'A more relaxing, solid, reassuring and unpretentious hotel would be hard to imagine,' comments our Series Editor, Fiona Duncan. A former coaching inn (the words 'Post Horses' still appear above the door), it sits on an old main road to Edinburgh, with the River Tweed below.
  A brown stone building with a plain Georgian front, it takes its name from its original owners: a local merchant family with strong ties to the 19th century naval hero Vice-Admiral Collingwood. They left in 1955, but current owner John Cook clearly respects the place's heritage: each bedroom is named after a ship in the Admiral's Trafalgar division. Colours and fabrics have been kept muted, and Persian rugs and antique furniture are scattered throughout.
  There are a few contemporary twists - a trendy, wood-floored pub-brasserie; simple, almost minimalist, headboards on beds - but these are thoughtful touches rather than needless trend following. Attention to detail is evident throughout, from the library-cum-sitting-room to each of the 15 bedrooms.
  Food is widely praised. You eat in a stylish, relaxing, parquet-floored restaurant or, if weather allows, out in the manicured gardens. Ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. When Fiona visited, she enjoyed her grilled black pudding and leek starter. The menu changes daily to showcase the best ingredients currently on offer. Afterwards you can prop up the bar - popular with locals - or, after a visit to the rod room, try landing a salmon down on the Tweed, only yards away.