National awards for Borders hotels

Dryburgh Hotel manager Mark Wallace with the hotels's sixth consecutive award

Dryburgh Hotel manager Mark Wallace with the hotels's sixth consecutive award

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Two neighbouring Borders hotels have lifted major national accolades.

The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel was named Country Sports Hotel of the Year and the Buccleuch Arms Inn at St Boswells was crowned Inn of the Year at the prestigious 2015 Scottish Hotel Awards ceremony in Glasgow’s Crown Plaza on Sunday evening.

Billy and Rachael Hamilton outside the Bule Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms, St Boswells

Billy and Rachael Hamilton outside the Bule Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms, St Boswells

In its category, the 38-bedroom Dryburgh Abbey beat off the challenge of Easthaugh House at Pitlochry, the Inver Lodge at Lonchinver, the Maryculter House in Aberdeenshire and the Taychreggan Hotel at Taynuilt to take the coveted title for the 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.

“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.”

It was a repeat success also on Sunday 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.

The Buccleuch Arms was judged the best of five top-class regional-winning challengers. The others were The Bridge of Lochay Hotel at Killin, the Kildrummy Inn at Alford, the Creggans Inn at Strachur and The Inn on the Mile in Edinburgh.

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