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The Old Priory 33/35 Woodmarket, Kelso TD5 7AT Scotland
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#1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Kelso
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The Old Priory is a gem of a house half in 1796, when it was built, and half in the modern world. We straddle the gap between Woodmarket and the old world of Abbey Row which houses Kelso Abbey. The aim is for us to provide comfort in an atmosphere of charm and taste as befits the age of our home. Our Library Room overlooks the Old Parish Church and garden, our Family Suite is two rooms, also at the rear of the property and can be used in a variety of ways. We also have two downstairs room for those not keen on stairs! We have been 15 years as No.1 on TripAdvisor in Kelso. Our conservatory is used as a Sitting Room by our guests. We have silk filled duvets, percale bedding and a great water pressure, each room is quirky in its own way. All rooms have a tea tray, hairdryer and multi channel TV, free wi-fi, toiletries and good fluffy towels.
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Free parking
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sonya d wrote a review 23 Sep
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The Old Priory is beautiful, comfortable character filled rooms in the centre of town with a garden and private parking. Robin is a wonderful host, extremely friendly and does a brilliant breakfast. A great place to stay to explore the border country in Scotland.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 days ago
Thank you, you were easy to look after and I am so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Pauline B wrote a review 12 Sep
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We were welcomed by a very friendly host and shown around his beautiful home. We had a lovely stay in the family suite with all the facilities you could need and loved breakfast. We were welcome to sit in the garden and garden room which had a variety of books to read and relax in. Robin was very knowledgeable about the local area and informed us of the local restaurants and areas of interest. We will definitely return on our next visit to Kelso. M & P Biggs
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for your comments. It was lovely to have you to stay and I am glad that you enjoyed the area and town. Come again, you will be very welcome.
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jinkyjim wrote a review 2 Sep
Newcastle upon Tyne14 contributions5 helpful votes
The Old Priory is a treat for those who love comfort, history and charm. We received a warm and friendly welcome on arrival - plus tea and cake in the garden! Robin could not be a more friendly and helpful host and can provide advice on whatever might be required. The rooms are large, warm, comfortable, the bedding and towels luxurious, hot water is plentiful and the breakfasts are tasty and generous - everything we could want from a great B&B. The location of The Old Priory is excellent and we really enjoyed exploring all that Kelso and the area has to offer.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so very much, it was a pleasure having you both. Come again, you are on my nice list!
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Mona S wrote a review Aug 2022
San Jose, California60 contributions10 helpful votes
We stayed here for 3 days as the home base for cycling day trips in the area. The Old Priory is exquisite -- the breakfasts divine. We stayed in The Study and it was spacious and beautifully decorated. It took us back in time. The bathroom though was modern, spacious and very nice. Robin the proverbial gracious host makes the stay special.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: The Study is spacious and lovely.
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 4 weeks ago
Frank Thank you, I am so glad that your holiday was a success. Best wishes to you all.
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Nick M wrote a review Aug 2022
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The Old Priory offer homely and comfortable lodgings with wonderful hosting by Robin, a most convivial host with a wealth of local knowledge - and a great breakfast chef - nothing too much trouble (within reasonable bounds I’m sure) We spent two nights in the Turret room - very pleasant. The guest house is located in the heart of Kelso - a charming town indeed. My best advice is go and try for yourself, heartily recommended - Nick and Catherine
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 19 Aug 2022
Thank you, it was good to have you to stay and I am so glad that you enjoyed Kelso. Come again A!+ guests, you are on my "nice" list!
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GraieemTchad wrote a review Aug 2022
Hamilton, United Kingdom98 contributions89 helpful votes
The location of the Old Priory is perfect, right in the town centre, close to all amenities and with free parking at the back and on the street. Our room was clean, well equipped and the bed was very comfortable. Breakfast was delicious. There is a choice of cooked breakfasts which you can order the day before so you are not waiting long in the morning. A wide selection too of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, conserves etc. Robin was a great host, welcoming and hospitable, giving good tips on eateries and places to visit in the local area. All in all a great stay!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 14 Aug 2022
Thank you, it was great to have you to stay and I am so glad that you enjoyed our house and Kelso. You were A1 guests and are welcome back anytime
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Lynne L wrote a review Aug 2022
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We enjoyed our stay at the Old Priory. Robin was a very helpful host who went out of his way to organise a changed booking. The room was spacious and the shower effective. Having free parking was a bonus and the town location made it easy to walk to restaurants in the evening. I would be happy to return if I were staying in Kelso again
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 6 Aug 2022
Thank you. It was lovely to meet you both and we enjoyed having you. Best wishes
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Lynda C wrote a review Aug 2022
Colchester, United Kingdom2 contributions
If you're looking for clinical cleanliness and modern facilities then The Old Priory isn't for you. If however you're looking for clean comfortable surroundings and being given the warmest welcome then pay a visit! Huge rooms full of character with all the usual needs catered for. Big towels for the super powerful shower and a choice of soft or firm pillows was a very welcome change. Breakfast was second to none and joyfully served. The garden is a typical town space but with tactfully placed plants to offer privacy. It lies next door to a peaceful area which is a stroll from the river Tweed. Good parking too which is a bonus. I shall return!!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 4 Aug 2022
Thank you, you will be very welcome back next time you are in the area. Lovely to meet you and have a chat...a nice mix of people I thought. A1 guest!
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Bill wrote a review Jul 2022
Glasgow, United Kingdom137 contributions112 helpful votes
Stayed here for a couple of nights. The Old Priory’s location is spot-on for visiting other local border towns and is in the heart of Kelso from literally walking out the front door. Lots of local shops, pubs/restaurants and only 25-30 minutes walk to the beautiful Floors castle. Breakfast and was good as was the reception from Robin and his team. This being an old traditional setting and a building of character, don’t expect to be living in a sterile “Holiday Inn Express” type room. Rooms including fittings and furnishings are in-fitting with its character.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Depending on the time of year you visit think about booking restaurants ahead of time
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 26 Jul 2022
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Malin wrote a review Jul 2022
Malmö, Sweden67 contributions24 helpful votes
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A fantastic place with an excellent service. We stayed in the family room (planned for 2 days but decided to stay one more night. Nice rooms, nice breakfast and a great service from The host Robin. A great place to stay also if you a car with a free car parking. Our warmest recommendations.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Nice places to see are the St Abbs and the Floor castle
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 18 Jul 2022
Thank you, we enjoyed your stay as well. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and come again, you are most welcome.
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PRICE RANGE
$111 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandScottish BordersKelso
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Old Priory
Which popular attractions are close to The Old Priory?
Nearby attractions include Rutherfords Micropub (under new ownership) (0.07 km), Kelso Abbey (0.2 km), and Kelso War Memorial (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Old Priory?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and hiking.
Is parking available at The Old Priory?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Old Priory?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Cobbles - Freehouse & Dining, The Contented Vine, and Lemon & Thyme Restaurant.
Is The Old Priory located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Kelso.
Are there any historical sites close to The Old Priory?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hume Castle (7.8 km) and Roxburgh Castle (0.8 km).