What We Love
- A traditional country house in the Borders, including breakfast and a bottle of wineItalianate plastered ceilings are an unusual but interesting feature in this decidedly Scottish retreat
- The wealth of activities on offer, from fishing to shooting and walking to an excursion into Edinburgh
- Delicious cuisine made from homegrown produce
Built in 1761, Ednam House has been run as a hotel since 1928. The House is strewn with charming features, retained from an original spec that spared no expense. Throughout your stay you will find yourself beneath ornate Italianate plastered ceilings, opening intricately carved wooden doors and marveling at crafted stone work fireplaces.
Located on the banks of the River Tweed, the old fashioned Scottish tradition of salmon fishing is prevalent throughout the hotel, not least with the construction of its own smoking house by the river. Needless to say, fishing is top of the list for activities in the area, if you’re not too busy conquering castles or exploring the market town of Kelso itself.
If you don’t manage to catch any of your own fish, the hotel’s restaurant serves up its own smoked salmon, along with a variety of other dishes attentively reared or grown on their land.
How to Get There
Stayed for a birthday treat and paid more than we would usually for an overnight stay. Original room was OK, large with a modern bathroom. Big problem though...found this quote from a manager on an earlier review 'We do endeavour to advise all our guests when an event is being held and some noise disturbance.'. Nobody told us about this and our room was above the function hall where a wedding was being held. It was absolutely hellish! We had a long day and tried to settle in our room at 10pm but the floor was vibrating and we couldn't hear the Tv over the music. Apparently the last dance wasn't until almost 1am.
The (very nice) girl on reception had a late cancellation so we moved to a much smaller and scruffier room and got some sleep. When I mentioned this in the morning I was told that we had an 'upgrade' as we had moved from a Courtyard room to a Rivervew room. We didn't see the river at 10.30pm when were tired and grumpy.
On a brighter note, the restaurant has 3 distinct menus to choose from, or mix and match from. We opted for the fine dining options and our meal was delicious and very special, although the service wasn't always great.
We'll definitely skip staying at the Adnam in future. The rooms are overpriced, shabby and lacking the luxury feel you should get for £130+ rooms. I've stayed in bigger and more stylish budget hotels and more homely B&Bs, albeit not always in such a pleasant setting. Do consider eating here , the chef is obviously very good at his job.
Beautiful setting and well located for the town and local sightseeing. It is not a “boutique” type hotel, but it has a kind of old world charm. The rooms are clean and comfortable. As mentioned in other reviews the water pressure is low, but it isn’t an inconvenience it’s just part of the experience. Staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. Overall a very good place to stay and we would definitely come again.
very friendly and appointed hotel fine dining was excellent, staff very helpful, location very good the hotel is a great place to have a quiet long weekend away in the wonderful town of Kelso.
the whole experience was excellent