing leisure break. Quality local produce is served in the tranquil setting of the Tweed resataurant by friendly and attentive staff. The proximity of the hotel to the Abbey also makes it an ideal venue for that special wedding day. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, TripOnline SA, LateRooms, Expedia, 5viajes2012 S.L., Hotels.com, Evoline ltd and Ebookers so you can book your Dryburgh Abbey Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Dryburgh Abbey Melrose
Hotel Dryburgh Abbey
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel St Boswells, Borders

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing