Perfect for sharing, this quaint, beautifully presented period cottage radiates charm and tranquility, sitting in an idyllic village location close to Melrose and the River Tweed right in the heart of Border country. Riverside walks from the doorstep
Surrounded by glorious scenery and wonderful walks from the doorstep, this is a blissful spot to retreat, relax and enjoy all that this area has to offer.
Step inside, and the classic period features of the cottage shine through with original beams, elegant furnishings, antiques and artworks soothed with a gentle country style. In the sitting room, deep squishy sofas set against a calming colour palette and a cosy woodburning stove provide a lovely space for families and friends to spend some together-time.
High quality finishes continue into the kitchen with shaker style units, wooden work surfaces and a contemporary range style cooker which will delight the budding chefs in the party. Underfloor heating throughout the kitchen and dining space keeps things nice and toasty where you can cradle a rich morning coffee and contemplate the day ahead curled up on the charming window seat.
Upstairs, the serene theme continues in the two double bedrooms featuring super comfortable Hypnos beds, finished with crisp White Company linens and opulent throws and cushions from local textile producers.
Outside, the pretty whitewashed exterior complements the heritage of this 200 year old cottage with a large lawned garden to the rear, including a charming play fort and swing to keep children happily entertained.
Tweedswood sits just 4 miles from 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. You will also find a quality butchers and fishmongers, a fresh fruit and veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.
For gifts and lovely things, head to Michael Vee Design for elegant interiors; Samuel Tweed for fine woven textiles; Sarah Thomson or Twelve for ladieswear; beautiful artisan goods from The Crafters; or Masons bookshop for a good holiday read. For those seeking something a little more energetic, there is also a bike shop and cycle hire where you will find plenty of friendly advice on local trails around the area.
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. Alternatively a short drive of 3 miles will take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside for excellent food at the Hoebridge or Seasons restaurant.
Activities and attractions
The famous River Tweed sits minutes from the property, and some fantastic salmon fishing can be found on notable middle Tweed beats such as Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion for those keen to cast a line.
For walking, there are paths and riverside trails directly from the doorstep, including the Jubilee Path where you may be lucky enough to spot otters, kingfishers and badgers along the way. A short walk will take you to Leaderfoot Viaduct, an outstanding 19 arch bridge spanning the Tweed, or a very scenic 1.5 mile ramble in the opposite direction will take you to Scott's View - the inspiration for many of Sir Walter Scott’s writings with stunning panoramic views across the rolling Border heartland.
Next, stop for a lazy lunch and leisurely browse at the very lovely Main Street Trading in St Boswells, followed perhaps by a trek up the three peaks of the Eildon Hills for yet more amazing views and fascinating historical connections. Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford 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.
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.
Golf fans will be in heaven here with over 60 courses to choose from across the region, while 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 sit just a half-hour drive from the property.
For families, there is a park and tennis courts in Melrose, or a multi-screen cinema, skate park and leisure pool can be found in Galashiels (7 miles). For outdoor adventures, a riding centre and woodland playground with huge slides and zip wires can be found at Bowhill House & Country Park in Selkirk (14 miles).
For city sights the cottage sits less than five minutes from the A.68 where a drive of 40 minutes will take you into the spectacular city of Edinburgh where you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak-up the culture and heritage of this beautiful vibrant city. Wander the cobbled closes and narrow stairwells of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket, or take a candle-lit tour of the underground vaults of the old city and uncover sinister tales of Edinburgh’s darker past!
The accommodation sits on two floors. Please note that access to the first floor is via stairs with deeper treads and may prove more difficult for guests with restricted mobility.
Front door leading into a hallway with large storage cupboard for outdoor kit.
Sitting room - two large double sofas provide provide plenty of seating space for rest and relaxation. Woodburning stove (logs supplied). Technology includes a flatscreen TV with Freeview and DVD player. Bose docking station. Books, DVDs and board games are provided.
Kitchen/dining - fully equipped with 5 burner electric induction hob, 3 ovens, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and dualit toaster. DAB radio. Dining table with seating for six guests. Snuggler sofa and window seat. A washing machine and dryer sits in a separate laundry cupboard sitting to the right of the access hall.
Curved staircase with deep treads and handrail leading to upper landing with:
Bedroom one - master Bedroom with 5’ king size bed and concealed bookcase, side tables, hanging wardrobe, dressing table and small TV.
Bedroom two - with zip and link beds which can be adapted to super king or twin as required. Wardrobe with hanging space, side tables, chest of drawers. Selection of books, games and dressing-up box for children.
Bathroom - bath with shower over, basin, WC, heated towel rail.
Heating - LPG central heating throughout the property. Underfloor heating to the main hallway and kitchen. Woodburning stove in the sitting room (logs supplied).
High quality Hypnos beds made up with White Company bed linen. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Hypoallergenic duvets and pillows are provided with feather on request. Luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries.
Babies and children
A travel cot, high chair and stair gate are available on request.
Wifi and mobile coverage
Wifi is available. Good mobile coverage on most networks. A landline telephone is provided for reasonable use by guests if required.
A small welcome pack of local produce is provided.
There is outside storage for outdoor kit such as bikes, fishing gear and golf clubs.
Garden and grounds
There is a large lawned garden to the rear of the house which is enclosed for the safety of children but with a small gate leading into fields beyond. The garden is accessed from the side of the cottage. There is a patio area for dining with garden furniture and BBQ.
There is on-street parking for two cars in front of the cottage, however it should be noted that the village road is quite narrow and guests may prefer to use the private parking area to the rear of the cottage accessed via a side lane.
Catering can be provided by The Cook in Melrose, Alison Sutherland. A homemade meal delivery is popular for guests’ first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.
Dogs are not permitted at this property.
Tweedswood is a semi-detached property and sits in a line of cottages within the peaceful hamlet of Redpath. The rear garden offers guest privacy leading to open fields beyond.
Smoking is strictly prohibited.
|Tweedswood||£515 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.