Meadhon Guest House awarded a Four Star Quality Assurance (QA) award from VisitScotland

Meadhon Guest House awarded a Four Star Quality Assurance (QA) award from VisitScotland


Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Jun-21 — /Travel PR News/ — A 17th-century guest house with links to Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns has been awarded a Four Star Quality Assurance (QA) award from VisitScotland.

Meadhon Guest House in Jedburgh, the oldest house in the Castlegate area of the town, was upgraded to Four Stars following a recent assessment visit by a Quality Tourism Advisor, in recognition of the excellent quality of accommodation on offer.

The guest house, which is famous for stabling Bonnie Prince Charlie’s horses on his ill-fated ride south in 1745, now offers a range of luxurious, ensuite rooms with stunning views of Jedburgh.

The young muse of Robert Burns – Miss Cruickshank – also came to Meadhon house as a new bride, providing inspiration for works including “A rosebud by my early walk.”

Developed and improved for over 30 years, VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance (QA) schemes are world-leading and provide a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors. They allow businesses not just to meet visitor expectations, but exceed them.

QA can open the door to new customers. It is a powerful marketing tool and works well with online review sites in using an independent perspective to measure visitor experience against tried and tested criteria, so visitors know exactly what to expect.

The guest house has also been awarded Taste Our Best – a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government to recognise businesses including and promoting local Scottish produce on their menus.

Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “Congratulations to Meadhon Guest House on receiving this well-deserved award. The Guest House has a rich history and offers guests the unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of two of Scotland’s most famous forefathers. This award is a welcome boost to the business as well as the region as a whole.

“Having local businesses which place an emphasis on high quality further strengthens our tourism offering and increases our marketability of the Scottish Borders as a destination which offers a superb and exciting range of things to see and do.”

Pernille and Thomas Wanning from Meadhon Guest House said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Four Star QA Award from VisitScotland for our guest house. We are committed at Meadhon to offering our visitors the highest standards to ensure their experience of our accommodation and the Scottish Bordersas a whole is the very best.”

VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance schemes can open the door to new customers. It is a powerful marketing tool and works well with online review sites in using an independent perspective to measure visitor experience against tried and tested criteria, so visitors know exactly what to expect.

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Industry Relationship Manager Hélène Sinclair with Meadhon Guest House Pernille and Thomas Wanning

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