The Cringletie is the Scottish hotel that wins on accessibility, says Hopezine Editor Erica Crompton
As a white snow blankets the rolling hills that frame the River Tweed, we take a left from the scenic Edinburgh Road and over a private bridge to discover the Cringletie, a secluded baronial mansion. Snowflakes blanket the driveway as we pull in and we’re helped with our luggage from the disabled parking to the lift-assisted entrance. A fire roars over tartan carpets to greet us and sets the tone for a warm and comfortable stay.
Accessibility could be the Cringletie’s trump card if it wasn’t also so luxurious and accommodating for all. Designated parking is available close to the entrance with plenty of room for transport with additional space requirements, a wheelchair access ramp outside the house, an easy-to-operate chairlift to the ground floor, and a passenger lift to the first and second floors.
In all seasons, the Cringletie welcomes guests from all walks of life. Set in a 28-acre estate, amid the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, just outside Peebles, and only around 20 miles from Edinburgh.
The venue is a popular choice for wheelchair users being a fully accessible hotel that includes a range of facilities quite exceptional for a historic building. A small lift that shuttles us from the room to restaurant and an automatic wide door to the double bedroom, both being good examples.
These facilities have won the Catey Award for Accessibility. “We received the award some time ago, but very proud we can offer so much accessibility for our guests.” says Natalie Nisbet, Cringletie’s Weddings and Events Manager, adding: “In the house we have 13 bedrooms and 9 are accessible and one of these is fully equip specifically for wheelchair users with handrails, alarms, adjustable beds and chairs and a full wet room.”
Paul and I stayed this winter and enjoyed the cosy feel of the hotel as well as the hearty ‘full Cringletie’ Scottish breakfast with haggis and tatties. On those cold winter nights we were spoilt with open fires in every room including the foyer, bar and restaurant. The devil is in every detail here from the roll-in shower, friendly staff and the adjustable armchairs where we reclined for our ‘wee dram’ of Scottish whiskey at the end of each night.