Stobo Castle, Stobo, Peebleshire

A true haven of tranquillity, perfectly situated, comfortably furnished, expertly managed; my luxurious idyll – at least, for one weekend.

Sitting comfortably amidst the rolling green landscape of the Border hills, with which I am more than a little familiar, Stobo Castle assumes a majestic positioning over it’s long, single track driveway, entered through a rather regal gateway; it is after all, an ancient Scottish castle.

Witnessing the transformation into the 5 star luxury spa, well worthy of the 21st century, I am pleased to report that Stobo has managed somehow to retain all its original charm and features, combining them with all the comfort, amenities and spa technologies expected in modern day living.

It is not difficult to identify the subtle nuances which distinguishes Stobo from the others and highlights the well earned 5 stars; elegant, calm and well educated staff are unobtrusive, whilst efficient, little touches within the bedrooms ease your stay, spa treatments are professional, relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable and the food……quite a revelation to produce local, nutritionally balanced, expertly prepared, fabulous tasting courses; the raspberry panacotta deserves a mention of its very own!

Completely and blissfully unaware of an operational world outside Stobo during my stay, I left, in my newly cleaned car (thank you!)with a revelatory feeling… of utter relaxation. Job done.