Cringletie House (Hotel, paddock on site + stabling offsite)
Jacob and Johanna van Houdt, bought Cringletie House Hotel in 2003 when they embarked on extensive renovations of the inside of the house, advised by Simpson and Brown architects in Edinburgh. They also started an ambitious programme to improve the grounds, including replanting woodlands, building woodland walks, and restoring the splendour of the historic walled garden.
The result of their work is the luxurious hotel you see today, combining the charm of the house’s Victorian heritage with the comfort and convenience of the 21st century.
To honour the history of the House and its inhabitants, the current tartan in the hall and staircase is a mixture of the Murray and the Sutherland tartans. It was created for us by McKay in Durham. The check is taken from the Murray tartan, the red line made a little softer and the blues and greens are derived from the Sutherland tartan.
As you approach Cringletie House for the first time, you will get a foretaste of its beautiful grounds and gardens – sweeping manicured lawns, acres of mature woodland, grazing sheep, a pitch and putt course and, behind the house, our famous walled garden with its 400-year-old yew hedge, reputed to be the oldest in Scotland.
All our public rooms have welcoming log fires – perfect for helping you wind down, as well as keeping you warm. Each room has a service bell, connected to the original butler panel; and, yes, they still work.
The Sutherland Restaurant with its magnificent fireplace and hand painted ceiling offers a spectacular setting for dinner. It offers unpretentious fine dining in the Scottish Borders using the best ingredients, often home-grown but always local and seasonal, prepared with the greatest of care but not too much fuss.
The Maguire Room is the perfect place for our delicious afternoon teas, morning coffee with the papers and pre-dinner drinks.
Our newly created bar in what was previously the library, is serving draught lager and ale plus of course cocktails created by our knowledgeable bar man. Don’t forget the whiskies!
The conservatory with its almost 360° view of the gardens is the perfect place for wedding ceremonies and evening entertaining. In summer it is the gateway to the tables on the lawn where we can serve teas, lunch, drinks and so on.
Adjacent to the conservatory you will find the Garden Room, a cosy lounge that we open up for meetings, private dinners or anything else private.
Kids stay FREE at Cringletie
Children are very welcome at Cringletie. The gardens and woodlands are very safe and make a marvellous adventure playground for children to roam around. We offer a selection of outdoor games: giant chess, croquet, badminton and even wellington boots and a trampoline! We also have a variety of board games and books available in the bar. Further afield the region offers superb walking, biking, horseriding, fishing and even treetop adventures.
Dogs stay FREE at Cringletie
We also enjoy having dogs to stay, we do not charge for dogs and yet they are welcomed with a nice doggy biscuit! The grounds are wonderful for a morning dog walk with plenty of rabbits to chase and we will happily provide a water bowl on request. We also offer dogs their own special menu, blankets and cushions, dog box; doggie walks map plus we have a vet on call and a grooming service who can come to tender for all your treasured one’s needs! Unfortunately, dogs (apart from Guide Dogs) are not allowed in any of the public rooms because of food hygiene regulations.
Horses can be put in the paddock adjoining the hotel, with 100s of miles of trails right on the doorstep including the famous Cross Border Drove Road why not bring your best friend on holiday too? Or if you want to go riding but don’t have a horse, this can be arranged on request