We stayed at The Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso in the Scottish Borders for one night in September 2014 on a complimentary basis. The hotel is located around three miles south west of Kelso.
The public areas are very impressive.
We stayed in a four-poster feature room. When I checked into the room, I didn’t want to go out again, but we’d arranged to visit Floors Castle.
The large double bed was comfortable. The room had an open fire. Although it was late September, it was warm outside, so the room didn’t require any heating. I liked the fact that there was a sofa to sit on to watch TV or read.
The room had a balcony overlooking the garden. As the room had two large windows, you could see the views when sitting on the bed or the sofa.
The bath was large enough for me to lie in. My husband said that he had one of the most enjoyable showers ever under the rainhead shower.
I had a couple of minor niggles with housekeeping. There wasn’t enough toilet paper in the bathroom, fortunately there were tissues in the room. There were only sachets of Nescafe instant coffee and Tetley teabags and no biscuits, I thought there should have been a bit more choice of drinks, e.g. hot chocolate and herbal tea. Some biscuits would’ve been nice too.
We had a pick and mix selection from the three course set and the a la carte dinner menu. My husband started with mussels from the set menu.
My scallop starter, from the a la carte menu, served with cauliflower, golden raisins and olive tapenade was delicious.
My husband’s main course was bass served with vegetables, from the set menu. I had chicken with beans, also from the set menu.
My husband’s selection of six UK and French cheeses served with quince jelly and walnut bread, from the a la carte menu, was almost a meal in itself. Although I was tempted by the raspberry and chocolate trifle, I went for sorbet selection from the main menu. But I did try all my husband’s cheeses too.
For breakfast there was a buffet selection of cereals, dried fruit and nuts and fruit juice. Freshly baked croissants, pastries and toast was brought to our table. From the menu, we both went for the smoked salmon and scrambled egg.
I’d rate the food at The Roxburghe Hotel very highly for quality, flavour and presentation.
All the staff at the hotel hit the right balance of being attentive, professional and friendly.
In summary, I really enjoyed our stay at The Roxburghe Hotel. Our room was a perfect example of a Scottish country house hotel, spacious, beautifully furnished and with an open view.
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