Best of British Getaways 2022

9 | Best of British Getaways Awards 2022 The Balcary House Hotel was originally built as a luxurious family home for the prestigious Laing family. Designed by the acclaimed local architect James Pearson Alison FRIBA, the site dates back to 1888, and originally boasted 17 bedrooms. Indeed, the home was the height of Victorian opulence – and now you have the opportunity to relax amongst the restored elegance of the Balcary House Hotel. In 2015, Balcary House – which had been requisitioned by the war office for WW1 and WW2 officers to convalesce. The house became a Doctor Barnardo’s from 1944 to 1974 for children who were evacuated from the south. It then became a Christian conference centre until it was purchased by its current owners, David and Susan Watson in 2015. Following an 18-month renovation project, the Balcary House Hotel opened its doors in 2016. The team worked to create an environment that invokes a sense of peace whilst ensuring quality, be it through food, furnishings, or the ambiance. Perfect for a relaxing escape, weddings, or events, the Balcary House Hotel prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere. The hotel is both family and pet friendly, offering a plethora of unique room options that cater to all requirements. For example, rooms six and eight are equipped to handle pets and, with over 3 acres of land on site, there is plenty of room for guests and their pets to exercise. Moreover, the Balcary House Hotel has an Easy Access Suite available for those with accessibility needs. Located on the ground floor, the suite is comprised of bedroom with sitting area, a small self-contained kitchen, and a wet-room that is fitted with an emergency alarm. It is complete with a television, comfortable furnishings, complementary Wi-Fi access, and, of course, space for well-behaved pets. The team, who regularly undergo in-depth training, are always on hand to provide assistance. They are attentive, friendly, and approachable. Encouraged to think outside the box, the Balcary House Hotel team strives to exceed customer expectations, as such, reviews are regularly fed back to the team so that they know what they’re doing well, but also where to improve. There are a handful of amenities available onsite, including a dining room and a bar. In addition, the hotel is conveniently located in Hawick (the centre for Cashmere), a town that is bursting at the seams with history. Hawick is perhaps best known for its ties to genealogy. Home to The Heritage Hub, which serves as the key source of over 800 years of archives, it is a fascinating location for those wishing to gain insight into their Scottish backgrounds. 21 golf courses are within driving distance, and the hotel boasts quick links to popular tourist Jun22461 Best Boutique Hotel - Scottish Borders destinations, such as Drumlanrig Tower and the eerie Hermitage Castle. The Borders Distillery is also in the centre of the town. For families, the hotel is located near to the magnificent Wilton Lodge Park, which has just undergone a £3 million facelift. Furthermore, the Balcary House Hotel is 55 miles away from Edinburgh, making it the perfect base for a fun filled day trip to the city. Balcary House Hotel’s success serves as no surprise – it offers a premium standard of accommodation. Henceforth, in order to continue this success, the hotel has a number of plans in place for the future. It will be adding two more pet friendly rooms to its offerings, resulting in five of its 11 rooms being open to pets. Contact: David Watson Company: Balcary House Hotel Web Address: Surrounded by 3.5 acres of plush landscapes, the Balcary House Hotel is a hub for calmness, enjoyment, and relaxation. Both pet friendly and accessible, the hotel and its rooms are steeped in Victorian glamour, resulting in a spectacular accommodation experience.