Back in the 19th century, Peebles Hydro was all about vigorous cold water treatments, bracing hikes, electro-therapy and all the tough procedures required to make an upstanding Victorian out of anyone who crossed the threshold.
These days it’s more about luxury, comfort and the perpetual dilemma of whether to gaze a little longer at the splendid Borders scenery or have a dip in the heated pool.
If you are feeling a little more active, this is ideal terrain for mountain biking, while Peebles offers all the charms of a prosperous Borders market town.
Break for the Borders
Available Sunday to Friday, this Big Deal puts the emphasis on relaxation, with a refreshing break for 2 at the Peebles Hydro Hotel.
Option one is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay with a full breakfast in the morning and a complimentary bottle of wine in the room.
Option two is for an overnight break with a two course set dinner in the evening, breakfast the next day and a bottle of wine in the room. This option also includes a complimentary upgrade to a feature room, subject to availability.
Rooms are comfortable and stylishly decorated with relaxed modern décor. Feature rooms are a little grander, some with fine Tweed vistas. There is free wifi throughout the hotel and guests can also make full use of the onsite pool and gym.
Dining with a view
The Hydro’s restaurant offers views over the Tweed that are spectacular, and the menus also impress. The finest local ingredients are used in dishes described as family favourites with a twist.
The Cocktail Bar or one of the two informal, inviting lounges provide a great place to linger with an after-dinner drink.
Out and about
Close to the hotel, Glentress Forest offers superb trails for mountain bikers, an ideal way to get up close and personal with the Borders countryside.
Other activities in the area include angling, golf, horse riding and walking trails to suit every level of experience and energy.
The Hydro facilities include that heated pool, along with a spa bath, sauna, and steam room that you’ll find are rather more luxurious than anything the Victorians could expect.
Peebles Hydro has plenty of warmly positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Recent comments include the following:
‘This was a real treat, from the moment we arrived we were made most welcome by helpful friendly staff. Our room was beautifully decorated, luxurious bed and linen. Food was really excellent, dining room staff very attentive and polite.’
‘Beautifully situated on the side of a hill with loads of trees and flower beds, this place is a beautiful destination. Great food, amazing service, with multiple amenities including a store, pool, spa, etc.’
Whether you are planning a brief getaway from the mayhem of festive preparations, or a New Year break to look forward to, this Big Deal stay at Peebles Hydro offers the perfect solution.