Spring Travel: enjoy a sporting break at the George and Abbotsford Hotel

Spring makes itself known strikingly in the Borders. The region’s milder climate means it is an ideal location to appreciate the longer days and fresh colours in the landscape.
The George and Abbotsford Hotel in Melrose.The George and Abbotsford Hotel in Melrose.
The George and Abbotsford Hotel in Melrose.

The historic town of Melrose is a great base from which to explore the area, and not simply because of its location next to the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills – a most distinctive and beautiful landmark.

Melrose is also famously the birthplace of Rugby Sevens, and this year the annual tournament – which features teams from around the world – takes place from Thursday, 11 to Saturday, 13 April.

This sporting heritage is celebrated at the George and Abbotsford Hotel – a keen supporter of the Melrose Sevens, as evidenced by the magnificent selection of rugby memorabilia on display in its bar, pictured above.

Popular both with visitors and the local community, this listed former coach house was taken under new management in 2018 and prides itself in exceptional service and fine locally sourced food.

However, you don’t have to wait for rugby tournaments to pay them a visit. The generous facilities on offer make the hotel ideal for larger functions, such as weddings, birthdays and reunions, with a 10 per cent discount offered on bookings made directly through their website.

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