Friday, 22 June 2018

Cringletie House, Peebles

Cringletie House, Peebles

Why it is great

Peaceful, Relaxing & Tranquillity

Cringletie House is a beautiful former Scottish Baronial Castle, located on the Scottish Borders and only ½ an hour from Edinburgh.  The house is set deep the countryside near the pleasant border town of Peebles, where beautifully landscaped parkland melts into the nearby hills. 

As you approach Cringletie House for the first time, you will get a foretaste of its beautiful grounds and gardens – sweeping manicured lawns, 28 acres of mature woodland, grazing sheep, watchful horses and pitch and putt course.

There is also a walled garden with its 400-year-old yew hedge, reputed to the oldest in Scotland.  Guests can play boules or outdoor chess.

The first thing that strikes you on entry is how warmly decorated the house is with welcoming log fires and service bells which are connected to the original butler panel.   Each room retains its original antique furniture which makes you feel like you are being transported back in time.

The check-in is met with a warm welcome with what seems like your own personal butler.

The Food bit
The Cringletie dining room is the perfect dining experience with high quality which is locally sourced or even grown within the walled garden.

We were spoilt for choice with the menu but eventually managed to decide.  My fiancé and I started the meal with a selection of breads,

For our starters we opted for the charred line caught mackerel with spiced puffed wheat, beetroot infused apple and dill pickled vegetables.   We also tried the Marbled roulade of chicken with goats’ cheese and roast red pepper.

For our mains we had glazed breast of Gartmorn Farm duck with a confit leg croquette.  We also tried the grilled fillet of prime Scottish beef with chunky fries.

For our desserts we tried the Cringletie gardens rhubarb crumble and textures of chocolate and cherries.

The whole meal was outstanding, the flavours delivered, the cooking was deft and you could tell it was locally sourced.

For our breakfast we both chose the traditional Scottish breakfast with locally sourced ingredients.

The staff were attentive, discrete and very welcoming.   We had the opportunity to test the Scottish sense of humour which was excellent.

The Rooms
They have every comfort, from a beautiful bathroom full of every product you could need on an overnight stay.   The rooms featured a four-poster bed, fantastic views of the gardens and rolling hills and very spacious.  Due to its location it was incredibly peaceful.  Our room featured a Nespresso machine and a flask of whisky for a nightcap.

What’s Nearby
If you feel need to leave the wonderful property and gardens then there are a number of experiences at your disposal e.g. bagpipe making, highland dancing, fly fishing, whisky tasting and kilt making.

The Royal Borough of Peebles in Tweed Valley is one of Scotland’s royal and ancient boroughs and only 2 miles away.  The town is surrounded on all sides by beautiful countryside.  The main street is very attractive. with many buildings of historical interest.

The wonderful capital city of Edinburgh is also within easy reach.   We spent the day in Edinburgh exploring the Royal mile, Edinburgh’s magnificent castle and a walk-up Arthurs Seat which is steeper than looks from a distance 😊

In summary

If you’re looking to escape the hectic pace of life for a few days then a stay at Cringletie House is just what the Doctor ordered.  In a nutshell, peace, relaxation & tranquillity in bucket loads. 

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