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Disclosure: Our stay at Cringletie House was gifted but all opinions are our own.
Peter and I made our way down to Peebles’ Cringletie House in the Scottish borders for a pre-Christmas getaway and had the most wonderful time.
Driving into Peebles, it was a dark winter’s evening and visibility wasn’t great due to the thick fog coating the roads.
We turned into the long swooping driveway and were greeted by the silhouette outline of the majestic Cringletie House, our home for the night and given the horrible weather, we couldn’t wait to get inside and settled in for the evening.
As we were unloading our bags from the car, we heard a shout of hello as a member of staff came out to welcome us and offered to take our bags inside for us.
An extremely nice touch after a long and tiring drive.
After checking in, we made our way up the grand staircase to the room we were staying in, called the Peebles suite.
Let me tell you that if you’re looking to book a room at this hotel, then try and make sure that you book this suite.
It is absolutely stunning.
The room itself was large and spacious with a super comfortable double bed, a seating area by the window, a desk and a few bedside units.
We couldn’t believe how big the room was.
The bathroom is off the side of the main room and down a staircase and dressing hallway with floor-to-ceiling mirrors on one side and wardrobes on the other.
The bathroom is the epitome of luxury with a free-standing bath, and shower unit giving you the best of both worlds paired with the complimentary Arran Aromatics bath and shower products it’s really a place where you can escape and relax in comfort.
After letting our excitement levels drop from the first impressions of the room and chilling out for a while it was time to head down for our evening meal.
Cringletie House Hotel Menu
We were first into the dining room and we made the most of it by taking as many photos of the room as possible.
Our table was just in front of the roaring open fire and right under the hand-painted ceiling.
Everything on the menu sounded fantastic.
After much deliberation, our choices were made and it was time to eat.
For starters, Lauren chose the Scallops and I opted for the Soup of the Day, but before eating both of those an amuse bouche of mushroom veloute and a horseradish puff biscuit arrived to get our tastebuds going.
The main courses were next, Lauren went for the venison and I went for the beef which was both incredible and definitely moreish. Dessert followed which was a chocolate tart for me and Lauren chose the Tarte Tatin. The service and presentation of the plates were completely impeccable and definitely of a standard that we’re not too used to.
Having successfully eaten everything in sight and had some after-dinner coffees it was time to head to bed.
One of my favourite things about the room was the fact that the building retained original features like the wooden shutters meaning that we were treated to a completely blacked-out room.
Although, navigating to the bathroom in the middle of the night proved to be a challenge.
The bed was extremely comfortable and left us feeling refreshed and well-rested when we woke in the morning.
Exactly what was needed after a day of travelling and eating.
Breakfast in the morning was served in the same room as dinner the night before, so it was great to be able to see the extensive grounds from our window as we ate our cooked breakfast and pastries from the breakfast selection.
After breakfast, we got ready for the day and decided that before we had to check out that we would wander the grounds to see what was around.
Although not the warmest of weather we headed out and discovered a walled garden where there were giant lawn chess pieces, croquet and boules area that would be ideal for spending a hot summer’s day in.
There appeared to be a woodland walk but we didn’t bring the correct footwear to go off hiking too far through the woods.
After our walk, it was time to leave this fantastic place.
Checking out was a breeze and we were pretty sad to be leaving so soon.
I’m pretty certain that we will be heading back to Cringletie at some point and if you are looking for somewhere to book a romantic weekend away for two then you should definitely consider it.
It’s not often that you stay somewhere and can’t pick out some negatives about a place, but from the start of our stay to checking out we had the perfect trip and we wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to recommend Cringletie to others. A fantastic place to call home if you’re visiting Scotland for the first time.