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Discover Schloss Roxburghe, a Stunning Scottish Hideaway

As my car turns onto the sweeping drive of Schloss Roxburghe it’s hard not to be impressed. This country pile in the heart of the Scottish Borders stands proud amongst pretty gardens and perfectly manicured lawns against a backdrop of lush green countryside and rolling hills.

Once owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, this quintessential country house hotel has undergone a full refurbishment and expansion bringing an additional 58 rooms, self-catering cottages, and a Finnish inspired spa facility to the property. The new extended Estate House is sympathetic to the rest of the hotel. The seamless extension boasts similar rich colours and textures to the main house that it’s hard to spot the old from the new. Tartans combined with oak, natural stone and plush textiles successfully fuse Scottish heritage with contemporary design. I checked into one of the new park view rooms that overlooks the championship golf course set amongst the grounds. The rooms in the new estate are spacious and modern, lots of white and teal dominate the colour palette with accents of gold. The bathroom has a large walk-in shower, heated floor and is loaded with Molton Brown toiletries.

Schloss Roxburghe is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. With over 300 acres of land including two and a half miles of the River Teviot, Trout Loch, beautiful parkland and Estate gardens, it is a fabulous place to enjoy nature. I spent an afternoon with the hotel’s very own Ray Mears, Ian Fairgrieve, to try my hand at some country outdoor pursuits. With an extensive programme of activities, you can find something to suit your preferences and skill level. First up for me was archery on the lawn in the front of the house. After a quick demonstration and advice from Ian I was firing arrows like Robin Hood. We then moved on to the lake for a bit of trout fishing. I’m a total novice when it comes to country pursuits but was instantly put at ease and was soon confidently casting for my catch. Shortly after I caught a trout, which was immediately sent to the kitchen to be cooked for my supper. However, my confidence was dashed at the shooting range as my hand eye coordination and reaction speed wasn’t hitting the mark. Despite not hitting one shot on target, I had great fun and learned some new skills.

After all the activities I was ready to relax. The new 1100sqm spa facility has floor to ceiling windows that look out to the grounds and a heated outdoor infinity edge pool. With a spacious indoor relaxation zone guests can unwind or book one of the spa treatments featuring Aromatherapy Associates and Kloris products. There’s an additional plunge pool, a Finnish dry sauna and an aromatic sauna.

Expect a warm welcome, the staff are the jewel in the Schloss crown bringing their relaxed, friendly Scottish disposition to your stay. The team are knowledgeable and quick to ensure you have everything you need to make your break enjoyable. In 1745, the hotel bar the resident mixologist will whip up something special using their own label gin, Lady Chatto Rose, distilled locally it includes botanicals grown on the grounds. You certainly won’t go hungry here, the food choice is extensive from loaded breakfast buffets to afternoon tea. Charlie’s, named after Bonnie Prince Charlie, who frequented the place in 1745, offers ‘Scottish bistronomy’, using the highest quality ingredients and gourmet cooking techniques. For those looking for something special then book the seven-course tasting menu at Sunlaws. Available with wine pairing it showcases fine dining at its best.

This rural retreat is a stunning Scottish hideaway, perfect for slowing down and unwinding. By the time I checked out, I felt every inch Lady of the Manor.

Rooms at Schloss Roxburghe are from £239 per night in a King Bed Estate including breakfast.