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Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose

Hotel Summary

  • Relax in the Eildon Restaurant with outstanding views over the Eildon Hills.
  • A non-stop programme of lively entertainment.
  • Located at the heart of the Scottish Borders.
  • Nestling between the River Tweed and the Green Eildon Hills.
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4 out of 5 stars ( from 25 customers )

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About Waverley Castle Hotel

At the heart of the Scottish Borders, nestling between the River Tweed and the green Eildon Hills, is the town of Melrose. It lies in the heart of Sir Walter Scot country and offers the visitor a wealth of interest with its beautiful abbey, teddy bear museum and walled garden of Priorwood. Essentially a place for holidays with the accent on outdoor country pursuits, the attractive town of Melrose is at the heart of an area of gentle hills, undulating valleys and Border Abbeys. The stately looking Waverley Castle Hotel is splendidly set in 5 acres of rolling parkland behind which flows the River Tweed. While away time in the comfortable lounges and bar, enjoy various games, stroll around the grounds and dance the nights away in the entertainment room.

Waverley Castle Hotel
Skirmish Hill
Waverley Road

: 01896 822244

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Room Type Details

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel Premier Room

Typical Premier Room at Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

Our most luxurious room option, most of our Premier Rooms come with a four poster bed as well as a spacious refitted bathroom that accommodates both bath and a separate shower. These bedrooms will normally offer extras such as comfortable seating area, a 32 inch digital flat screen television, hair dryer as well as a hospitality tray.

  • En-suite with separate bath and shower
  • Luxurious four poster bed
  • 32 inch digital flat screen television
  • Large bedroom with comfortable seating
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel Superior Room

Typical Superior Room at Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

Our Superior Rooms are more spacious and tastefully refurbished, they offer luxurious beds, a 26 inch digital flat screen television. The spacious bathrooms have been refitted with shower over bath. These rooms also come with the facilities to make yourself a hot drink.

  • 26 inch digital flat screen television
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower over bath
  • Spacious rooms
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Waverley Castle Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Waverley Castle Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Melrose:

Places To Visit

  • Edinburgh and the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Melrose Abbey
  • Floors Castle
  • Abottsford House
  • Traquair House
  • Selkirk

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Michael Taylor

Sharlston Wakefield

2 June 2014

Weekend 30th May 02 June

Just had a great weekend at the Waverley hotel. After reading some recent reviews I didn’t quite know what to expect. This is a budget holiday with budget prices and turned out great the room was good the service in the restaurant was excellent the food is typical Shearings and doesn’t pretend to be anything else. Some of the comments I read bring to mind an old saying I complained because I had nothing to complain about. Thanks for a great stay



5 August 2013

Overal very good

Myself and my husband booked this holiday as a treat for my mother. We got a standard double room which had recently been refurbished which was good. My mother on the other hand got a single (next door to us) and it was awful (in every way possible!). Apparently all the singles are not refurbished yet but will be done later in the year so beware. The food was good and the entertainment was superb. Shearings looked after us very well and our driver was very helpful and cheery.



24 May 2013

Trevor Sloman

Langley Mill

24 May 2013


Recently spent break at Waverley Castle. Lovely staff. Very helpful. Entertainment not very good and ballroom cold. Breakfast not good, full English would not cover half a slice of toast. Carpet in bedroom ready for a clean

Anthony Hampton

Stoke on Trent

2 April 2013

Great Holiday

Just spent a wonderful stay at Waverly castle hotel we travelled on shearing coach super driver, food good, trips good, a must for all travellers is a walk down to the town of Melrose and visit the ship inn there fish and chips are great, the staff were waiting to serve you on time, the room was clean and warm the entertainment was very good. I would just like to thank all the staff for a great stay.

Lorraine Johnson


22 March 2013

Great holiday lovely hotel lovely staff

We had a fantastic stay at Waverly hotel...we travelled there with Shearings on 11th march in the most awful weather conditions and didn’t arrive until 10pm we didn’t think we would get dinner that night because of the late arrival, but friendly smiling staff were waiting to serve us a 3 course meal. We had a ground floor room that was very clean and lovely and warm and we very much enjoyed our 4 night stay..A special mention to our lovely waitress Suzanna who never stopped smiling.

Mr and Mrs B


4 February 2013

Pleasant Stay

Had a wonderful time with National Holidays, fast and efficient service, all staff are very pleasant and welcoming. Good food and great service. Lovely warm room. Great entertainment - well done James you really got the attention of your audience. Thank you to all the hotel staff. Would come back again.


East Yorkshire

20 January 2013


Just spent 4 nights with 5 lady friends and we had a wonderful time, the rooms were clean, warm and spacious. The food was very good with an excellent varied menu. All the staff were very helpful, a special mention to Sandra our waitress and the night porter on Wed 16th who helped us get one of our party to hospital. The entertainment was super, we laughed a lot. James is very professional and should be doing better things! Garry was great fun had us well and truly involved named us the 6 sisters!

Mrs Hilary Ormerod


11 January 2013

Waverley comes up trumps again!

Hospitality, good quality crackers, hats, Christmas cake, wine and carols made our stay that little bit extra! The chef and his team produced some excellent food which was served to us by very speedy and pleasant waiters and James is certainly a very professional entertainer. The hotel is a little dated in some areas but spotlessly clean and excellent value for money. Having been in February we decided to return for Turkey and Tinsel and were not disappointed. See you next Christmas!

EI and M Taylor


16 December 2012

True Report

We stayed at the hotel for 4 days with friends had a great break, the staff were very good and friendly the food was good better than we expected from the reports we read. The entertainment was very good I left my I pad beside the bed as soon as I realised when we got home I phoned the hotel and it had been handed to reception, I arranged for it to be posted to me this was at 6pm Friday night and it arrived with the first post Monday I think that this was an amazing service Thanks to all involved.

Norah McIntyre


25 September 2012

Waverley Good

Just returned from a short break hotel good room really nice but only had a shower James was very good only down fall was no entertainment on the Sunday could have done with some kind of music value for money yes next time I come I will ask for a room with a bath.

Joy Murray


10 September 2012

Wonderful Waverley

We have just returned from Melrose and had a wonderful time. The room was very large with a big bathroom. Lovely to soak in a bath again. Only down was not enough shelf space in the bathroom all the staff were very friendly and helpful and in the evening, the entertainment was very good. James had us laughing all evening. Well done James a great entertainer.

Mr M Ellett


27 July 2012

Waverley Castle Hotel

Just returned from a great break. The food was excellent and the room very nice. All the staff were very helpful, first class service from them all. James the entertainer was on every night and we enjoyed very much, could not stop laughing. The only down side was that the bar did not open until 5.30 pm.

E Dick


25 June 2012

Waverley Very Wet Weekend

Hotel is in need of a complete update, but staff are friendly and efficient. We always choose Shearings for the entertainment and Jay Jackson on the Fri night was excellent, we danced all night, same with James on Sat. but nothing on Sun. Could it not be possible to have suitable taped music playing on loop system in ballroom for guests who can't go out walking at night especially when raining. Will be back just not on Sundays.

Mrs L Davidson


4 June 2012

Waverley Castle Hotel

Having used Shearings hotels before we know that the rooms will be dated but this was the poorest we have had. The bathroom was small and water pressure very low from shower and bath panel held together with duct tape The room was small and clean but wallpaper was stained with damp and coming away from wall. Window was on a chain so could only be opened about 5 inches and carpet and bed linen needs replacing. Food and staff were good but it was James the entertainer who saved the day for us, he was great!



21 April 2012


Such an experience for me my 1st hotel holiday can’t say THANK YOU enough for making it a wonderful time. ALL staff were brilliant, food excellent, room. Best sleep I’ve had in years. The surroundings breathtakingly beautiful. Now the entertainment... well James is London West End quality he is so hilarious not laughed like that in a long time. Also Garry, Ian, Piper and dancer were brilliant. Value for money Oh yes all of the holiday fantastic. Got home and had a weep. Miss Scotland so much.



2 April 2012

Short Stay

Picked this hotel as it looked nice but did not realise it was for O.A.P.S only there was not a young person to be seen we booked a superior room not sure what was superior about it was very noisy they need to get floorboards sorted food on menu very dated so we ate out.



11 March 2012

Short Break

Hotel is fairly pleasant. Standard room needs updating, bathroom cold, paper coming off wall, needs new carpet in bedroom. Restaurant - service slow and on 3 occasions evening meal choice had run-out and we had to choose an alternative. Reception staff and bar staff were good. Entertainment was also good and James the resident entertainer worked very hard to keep us entertained. If you want a good room you will need to upgrade.

Alan Artis

Newton in Furness

12 February 2012

Waverley Castle

We picked this hotel as this was the only Shearings hotel in Scotland we had not visited. The rooms were warm, clean and adequate. The food excellent. Great location for walks along the Tweed to Melrose /Galashiels. Staff were good and very helpful. Entertainment was good, but James/Phil deserves a special mention. Great value for money and we will be back!

Catherine Williams

Burry Port, South Wales

9 February 2012

Dining Room

Great hotel. Room bit small but clean. Food good. Had to wait 35 mins before we got a waiter to take are order, and had to go without breakfast there at 10 past 8 still no food at 10 to 9. Some dinning staff not good. Hotel staff were great.

Morag Donnelly


10 October 2011

Great Weekend

Just had a fab weekend with my family. Mother, brothers and sister with partners. Special mention to Trainee Manager Jackie and Receptionist Christine. They went out of their way to help when my husbands' wheelchair would not fit through bathroom door. Moved things around even though hotel was full so we could get a suitable room. Also changed the table for dinner as it was not high enough for wheelchair. James was excellent had us in stitches and Elvis tribute (Adam Carter) was fab. Would return.



28 June 2011

Waverley Castle

My husband, family and friends stayed for 3 nights. The food was good although they kept running out. The rooms needed updating but were clean. Biggest disappointment was the entertainment. On the first night we had a singer but on the Saturday night it was only the compare. Most of our company went into town. We have stayed at Shearings hotels before so expected more especially as we were told on booking there would be entertainment. Drink a bit expensive and bar doesn't open until 5.30pm 5/10

Christine Bates


28 June 2011

Waverley Castle Hotel

Just spent 4 nights at the Waverley Castle. Although our bedroom and bathroom were on the small side, it didn't stop us having a great break. The hotel is set in a picturesque location, in its own grounds. The bus stops to local towns were either across the road or just around the corner, or take a leisurely walk by the River Tweed into Melrose. Meals - good always plenty of choice, something for everyone. Entertainment - the guest artists were excellent and James the resident artist was a scream.



10 June 2011

Waverley Castle Hotel

We picked this hotel because the advert implied it was in Melrose. As we were reliant on public transport it was very disappointing to find the town was 1 1/2 miles away. The hotel had put together a local bus timetable which was not very suitable. A supply of First Bus timetables would have been more helpful. Now that we have worked out how to get about we would come again as the hotel was very nice. The dining staff were excellent and the food also very enjoyable.

Jen Murray

Berwick upon Tweed

15 March 2011

'Girlie Weekend' at the Waverley!

To celebrate my birthday, 8 of us girls went on a 'girlie' weekend to the Waverley Castle and had a ball. The rooms were lovely and warm, and the food was excellent. Our waiter, Jose' couldn’t have been more obliging, nothing was a trouble to him. Also Tania deserves a mention as she was lovely, and catered to all our needs. The entertainment was great, and we laughed so much at James, our sides were sore!! We certainly will return, and may bring our husbands next time!

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