The Clovenfords Hotel
The Clovenfords Hotel has all the character, warmth and friendly charm you would expect from an 18th century coaching inn. We look forward to extending to you a very warm welcome.It is only 3 miles from the busy Borders town of Galashiels. Edinburgh and other Scottish Borders towns including Melrose, Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick and Peebles are all easily accessible within a 40 minute drive.In the immediate area activities such as fishing, mountain biking, golfing, shooting and off road driving are all readily available to hotel guests.The first records of an Inn date to circa 1750 and through the years, the building has had a few changes of hands. At timesthe Inn was a private home, but it has always returned to a hotel. Not surprising really, as there is such a feeling ofwelcome around this building that you couldn't keep it to yourself. It's as though the building itself is happiest when thedoors are open and people come wandering in. There is no pretension here, just honest value and friendship. Perhaps theseare the very qualities that our ancient patrons, Sir Walter Scott, William Wordsworth and John Leydon enjoyed so much.Scott was a regular visitor to the Clovenfords Inn, residing here for many months, until finally purchasing a property closeby at Ashiestiel. He recommended the Inn to his friend Wordsworth, which J.G.Lockhart writes about in his Memoirs ofthe Life of Sir Walter Scott. The night before Wordsworth and his sister reached Melrose they slept at the Inn atClovenfords where, on mentioning Scott's name, they were received with all sorts of attention and kindness the landlady,observing that Mr Scott was a very clever man, an old friend of the house and usually spent a good deal of time here atthe fishing season.Wordsworth must have enjoyed his visit, as he included Clovenfords in one of his poems, Yarrow Revisited:
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