About Kingsknowes Hotel
The Kingsknowes Hotel is an imposing Scottish baronial mansion, built in 1869 for the local textile mill owner, Adam Lees Cochrane. It was sympathetically converted into an Hotel in the 1960s, managing to retain much of the delicate elegance and charm of the original features, and furnished comfortably with its heritage in mind.
The Hotel has twelve individually furnished en suite guest bedrooms, including a family room, the Scott Suite and various other standard and superior double/twin rooms.
Located off the A7, between Galashiels, Melrose and Selkirk, the Kingsknowes Hotel is situated in five acres of carefully tended gardens above the banks of the river Tweed. The view from the Hotel across the river takes in Abbotsford House, home to the 19th century novelist Sir Walter Scott, with a backdrop of the Eildon Hills. Only a 15 minute walk from Galashiels town centre and soon to have a rail link to Edinburgh.
In the heart of the Scottish Borders, the Kingsknowes Hotel is ideally located for exploring many of the activities on offer. To name but a few, these include Golf, Fishing, Cycling and Horse Riding. Visit our Local Activities page for more information.
The Courtyard Bar
For an informal dining experience, The Courtyard Bar offers either a light bite or a hearty Scottish meal. Our friendly staff are always on hand to help and our chefs are willing to cater for every dietary requirement.
During the summer months our listed Edwardian conservatory, with its rambling grape vine and spectacular views of the Tweed Valley and Eildon Hills, is a unique dining and entertaining space. Whether it’s for a morning coffee, light lunch, dinner from our table d’hote menu, or hired out for a private party, the conservatory is always host to an exceptional dining experience.
The Abbotsford Room and Eildon Suite
During the winter months and all year round, the two dining rooms offer equally beautiful vistas, both of which boast bay windows and ornate cornicing. The Abbotsford Room is perfect for a smaller get together, but can comfortably seat up to 45 people. The Eildon Suite is used for larger parties and can seat up to 70 guests for a formal meal.
Four Seasons Cocktail Bar
Tucked away behind the front door, the Four Seasons Cocktail Bar offers guests a quiet area to relax and make use of the free WiFi on offer. Its name comes from the impressive ceiling and plaster work where the four seasons and signs of the zodiac are depicted. Set with oak panelling, a huge fireplace and hand painted wallpaper, the Cocktail Bar is cosy and inviting for guests to relax, and unwind. There is an excellent choice of reasonably priced, good quality house wines, as well as a varied wine list and a respectable selection of popular malt whiskies.