Fodor's Expert Review Peebles Hydro

Innerleithen Rd., Peebles, The Scottish Borders, EH45 8LX, Scotland

One of the great "hydro hotels" built in the 19th century for those anxious to "take the waters," the family-friendly Peebles Hydro has comfortable if rather old-fashioned rooms that are slowly but surely being renovated. Meals are served in a grand dining room reminiscent of the building's Edwardian past. It retains a restful air, and the hotel is especially good for families, with an excellent swimming pool and activities throughout the day for kids, some of which are included in the price. Archery and air rifle shooting under supervision are available, but are not included. A Gin School in the basement allows visitors to distill their own gin with herbs from the market garden.

PROS

  • plenty of activities available, including a gin school and archery
  • interesting history
  • delicious breakfast

CONS

  • can feel impersonal
  • some rooms have bland decor
  • still an air of faded glory despite renovations

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Family
Quiet
Countryside
Local Flavor
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01721-720602

HOTEL DETAILS

132 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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