A very pretty, quirky hideaway, this one bedroom property sits in a peaceful location and enjoys tree-framed riverside views over the Leader Water. Eco-friendly. Walkers can link to the Southern Upland Way & St. Cuthberts Way nearby. Dog friendly. Enclosed garden.
The Potting Shed is a cosy, quirky hideaway resting at the foot of the landscaped gardens of Garden Cottage in this incredibly scenic part of the Scottish Borders.
Once a humble garden outbuilding, it has been lovingly transformed into a wonderful eco friendly cottage within a tranquil garden setting. It enjoys tree-framed riverside views over the Leader Water which meanders through the grounds.
Large windows flood the living space with light, and the fresh, pretty decor adds to the homely feel of the open plan interior. A wonderful state of the art Everhot range cooker adds a toasty touch, while a wood burning stove framed by pretty artisan tiles and cosy furnishings is a wonderful spot to while away an afternoon in peace-perfect-peace.
The soothing calm of the bedroom benefits from a super comfortable bed with Egyptian cotton linen offering a guilt-free weekend long lie or two!
The cottage is finished with special touches such as organic Sedbergh toiletries, and a delicious ‘home produce' welcome pack on arrival, which can include such delights as free range eggs from the owner’s chickens, freshly baked bread, granola and preserves.
The relaxed simplicity of the cottage's interior is echoed in its leafy surroundings and the elevated south facing decked area is ideal for evening al fresco dining listening to bird song and the peaceful trickle of the river nearby.
Whatever the pastime, the plan, or the passion, The Potting Shed is the perfect base to set off from, and the ideal retreat to come home to.
Earlston (one mile) provides doorstep amenities with a butchers shop, pharmacy, banking and post office facilities. There is a Co-operative supermarket on the edge of town, and a bakery selling freshly baked bread, pastries, pies and buttery croissants.
Six miles will take you to the historic and very picturesque town of Melrose where you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with Melrose Abbey as the stunning backdrop. Here you will find an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including deli and bakery produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees.
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.
Local activities and attractions
The Potting Shed sits right on the Earlston footpath network, offering a wide range of walks without the need to use the car. A booklet of 9 local routes is available to guests. A particular favourite is the lovely walk into Melrose along the Leader Valley which takes about three hours and guests can then catch the bus back to Earlston which is a 20 minute walk back to The Potting Shed.
Stages of both the Southern Upland Way: Britain's first coast to coast long distance footpath, and St Cuthbert's Way, which reaches from Melrose to Holy Island, run close by this area; both have sections suitable for less serious walkers as well as far more challenging stretches and climbs.
This is an excellent base for exploring the local area. A drive of 6 miles will take you to the evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott and arguably one of the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Nearby Scott’s View offers panoramic views over superb Border countryside.
The cottage is an ideal base for fishing guests with fishing at nearby Gledswood and Ravenswood. Other notable middle Tweed beats include Bemersyde, Dryburgh, Tweedswood and Lower Pavilion.
Riding enthusiasts have the diverse facilities provided by the Cowdenknowes Equi Centre Riding School, literally at the end of the road!.
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 (6.5 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 taking some time to explore the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
Bedroom one with 5' king size bed and chest of drawers.
Shower room with walk-in shower, whb and WC. Organic Sedbergh Soap Company toiletries are provided.
Open plan kitchen, dining area and seating area:-
Small kitchen area with microwave, fridge with freezer box and a state of the art Everhot; an electric range cooker with two ovens, a grill and two hot plates which also provides constant heat for the living area. Please note that a washing machine is not provided but the owners are happy to wash clothes for guests in emergencies! There is a chest freezer in an outhouse next to The Potting Shed.
Dining area with kitchen table and bench seats.
Cosy seating area with log burner (logs are provided). There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including HD television with Freeview, DVD player, MP3 dock, and a selection of book, magazines and DVDs.
Small second bedroom / storage room providing excellent storage space and hanging space for clothes or as a second bedroom for a travel cot. A single AeroBed (a deluxe raised airbed) is also available for guest use at an additional charge, supplied with bed linen and duvet.
Heating is provided by the Everhot electric heat storage unit, electric radiators in the bedroom and box room and the wood burner. These heating facilities are more than ample for the compact size of the cottage. The rates include heating, electricity and logs and the winter rates are priced accordingly.
Wi-Fi is available using the signal from the main house, but it is important to note that this can be very slow and intermittent due to its rural location.
Garden and grounds
There is a garden to the front of The Potting Shed with outside seating which is fully enclosed. There is also a small decked seating area overlooking woodland and the Leader Water to the side of the property. Reclining loungers are available and are stored in the garden shed. Guests are welcome to walk around the wider grounds. A charcoal barbecue is provided (NB charcoal is not provided). Guests should be aware that the owner's garden adjoins that of The Potting Shed.
There is private parking to the side of the house.
Important - Access to the cottage
Access to the cottage is via a wooded track which can get muddy and slippery in wet conditions and may be unsuitable for some vehicles when the weather is poor. Guests may park in a designated area at the top of the track and walk through the owner's garden to access The Potting Shed. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
Delicious delivered meals
Perfect for the first night or if you fancy a night off cooking; all you need to do is turn the oven on! Meals can be selected from the COOK web site (www.cookfood.net) and ordered from the Edinburgh branch using email firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities for babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Two small dogs or one large dog are welcome at The Potting Shed. Please note that the garden of The Potting Shed is only partially enclosed and the owners have free range hens. We would ask that owners adhere to the guidelines in the pre-arrival information with regard to dogs.
Fishing can be arranged through Mike Allan who is an experienced Borders River Guide with excellent knowledge of the local area. He offers a range of services to suit individual needs and experience. Please call him on 01896 751620 to discuss your requirements or visit www.scottishriverfishing.co.uk. A chest freezer is available to fishing parties.
|The Potting Shed||£325 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.