Back in the Medieval period, the Scottish Borders were a wild place where a sharp sword, fast horse and quicker wits were necessary for anyone wishing to grow much older than twenty.
Leaving aside Hawick on a lively Saturday night, there is not much use for swords and fast horses in the Borders these days.
Ensuite fittings, comfy beds and peaceful woodland grounds are much more desirable as far as most visitors are concerned.
Sample genuine Borders hospitality with today’s Big Deal on a dinner, bed and breakfast stay at Castle Venlaw near Peebles.
Less than an hour from Edinburgh and only an hour and a half from Glasgow, Castle Venlaw is an easy to reach destination for a short break and it’s also one of the most beautiful venues in the Scottish Borders.
Built in 1782, in the Scottish Baronial style and nestling in its own woodland grounds, Castle Venlaw may be over 300 years old but it can offer a warm and comfortable welcome to 21st century guests.
Rooms with character
This Big Deal is for two people to spend a night in a classic room at Castle Venlaw with a three course dinner from the a la carte menu in the evening and a full Scottish breakfast the next morning.
With ensuite facilities and views over the castle grounds or the Borders’ countryside, all of the rooms at Castle Venlaw are pretty special.
In addition to a full Scottish breakfast in the morning, the Big Deal includes a three course dinner for two from the a la carte menu. Fresh, Scottish produce appears extensively on the regularly changing line-up.
Typical starters might be the BBQ chicken wings with a blue cheese dip; the rosemary and garlic breaded brie wedges or the haggis bucket – mini bites of haggis pakora served with dips.
From the main courses, you might choose the ever popular haggis, neeps and tatties; brie and beetroot tart or the steak and ale pie – tender chunks of British beef in ale gravy topped with puff pastry.
For an extra £2.50 per dish, you could order the rump steak or the ribeye. Both are matured for 21 days and served with ale battered onion rings, chips and your choice of sauce.
Relax in library
From mountain biking to sightseeing, there is plenty to do in the Scottish Borders. Or you could just relax in the castle Library room with a book and a coffee while savouring an after dinner malt from the hotel’s extensive whisky collection.
Less than an hour from Edinburgh and only an hour and a half from Glasgow, Castle Venlaw is an easy to reach destination for a short break. Its elegant accommodation has won it lots of admirers. This is what one very happy guest wrote on TripAdvisor after a previous 5pm offer:
‘Absolutely fabulous weekend break. Honestly can’t say enough about how great our weekend has been. We stayed 2 nights DB&B on a 5pm big deal – probably one of the best deals I’ve bought and will definitely be returning. We had upgraded for the four poster and really glad we did, made the experience perfect. Dinner both nights was delicious and staff are excellent, friendly and attentive. Walked into Peebles during the day, takes 20 minutes and it’s a nice walk. Fantastic place, can’t wait to go back.’