Traditional Scottish house (1840s) with lots of character, overlooking the Gala Water valley. Set on the edge of the village of Stow, on the A7 road, surrounded by open countryside. South-facing garden, with lawn to the front and surrounded by mature trees. A private and sheltered terrace to the rear with barbecue area and outdoor fire place. Garden pond. Parking for 3 cars.
Ground floor : large country kitchen with living/dining area, double bedroom (twin beds), toilet & shower room, large study/single bedroom with PC/internet, garage with laundry/utility area, bikes and storage.
First floor : conservatory with beautiful views across the valley, large comfortable lounge with wood burning stove and doors leading directly to the terrace and rear garden and to the conservatory, two double bedrooms, large bathroom.
Direct access from the back of the house to open farmland and the hills beyond. Many lovely walks and cycle routes on the doorstep.
TV, Freesat, DVD, CD and WIF
Edinburgh and Stow: Edinburgh - there is an excellent bus service every 30 minutes from just outside the house, directly into the centre of Edinburgh (St Andrew’s Square). The bus takes an hour. By car the journey is about 45 minutes. You might want to consider driving to the ‘Park and Ride’ at Sheriffhall, about 30 minutes away, where you can park your car for free and take a bus into the centre from there. Buses every few minutes.
Stow - there are many lovely walks around the village, you can walk as you please over the hills – the only restriction is that you close all gates and are mindful of livestock. One example, you can drive round to the old road on the other side of the valley opposite the house and park your car in the lay-by there, walk up the hill to the skyline and follow the old track running right (northwards) up the valley – lovely views over the rolling Border hills in all directions.
Visits in the Borders: Melrose - the little town is very pretty with interesting shops and places to eat, an old abbey and behind it are the Eildon Hills which have lovely views from the top and are not too difficult a climb.
Kelso - a busy Borders town sitting on the river Tweed, within another ancient Abbey, good shops, hotels, coffee shops etc. Floors Castle is nearby.
Traquair House - just outside Innerleithen, dates back to 1107, and is steeped in Scottish history. You can walk from room to room, the ancient furnishings and décor give the impression that it’s as it was hundreds of years ago. It does not feel like a museum. The grounds are beautiful too.
Glentress Forest - between Innerleithen and Peebles, forest walks and lots of marked mountain biking routes of varying difficulty, bikes can be rented, nice café. A great energetic day out.
St Abb’s Head - on the coast north of Berwick-on-Tweed, walks along the cliffs, lots of seabirds, Fast Castle
Castles and Historic Houses within 45 minutes: Abbotsford - home of Sir Walther Scott, between Galashiels and Melrose - www.scottsabbottsford.co.uk
Thirlestane Castle - in Lauder, 6 miles away - www.thirlestanecastle.co.uk
Bowhill House and grounds - near Selkirk - www.bowhill.org
Traquair House - near Innerleithen - www.traquair.co.uk
Mellerstain House - near Kelso - www.mellerstain.com
Floors Castle - just outside Kelso - www.floorscastle.com
Manderston House - near Duns - www.manderston.co.uk
Paxton House - just west of Berwick-on-Tweed - www.paxtonhouse.co.uk