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Ian Dowling

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Country House set in own grounds

20 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Selkirk Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

5 large bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen

Branxholm Knowe House is a large detached period property which is set in two acres of well tendered private gardens(recently featured by Holiday Rentals in Top 10 holiday homes with gardens). The house is furnished to a high standard and is ideal for entertaining and features a fabulous garden room which is perfect for alfresco evenings as well as fresh winter evenings with the log burner glowing.

The property benefits from five large double bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate ten adults or two families. Four bedrooms are located around a galleried landing with two modern bathrooms (one en suite). Downstairs the sitting room and garden room, which is over 40 sq metres, ensure there is plenty of space for all to enjoy. The dining room provides a great setting for dinner parties (seats 12) and benefits from an open fire. There is also a twin bedroom downstairs with access to a bathroom.

Outside there is a six person hot tub, Finnish BBQ hut, two tables and benches, a pond (fenced) and woodland to explore.

Catering: Branxholm Knowe is a very well equipped property which is particularly suited to families. On request we can provide a fully catered traditional evening meal which comprises a starter, main course and desert using locally sourced high quality locally sourced produce.. We can also assist in arranging outdoor pursuits such as shooting, fishing and horse riding should guests wish as well as suggesting some excellent walking routes in the local area. During the rugby season we are also help to assist guests in obtaining match tickets for international matches at Murrayfield in Edinburgh (notice required).

We also provide a welcome pack for guests.

The property has a number of out buildings which can be used for the storage of bicycles.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ian Dowling (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a great week at Branxholm Knowe. The house is fantastic for a family holiday and our three young children loved exploring the grounds surrounding the house. The size of the property ensured that we all had plenty of space and we particularly enjoyed the garden room where we seemed to spend the week! An added bonus was the weather. We will be back.
Jun 2010
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Reviews

4.8
based on 20 traveler reviews

Country House set in own grounds
average rating of 4.85 based on 21 reviews
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Large homely country house.

  • 5 of 5

Large country house where our family of 10 enjoyed relaxing together. Plenty of room for us all to spread out. Large conservatory was a wonderful room with log burner and lots of comfy seating.

The BBQ house is a great idea and enables BBQ no matter the weather. The hot tub was GREAT HIT.

Perfect holiday for a large family. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely House in idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday, six adults, four children and there was plenty of room for everyone. The house is well equipped and the children's toys went down well. Everywhere was so homely and comfortable and we were lucky with the weather - we only needed the log burner one night - but it was very welcome. We were surprised to find that the trees surrounding the property had been cut down so the posted picture looked very different in real life but this didn't detract from the lovely grounds and meant that there were wonderful views which might otherwise have been missed.

The property was very clean and everything worked and we would (indeed have) recommend this property to friends. The hot tub was much appreciated and we had a BBQ in the quaint purpose-built cabin on the first evening as the weather was so good. We went to Edinburgh Zoo as the youngest grandson is mad on Pandas - be advised, you have to book a Panda viewing slot beforehand to be sure of getting in. We also visited Edinburgh Castle and were taught how to ride broomsticks al la Harry Potter. It was Hawick's Rideout that week and 200+ horses and riders rode into town to a brass band, very unusual.

We didn't eat out at all what with early bed times etc but rustled up our own meals easily enough. Most days out we took a picnic, as snacks, drinks and sandwiches can get really expensive for 10. Many thanks to Ian and Isobel for providing such a great holiday home it was just what we wanted and very good value.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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5

A beautiful house, in a stunning location!

  • 5 of 5

It is a beautiful area, and great for exploring…we did Hadrian’s Wall, and a good few local walks.

The house was fantastic, and even better than the great photos promised. We were very comfortable, and it was no great hardship to have to stay in all day on the one day of torrential rain. We found ourselves in the conservatory for the duration, enjoying the log burner and views! All in all, couldn’t have been better, and we particularly liked the grounds, and the proximity to the woods. It was a really nice touch for Isabelle to leave welcoming biscuits, and it was nice to speak to her about the area, and things to do. It is a lovely house, furnished to a high standard, and a credit to you.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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5

Great weeks holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect property for exploring the Scottish Borders from. Seven of us, two adults and five children, had a great week staying at the cottage. The weather was mixed, rain in the morning with the sun out before lunch time, giving us plenty of time to explore the area.

The cottage had everything you could possibly think of, very well stocked with all the equipment you could possibly need in the kitchen. All 5 of the bedrooms are a good size and very comfortable and the en-suite bathroom is enormous.

Whilst there is a formal dining room within the property we used the more comfortable table in the conservatory which is much closer to the kitchen. We spent loads of time in this area of the house, a great place to sit as a family playing cards and for the kids to sit quietly on their DSs. Of an evening we used the smaller, cosier living room watching DVDs with a roaring fire going.

The property has a huge garden, regularly called the forest by our youngest niece, which was constantly buzzing with birds using the bird feeders which we kept filled including a couple of woodpeckers. There are areas to sit within the garden and a BBQ is provided for anyone wishing to dine alfresco.

We had a great time, loved the cottage and it's location and would recommend it to anyone. There are plenty of places to visit without spending too long in the car including Northumberland, the scenery on the journeys in all directions is simply stunning.

The cottage is in perfect condition, very clean and, as said earlier, very well equipped. The family who own it are very lucky indeed and were helpful from the initial 'phone call to enquire about availability and cost to the very last day of our holiday as we waved goodbye.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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5

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

I booked this property to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday and I am so pleased I did. Big enough for 10 adults to be together or find their own space and beautiful grounds to explore - perfect for 2 small visitors who arrived for the day. The secret castle was a great hit as was the adventure playground at Bowhill house not far away. A perfectly relaxing time was had by all and so much better than staying in a hotel. Brilliant!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you all had a great time at Branxholm Knowe. It's always lovely to hear that a large family party enjoyed the house and felt they had plenty of space. Our two children (aged 7 and 5) also love the grounds and spend hours messing around in the woods reluctantly returning when dinner is ready! Thanks for your kind comments and we hope you choose to return. Ian and Sally Dowling
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Fab week despite weather

  • 5 of 5

Despite a pretty wet week, we were very comfortable in the house; lots of space for people to spread (conservatory the favourite), very comfy beds, plenty of towels, good showers and a well supplied kitchen. More like a home than a holiday rental. sheltered from road by trees, very private, while the partly wooded grounds were great for kids and OAPs to explore.

The surrounding area was much more interesting than we expected, Hawick itself (lovely butcher's!) and places nearby. Huge park to wander round. Can thoroughly recommend Branxholm Howe.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a great week at Branxholm Knowe. It is amazing how many people are surprised at the natural beauty of the Borders and in particular, the area surrounding Hawick. There really is plenty to do and see, making it an ideal family destination. Hope to see you again! Ian and Sally Dowling
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Edinburgh
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Newmills
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Newcastle/Edinburgh
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Hawick
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Carlisle
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
M6 - Carlisle
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Hawick
Nearest Ski
130 Miles
Aviemore
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Berwick
Car: necessary

Branxholm Knowe is located 3 miles south of Hawick. Hawick is world famous for cashmere production and is home to the famous Pringle brand. Attractions in the town include the Heritage Hub, the Borders textile museum and the 100 acre Wilton Park with riverside walks, walled gardens and children playground.The Borders is great location for outdoor pursuits such as world famous salmon fishing on the River Tweed and its tributaries, superb hill walking (Southern Upland Way and Borders Abbey Walk), mountain biking (Craik, Yair and Glentrees), golf (21 courses!) as well as shooting, sailing (St Marys Loch) and first class horse riding. The picturesque market towns of Kelso, Melrose and Selkirk are within 30 mins drive whilst historical Edinburgh is an easy 1 hour drive away.

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Branxholme Knowe is easily reached from Edinburgh Airport (75 mins) and Newcastle Airport (90 mins). Driving from England the property is 2.5 hrs drive from Manchester and 4 hrs from Birmingham.

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Rates & Availability

Selkirk Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid
Sep 2 2016 - Oct 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
$389
$1,490
 
 
Half term
Oct 7 2016 - Nov 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,555
 
 
Low
Nov 4 2016 - Dec 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
$389
$1,490
 
 
Xmas
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,851
 
 
New Year
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,110
 
 
low
Jan 6 2017 - Apr 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
$389
$1,490
 
 
Easter
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,749
 
 
Mid
Apr 21 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$454
$1,620
 
 
Summer
Jun 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,944
 
 
Mid
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$454
$1,620
 
 
Low
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
$389
$1,490
 
 
Christmas
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,851
 
 
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
$3,110
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$389
$1,490
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $26
Refundable damage deposit $324

All rentals require a 250 pound deposit (Christmas and New Year 500 pounds).

The above prices are based on occupancy of 10. For smaller parties we can often offer a discount (not in high season). Please email or call for further details.

We are very happy to consider long weekend / mid-breaks. Thurs -Sun etc. Again please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Selkirk Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 320 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Downstairs in utility room
  • Both upstairs bathrooms have been completely reinstalled in 2009 and 2011. The ensuite bathroom has a traditional slipper bath, hotel standard Grohe shower and Matki 900 x 900 shower encloser and full underfloor heating. The downstairs bathroom also has a hotel standard Grohe shower and Matki 900 x 900 shower enclosure.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • All 5 bedrooms are a good size ( three doubles are 5 mtrs x 4.5 mtrs approx and two twin rooms are 5 mtr x 3 mtr and 4 x 2.7 mtr). The cot is a full sized cot which can be used as a small bed for a 3 yr old. All bedrooms have good quality wardrobes and chests of drawers.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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