Spotlight on Peebles Hydro
So you’ve been to Crieff Hydro…but have you been to Peebles?
Did you know we’re actually one of seven? Two in Crieff, two in Peebles and three over in the west coast of Scotland! (You can get acquainted with them over at crieffhydrofamily.com) Amongst these seven, only one other hotel boasts the same hydropathic beginnings and that, of course, is Peebles Hydro…
Like Crieff, the hotel was known for an array of curious hydropathic water treatments, healthy home-cooked meals and plenty of fresh air. It was far less a place of leisure and much more an institution of routine and regiment – with strict meal and bedtimes. But not anymore! Both Crieff and Peebles Hydro have come a long way since then, morphing into two of Scotland’s favourite resort hotels…
That said, they’re not exactly the same as one another either. For starters, Peebles Hydro is rather a lot smaller in size with a quaint 30 acres of ‘playground’ and 122 bedrooms, but that still leaves more than enough room for our Decléor spa, gym and large swimming pool as well as a kids club and teen zone. Every day, our entertainment team have something on the go for adults and kids, and it’s FREE too! Like Crieff, we include this and leisure access in your stay. Fair’s fair!
There are four places to eat at Peebles Hydro; The Restaurant, Not the Cocktail Bar, The Picnic Shop and the Sun Lounge. Without leaving the hotel, you’ve got the choice of hearty roasts, proper pub food, pizza, pasta and everything else in between! Those with a sweet tooth could while away a few hours with an afternoon tea. Spending the evening with the whole brood? Opt for an early dinner and get stuck into the entertainment later. Just the two of you? Book dinner a little later to avoid the rush and grab yourself a drink from the Gin Palace first.
Birds, bees and…chickens!
Much of the focus is on the outdoors and making the most of what’s on the doorstep. Within the grounds, there are bees, hens and chickens to visit, a selection of family-friendly outdoor activities like segways, air rifles archery and bike hire and even a vegetable garden that fills our kitchen with the freshest of ingredients. And outside our walls, Peebles town centre awaits! A stroll along the high street will find you in and out of a variety of shops stocking, gifts, homeware, clothes and sweets – you’ll not leave empty-handed anyway!
The Scottish Borders has a whole lot to offer and Peebles Hydro makes a great base for exploring. Not sure what to visit first? Why not have a look at our Top ten things we love blog. There are picturesque places to visit, walks well worth seeing and a few other must-dos in there.