Barbados may have the sun but the Scottish Borders in autumn offer beautiful scenery; a rich history and absolutely no need to spend too many hours in a tin can flying at 36,000 feet.
Enjoy a hassle-free, romantic break with this Big Deal on an overnight getaway at the Mercure Peebles Barony Castle Hotel.
Nothing beats a castle for that frisson of romance and this hotel provides a great base from which to explore one of Scotland’s most colourful regions.
Easy access from Central Belt
Located by Peebles, just seventeen miles south of Edinburgh and within easy reach of Glasgow, the hotel is very convenient for a relaxing break.
Option one is for two people to have one night in a standard double or twin room with a bottle of wine in your room on arrival plus a full Scottish breakfast in the morning.
Option two is for two people to have one night in a standard double or twin room with a three course dinner from the hotel’s a la carte menu plus a full Scottish breakfast the next morning. A late check out of 12pm is also included.
Both offers are available seven days a week and all guests can look forward to making full use of the hotel’s thermal spa experience and leisure facilities.
16th century tower house
Now privately owned, Mercure Peebles Barony Castle Hotel was originally a 16th century tower house built by the Murrays of Blackbarony.
Sitting pretty in 25 acres of lush gardens, the grand exterior still looks like a fairytale castle but the Barony has been considerably altered since then.
Not least in the introduction of all the modern comforts which you would expect to find in a 21st century hotel.
There is free WiFi in all of the hotel’s 78 ensuite rooms along with satellite TV and a hot drinks tray.
Guests can enjoy full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities including the thermal spa.
Featuring a swimming pool, heated loungers, experience showers, swan necks, sauna and a spa bath, it’s the perfect place to melt away the stress of everyday life.
Local produce, seasonal menus
The kitchens at Mercure Peebles Barony Castle Hotel are run by Chef William Thomson, a man with a good track record of winning AA Rosettes for the restaurants he works in.
Dine from the table d’hôte menu in Thomson’s @ the Castle, the menu is seasonal and makes the best use of local produce.
After eating, guests can enjoy a nightcap in the welcoming bar.
Mountain biking fans will know the fantastic Glentress woodland trails are a short drive away.
There is also a games room with a large screen TV, pool table and board games.
Previous guests have been very enthusiastic with the hotel staff often receiving special mention for the warmth of their welcome. This is what a couple of enthusiastic recent guests had to say on TripAdvisor:
‘Loved it… room was very spacious and comfortable with a very lovely view of the garden. It was bright and airy and warm. The hotel has a lovely calm feel and was quiet. Breakfast was lovely too. The staff were very helpful in giving us directions on how to get to the Edinburgh city and what to do there. We will definitely be visiting again.’
‘Lovely place. Very quiet, and set in large wooded grounds, the hotel has large bedrooms and bathrooms, all clean, with comfortable beds. Staff were polite and helpful, nothing too much trouble. Food was tasty and attractively prepared. Excellent fresh fruit salad every morning! Buffet breakfast arrangements were a bit chaotic, with guests all trying to use the same small space, but there was plenty of food. We enjoyed our… stay in this hotel.
Take up this Big Deal with the Mercure Peebles Barony Castle Hotel and settle in for a relaxing autumn break in an enchanting Borders castle.