The Scottish Baronial home in its bonniest of forms! Cringletie sits 40 minutes' drive south of Edinburgh, offering everything from bed & breakfast stays up to weddings for 70 guests. Fine dining awaits in the beautiful Sutherland Restaurant and, on those sunny days, amble the pristine walled gardens or roam the rolling 28-acre estate.
Cringletie provides relaxing accommodation in thirteen beautiful bedrooms, including one luxurious suite, all individually designed, and all offering outstanding views over the gardens and Scottish countryside beyond.
The name says it all. These rooms are tastefully appointed and boast all those features essential to a comfortable stay. Beds vary from double to twin to super-king. All have a seating area with a settee or two tub chairs. En-suite bathrooms offer a shower or shower/tub combination.
Mirroring the elegance of their classic counterparts, Luxury Rooms offer the same level of comfort and convenience, only with a little extra space. These offer king or super-king beds and some can be twinned if preferred. All rooms offer a seating area and en-suite bathroom, with shower or tub & shower combination.
As spacious as they are refined, these suites offer more than adequate accommodation for any length of stay. They boast super-king four-poster or joined super-king beds, along with spacious seating areas and luxurious ensuite bathrooms. You can also enjoy a complimentary night-time nip of whisky and late 12-noon checkout.
Not quite a wing, but not far off! The Selkirk Suite is the finest room in the house, consisting of a bedroom, separate lounge and a large ensuite bathroom. The king-size bed is finished with beautiful drapery. The bathroom has a double-ended jacuzzi whirlpool bath and separate jacuzzi shower. There's even an in-built tv for the ultimate relaxing soak. You can also enjoy a complimentary night-time nip of whisky and late 12-noon checkout.
When the new owners renovated Cringletie House, they made it a fully wheelchair-accessible hotel and included a range of disabled facilities, quite exceptional for a historic building. They include a ground floor room and en-suite bathroom, specifically designed for wheelchair users.
A converted cottage in the grounds of the hotel features two double or twin bedrooms, both with ensuite facilities. One ensuite has a bath and separate shower, the other a shower only. The cottage has a spacious living room with a kitchen and a four-person dining table. Outside, the private terrace holds your private hot-tub and stunning views to the hills.
Cringletie House boasts the Sutherland Restaurant, an AA Rosette winning restaurant, serving lunch and dinner daily, featuring locally sourced produce. Much of the produce used is grown in the Victorian walled garden within the grounds, such as soft and hard fruits, a large variety of herbs and carefully selected vegetables; all tended by Cringletie's gardener.
Not only is it visually striking but Cringletie House is also an extremely versatile wedding venue. Accommodating anything from small, intimate weddings to celebrations for up to 70 guests.
With its ease of access, architectural beauty and stunning Borders' location, Cringletie is an ideal wedding location. Thirteen rooms in the main house and a cottage in the grounds allow Cringletie to accommodate up to 30 guests in-house and up to 70 for your ceremony and reception.
There are no strict formats in place at Cringletie with regards to timings, menus, etc., which gives you, the wedding couple, complete control to make your special day your own.
The Events Coordinator will not only guide you through the detailed arrangements prior to your day, but also be present on the day itself to ensure the event is all you would wish it to be.
Cringletie is licensed to hold civil and religious wedding ceremonies in the main house and across the estate.
Special birthdays, engagement parties, anniversaries, graduations and christenings – all important occasions deserving special attention; Cringletie’s professional events team will go the extra mile to ensure your celebration gets that special attention.
For smaller group events, you can book up to 10 guests in the restaurant. If you prefer a private space, the Garden Room and Conservatory can be booked for a minimal room hire charge for groups of 10 to 40.
For those who want to celebrate in style, why not book exclusive use of the entire estate?
With 13 rooms in the main house and a cottage in the grounds, Cringletie can accommodate up to 30 guests in-house and up to 70 for the celebration itself.
With a wealth of activities available for guests staying at Cringletie House, you'll never be short of something to do! From relaxing walks in the grounds and garden, pitch & put, outdoor chess and archery on-site - to a host of country pursuits and outdoor activities nearby, including walking, mountain biking, canoeing, golf and fishing.
The Scottish Borders have everything for the angler - whether you've fished for years or want to try it for the first time.
From salmon fishing on the River Tweed itself to sea trout fishing on its tributaries; from fishing for rainbow trout in local lochs to sea fishing off the Berwickshire coast, there are plenty options from which to choose.
Treating your loved ones to a helicopter flight is a lot cheaper than you might think. They will be picked up from a surprise location, taken on a tour of the local area and then dropped off at Cringletie. This makes for a particularly special arrival at Cringletie for wedding couples!
Glentress Forest is a mountain biking Mecca, deep in the heart of the stunning Tweed Valley. The biking experience here includes Green, Blue, Red or Black graded trails, as well as a magnificent multi-graded free-ride area.
In the unlikely event that Glentress fails to meet your thirst for biking exhilaration, you are only a short hop from Innerleithen's famous Red Bull down-hill and cross country trails.
As well as target shooting and clays available on the Cringletie estate, there is a wide range of game shooting, pheasant, grouse, wildfowl and deer stalking opportunities available within easy reach of Cringletie Hotel, depending on the season.
Walking the Borders
The Borders is one of Europe's most beautiful unspoilt regions. There are rolling hills, mature forests, superb river valleys and interesting towns and villages. Each season brings its own pleasures, beauty and colours.
There are a number of experienced local walking specialists in the Scottish Borders, should you fancy a more organised tour or some knowledgeable company along the way. The team at Cringletie will be happy to put you in touch with them.
1600 - 1861
Sir Alexander Murray of Black Barony obtained a Crown charter of the lands of Cringletie in 1666, and had a house built for his second eldest son. This was the first Cringletie House.
1861 - 1904
Three centuries later, the house was in a sorry state of disrepair, and its owner, James Wolfe Murray, decided to replace it with the present house.
A new house was designed by the then famous Scottish architect, David Bryce. Bryce has many stately homes and mansions to his name. It was completed in 1861 and the Wolfe Murray family took possession of it. Cringletie has many features typical of Bryce's work, such as the distinctive, small towers at the corners of the top floor.
1904 - 1971
In 1904 a new family name appears - The Sutherlands. Elizabeth, one of Wolfe Murray's daughters, married Sir George Henry Sutherland. To commemorate the marriage, an artist was commissioned to paint the ceiling in the drawing-room. It is based on an Italian painting and personalised to include the monograms of the couple: G E S.
In 1921, James Wolfe Murray's grandson (Captain George Wolfe Murray) leased Cringletie to his brother-in-law, Sir George Sutherland. Sir George modernized the house - enlarging rooms, adding bedrooms and bathrooms, and transforming it from a Victorian family house to a much grander country house.
1971 - 2003
In 1971 Historic Scotland recognized the architectural importance of Cringletie House when they granted it grade-B listed status. In later years the walled garden and the dovecote were also listed.
Cringletie House first became a hotel after Stanley and Aileen Maguire bought it in 1971. Over the next 27 years, the Maguires developed Cringletie into a popular and highly acclaimed country house hotel.
2003 - 2019
Extensive renovations were undertaken by the van Houdts from 2003, advised by Edinburgh heritage architects, Simpson & Brown. Improvements to the grounds also started at this time, including replanting woodlands, building woodland walks and restoring the historic Walled Garden.
The result is a luxurious hotel combining the charm of the house’s Victorian heritage with the comfort and convenience of today.
2019 - Present
Cringletie was acquired by Cross Hotels Limited in February 2019 and the intention of the new owner is to continue the progressive development of the estate.
The appointment of Mark Bain as head gardener has seen significant improvements to the grounds and internal works refreshing the guest room décor have been undertaken.
A recently completed project (originally started by the van Houdts) is the Nature/Historical Trail. This was developed in association with the Eddleston Primary School, assisted by renowned horticulturist Jim McKay and with sponsor support. The Nature/Historical Trail was officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Tweeddale, Professor Sir Hew Strachan FBA FRSE in October 2019.
Further restoration and renovation works are ongoing across the estate.
Note: To honour the history of the house and its inhabitants, the current tartan in the hall and staircase is a mixture of the Murray and the Sutherland tartans. Created by McKay of Durham, the check is taken from the Murray tartan, the red line made a little softer and the blues and greens are derived from the Sutherland tartan.
|Room Type||Bed & Breakfast Rate|
|Classic Room||From £220|
|Luxury Room||From £260|
|Junior Suite||From £300|
|Selkirk Suite||From £320|
|Ardean Cottage||From £330|
Bed and breakfast rates are per room per night, based on two people sharing (single rooms excepted) and are inclusive of accommodation, full Scottish breakfast and VAT.
Cringletie House is in the ideal location for experiencing rural Scotland during the day, before heading into Edinburgh for the evening.
The real Scotland starts right at the border with England and stretches out all the way up to Edinburgh. The whole Borders' area is a paradise for walkers and is steeped in history. There are many National Trust and Historic Scotland properties, providing for many hours of all sorts of delight. A perfect day out is the Borders Abbey Route.