Borders hotels celebrate awards wins

HOTELS in the Borders are celebrating after scooping top titles in the Scottish Hotel Awards.

The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel near St Boswells won the Country Sports Hotel of the Year title for the second year running, Peebles’ Tontine Hotel was judged the Scottish Town Hotel of the Year, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells gained the Scottish Inn of the Year accolade. And the Buccleuch’s Billy Hamilton also won the ‘Host with Most’ title.

The Dryburgh Abbey’s general manager Mark Wallace said: “We are extremely proud to retain the award bearing in mind the number of hotels in Scotland catering for shooters and fishermen.”

The Macdonald Cardrona Hotel won the Turnaround Hotel title and three other awards for individual staff members.

The hotel’s general manager Morag Stark said: “I was absolutely thrilled to accept the award as it was recognition of the whole team’s hard work and dedication that has resulted in such a turnaround for Cardrona in both service and profitability.”

The Dryburgh Abbey’s chef Peter Snelgar won a Chef Medaille d’Or award.

And last year’s Hotel of Charm winner, the Ednam House Hotel in Kelso, picked up a real and local food gold medal.