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Enjoy a sensational Scottish staycation at Cringletie House Hotel

When it comes to autumn and winter breaks Scotland is hard to beat – especially when you stay in the ultimate castle retreat.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 28.10.2022

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As the weather turns colder and the nights turn darker, we find this time of year is about coming together, relaxing, celebrating what we have and seeing the world afresh.

It’s a time for escaping the everyday – which is why it’s the perfect time for a breakaway.

And, really, is there anywhere more magical, more magnificent and more quintessentially British than a turreted, country house hotel?

Enter Cringletie…

WHAT IS CRINGLETIE HOUSE HOTEL?

An historic, 28-acre estate comprising luxury accommodation, a 2 AA-Rosette restaurant and beautifully manicured gardens, this 400-year-old county house hotel is the epitome of relaxation.

Think snug lounges with roaring log fires, acres of gardens and woodland to explore, dazzling decor at every turn and decadent dining to satisfy any and every craving.

Located near Peebles and Edinburgh in the Scottish Borders – and close enough to do all your Christmas shopping in Hawick – guests at the Cringletie estate enjoy a secluded hilltop setting over panoramic views of the surrounding rural landscape.

Not that you’ll want to look away from the grandeur inside this four-star hotel for long; with elegant rooms and suites (some even complete with their own Jacuzzis), Downton Abbey-style lounges, a sumptuous dining destination and innovative solutions which have earned the hotel a Catey Award for accessibility, ultimate comfort is the name of the game at Cringletie.

Talk about settling into a Scotland staycation in style.

STAY

With 13 guest rooms and suites to choose from at Cringletie – not to mention a self-catering guest cottage in the grounds, if you prefer a little more privacy – you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to Scotland winter breaks.

Each room has its own characteristics, with romantic turrets and feature fireplaces just waiting to be explored. Better still, many of the rooms here are dog-friendly – so no-one in the family need miss out.

Classic Rooms

The classic rooms at Cringletie feature beds varying from double and twin to super king. All have their own seating area with a settee or two tub chairs, while ensuite bathrooms offer a shower or shower/tub combination.

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Luxury Rooms

Enjoy a little extra space in Cringletie’s Luxury Rooms. These offer king or super king beds, and some can be twinned if preferred. All rooms have their own seating area, while ensuite bathrooms offer a shower or shower/tub combination.

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Junior Suite

Cringletie’s suites are larger rooms which offer super king four-poster or super king beds, along with spacious seating areas and luxurious ensuite bathrooms. Our favourite part? You can also enjoy a complimentary night-time nip of whisky.

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Selkirk Suite

The Selkirk Suite is Cringletie’s finest room and consists of a bedroom, separate lounge and a large ensuite bathroom. The king-sized bed is finished with beautiful drapery, while the bathroom has a double-ended jacuzzi whirlpool bath and separate jacuzzi shower. There’s even an in-built TV for the ultimate relaxing soak.

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Extra Perks: All hotel rooms booked at Cringletie include full turndown service, complimentary whisky and homemade biscuits, a Nespresso machine, bathrobes and slippers, fresh flowers and a farewell gift.

Ardean Cottage

A cottage in the grounds of the Cringletie estate, Ardean features two double or twin bedrooms, both with ensuite bathroom facilities. The cottage has a spacious living room with a double sofa bed, kitchen and dining area in which to cook up a storm. Outside, the private terrace holds your very own hot tub where you can soak in unbeatable views over the rolling hills beyond.

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Accessibility

Cringletie is a fully wheelchair-friendly, accessible hotel and includes a range of supportive facilities that are quite exceptional for such an historic building.

Designated parking is available close to the hotel’s entrance with additional space requirements. There’s a wheelchair access ramp outside the main house, an easy-to-operate chairlift to the ground floor, and a passenger lift to the first and second floors of the hotel.

Many rooms here have accessible bedroom and bathroom facilities and the bar, restaurant and public areas in the hotel are also fully accessible to anyone with additional needs.

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EAT & DRINK

You can forget grab-and-go meal deals. At Cringletie House Hotel, dining is an experience – and one you won’t find anywhere else.

Why? Well, it may have a little something to do with their exceptional kitchen team, whose culinary creations have earned the hotel’s The Sutherland Restaurant two AA Rosettes under the expert guidance of Head Chef (and National Chef of the Year finalist) Iain Gourley.

In fact, Iain’s talents are so extraordinary that he has recently been appointed as Food Ambassador for the South of Scotland by the South of Scotland Destination Alliance, (no small feat, we assure you). So, if there’s one thing you can be sure of at Cringletie, it’s that your palette is in the safest of hands.

The secret to their success? Seasonal, locally-sourced produce. Whether you’re tucking into the relaxed lunches in The Sutherland Restaurant, a traditional three-course Sunday dinner (or, should we say, sinner – we’ll come back to that later), the sumptuous afternoon tea, the five-course dinner menu or the special seven-course Gourmet Sunday, your tastebuds will be suitably tingled thanks to the wide array of ingredients found fresh in the Tweed Valley.

And anything they can’t find wild in the Scottish Borders, the Cringletie team grow –utilising many an ingredient cultivated within their own Walled Garden and across the estate, for maximum variety on your plate. Now that’s what we call fresh.

Lunch

Lunch is served daily from 12.30pm to 3pm and features ever-changing seasonal menus. Reservations are recommended.

£35.00 per person

Additional tea/coffee with petit fours from £4.00

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Sunday Lunch

A three-course menu featuring a choice of starters, a selection of roast meats – all carved at the table by your chefs – served with honey-roasted root vegetables, crispy goose fat potatoes and dressed greens, followed by a trio of indulgent desserts. A selection of Scottish and international cheeses is also available at an additional charge, served with homemade chutney, honey, grapes and artisan crackers.

£39.50 per person

£7.50 to supplement desserts for cheese

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Dinner

A five-course dinner is served nightly from 6pm to 9pm. Reservations are recommended. You can expect a relaxed, enjoyable experience with a fine-dining feel, sensibly sized portions and beautifully presented dishes.

£75.00 per person for five courses, including amuse bouche, petit fours and tea/coffee

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Gourmet Sunday

On Sunday evenings, The Sutherland Restaurant also features the Gourmet Sunday menu: a seven-course tasting menu with matching wines. This commences at 6.15pm with Champagne and canapés served whilst Chef presents the evening’s menu.

£199.50 pp which includes B&B in classic room – upgrades available

Afternoon Tea

Served daily between 2.30pm and 5pm (bookings required), Cringletie’s afternoon tea offering is truly something to behold.

Their own selection of freshly made savouries – including black pudding and apple sausage rolls, smoked haddock Scotch eggs, and a broccoli and blue cheese tart – along with delicate finger sandwiches start things off, before tucking into the homemade cakes on offer becomes your priority.

Picture the scene: Battenburgs alongside Swiss meringue topped with Chantilly cream and berries; gateaux opera rubbing shoulders with lemon posset; and, of course, no afternoon tea would be complete without the ever so British warm scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

£29.50 per person for traditional afternoon tea served with loose-leaf tea and a selection of coffees

£45.50 per person for afternoon tea served with Joseph Perrier Blanc de Blancs Champagne

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Bars and Lounges

No, we haven’t forgotten about what is arguably one of the most important parts of your Scotland staycation – the bar.

After all, it’s where you meet one another before your evening kicks off; it’s where you retreat to after an afternoon well spent; it’s the ultimate setting for winding down with a digestif. The bar is the social hub of your winter break and you want to be sure it sets the right tone.

And at Cringletie House Hotel, it’s never off-key. Sharing an excellent selection of wines, Scottish gins and, of course, local whiskies, alongside a special feature of their locally brewed beers and lagers, together The Maguire Lounge, The Garden Room and The Conservatory promise to provide you with the perfect pint-filled pitstop.

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EXPLORE

Cringletie estate is bursting at its seams with opportunities to entertain on your Scotland winter break – and they can be as high-octane or as relaxed as you are.

Walled Garden

Do you fancy yourself a budding gardener? Or do you just love feeling like you’re walking back through time into a whole other world? Whatever your passion, Cringletie’s Walled Garden promises to delight.

Dating back to 1666, (the time of the estate’s original development), the Yew Tree hedges here are said to be among the oldest in Scotland. Just imagining who may have strolled by them in centuries gone by is fascinating enough, before you find yourself exploring the floral displays and fruit trees in the neighbouring Kitchen Garden, which provide plenty of ingredients for The Sutherland Restaurant’s menus.

Within the Walled Garden, you’ll also find a boules pitch and an outdoor chess board, which both provide the perfect photo opp and the latter offering you the chance to channel some real-life Harry Potter vibes, too.

Nature Trail

Cringletie’s Nature Trail has its origins in a project undertaken for the Royal Highland Show back in 2015 and was developed in partnership with pupils from the local Eddleston Primary School.

Created by renowned horticulturalist Jim McKay, this one-mile trail starts near the hotel’s main entrance and passes through woodlands as it effectively circles the estate. Historical elements of the estate are imaginatively depicted along the way, bringing the past back to life before your eyes.

28-Acre Cringletie Estate

As well as their Walled Garden and cultivated Nature Trail, Cringletie’s sprawling estate also encompasses a woodland that’s brimming with life.

Home to a natural badger colony, the woodland is open to members of the public and, while cycle paths and new pedestrian paths are still being developed, provides an extraordinary scene in which to reconnect with nature and leave all your stresses behind.

Activities

Fancy really getting the blood pumping with some mountain biking? What about feeling the wind in your hair as you go horse riding through the Scottish hills? Or is golf, shooting or fishing more your way of relaxing?

Whatever your vibe, indulge it at Cringletie. There are ample opportunities to join in with some activities on the estate (including horse riding, archery, cross-bow, air rifle target and clay pigeon shooting), whilst nearby hiking and cycling routes, golf courses and peak fishing spots can all be recommended by Cringletie’s Front of House team.

Experiences

Cringletie is perfectly positioned to be a luxury bolthole from which you can explore the Scottish Borders in all their glory. And for many of us, that includes the area’s towns, villages and places of interest.

Do you want to discover some of the most beautiful countryside Midlothian and the Borders has to offer? Try Beyond Edinburgh. What about spotting some wildlife on your travels? Give Big Nature Adventures a go. Need to do some Christmas shopping? You’ve got to visit Hawick. Don’t want to miss the must-see views in the south of Scotland? Head on the Scenic Viewpoints tour and remember your camera.

Or do you simply want to experience Something Different? Whether it’s exploring Scotland’s glens, forests and coastal routes in a classic car, or going on a gastronomical tour across Eyemouth, Peebles, Selkirk and Lockerbie, you can do it all from the Cringletie estate.

To find out more about Cringletie House Hotel and to book your Scotland staycation, visit their website, drop them an email or give them a call on +44 (0) 1721 725 750  

Cringletie Hotel, Restaurant and Gardens, Edinburgh Road, Peebles, Scotland EH45 8PL

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