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Perfect for people who enjoy the great outdoors, you can book fly-fishing classes, play a round of golf on the champion course and have a go at deer stalking or even archery at this countryside retreat. The hotel serves delicious food and cocktails and the décor beckons you to linger indoors to relax after a day exploring.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The hotel is set within 300 acres of secluded land to walk in peace or enjoy country pursuits. A visit to the nearby pretty market town of Kelso is a must; you could hire a bike and explore cycle routes or walk around and see the racecourse, abbey, the River Tweed, the salmon fishing museum and, if it's on, the farmers market. If you are staying a few days you might like to drive to Edinburgh or Newcastle; both are one hour away.

By car: 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester, 6 hours from Bristol and under 7 hours from London. Free parking available.

By train: Berwick upon Tweed is a 40-minute drive to the hotel. Trains run from Edinburgh to Galashiels station. It's a 20-minute drive to the hotel. Book trains to Berwick upon Tweed.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The hotel is colourful whilst maintaining its history, combining bold colours such as teal and burnt orange with mushroom-hued walls, juxtaposed with classically-painted portraits in gilt frames, imposing chandeliers, tartan cushions and carpets. Grand fireplaces, wooden flooring, attractive framed bird and foliage prints and ample comfortable seating add a homely warmth.

THE FACILITIES

Golf lovers will be delighted with the championship course set in 200 acres of undulated parkland on the banks of the river Teviot. Other country pursuits you can indulge in include fly fishing on the river or trout pond, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and deer stalking. The staff are eager to please and extremely helpful throughout.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Each room and suite is individual in character; expect busy garden prints set against pale neutral walls, traditional wooden furniture and playful prints of animals, birds and flowers. There are touches of tartan and smart wooden floorboards; the feel is homely, quirky and inspired by nature.

Room types: Deluxe Room, Superior Room, Estate Room, Estate Deluxe Room, Estate Suite, Junior Suite, Duplex Suite, Schloss Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The food offerings focus on local and fresh, with experimental elements such as flavour combinations and techniques. There is the option of à la carte and a degustation menu as well as a table d'hôte. Expect classics such as flat iron steak with vegetables and peppercorn sauce as well as more unusual aubergine 'caviar'.

Sunlaws Restaurant: elegant dining room. Scottish cuisine, locally sourced. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.

State Room Lounge: stylish lounge. Light bites. Open daily, 11am-5pm. Afternoon tea from £32.

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