Perfect for two, this stunning conversion brings together the understated elegance of Scandi design which embraces warmth and light in equal measure. Think the warming glow of a real fire, natural textures, and spirit-lifting views and you begin to get the feel for this space.
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Set across one floor, a key feature of the cottage is the lofty bi-folding doors which extend across the south-facing aspect and bounce natural light through the room.
This is enhanced by a soft, chalky colour scheme from Farrow & Ball, punctuated with leather and velvet textures, along with salvaged sycamore which has been carefully crafted by a local artisan to create the tactile window ledges. Technology includes a Smart TV and a high spec integrated bluetooth speaker system for some relaxation time.
A small island unit divides the living space, while the crisp, contemporary lines of the kitchen is equipped with all the main essentials, including a Nespresso machine for that first morning coffee.
Finally the bedroom with en-suite bathroom draws on deeper hues to create warmth and comfort, carefully designed using a scheme of moody blues and misty greys, along with artworks from Jane Lannagan.
Nearby Melrose (4 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 lovely deli produce; 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.
Activities & attractions
The area is a perfect base for sightseeing and exploring the wider attractions of the Borders area. For sightseeing, the area sits in the heart of myth and legend and visitors come from all over the world to soak up its rich historical connections. Top of the list is Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford (1.5 miles) which will reveal a treasure trove of artefacts connected to this great writer, while the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Manderston, Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Thirlestane will not fail to impress.
A must-visit is the magnificent monastic ruins of Melrose Abbey founded in 1136 by the monks of the Cistercian order, featuring beautiful architectural detailing and fascinating connections to St. Cuthbert, Scottish Kings, and the philosopher wizard. Nearby you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Harmony Garden and Priorwood Garden before a visit to the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre based in the town square. After a lazy lunch, head up the three peaks of the Eildon Hills for yet more amazing views, and explore their association with the fabled Thomas the Rhymer, the Fairy Queen, King Arthur and Merlin.
For walking, there is an abundance of local trails and waymarked routes, with leisurely walks right from the doorstep to more extensive loops across the wider area. Melrose is the starting point for 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 mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Alternatively the sublime Southern Upland Way, Borders Abbeys Way and Sir Walter Scott’s Way run right through this area - each with shorter routes for less experienced walkers or those with less time.
If your passion is country sports, the famous Tweed and its tributaries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling, with notable middle Tweed beats offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game, can be arranged locally including nearby Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
For golf fans, the picturesque 9 hole Melrose Golf Club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills while the 18 hole courses at Galashiels and Torwoodlee both sit nearby. Alternatively choose from over 30 courses within a 30 mile radius including the fantastic championship courses at Cardrona in Tweeddale or The Roxburghe at Kelso.
Cyclists will delight at the range of biking options across the wider area from long forest cruises to high energy burning climbs, including the 7Stanes biking centres at Innerleithen and Glentress which are just a half-hour drive away.
For short breaks, Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. The Melrose Rugby 7s draws an international crowd in April, or you can witness the ancient traditions of the Melrose Festival in June which includes the custom of riding the town's boundaries on horseback. Also not to be missed is the fabulous Borders Book Festival which attracts a hugely impressive line-up of names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders to name but a few!
Alternatively, hop on a train from Tweedbank (3 miles) 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 architecture of this beautiful city.
The living accommodation sits on one floor.
Open plan living space comprising sitting room and kitchen.
Sitting room - with large sofa, armchair, woodburning stove, Smart TV, integrated bluetooth speaker system, selection of books. Dining space with seating for four. Large bi-folding doors open up onto the patio.
Kitchen - small island unit with bar stools, ceramic hob, electric oven, combi microwave, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine. There is a small freezer in the sitting room area.
Bedroom - zip and link beds which can be configured to 6‘ super-king or 3’ twin as required, side tables, chair, chest of drawers, hooks with hangers.
En-suite Bathroom - with large bath, large walk-in shower with rainforest head and hand-held unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Underfloor heating throughout the property. Wood-burning stove - logs supplied.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided.
Babies and children
Due to the size of the property, there is no provision for children, however babes in arms up to the age of 6 months can be accommodated on request. A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
One dog is permitted but must be clean before access into the property and thereafter must be kept off the furniture and out of the bedroom. Another dog may be considered on request.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile reception is best on the Vodafone and EE network but otherwise more limited in the immediate area.
Garden and grounds
The rear garden area benefits from a patio with garden furniture and large lawned garden which is fully enclosed.
The property sits at the end of private farm road and there are farm buildings in the vicinity but no overlooking from other properties. There will be some associated farm traffic passing by.
There is parking for two cars directly to the front of the property.
Strictly no smoking.