Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa
What We Love
- A stunning resort in the Scottish countryside, with spa and golf discounts, breakfast and dinnerDrinking and dining here, from the AA Rosette restaurant to the sophisticated lounge and cocktail bar
- The inspirational views of the rolling hills and mountains
- Testing out your skills on the 18-hole championship golf course
- The location – just 40 minutes from the heart of Edinburgh
What To Know
- There's an on-site pool, steam room and sauna
- Free WiFi doesn't work very well
- Food and drink are good but bar prices are steep
With its rolling landscapes and impressive interiors, Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa is gorgeous on the inside and out. Situated in the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside, where England and Scotland meet, the hotel is your gateway to a land that’s rich in history, culture and natural beauty. If you’re looking for a taste of old Scotland, but with the comforts of modern luxury, this is the place for you.
The hotel has plenty to keep you busy – there’s a AA Rosette-winning restaurant, two bars, an indoor pool, plus a luxurious spa and leisure club. There are loads of outdoor activities for you to take advantage of, as well; the championship golf course, for starters, is right outside your front door, and you can even rent fishing gear and cast your line in the famous River Tweed. For a change of pace, the captivating city of Edinburgh is less than an hour away – perfect for an urban excursion.
Classic rooms feature warm and inviting décor, offering a relaxing retreat in the heart of the Tweed Valley. These rooms boast luxury en-suite bathrooms and views of the surrounding hills.
The AA Rosette-awarded Renwicks Restaurant uses only the finest locally sourced ingredients to create a magical fine-dining experience. The setting is elegant yet casual and boasts magnificent views of the golf course and Border Hills. The Lounge and Cocktail Bar serves a variety of refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and you can also enjoy laid-back drinks in the Cardrona Spikes golf bar.
The spa at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel is a wonderful place to unwind, complete with steam rooms, a 60-foot swimming pool, a Technogym and a sumptuous treatment menu. Here, you can indulge in a pampering spa treatment while looking out across 200 acres of private grounds. We recommend booking your spa treatments in advance.
Designed by former Ryder Club player Dave Thomas, the Par 72 parkland and woodland courses feature undulating USGA greens and a distance of over 7,000 yards from the medal tees. This championship course follows the shape of the landscape and boasts immaculate and dramatic fairways.
Even if you don’t plan on leaving the hotel’s grounds, you’ll find lots of things to do at this relaxing getaway. The surrounding landscape offers plenty of activities for outdoorsy types, including nature walks, mountain biking and fishing in the tranquil River Tweed. The hotel is just 40 minutes from Edinburgh’s city center, where you’ll find an extensive list of things to see and do. Explore Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile or the Royal Yacht Brittania, or simply tour the ancient cobbled streets, and soak up the impressive stone-facade architecture.
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Wow the room is freezing, shabby, dated and generally poor value for money! I’ve booked through our work booking system which showed the price at £99 however it looked lovely so instead of continuing 2 miles to the Peebles hydro @ £53 I booked this! Talk about better the devil you know! The room is freezing! It’s been stood empty with no heating until I popped my card in to activate the power in the room. The comforter on the bed is shabby and stained as are the curtains and carpet! The actual bedding is clean and good quality but that’s all I have to say that’s good about here! The room photos on the website certainly are not this room! Evening meal was a steak and Frites on room service and was perfectly nice except for being sent with brown sauce instead of vinegar (regional thing). The bar area is basically an extended hotel lobby, noisy and not cosy at all! I don’t think I will be back here and wouldn’t recommend it either! The barony castle and Peebles hydro are Cheaper and much better!
Our family, consisting of 8 adults and 2 children aged 3 years and 3 months, enjoyed a fabulous family weekend at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel. Gordon the General Manager and every member of his team were excellent and attended to our every need. The food, facilities, and personal service were first class. I could not recommend this hotel highly enough.
Unfortunately, on Saturday night, my wife suffered an excruciatingly painful hamstring strain. The first aid, along with every comfort and care was exceptional. She immediately received ice packs and a wheelchair, along with room service dinner and extra pillows. Management and staff caringly enquired as to her wellbeing throughout our stay with nothing being too much trouble for them.
We extend our grateful thanks to Gordon and all the staff at Macdonald Cardrona for a great family time in a great hotel!!
Gosh don't know where to start. Heard great things about this hotel.but we didn't have that experience. Reception staff have no manners what so every. We were allocated a twin room even after booking a double. Older man at reception told us there were none to give us.but when I said I will just go home he found one.no apology at all. On going to new room it hadn't been cleaned. Had black hair on bath also inside it.gross. didn't feel like we could approach reception staff as the 2 men we have dealt with wasn't very nice or polite. Steven on the bar was lovely but didn't think I needed Tabasco sauce in my bloody Mary and then changed the vodka in it.even tho it was certain type of vodka named. Helen in restaurant was lovely and listened to our complaints and changed our stay around.food was amazing and general manager was so polite.but on leaving this morning same reception staff didn't even ask if we had enjoyed out stay. I have stayed at a few macdonald hotels and this isn't what I expected.
We were looking for a slightly cheaper spa weekend compared to other hotels within the Peebles area. The hotel room itself was well presented, clean and with a golf course view. However the room was fairly cold and the radiator was noticeably never on (or it was broken - as we had tried to turn it on manually).
The spa and leisure facilities had no staff at the desk - we stood for ages to wait for someone and eventually a gym member let us through the leisure facility door with his fob wristband. The pool was nice and clean and the gym was nice also, however the steam room was broken and the swimming costume dryer was broken and the towel drop was overflowing with dirty towels.
The food at the restaurant was beautiful - which is why I gave the rating a 3 rather than a 2, the 2 staff in the restaurant were very pleasant and attentive, the food was served very quickly.
We were a little disappointed with the disorganisation of the staffing at the hotel, there was a private Christmas function on at the hotel, they had obviously had all the staff working at the function and left very few staff to tend to the hotel guests, as many of the hotels facilities and bars were ‘unmanned’ (no slight on the staff as the clearly looked run off their feet) but clearly the hotel management could have done better to organise their teams.
It was a shame that the cocktail bar shut at 10pm, we were then told to go downstairs to the sports bar, which had a sign up saying unmanned - go upstairs to the cocktail bar, we went to the front desk and the woman said just go to the bar at the function room - we felt like we were intruding on the Christmas party event. We took our drinks back to our room as it felt awkward intruding and obviously it was a very noisy atmosphere, when we just wanted a quiet drink.
This stay has been a little bit of a shambles, I would maybe visit again another time - however I will not rush back.
Warm, comfortable, spacious room. Great to have a bath and shower (so many hotels now just have a shower but really appreciate a bath after a day out walking in the Scottish weather).
Food was outstanding.
Really nice staff both at reception and in the restaurant.
Lovely pool and fitness room.
We will certainly return.