HOTEL REVIEW: The Balcary House Hotel in Hawick.
But despite what some detractors may claim, there is a lot to celebrate and look forward to.
It’s easier to accentuate the positives when you look at efforts to transform Hawick, including the ongoing Â£ 88million flood protection program, its fame as a textile powerhouse – and to house the distillery. Borders.
With a proliferation of restaurateurs now heading to the area, every city needs gems to attract them.
The Balcary House Hotel, located opposite the beautiful Wilton Lodge Park, is a perfect fit.
Former Barnardo’s home built in 1888, it underwent a complete overhaul when it was taken over by current owners Sue and David Watson five years ago.
Completing the driveway, along the tree-lined garden with large trees, is like stepping back in time. The setting is perfect – secluded but welcoming.
The magnificent stained-glass window on the staircase allows light to cascade in and soak up a warm welcome.
Our room was spotless, warm and homely. In fact, this is one of the hotel’s great strengths – it creates a feeling of home away from home.
There is also a pleasant informal atmosphere with helpful, efficient but not fussy staff.
We ordered delicious snacks in our room and enjoyed a hearty home cooked breakfast in the dining room. The Balcary has eight en-suite bedrooms, a public bar, serves afternoon teas, and hosts weddings and parties.
Hawick is a town on the move and the Balcary House Hotel is one of the reasons tourists will continue to beat a trail to its doorstep. For more information, call 01450 372858 or visit [emailÂ protected] or www.balcary-house-hotel.com.