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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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Barry Beardsell wrote a review Nov 2022
Stockport, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Warm and comfortable in an historic building. The setting is old fashioned but that suited us. No fuss, somewhere to park and right in the centre of Kelso and a great breakfast. We just stayed one night, flying visit.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: We stayed in the library which was very roomy, don't know what the other rooms are like.
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The past as in keeping with the history, I hope.
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whatdidicomefor wrote a review Oct 2022
Lancaster, United Kingdom552 contributions257 helpful votes
Extremely comfortable in all respects. Bed was fantastic. Room was great. Very warm throughout. Breakfast was excellent. Location right in the centre of Kelso, which is a lovely town. Parking at rear. Host was warm, welcoming and most helpful.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 1 Nov 2022
Thank you, I had guessed that you enjoyed yourselves! Enjoy the rest of your break and come again, you are most welcome.
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Hamish S wrote a review Oct 2022
Ludlow, United Kingdom29 contributions17 helpful votes
The Old Priory is all that one could ever hope for of an up-market B&B. Centrally located, characterful, comfortable and with just a touch of eccentric individuality. Plus as good a breakfast as I have ever enjoyed in even the poshest of hotels.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 6 Oct 2022
Thank you. So glad that you enjoyed your stay. Come again, you are welcome.
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sonya d wrote a review Sep 2022
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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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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 24 Sep 2022
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 Sep 2022
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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 14 Sep 2022
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 Sep 2022
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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Room Tip: We were located in the two rooms on the ground floor which overlook the road though road noise...
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Response from Robin Girdwood, General Manager at The Old Priory
Responded 3 Sep 2022
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 contributions11 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 29 Aug 2022
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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Responded 6 Aug 2022
Thank you. It was lovely to meet you both and we enjoyed having you. Best wishes
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$118 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandScottish BordersKelso
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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 baggage storage.
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 Saddlers Restaurant @ Cross Keys Hotel.
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).