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Tontine Hotel PeeblesThe Tontine Hotel is a beautiful example of a purpose built Georgian Hotel.

The dining room in particular is an elegant room, which instantly evokes its original role as the ballroom. The minstrels’ gallery is still used for musical events and it is easy to imagine the many Regency balls that this room must have hosted, as young ladies, stepping straight from the pages of Jane Austen, were approached by dashing young gents to mark their dance cards. The lovely arched windows would have glowed with candlelight revealing the dancers whirling and setting in quadrilles and cotillions.


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Peebles is a unique Scottish market Town with lots of interesting and unusual shops.

It provides a first class base for exploring the Scottish Borders Region and for visits to nearby Edinburgh.   

For general information and accommodation details see Scottish Borders Tourism.

Tontine Hotel

39 High Street
Peebles EH45 8AN
01721 720 892

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Like many hotels of the time, it was built as a tontine scheme, defined in the Chambers Dictionary as “an annuity scheme in which several subscribers share a common fund, with their individual benefits increasing as members die until only one member is left alive and receives everything…” The fact that subscribers benefited from the deaths of their fellow tontiners, eventually led to the tontine becoming illegal in many countries and it provided a fine subject for tales of murder, notably “The Wrong Box” by R L Stevenson”.  

The hotel has stood the test of time, and long after the last of the tontiners has permanently departed Peebles town, the Tontine Hotel remains the perfect base to explore this historic place. The food in the elegant dining room lives up to the surroundings and the service from the friendly and attentive staff is outstanding, the light touch that makes a guest feel cared for but not overwhelmed. The bar in the entrance is a comfortable panelled space for light lunches or delicious afternoon teas, served on proper tiered cake stands.

As well as the food, the historic feel and the relaxed comfort of the hotel, owners Kate and Gordon Innes have put together the “Lazy Days at the Tontine Passport”, containing descriptions and details of everything that a visitor might want to do in the lovely Tweed Valley. For those seeking activity and exercise there are walks and cycle trails suitable for all levels of fitness from wheelchair friendly walks to tough mountain bike tracks. For sporty types, there is golf and legendary fishing at affordable prices, including an all inclusive golfing break, completely organised by the hotel. On the other hand for those whose idea of a holiday includes nothing more energetic than a little light sight seeing, shopping and eating there are garden lover’s, culture, foodie and book lover trails.   All the information required to organise the perfect holiday is there, but much more important, Kate and Gordon and the staff at the Tontine will provide the extra details, the inside knowledge and the contacts to ensure that their guests have a great time.

Also take the time to check out Peebles Town Trail.


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