Catriona tries her hand at croquet.
The magnificent Roxburghe Hotel.
Inside the Roxburghe Hotel.
The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course is on 26,000 hectares of parkland and golf course, close to the River Teviot and just outside the cobbled market town of Kelso.
The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course is on 26,000 hectares of parkland, close to the River Teviot and just outside the cobbled market town of Kelso.
Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, the Jacobean mansion was built in 1853 after the previous residence was destroyed by fire. It has 22 ensuite rooms named after farms in the area, a library bar, comfortable drawing room and dining area. The hotel has many fine antiques, paintings and welcoming log fires. The duchess has furnished the bedrooms with four-poster beds, elegant drapes and furnishings.
Sir Guy David Innes-Ker is the 10th Duke of Roxburghe. He succeeded his father in 1974. He has many business interests and is a very keen golfer, so it's no surprise that his property has one of the best courses in Scotland.
The Roxburghe Golf Course was designed by Dave Thomas and is a 6499m, 72-par 18-hole championship-standard course. Mature woodlands define the fairways and the River Teviot forms part of the water hazard. The bunkers are deep and challenging and the greens rolling and generous.
The area has so much else to offer. River fishing is unrivalled, and walking, horse riding and cycling are wonderful ways to see the countryside. There are tennis courts, croquet, clay pigeon shooting and falconry as other forms of entertainment.
The duke and duchess live near the hotel in Floors Castle, the largest inhabited house in Scotland. The first Duke of Roxburghe built the castle in 1721 and it has 156 rooms and 365 sets of windows. Ten of the rooms are open to the public, with displays of amazing antiques, works of art, tapestries, paintings by Matisse and Gainsborough, as well as the personal touch of Roxburghe family photographs.
Other castles and abbeys in the area are reminders of Scotland's historic past. The Scottish Borders is also home to a thriving textile industry providing the world with fine woollens and tartans. Market towns supply fine foods and crafts, and the east coast's delightful beaches and coves are renowned for bird watching.
Roxburghshire, one hour south-east of Edinburgh.
The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course has bed-and-breakfast accommodation starting at around $167 per person per night, twin-share. Eighteen holes of golf costs around $112 per person. Entry to Floors Castle is around $15.
Qantas flies daily to London with British Airways connections to Edinburgh. Return economy airfares start at $1969 from the east coast, Adelaide and Perth.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course
Ph: (0011 44) 1573 450 331www.roxburghe.net
Qantas: Ph: 13 1313