Clydesdale couple retiring from running successful hotel

Nestlers Hotel proprietors Nick and Elaine Anderson celebrate 20 yrs in business'6/6/09'Picture by Lindsay Addison

Nestlers Hotel proprietors Nick and Elaine Anderson celebrate 20 yrs in business'6/6/09'Picture by Lindsay Addison

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A SMALL hotel in the heart of the Clydesdale countryside – and in the heart of Scotland – has closed as its owners head for a well-earned retirement.

Elaine and Nick Anderson opened the Nestlers back in 1989.

It was a second career for them – Nick had been a firefighter and Elaine a full-time mum with their growing children, when they made the decision to open the hotel at their home, and they were both surprised at its success.

A small hotel with only four letting bedrooms, it quickly won a reputation in the Lanark area for its fresh country food cooked by Nick and served in the bar or the restaurant, where guests could enjoy relaxing in a cosy atmosphere.

Coffee was served with homebaking, and it became a popular place to meet, as it was within easy reach of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Peebles.

“We were surprised at how popular it became,” said Elaine. “It was to be almost a hobby but it became a full-time thing.”

For more on this story pick up a copy of the Carluke and Lanark Gazette, which is in the shops now.