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On our way to southern Scotland we stopped at a few castles: Craigmillar, Dirleton, and Tantallon. We also stopped at Kelso Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey and Melrose Abbey. It was hard trying not to spend too much time at each place. We drove down into northern England to see Hadrian's Wall. It was disappointing after walking through a sheep field to find …
Well I never. Fancy me getting called riff raff!! What's more it was at the local bowling club whilst I was watching my much loved Uncle Steve play off in a semi final. At least I didn't wear my rah rah skirt. It was actually Sandra that was the problem i was sitting demurely watching. Oh by the way we lost :-(
Peebles, initially a market town is in the Scottish Borders area, it lies on the River Tweed and has a population of around ...
... which bridges both the East and West Coast. This 212 mile, well waymarked route has been utilized to good effect upon our travels. This car park is a good example of Scotland's commitment to promoting and providing good facilities whilst also showcasing the regions,
Traquair House with it's Bear Gate entrance is passed, as 7 miles of tarmac lead us to Peebles. This house is the oldest inhabited property in Scotland, since the 12th Century King's have stayed within ...
... both declared it good. This is something I will never know for myself because there is no enticement short of a million dollars that could get me to put it in my mouth. Since no one I know has a million dollars to just give away, I think I am safe in saying that I will never taste haggis.
After breakfast, we split up. Neither Bill, Pam, nor I had ever been to Edinburgh so we decided to take a Hop ...
After the hard walking yesterday it was good to know that the walk today would be mainly on tarmac. We had arranged to meet Gayle at 08.45am from her family home in Selkirk so it was up, breakfast and the lunch packed fairly early. The novelty of sleeping in our own bed however won for an extra 10 minutes and it took a while to get out of it!! It was great to catch up with Gayle as I had not really had contact with her since her wedding 4 years ago so ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Castle Venlaw Hotel Peebles
My fiance and I have spent the past 3 months planning our wedding with Castle Venlaw. Despite several warning signs from the manager there, we ignored our better judgement and forged ahead with our booking. We were to have approximately 15 wedding guests, with 8 of us staying in the castle.
We arrived at Castle Venlaw for a 3 night stay incl. the breakfast and dinner package in the romantic suite.
I was dissapointed with castle venlaw. The hotel seemed quite shabby and in need of updating. The staff were cold and uninviting. The food was very disappointing. I am a vegetarian and notified them of this prior to arrival, yet I was presented with a meat amuse bouche and not offered an alternative after I returned the dish and reminded them I was vegetarian (anyway, you'd think it was a bit obvious I was vege when I'd ordered the only vege starter and main off the menu!).
My partner who eats meat felt the food was not bad but not worth talking about either. Overall a very disappointing experience.
Wonderful wedding weekend
Our guests and ourselves stayed at the castle for the weekend of our wedding. The food ,staff ,entertainment,and attention to detail was perfect,and many of our guests have asked for details so as they can return again,and as for ourselves we have spent time at the hotel previously, and most certainly will being doing so again.Absolutely fantastic!
I didn't stay at the hotel. I was invited with a friend. When we arrived for dinner the welcoming was nice and friendly. We've been showed the table reserved for us at the bar. The table was just in the midle of the way in front of the entrance. When we order the drinks we asked for some champagne we had to order a bottle cause they don't serve 3 glasses. My son's order was forgotten. We didn't had the time to look at the menu and a lady was asking the order. A bit quick fo r my taste! When the table was ready when went to the restaurant. The wine was arlready opened on the table. Of course it as been presented before to us in the bar, but I really find this disappointing where is the show??? The bread served to us was I don't think homebread but the last one at the table didn't had the choice. The amuse bouche arrived ! a slice of potato with a chicken liver terrine and a lot of oil. Not too good.. The starter my choice was the sushi with the homemade smoked salmon tastless and in my opinion the sushi need some practise to become japenese.! The trout for my main course was good, but the crushed potatoes and olives not fantastic but just fine. For my sweet I order the pineapple tarte tatin wich in my opinion was just caramelised pineapple and pastry, Big chunky bit of fruit on a pastry. To enjoy our coffe we went back to the bar and we had some very dry tablets served to us.Shame! Regarding the service this young lady was doing her best. No sign of any manager or training to achieve better. The overall was very OK, this could but much more better. I'll come back at some point to see. May 2005
Wedding at Castle Venlaw
My husband and I had our wedding at Castle Venlaw on Oct 19, 2004. We had 9 people staying at the castle. We had a wonderful wedding and stay. Chris and the staff, catered to our every need. They even took care of the last minute issues and the guest did not even realize it. The wedding ceremony and food was wonderfull and the staff was a great help in planning it since we are from the USA. It was a great destination wedding site and vertually stress free planning. It was like be royalty in our own castle.
Enjoyed the ambience and service
We started our vacation driving from Glasgow to Peebles with a stop at Abbottsford. Quite an introduction to driving on the left through narrow winding roads. The hotel is located set upon a hill outside Peebles. A very quiet location, very nice after traveling for almost 18 hours. We decided to have dinner that night at the hotel. The food was excellent but the service was even better. My mother had a beautiful room (#3 ??)with a sitting area while my wife and I had a quaint room (#4 ??)with a small balcony. We enjoyed our stay and would return.
What a treat!
It is always such a treat to go to Castle Venlaw which is why we return often, even if only for lunch. The staff are always attentive and friendly yet discreet and the food is wonderful. The rooms are beautiful and the family room that my sister stayed in was ideal for her, her husband and 3 children as it had a seperate childrens area in the turret. Drinks in the library bar before dinner and coffee in front of the open fire afterwards..utterly romantic.
Fantastic Scottish Castle Hotel
A weekend at Castle Venlaw is a must do if you want to live like a King but don't want to pay a King's ransome!
The four poster room was very luxurious, the owner was fun and the fish cakes devine.
I will definitely drop in the next time I'm over in Scotland.