Of all the public spaces at the Tontine, it is the historic Adam Room that invariably has the most impact. Once used by the great and good of Peebles as the town’s ball room, it’s a grand, high-ceilinged space that rarely fails to take the breath away.
Part of the room’s appeal is that it’s a little hidden away at the back of the hotel. It’s only when guests come through the front door and step into the Callants Lounge that the Adam Room reveals itself in all its glory.
Although a large area – it comfortably holds 70 for dinner – the Adam Room’s cosy red walls and carpet make it feel intimate and welcoming. And as befits a room that has changed little since its construction in 1808, it features a host of period features, from fine architectural detail to a delightful Adam working fireplace, plus a minstrel’s gallery where the orchestra once played (and still does from time to time!).
It’s also a room that is flooded with light thanks to four huge, arched windows that offer far-ranging views over the heather-clad hills of Glensax. In quiet moments, we often find ourselves standing by the windows gazing at the ever-changing light outside.
We still know people who once came here for balls, dressed in their finest frocks and with lace gloves up to their elbows. Today, however, the room is used for a variety of special occasions, from weddings and festive banquets to birthday celebrations, formal receptions and society meetings. And, yes, we still hold balls here too, with the wonderful old dance floor still going strong beneath the red carpet.
But perhaps the best thing about the Adam Room is that it is enjoyed by everyone. Although the hotel has several distinct areas where guests can eat and drink, we decided very early on that the same menu would be available throughout the hotel. So, rather than just being a place for fancy fine dining, as it once was many years ago, the Adam Room is enjoyed by all for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests choose simply where they want to eat, rather than what they want to eat.
A wonderful asset loved by all, the Adam Room is one of our very favourite parts of the hotel. Whether coming to eat with us, or looking to arrange a special occasion, we’d highly recommend you check it out for yourself!