Celebrating In Style

After the stress of moving house, we wanted to make sure we celebrated our first wedding anniversary away from a wallpaper stripper, so Robert and I headed up to the hills of the Scottish Borders to relax at Cringletie House

A traditional Scottish Baronial Mansion situated just 15 miles south of Edinburgh and two miles north of the Royal Burgh of Peebles, Cringletie House is a grand mansion, yet feels intimate and cosy. It’s very conveniently located and is the perfect paradox for a couple who love to explore, then chill.

We arrived to a warm welcome and after a smooth check in we made our way up to our suite which certainly had the wow factor. Our spacious room had spectacular country views, a super king-sized bed and luxurious en-suite complete with roll top bath. The hotel states that it offers, ‘genteel elegance in an environment steeped in peacefulness’ and it delivered just that.

Feeling relaxed we decided to stay at the hotel for the rest of the afternoon. We pulled on our walking boots and headed to their famous walled garden. Should you wish to explore the 28 acres further, you’ll find a delightful river and waterfall, a historic dovecote, woodland walks, outdoor sculptures and a croquet lawn.

Exploring done, we headed to the bar to work our way through the fantastic selection of local ‘Broughton’ ales and plan our adventure to Edinburgh. With the bus stop at the gates of the hotel and a direct link to the centre, Robert’s eyes lit up at the thought of a couple of wee drams in the city.

After an aperitif in the lounge and a hot haggis bon-bon we were seated in the beautiful dining room. With its magnificent fireplace and hand painted ceiling, it was a spectacular setting for our romantic dinner. To start I had the Melting Pentland Brie in an asparagus and vegetable tart served with rocket, roasted peppers and basil pesto. As Robert was set on the steak, he had the refreshing Melon Mojito to start. Seasonal melon, mojito sorbet, fruit coulis and minted gel.

For main I had the pan roasted free range chicken which was deliciously tender, served with chorizo ratatouille and seasonal vegetables. Cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. Robert had rare prime Scottish beef which was velvety and flavoursome served with fluffy chunky chips and a side of peppercorn sauce. We couldn’t end without sharing a pudding and having seen the rhubarb in the garden earlier, we had to try the rhubarb and custard. This was a real show stopper dish. Warm rhubarb crumble served with rhubarb and ginger ice cream, rhubarb jelly, puffed honeycomb and creme Anglaise.

We drifted back up to our peaceful room feeling extremely content and ready for a good night’s sleep, helped along by the enormous super king-size bed and dreams of our full Scottish breakfast to come.

Reader offer
Mention Live Magazines to receive a complimentary bottle of pink fizz to enjoy at dinner when booking a stay between Sunday and Thursday from 1st October – 31st December 2018.
Must be pre-booked and is subject to availability – excludes Christmas and New Year.

Cringletie House Hotel
Edinburgh Road
Peebles, Scotland EH45 8PL
01721 725750



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