Barony Castle Hotel

, Peebles, United Kingdom
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Barony Castle Hotel

, Peebles

Rooms: 78

Eddleston by Peebles - Peebles - Scotland - EH45 8QW - United Kingdom 1721-609-1140
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9/10
Great Hotel and Location
Submitted by: Eamon in 30/09/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
First stay in a Barony Castle and looking forward to our next visit. The staff were excellent the food superb the location was fantastic.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Barony Castle Hotel

Sounds too good to be true and it is!!

from Jennerthedog
We arrived to a welcome drink, which was a great start, but after that things went downhill. We went with another couple after receiving an offer for two nights B&B, plus an evening meal and a free two course lunch in Edinburgh for £99 per couple per night.
Having arrived at 3:45pm we surprised the cleaner who had not finished the room. The room was very basic. There was a large hand print on the ceiling. There was a shower over the bath but the shower
screen wasn't fitted correctly and did not sit on the edge of the bath fully. The swimming pool was closed for our stay (another disappointment). Our evening meal sounded good but was disappointingly only luke warm. The rooms could have been in any travel lodge or holiday inn. The bed was uncomfortable. Our friends had a surprising double shower. Surprising because they had water coming through their light fitting in the en-suite whilst one of them
had a shower. Although they were promised another room this didn't happen and nobody checked to see if everything was OK with them. The interior decor of the whole place was shabby, it was obvious that there had been water leaking through from the floor above along the second floor corridor. The cooked breakfasts were at best, only warm.

The best part of the stay was finding, and eating at, the Horsehoe Inn which is a must. The old adage of getting what you pay for applied. For £45 per person per night it was OK but hardly my idea of staying in a castle.

t wait to return

from Jules_mo
We visited the hotel as an engagment treat and having mentioned this on booking, we were upgraded to a four-poster suite and received complimantary bubbly and fruit!

We arrived a little early and were offered a complimentary drink which we enjoyed outside in the sunshine in the lovely gardens, overlooking the waterfall. Our room was comfortable and cosy. The free tea/coffee stations dotted around the hotel are great and the hotel has lots of quiet areas where you can sit and just chill.

We didn't eat at the hotel, whilst the menu looked fine there was nothing we particularly fancied and we wandered down to the Horsehoe Inn, where we had a meal in the Bistro, the food was gorgeous and the service outstanding - would definately recommend it.

The leisure facilities at the hotel as great, we had them to ourselves, and enjoyed the pool, jacuzzi and sauna - though we forgot to ask for the sauna to be turned on in the morning so had to do without!

We also made use of the mountain bikes which were available - an added bonus we hadn't expected.

The rope courses are good fun, though it would be good to see the Map of Scotland restored, particularoly given its history and that of the hotel itself.

We'll definately be back.

good start,,,,,,,,,,,,,,THEN,,,,

from jaycarr
we have just come back from the barony castle. we stayed for 1 night
when wee got there we got offered a welcome drink then had a walk around the grounds which are very nice,,we went in the pool a bit cold but quite nice and a nice sauna there is also a small gym, the room was ok a bit of a trek to find it. we decided to take advantge of the set menu meal. £17 for 2 courses £21 for 3 courses,,we thought it was quite a alright deal? so we went to dinner sat down and ordered i went for the 3 courses my wife the 2 courses,,i had soup for starters i had to wait half a hour for it to arrive. there was about 5 or 6 staff serving there was only 8 tables for them to serve. when my soup came it was nice. then came the main course we both went for the rump steak it was like chewm a lump rubber we did not get steak knives so i struggled and eat half of it the veg that came with it 1 bit of brocli a few sliced carrots and a small lump of potatoes i think. when we finsed or half finshed we waited a half hour for the table to be cleared then we had to ask to see the dessert menu we bothe ordered white choclate fudge cake it tasted like a cheap frozen cake. the service was really terrible also we asked for to classes of wine 15mins before the main meal it came just as we finesed the meal, the next day we complained about the meal they said sorry and that was it? we are going to write 2 them but dont expected much back of them. it is a shame because this hotel
has huge potential and was let down by lack of service and the food was terrible.we were going to go back with freinds but after the
worse dinner i have ever had i wont be going back up 2 the hotel,

Nice enough but slightly surreal

from rabelais
Perhaps I should start by saying that having previously stayed at De Vere's Slaley Hall and Cameron House, perhaps our expectations of Barony Castle were too high. It just doesn't compare.

From the outside, the building, driveway and grounds are extremely promising. The interior of the hotel though, whilst clean, modern and tasteful, is reminiscent of a characterless Travelodge, Moathouse or Britannia hotel. It's functional and has everything you need, but has no charm.

Our room was on the 2nd floor, and suffered from being built under the sloping roof, which affected about a 3rd of the room. This made the room feel cramped and very small. You expect rooms in an old house to be more spacious.

The hotel is dominated by trainee ambulancemen, wandering around in their overalls, and corporate groups, making use of the numerous (and impressive) meeting room facilities. The Scottishambulance training college is based within the hotel and many of the rooms are set aside for training, administering and accommodating them. Bit of a strange combination.

A plus point from this is that the hotel has hot drink machines that you can help yourself from, for free.

We had some fun wandering the grounds and playing on some of the lower level rope walks, which are presumably there for corporate teambuilding days.

The food was average, but I can highly recommend the Horseshoe Inn at the bottom of the drive on Eddleston's main street. The name is misleading, it is a French-owned a la carte restaurant and bistro, impressively fitted out. The restaurant is very expensive, but the bistro was very reasonable (our meal was cheaper than the Barony would have been!) and our meal, and the service, were absolutely excellent.

If you are visiting the surrounding area, Traquair House is well worth a visit and has the best maze I have ever visited. Rosslyn Chapel however is a an overpriced disappointment.

Nice, but missing something.

from LibbyLondon
This hotel is set in beautiful grounds with lovely walks and near enough to Peebles to eat there at night. We too missed out on the welcome drink which would have been so nice after our long drive. The castle atmosphere just didn't exist though and it seemed to be a hotel that needed a spruce up! Having said that breakfast was good, coffee was awful , but you can soon get a decent coffee at the free coffee machines provided. Overall I would say try it, but don't expect to feel that you are transported back in time. The staff are helpful and friendly as everyone is in Scotland. If you are there to play golf you will love it.

Unusal hotel in nice grounds

from M Turner
I was interested to read how many people received a warm welcome on arrival and a welcome drink: we didn't!

The hotel is quite striking and is situated in lovely grounds, Our room was good but the overall decor in the hotel was quite dated.

Dinner was terrible and the night we were there only two couples dined there which I think says something. There is though a restaurant nearby (just 5 minutes walk) which looked good but wasn't' cheap.

The hotel has a nice little pool and sauna. We had the pool to ourselves but when we went to use the sauna discovered that you have to alert reception first so they can fire it up. But there was no phone to reception and no way of asking them to do this. Apparently we should have been told on arrival but to me when we collected the towels form reception would have been a more obvious time to do this,

management service Almost perfect Would recommend/go again

from nathanaelnoguile
Excellent All-in package promoted through Travelzoos promotional eMail. For only £99 per person, we had a Welcome drink, two days of good full dinners, a hearty breakfast and beautiful surroundings. Loved the sauna and other facilities. Only imperfection? We didn't sleep as comfortably as at home but that isn't surprising as we paid a lot, for the bed we usually sleep in. Very good value. Service from all levels of staff were on par with our treatment in the 5-star Jamaica Grand Hotel, during our honeymoon, last year.

An Ideal short break

from mrs_c17
I had a lovely break at the De Veres, Barony castle. The staff were very welcoming and so attentive and friendly. We were greeted with a glass of sherry and help to our room. The food was excellently presented and very tasty. The leisure facilities and spacious grounds were all we needed to escape the hustle and bustle of London. I strongly recommend this venue, I'm deffinitely going back.

Loved the Barony Castle

from torley
We stayed at the Barony Castle only for 1 night, to celebrate my Mothers Surprise 70th Birthday, and have to say everything was wonderful, from the beautiful surroundings to the Management and Staff!

When we arrived, we were greeted by the Manager, who could not have done enough to help with the surprise, as did the Restaurant and Bar Staff!!

Our rooms were spotlessly clean, and very nicely decorated.

I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone for making our stay such a memorable one, my mother was delighted, and we would definately like to come back some day!!

Mrs. Pamela Torley.
Tranent East Lothian Scotland.

s getting hot in here. . . . .

from Rennisons
Arriving early Friday afternoon, we received a warm welcome form Josh. After initial confusion with allocation of rooms, we were offered a warming glass of whisky or sherry - a nice touch. Rooms were nice - though very warm (it would be great if the heated towel rail in the bathroom could be turned off).
Walking in the grounds was very pleasant on a warm afternoon, though we were surprised to stumble (literally) on various rope assault courses and what appeared to have been a 3D concrete map of Scotland - looking a little the worse for wear !
The food was tasty and served with a smile. The bar was busy - on a night where we mixed with a wedding party - though being one of only 2 establishments in Eddleston that served alcohol, certainly ensured Devere made very high profits form the sale of drinks - expect to pay around £7 for a double whisky and £5 for a glass of wine.
The words "Prepare to meet thy God" greet you above the main entrance door - spooky !

Top Local Tips for Peebles

Local taxi service We missed our bustop and got stranded in Peebles. Ecclestone is not that far but it's not safe to walk along the narrow winding road. We contacted a local taxi service who could not pick us up because we had not booked in advance. We had not planned to miss our stop hence had to wait in the rain with our luggage, till the next scheduled return bus service. A more flexible transport service could greatly improve accessibility.

Watch you dont get lost Make sure you know exactly where it is. If heading for a day out, in Edinburgh or Glasgow, beware of the Road signs and Maps as they are very misleading.

Great gift shops Peebles fab for shopping lovely gift shops too.

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  • Address: Eddleston by Peebles - Peebles - Scotland - EH45 8QW - United Kingdom
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