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- What an amazing place! Hard to believe it still stands after hundreds of years; a testament to the loving care of the home, which remains lived in. The house and adjacent estate buildings, are filled with beautiful furnishings, fascinating and intriguing items; some that may have even belonged to Mary Queen of Scots, who stayed at the house. It’s a self guided tour; no fancy gadgets to fumble with. I highly recommend watching the video about the history of the house, before you start your self guided tour. You can easily spend a few hours here, if you really want to slowly make your way around each floor, and closely admire all there is to see. There are stairwells, uneven floors and lots of displays, so I recommend comfortable shoes. The gardens and nearby trail is worth a visit as well. This site can be reached on foot, from town, through a lovely and well traveled trail, or by car. I don’t believe this site to be suitable for children, or those with complicated mobility conditions, though you can always inquire ahead. Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes; it was a bit chilly in some areas of the house. There’s a great brewery and small gift shop on site as well. Well worth a visit.Written 22 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We visited here on Sunday, not realising they were closed for holiday. Nevertheless, when we arrived we were welcomed to come and meet the alpacas, feed them carrots and chatted to Jean who was so informative and passionate about her animals. We shall definitely return when next in the area and book a trek. A memorable Sunday morning for us both. Thank you.Written 27 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Fascinating visit.Stepping back in time to see how a printing works would have operated. Not just the vintage machinery but the social history was also very interesting. Would highly recommend spending 90 minutes on the guided tourWritten 30 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- What a place. Loads of off piste tracks you can look up on trail forks. Some real good techy stuff to get your teeth into spent 3 days here and did loads was awesome. Stayed in a bb and road to all the tracks. Did glentress in way home brilliantWritten 30 June 2019
- Glad to have visited.Knew little before this visit.Very friendly & informative guide.Nice rear garden & we could sample the waters.Lovely area to sit outWritten 30 August 2019
- A real gem of a shop. So many items of interest to browse through including high quality cashmere garments. Very friendly staff.Written 13 September 2022
- Is such a great place to take yourself and the family to learn how to ride a horse with scenic tails and friendly staffWritten 30 August 2022
- Traquair house is privately owned, and the family has recently opened up three rooms as a B&B experience. One is in the main part of the house, and the other two are in an annex, which are accessible without any steps. One must climb a stone spiral staircase to the room in the main house.
We stayed one night in the Rose Room, located in the actual house, on the second floor. The room is quite large, and shares space with an entry way that has a private bathroom connected in the back. The bathroom decor is dated in a 1960's style that is looking a bit drab, but it holds a very nice modern shower as well as a full size tub.
The room itself has a lovely view overlooking the maze, a queen-sized bed, wi-fi access, a hospitality tray with a hot pot, tea, coffee or hot chocolate, and a packaged cookie treat. It also featured a complimentary bottle of the beer made on the premises in the brewery.
There were plenty of large towels, washcloths, shampoo, body wash, bar soap and a hair dryer. There were two terry robes hanging in the closet if we chose to use them. The queen mattress was quite soft, but amazingly comfortable. I say that as neither of us like a soft mattress, but we still didn't have any issues sleeping on it.
There is a flat screen television in the room, but we never turned it on.
There is a path on the grounds which will lead you to the road that goes directly into Innerleithen. We walked to the Traquair Arms Hotel & Pub for dinner without any issue.
Breakfast is downstairs in a bright room, and is made to order. One is given a slip of choices the night before, and it is all presented the next morning. Offerings included porridge, yogurt with fruit compote, full Scottish breakfast, etc.
Jackie, the housekeeper, was quite pleasant and eager to help us with anything we might need. Every member of the staff whom we met were also delightful, and seemed to be excited that we were staying in the house.
When one does book the B&B, admission to the grounds and house is waved, and once the guides open the house in the morning, you can look through the rooms at your leisure before the official opening to the public. Traquair House holds an amazing collection of artifacts that would surely put it on par with any museum. There is the cradle where King James I/VI slept as an infant when the family made a visit, as well as a cross and rosary that had been in the possession of Mary, Queen of Scots. Those are just a few of the items that this three story family home has among its numerous holdings.
We were able to stay just one night, in September, and although this was more money than I would have generally spent on a night's stay, when one considers the waving of two admittance fees, the easy location into town for dinner without having to drive, and the lovely breakfast that is included, it surely was worth the experience in my book!Written 8 October 2022
- What a blast! We'd been skeptical at first, but we had an absolute blast on the Santa Cruz bikes from Tweed Valley Guides.Written 16 March 2020
- Such a magical gift shop to visit. The quality and imagination that goes into the fairies on sale, and felt creatures and, and...., oh, So much to choose from! Each peice you can see all the love that's gone into creating them.Written 16 September 2021
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