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.”
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