SINCE reopening under new ownership in May, the Waverley Castle Hotel near Melrose has welcomed more than 8,000 guests over the summer.

After its first quarter as part of the Bespoke Hotels' Coast & Country Collection, the Waverley had welcomed 8,221 guests to the Borders hotel by the end of August and had served more than 7,000 breakfasts.

James Moutrie, hotel manager, said: “Looking back on what we’ve achieved in the last few months is always a rewarding feeling, but when you put some numbers on it, it just makes it all the more eye-opening. In hospitality, you’re often very much focused on looking after the in-house guests, so you can easily forget just how many people you’ve looked after over a period of weeks and months."

The Waverley's previous owners, Shearings Hotels, went into administration last year before the 77-bedroom hotel was reopened official on May 17 this year.

Mr Moutrie continued: "To think that we’ve had more than 8,000 guests in already since reopening really underlines how much the hotel and destination has to offer and how hard the hotel team has worked, whilst also offering great positivity for the future.”

“It’s not just for the hotel either.

"Another layer of reward comes from knowing that we’ve supported that many people visiting The Borders.

"Given we’re an area usually popular with tourists, the positive impact for other businesses in the area is huge.

"We look forward to both working with, and serving the local community with our hospitality offering – it’s great to think that everyone else around us is also hopefully bouncing back alongside us.

"Just to say as well, given the superb demand we’ve been seeing, we are always looking for more people to join our amazing team. So, if anyone from the Borders area is looking for work – do please get in touch."

For more information, visit the Waverley Castle Hotel website.

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