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Travel review: Cringletie House Hotel, Peebles, Scotland

Scotland is a land of many delights for the tourist. For city lovers Edinburgh and Glasgow offer a wealth from the arts to history, entertainment and great eateries from traditional fayre through to Michelin-starred.


Then there the Highlands and Islands which are simply stunning. And the Borders, an area that many just pass through or one which does not appear on the radar. And that’s a pity because the Borders also have so much to offer. A great coastline, rolling countryside, delightful towns and villages and so much history.

Cosy up for a good night's sleep

There are many lovely places to stay and none more so than Cringletie House, just a short distance out of the historic town of Peebles.

Cringletie has substantial grounds with 28 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands for hotel guests to enjoy along with their pooches as the hotel is very pet-friendly even giving your dog a present when you leave. That was much appreciated by hound Jack who relished his treats when we returned home, as well as enjoying his forays in the grounds.

Stroll in the gardens

The hotel is warm and welcoming, as are the staff, rather like going to stay in a wealthy friend’s house. There’s an impressive staircase reaching out of the hall to the other floors, although there is a lift too. We had a room on the second floor, with views across the grounds to the front, and every amenity, including a small decanter of single malt whisky! The king size bed was extremely comfortable and the linen top quality. Down some steps and we had a dressing area with wardrobes and on to the large bathroom with a fabulous shower and free standing roll-top bath along with quality toiletries, large fluffy towels and robes.

Cringletie House Hotel

There’s a small bar and a larger bar where bar lunches are served in an impressive dining room. There are views out over the grounds from most tables and, very important for me, plenty of space between them. This is a place for fine dining and I really don’t want to be squashed in listening to conversations close by.

The luxurious bath

The seasonal menu shows all that is good about produce in the Scottish borders and the chef works closely with local suppliers. There’s plenty to see and do in the area, from walks to suit all abilities, to fabulous gardens and castles. Peebles itself is well worth a day meandering around.

The hotel itself can organise experiences inside and outside from Scottish cocktail making, learning about whisky to kilt making, and Alpaca treks to learning the art of fly fishing.

  • Cringletie House, Peebles, Scotland. Call 01721 725750 or visit