Certain to be a favourite with friends and families, Mill Dowrie is a generously proportioned 19th century byre conversion sympathetically restored to embrace the tranquility of the country. The property has a wonderfully open feel, with glass and wood offering the perfect contrast between light, natural living and relaxed, cosy comfort. Four bedroom, sleeps 8. Dogs welcome. Wi-fi. Half an hour to the coast and less than an hour from Edinburgh.
The open plan aspect is a versatile space providing plenty of flexibility for socialising or relaxation. Vast feature windows have dramatic impact looking across miles of open Borders countryside offering both privacy and plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling or simply leisurely wanders in the great outdoors along with your four-legged friend.
The large double sided wood burner positioned in the centre of the room helps to separate and define the space, but with a layout designed to suit a modern lifestyle where guests can spend some together-time or take a little time-out.
The sitting room with deep comfortable sofas and floor to ceiling window is designed to flood the living space with light, with french doors leading out to the fully enclosed lawned garden for a leisurely summer brunch on the patio, with plenty of open play space for children and dogs too! The dining area seats up to 10 and the cooks in the party will feel right at home in the spacious well appointed kitchen with its large Rangemaster oven.
On the ground floor, there is a ground floor bedroom with king size bed and adjacent shower room which may suit guests with mobility restrictions, as well as a fully equipped laundry room and boot room.
Upstairs leads to a spacious landing with two well appointed double bedrooms with king sized beds (one en-suite with Juliet balcony); along with a twin bedroom with adjacent family bathroom; and a large sunny master bedroom where you will awake to fantastic panoramic views across rolling Border farmland to the Cheviot Hills beyond.
The nearest village is Gordon (1 mile) which has a friendly village pub as well as a small shop and Cafe Obrigado for a lovely coffee and cake stop.
For more extensive amenities, head to Kelso (9 miles) which is a thriving market town set around a charming cobbled square with rich historical features and architecture including the outstanding Abbey ruins, and the grandeur of Floors Castle.
You will find excellent local amenities here and the town is home to a super range of independent shops where you can indulge in a little retail therapy, or purchase fresh local produce and holiday provisions from quality independent traders. For dining-out, The Cobbles and Oscars Restaurant are both well regarded for their friendly atmosphere and excellent food, or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town. Alternatively why not enjoy a little bit of food heaven at the Roux Restaurant in the lovely parkland setting of the Roxburghe Hotel.
Activities & attractions
For walking, guests here are spoilt for choice with peaceful country rambles around the family farm, leading down to a large community woodland and nature reserve of over 200 acres with pond, cabin and river trails. From Gordon you can enjoy a lovely 7 mile loop to the stunning setting of Mellerstain House; or head to Yetholm (17 miles) to experience more high energy treks in the Cheviot Hills. You can join the long-distance walking routes of The Pennine Way and St. Cuthbert’s Way from this point, or alternatively experience some breathtaking scenery along the route of the Borders Abbey’s Way, taking in the exceptional remnants of the four 12th century Abbeys at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.
Kelso sits right on the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and is a much loved destination for salmon anglers who come to experience world-class fishing on the prolific Middle Tweed salmon beats around this area - Rutherford, Makerstoun, Upper and Lower Floors, Junction and Hendersyde are all within a 20 minute drive of the property.
For golf enthusiasts, Kelso Golf Club is an attractive parkland course resting on the edge of the town, or you can experience a fantastic day-out playing the Roxburghe Championship Course (14 miles), recently voted 6th best course in Scotland by readers of the country’s best selling golf title. There is a pro-shop and PGA golf academy here for those who are new to the game or wish to refine their swing, and if you’re feeling particularly energetic you may decide to finish off your day popping a few clays at the nearby shooting school.
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.
Our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for short breaks or 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!
A half-hour will take you to the wonderful heritage coastline with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, while the cultural city of Edinburgh is less than an hour’s drive where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
Access door leading into a porch/boot room with bench seat and hanging space.
Large open plan sitting room/dining/kitchen comprising:
Sitting room - spacious open plan area with three generous double sofas, Smart TV, Blu-ray DVD player, and sound bar. French doors lead to the lawned garden and patio. Double-sided woodburning stove - generous initial supply of logs provided. Selection of books, DVDs and board games.
Dining - large dining table with seating for 8-10..
Kitchen - well equipped kitchen with breakfast bar area and four bar stools. Island unit for food preparation. Rangemaster oven with 5 burner hob and hot plate, integrated microwave/grill, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer. Round breakfasting table with two chairs. CD/radio player.
Laundry room - with washer and dryer.
Bedroom one - with 5’ king size brass bed with orthopaedic mattress, side tables and chest of drawers.
Bathroom - with large corner shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - master bedroom with floor to ceiling feature window, 5’ king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, large cupboard with storage and hanging space, large sofa which can convert to sofa bed on request.
Bedroom three - with 5’ king size bed, side table, chest of drawers, large cupboard with storage and hanging space. Juliet balcony.
En-suite bathroom - with large bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom four - with fixed 3’ twin beds, side tables, dressing table, chest of drawers, wardrobe and small flatscreen TV.
Family bathroom - large corner shower, bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.w
High quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, bath sheets and hand towels are provided along with luxury guest toiletries. A hairdryer is supplied in each of the four bedrooms.
A guest welcome pack is provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Strictly one well behaved dog only at a charge of £20. Your dog must be clean and dry before access into the property and thereafter must be kept to the ground floor uncarpeted areas of the property and not permitted in the bedrooms. The garden is fully enclosed.
Heating - oil fired central heating throughout the property with a large double-sided woodburning stove in the open plan sitting room/dining room. Generous initial supply of logs provided.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is good to reasonable depending on the network.
Garden and guest privacy
Mill Dowrie sits is surrounded by a large open lawned garden which is not overlooked. Garden furniture with seating for 8 is provided. A country lane sits to the side aspect of the property which is used predominantly by farm traffic.
There is ample private parking in the courtyard to the front of the property.
The property is strictly no smoking.
|Mill Dowrie||£835 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.