When another winter in the city has taken its toll on your generally cheery personality, it’s time to contemplate a spring break. In the USA that means being loud and annoying in Florida, but in Scotland we do things in a more refined way.
Today’s Big Deal offers a break for the Borders in the form of a relaxing stay in the Buccleuch Arms in attractive St. Boswells. Just to keep the civilised theme going, there’s a bottle of wine included.
The Buccleuch Arms Inn won the Scottish Inn of the Year award at last year’s Hotel Awards, the Oscars of the Scottish hospitality industry. It was just the latest accolade in the former coaching inn’s illustrious 180-year history of providing bed, board, beef and beer to Borders visitors.
Atmosphere is present in abundance in the elegant old inn, but the place doesn’t live in the past. It has maintained its impressive reputation by offering contemporary comforts, some excellent dining and fare that emphasises locality from meat through to ales.
Available seven days a week (although weekend availability is limited), today’s Big Deal option one offers an overnight stay for two in a classic double or twin room, with full Scottish breakfast, and a bottle of merlot or Pierre et Papa (white) wine on arrival.
Option two adds an extra night, allowing more time to explore the area and enjoy the inn’s hospitality.
Both deals offer late checkout, so you can linger over breakfast and maybe enjoy a morning stroll.
Comfortable and traditional guest rooms are individually-styled, featuring en-suite bathrooms with smart Liberty & Green toiletries.
The Buccleuch Arms pays great attention to its food sourcing, working closely with local suppliers. There are plenty of options to tempt guests to dine at the inn.
The Blue Coo Bistrot specialises in Aberdeen Angus steaks from the Scottish Borders offering cuts of thick rib, bullet and rump.
The relaxed bar also offers popular pub classics and the Buccleuch’s own burgers, using more of that exemplary beef.
Out and about
This is Scott Country and even those whose knowledge of the writer is limited to schooldays struggles with Ivanhoe will appreciate a visit to Sir Walter’s home, the nearby Abbotsford House, with its formal gardens and tranquil woodlands.
St. Boswells is an attractive village on the Tweed and nearby Melrose is a charming place to explore, with local shops and the romantic ruins of the Abbey.
The Buccleuch Arms has been acclaimed by industry insiders but also by paying customers, as the reams of positive feedback on TripAdvisor demonstrate. These are recent contributions, edited for length:
‘This wonderful hotel has such a warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel at home. The rooms are spotlessly clean & comfortable. Dinner is served in the bar or the Bistrot and the food is amazing.’
‘This is a cosy and extraordinarily comfortable small hotel in a most accessible location, ideally suited to exploring the Borders. The chef is well skilled, producing a varied range of superb dishes at very reasonable prices.’
Today’s Big Deal at the Buccleuch Arms offers a comfortable stay in this award-winning Borders inn. It’s a great base for exploring this historic and beautiful apart of Scotland. With the Borders railway now providing trains from Edinburgh as far as Tweedbank, you can even leave the car behind.