For very lovely country living right on the banks of the River Tweed, Dryburgh Steads is certain to put a little spring back in your step. Sitting at the end of a no-through road, this former farmhouse is a versatile space, with generous accommodation separated by an east and west wing which can be let as a whole or as two separate units - perfect for sharing, or simply a tranquil spot to retreat, relax and enjoy the view.
Dryburgh Steads West is a pretty red sandstone property overlooking a large lawned garden. Here you can cosy-up in front of a roaring fire or head outdoors and enjoy the simple pleasures of country life. Inside, the interior is designed to ensure maximum guest comfort with a rich, warming scheme which combines a mix of both contemporary and traditional styling features.
The sitting room is well proportioned with deep generous sofas for a little lounge time while a separate dining room with warming oak and tweedy chairs offers a more formal entertaining space. The kitchen is sleek and modern with high quality granite work surfaces, a range cooker with five burner hob and a separate dining space for four. Upstairs are two comfortable bedrooms, both with luxurious en-suite facilities.
Outside, guests can enjoy a large lawned garden, pick apples from the fruit trees in autumn, or take a short wander to the neo-classical pavilion with its fantastic Temple of the Muses sculpture; the mighty Wallace Monument; the spectacular ruins of Dryburgh Abbey and the Dryburgh Suspension Bridge which offers a leisurely walk into the village of St. Boswells for a leisurely lunch.
Dryburgh Steads is just a five minute walk to the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel where guests are welcome to use the bar and AA rosette restaurant and bistro, and is just three miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom.
Nearby Melrose (7 miles) is one of the most picturesque in the Borders and has an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; Dalgetty’s Bakery, makers of the original Selkirk Bannock; or Baird’s Butchers for locally sourced produce as well as freshly prepared homemade meals which are perfect for holiday stays. You will also find a quality fishmongers, a fresh fruit and veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.
For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino and a delicious butter cream sponge, or for evening dining, the Town House, Burts or Marmions all come highly recommended. A short drive will also take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside ( 6 miles) for excellent food at Seasons or the Hoebridge Restaurant.
Activities and attractions
Dryburgh is an excellent base for exploring the local area. The evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott, sits just a five minute walk away, upheld as the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Also on the doorstep is the mighty red sandstone monument of Sir William Wallace, and nearby Scott’s View offering panoramic views over superb Border’s countryside.
For outdoor pursuits, there are excellent walks from the cottage along the river and several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous St Cuthbert's Way which charts the historic trail of this revered seventh century Saint on a 62 mile walk between Melrose Abbey where he started his religious life and his eventual resting place on the sublime Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
It is also an ideal base for fishing parties with notable middle Tweed beats including Dryburgh, Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game is also available locally, including Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or perhaps try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
For golf fans, the 9 hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills, or head to the stunning championship course at the Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso for a leisurely afternoon followed perhaps by an evening meal at the highly regarded Roux restaurant.
For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are all within a short half hour drive where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
For short breaks, our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for friendly get-togethers where you can enjoy National Hunt Racing at Kelso Racecourse, local Antique Fairs and Auctions, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, Point-to-Point Meets, the Borders Book Festival, Walking Festival and Common Ridings.......to name just a few!
You can reach the wonderful heritage coastline in less than an hour with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, or hop onto a train from Tweedbank (9 miles) for a day visit to the cultural city of Edinburgh where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply take some time to explore the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
The accommodation sits on two floors.
Access leading into a large hallway with a separate side door into the lawned garden.
Sitting room - two generous sofas, woodburning stove (logs supplied). Technology includes a flatscreen TV with Freeview and DVD player. A selection of books, games and DVDs are provided.
Kitchen/dining - fully equipped with Cookmaster range cooker with double oven and grill, five burner hob, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, and wine fridge. CD player/radio, wall mounted flat screen TV. Breakfast bar with stools and dining area with seating for four.
Dining room - large oak table with six high backed tweed chairs, decorative fireplace.
Bathroom - with large shower unit (rainforest head), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
The rear hall leads into Dryburgh Steads East for parties taking the whole property, otherwise the two properties are locked-off and separated by two double doors.
Bedroom one - with fixed 6’ super king bed, side tables, sofa, chest of drawers, large double wardrobe with storage and hanging space, flatscreen TV.
En-suite bathroom - with bath, large corner shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin as required, side tables, chest of drawers, double wardrobe with storage and hanging space, flatscreen TV. Side views of the river.
En-suite bathroom - with bath, large shower with rainforest head and separate hand-held unit, heated towel rail, double vanity unit with two basins, and WC.
Central heating throughout the property.
Woodburning stove in the sitting room - logs supplied.
High quality bed linen and luxurious towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Bath robes are supplied.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Regrettably the property is not set up for dogs at this time. Nearby Stirling Towers sits under the same ownership and offers dog friendly facilities.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.
A welcome pack is provided.
Garden and grounds
There is a large south-facing lawned garden with outside furniture. The garden is not fully enclosed but the property sits at the end of a no-through road with limited traffic. The garden space is shared with Dryburgh Steads East.
There is private parking to the rear of the property in a large courtyard area.
Dryburgh Steads West is a semi-detached property. This adjoins Dryburgh Steads East which is ideal for parties of up to 8 who wish to holiday together. Let as individual units, they are separated by two lockable interconnecting doors from the inner hall.
Catering can be provided on request. A homemade meal delivery is popular for guests’ first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow. Please contact Crabtree & Crabtree for details.
The property is strictly no smoking.