Borders’ best hotels get national recognition

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel manager Mark Wallace and wedding planner Julie Hyde with awards won at a The Scottish Hotel Awards.
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel manager Mark Wallace and wedding planner Julie Hyde with awards won at a The Scottish Hotel Awards.

The recent Scottish Hotel Awards proved particularly successful for some of the Borders’ leading accommodation providers.

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel took home five awards from the ceremony in Glasgow.

Dryburgh Hotel.

Dryburgh Hotel.

Manager Mark Wallace won a Manager Gold Medal, Julie Hyde won Wedding Planner of the Year and the hotel was named Country Sports Hotel of the Year, and won the dog friendly award.

It was also confirmed as the regional winner in the wedding hotel category.

Mr Wallace said: “We are delighted to have won these awards. It is great recognition of the efforts of all our staff.

“They will also help other Borders businesses. This is particularly true with the country sports award, with many local people, gamekeepers etc, employed in this field.

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel manager Mark Wallace who won a clutch of awards at The Scottish Hotel Awards.

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel manager Mark Wallace who won a clutch of awards at The Scottish Hotel Awards.

“It is the fourth year in a row we have won the Country Sports Hotel of the Year award, and it demonstrates that we are being viewed as a sporting provider and not just an accommodation host.”

He added: “The wedding awards are also extremely important to both the hotel and area generally.

“The spin-offs from weddings are great, for example florists, car hire, and accommodation for overflow. Local food and drink suppliers also benefit.”

The Buccleuch Arms Hotel took the award for Inn of the Year and was named regional winner in the informal dining category for its Bloo Coo Bistrot.

Rachel and Billy hamilton in the Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St. Boswells.

Rachel and Billy hamilton in the Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St. Boswells.

Rachael Hamilton, co-owner, said: “I want to pass on most of the credit for this award to our dedicated staff, without whom we wouldn’t be in a position to win anything.

“We feel strongly about using local produce and supporting other local businesses, and I think this is important for the hotel sector in Scotland.”

The Tontine in Peebles was regional winner in the small country hotel category, while The Roxburghe was joint regional winner in brand hotels.

The Macdonald Cardrona was named the region’s best golf hotel, and Caddon View Guest House in Innerleithen was given the dining award in the guest house awards.