Why a B&B is better than a hotel in the Scottish Borders 

October 5, 2016

Why a B&B is better than a hotel in the Scottish Borders

So I recently attended a wedding in the Scottish Borders. Scenic, beautiful, picturesque and with patchy wifi. Yes, going rural has its ups and downs.

Anyway, when figuring out our stopover accommodation, a hotel was the top of my wish list. I’ve stayed in a bed and breakfast, or B&B, before, and wasn’t sure I liked the concept as I really felt like I was staying in someone’s house, which was a little close for comfort. Plus it didn’t help that I had an unhealthy fear of anywhere rural after watching the Texas chainsaw massacre.

So anyhoo, after looking on the usual sites – trip advisor, booking.com etc. – I quickly realised that hotels within reasonable distance to the venue in Kippalaw House, Melrose, were few and far between. There was one that came up in the neighbouring town of Galashiels, but it didn’t have the most favourable reviews.

So a B&B it was. And I can tell you, it’s the best decision we could have made.

Our chosen B&B was Goldilands, near a small village called Kelso. Like most of the Scottish Borders, it was rural, so a complete change to my natural urban habitat.

Our hostess, Margaret took it upon herself to send us over directions, as she knew full well that any mobile or sat nav reception en route was tricky. Not only that, she really went above and beyond, suggesting the best place to park to get to the church without driving round and round for hours (it was located on a one-way street). Meanwhile the directions included helpful stop offs for cheap fuel, sandwiches and other points of interest that Google maps couldn’t offer.

B&B vs. hotel

It was this personal touch that really did it for us. En route to the venue, Margaret called to check in that we were ok, and generally really looked after us. We would never have had such a personalised service in an anonymous hotel.

The following morning, having arrived back at the B&B safely, we were served a slap up breakfast.  This included eggs from Margarets hens.  She even regaled us with stories from the area and suggested sites we should visit if we come again.

In summary, the main standout for me was that a B&B is someone’s home as well as their business.  So they take extra care to ensure we not only have the mod cons, but we have a well informed stay too.

The whole experience has totally changed my view of B&Bs. If I was ever in the Scottish Borders again, I definitely wouldn’t think twice about booking a Bed and Breakfast.


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