Visit Peebles - The Royal Burgh

Tontine Hotel (1808)

Set back from the high street in its own cobbled square. High Street, Peebles

The construction of the Tontine Hotel was financed on the "tontine principle" - an early form of life annuity - by which the last survivor of its original subscribers would fall heir to the property. Apparently French parole prisoners were employed in its construction, and its first manager was a Franco-Belgian (Lenoir). It has a very elegant dining-room with a musicians gallery, an Adam style fireplace, and a large bow window overlooking the River Tweed.

Historical content : taken from the Town Walk