National awards for three Borders hotels

Three Borders hotels have lifted major national accolades at the prestigious 2015 Scottish Hotel Awards ceremony held in Glasgow’s Crown Plaza.

By Sandy Brydon
Thursday, 23rd April 2015, 4:16 pm
Dryburgh Hotel manager Mark Wallace with the hotels's sixth consecutive award
Dryburgh Hotel manager Mark Wallace with the hotels's sixth consecutive award

The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel was named Country Sports Hotel of the Year, The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course scored a hole in one winning the title of Golf Hotel of the Year, and the Buccleuch Arms Inn at St Boswells was crowned Inn of the Year.

In its category, the 38-bedroom Dryburgh Abbey took the coveted title for a sixth successive year. Already this year, the Dryburgh Abbey has been named the regional (Borders) winner of the Family Hotel of the Year and, for the third successive year, Wedding Hotel of the Year.

Converted into a hotel 50 years ago, the Dryburgh Abbey has its own fishing beat, gun room and swimming pool.

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“To be named Scottish Country Sports Hotel for a sixth successive year is a huge and unprecedented achievement,” said general manager Mark Wallace.

“We are also delighted to be recognised as regional winners in the wedding and family hotel categories. These awards highlight the true diversity and quality of our product and, of course, its stunning location.”

David Robertson, general manager of the Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course said: “As Scotland is the home of golf, it is great recognition for the hotel and course as we help prove the value of such a global sport.”

“We have recently introduced to the hotel a new Chez Roux restaurant and we have some additional developments planned this year to further improve the visitor experience. These awards really highlight that we are on the right tracks.”

Aside from winning the national award, they scooped two regional awards – Golf Hotel of the Year and Country House Hotel of the Year.

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course is managed by ICMI, a bespoke hotel management and consulting company.

It was a repeat success also for the family-run Buccleuch Arms Inn which has 19 ensuite rooms and a popular bistro – The Blue Coo.

The Buccleuch Arms, which dates from 1837, was emulating its national success of 2011 and it has since won a raft of region-wide awards including last year’s Bar of the Year and Informal Dining Restaurant of the Year.

“It’s fantastic news for all our staff and customers,” said Billy Hamilton, who runs the business with wife Rachael.