Hi, my name’s Kali the labradoodle. I’m a ‘well-kent’ face round here – and a pretty cute one too if you don’t mind me saying.
I keep to myself mostly, but some of you may have seen me from time to time. I have been known to wander into the bar to say hello to guests, although I’m not allowed in the Adam room or Lounge area of the hotel. It’s probably just as well, as I’m a terrible glutton. I blame the labrador genes.
Although you may not see me that often, I nonetheless keep a very close eye on what goes on in and around the hotel. I take a particular interest in ensuring that dogs visiting from other territories have the best possible time.
And looking around, it’s no wonder that so many dogs choose to come here with their humans … there is fun to be had in every direction, with so many hills, forests and parks to explore, and new smells to investigate. There’s good swimming too – the nearby Tweed is a favourite of many a four-legged visitor.
I’ve got so much to share with you, but for now let me recommend a few of the best places nearby for dogs to take their owners:
For the social – Hay Lodge Park. On the banks of the River Tweed, just a stick’s throw from the Tontine, lies Peebles’ largest and most beautiful park. Grassy and social – a real meeting place. Also an ideal leg-stretcher after a long journey.
For the shorter/older dog – Tweed Valley Railway Path. An easy tarmac path that follows the river from Peebles to Innerleithen. Can be tackled in chunks, so no need to walk the whole way. Excellent swimming available along the route.
For explorers – Cademuir Forest. The smallest and perhaps least-known of the Tweed Valley’s forests, Cademuir is for those who like to get off the beaten track. With dense cover, a heady brew of interesting smells, plus plenty of sticks for throwing, it’s a real winner.
For athletes – John Buchan Way. A testing trail that runs for 13 miles between Peebles and Broughton. A treat for those long of leg and large of lung. Owners must be pretty fit too.
All we ask is that our owners pick up after us, and keep us on leads around wildlife and livestock.
Kali the concierge
Dogs are VERY welcome at the Tontine and are allowed in rooms (including accommodation in the newly-refurbished Riverside Lodge), the bar, bistro, garden and sun lounge. We provide a cosy dog blanket, bowl for fresh water, and a doggy treat too.