Luxurious stays in Southern Scotland

by Sara Barton, 15th December 2021
Thirlestane Castle| Lauder Photo Credit: Phil Wilkinson
Luxurious stays in Southern Scotland

Looking for that perfect place to escape for a weekend – something with a touch of luxury as a well-earned treat for yourself or perhaps to celebrate a family event? Winter is an ideal time to get away from it all and treat yourself to a luxurious stay. Somewhere to hunker down with that book on your To Be Read list. Or to go for wonderful walks and feel rejuvenated by the spectacular Scottish scenery. Or to see old friends or family to celebrate life, whatever the occasion.

We have collected a wide variety of luxurious stays in the South of Scotland for you to choose from. Couples will love the bed and breakfasts and golf and spa breaks. Groups and large families can experience historic homes from the inside. Or choose a country house hotel to get away from it all. Enjoy yourself, you deserve it!

Please note: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, health and safety are of paramount importance. Stay safe and adhere to current government guidance. Closures and access restrictions may apply and will be lifted in line with government guidance. Always check with places directly and prebook where possible. Most events for children require an adult entry as well.


Schloss Roxburghe Hotel

Where: Heiton by Kelso

This historic property, formerly owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, features a 20-bedroom luxury hotel, championship golf course and sporting pursuits. Schloss Roxburghe Hotel boasts sumptous suites large enough for the whole family and some rooms accommodate the family dog too. The golf course offers an excellent challenge and there is a PGA golf professional on hand to offer tuition.

Even better, in late 2022 there will be a brand new spa opening along with 54 additional rooms, a restaurant and banqueting facilities.

SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel suites offer modern luxury and comfort.

Cally Palace Hotel

Where: Gatehouse of Fleet

If you need golf and leisure to keep everyone happy, look no further. The Cally Palace Hotel has its own 18-hole, par 71 golf course. Inside, this 56-bedroom, four-star hotel has a swimming pool with sauna and gym facilities. The winter is an ideal time to benefit from one of the hotel’s special offers. Set in its own grounds within the 500-acre Fleet Forest, bundle up warm for a wintery walk and come back to treat yourself to afternoon tea. The hotel highlights its evening dining experience which starts with drinks and canapes in the bar, offers a four-course, daily-changing evening meal and finishes with coffee in the lounge.

Cally Palace Hotel & Golf Course, McMillan Hotels Ltd
18-hole golf course, swimming & spa pools and elegant afternoon tea await you at Cally Palace Hotel.

Windlestraw

Where: Walkerburn

Multi-award-winning restaurant with rooms, Windlestraw offers guests the chance to really unwind while they explore the Tweed Valley and Borders. Holding five stars for its acommodation this is clearly a luxurious place to retreat for a winter break. Modern elegant rooms with clawfoot baths offer complete relaxation at the end of the day while the restaurant offering is a real treat. Currently holding three AA rosettes, this is often a harbinger of Michelin glory, so book in quick! Enjoy a five-course set menu featuring quality Scottish ingredients predominantly grown in the kitchen garden, foraged or sourced from local suppliers. Menus change daily so this is ideal for real foodies who want to stay more than one night.

Luxurious stays option: Windlestraw public area.
Five stars for accommodation and 3 AA rosettes make Windlestraw the perfect romantic escape for food lovers.

Nithbank Country Estate

Where: Thornhill

This is an ideal romantic getaway. Nestled in a five-acre mini-estate, Nithbank Country Estate offers a luxurious B&B proposition. The pink sandstone building dates from the 1790s and was once home of the Chamberlain to the 4th Duke of Queensberry. Now it offers an ideal escape in two luxurious suites with thoughtful personal touches.

Arrive to warm homemade scones with jam made from the estate’s fruit trees, then walk along the river, through woodland glens, perhaps peak into the walled garden. After the fresh air, perhaps take a soak in the freestanding bath and then cuddle up in fluffy bathrobes. Breakfast in the morning offers plenty of choice from homemade muesli to the locally sourced ingredients of a full Scottish breakfast. 

The Morton Suite Ensuite, Nithbank
A soak in the freestanding gold bath is perfect after a walk in the woods, before curling up in the fluffy bathrobe on offer.

Five Turrets

Where: Selkirk

Voted by the Sunday Times as one of the UK’s top 25 Holiday Properties, the Five Turrets offers a luxurious stay for eight people. Dating from 1870, this Scottish Baronial style listed building, is ideally located at the heart of the Borders in the Royal Burgh of Selkirk. The owners have put together personalised packages with local businesses to offer guests a range of experiences. Don’t fancy cooking? Have a professional chef come in to tantalize your tastebuds. Want a walk with a difference? Hire an alpaca for the afternoon! This is a mini-break no one will forget in a hurry.

The triple height ceiling, wood burner and open plan living spaces make Five Turrets a super venue for a winter get together.

Abbotsford Hope Scott Wing

Where: Melrose

Trying to find accommodation large enough and luxurious enough for a special celebration can be tricky. The Abbotsford Hope Scott Wing offers sleeping for 16 in seven luxury ensuite bedrooms, with an adjoining additional bedroom. This is ideal accommodation for any group celebrating a special occasion or those simply looking to escape to the Scottish Borders in style.

Once home to Sir Walter Scott’s grand-daughter Charlotte Hope, the building retains its integrity as a family home while offering modern comforts. The elegant public rooms provide the perfect place to celebrate and relax. You can enjoy the peaceful reading room, billiard room, games corner and lavish sitting room. A large bespoke kitchen comes with a range of excellent facilities and the formal dining room boasts spectacular views of the River Tweed. Canine friends are welcome downstairs and are sure to enjoy their daily outings with the grounds of Abbotsford to explore.

Luxurious stays option: Hope Scott twin bedroom at Abbotsford Hope Scott Wing
Luxurious stay for a family or friend retreat at the Abbotsford Hope Scott Wing.

Thirlestane Castle’s South Wing

Where: Lauder

Thirlestane Castle’s South Wing offers private apartments that can be rented individually or all together to provide accommodation for 16. Recently renovated, the suites provide guests the chance to stay in a 16th century Scottish castle, but with modern comforts. Expect high ceilings and a classic style with objects and portraits from the castle furnishing the rooms. In addition there are stunning views of the surrounding parkland and estate. If cooking for that many does not appeal, have no fear – the Castle’s caterers are on hand for a fee to provide for your hungry hoard. So all you have to do is sit back and relax and enjoy your time together.

Luxurious stays option: Thirlestane Castle south wing Earl's Apartment
The Earl’s Appartment at Thirlstane Castle apartments Photo credit: Phil Wilkinson

Cringletie

Where: Peebles

Hidden in the Borders is Cringletie, a wonderful bijou hotel, sitting within 28 acres of grounds with an award winning dining experience. The estate dates from 1666, and has a listed Walled Garden, which provides the kitchen with homegrown herbs and vegetables. There are 13-bedrooms plus a two-bedroom cottage with hot tub for you to kick back and relax. Read your book, sample the bar’s whiskies or meander along the hotel’s nature trail.

The hotel’s Sutherland Restaurant, has two AA rosettes and won Hotel Dining Experience of the Year in 2019. Stay on the weekend and you can enjoy chef Ian Gourlay’s classic roast Sunday lunch. Locally sourced produce including Tweed Valley beef is on the menu. Meats are carved at the table, served with crispy potatoes cooked in goose fat and lovely green veg followed by indulgent desserts. The hotel is running winter special offers of 4-5 nights including all meals and entry Rosslyn Chapel.

luxurious winter breaks: Cringletie
Walk though a Winter Wonderland and then warm yourself through with a wee dram or a locally brewed beer in the bar at Cringletie.

Knockinaam Lodge

Where: Portpatrick

Known for holding a Michelin star for its food, Knockinaam Lodge offers a boutique hotel experience on the edge of Scotland. Who could turn down the stunning coastal walks within easy access of this 10-bedroom former Victorian hunting lodge? Sitting near Portpatrick on the western edge of Dumfries & Galloway, the hotel has views across the Irish Sea. Deserted beaches, botanic gardens, coastal paths and challenging golf courses are all in close proximity.

This is a wonderful boutique hotel with an interesting past. Churchill and Eisenhower met here in secret to plan D-Day and the lodge featured in John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps. There is also the option of staying in Shingle Lodge, a self-catering cottage with stunning sea views.

Sample course
Boutique hotel luxury with Michelin star food on the coast of southwestern Scotland at Knockinaam Lodge.