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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The Cardrona Hotel near Peebles was an ideally situated venue for a family celebration. Although the booking for 20 guests had been made many months before the event [ and staff had been told that 4 guests would not be arriving until 10.30 the previous evening] when those guests did arrive they were told that a room was not available. After much discussion and excuses e.g. room was damp , room had been double booked etc. a suitable room was eventually found. The food throughout our stay was reasonable but not outstanding. Breakfasts [two sittings] were hectic as there were not enough staff to cope with the large number of guests staying that week-end. Our friends did take exception to being told that they would have to pay £10 for the hire of a white dressing gown when using the spa[ and the £10 was not refundable]. However, after complaining , they were told there would be nothing to pay ! We made good use of other facilities , satisfactorily e.g.manicuring services, facials, swimming pool. Staff throughout were polite and did their best under difficult circumstances as their numbers were limited at such a busy time. Rooms were clean though a bit 'tired' .On complaining to the very charming acting manager, we were given a £100 discount which , under the circumstances, was a small amount considering our very large bill .Would we return ? Not sure !
As a small group of three we stayed and played golf at this awesome place and feel a personal thank you needs to be placed, firstly the room was fantastic very clean with every thing you could wish for included , the course itself was stunning and what a test of golf with views to die for.
Evening meal was very good with a great selection of alcoholic refreshments to sample , as a small party none of use could find fault and would have no problem recommending this hotel for ether a short break or as we did a golfing break(BRILLIANT).
This was our second stay for my wife and I and it was thoroughly enjoyable. My wife had booked up the stay with Adam who was on reception on our arrival - booking up and checking in was an easy and pleasurable experience with Adam. Evening dining was another pleasurable experience with the hot meal served by Peter, who had recognised us from our previous visit and was very attentive throughout. They are both real assets as they make you feel so welcome. Our bedroom was clean and well presented with patio doors out to a small terrace, we were lucky that the weather was perfect and we made full use of them. The Cardrona breakfast remains the best breakfast we have had at any hotel in the past number of years - individually cooked and served to table on hot plates by the friendly staff it makes such a huge change from the more usual buffet breakfast. Gwen and Michael
We had a 3 day break in this hotel as a special birthday treat for a friend . We had the most wonderful time everything was perfect our room the food the fabulous spa and pool .stall were friendly and helpful I cannot fault this hotel we will certainly be back
I spent a night here last week, and look forward to many more! The location is superb- just 5 mins drive from the lovely town Peebles, and in such tranquil unspoilt countryside on the banks of the Tweed.
My 3rd floor room was massive, spotlessly clean and had a comfortable bed, plenty of storage and sitting space, bottled water and high quality toiletries.
The bar is very reasonably priced, and in the afternoon you can sit outside and look over the golf course.
The food was very good too and also surprisingly cheap for a 4* hotel.
All the staff were superb and did everything they could.
All in all a fantastic hotel, and I hope to be back soon!