Set off the beaten track on a private country estate, Bramley Cottage sits in a wonderful spot amidst a stunning rural landscape with nothing but the odd passing tractor to interrupt the view. Here guests can enjoy leisurely walks from the doorstep, explore the picturesque towns and rich history of the Borderlands to the north, or enjoy the fantastic woodland trails and brilliant dark skies of the Kielder Forest Park to the south.
With four double bedrooms (3 en-suite, 2 ground-floor), the cottage has been completely refurbished throughout to provide flexible accommodation for friends and families to retreat, relax, entertain or enjoy the great outdoors. Decorated in a pretty country cottage style, the sitting room is intimate and cosy, the bedrooms crisp and fresh, while a modern galley kitchen provides all the essentials for holiday living.
A separate dining room/sitting room with wood burning stove is furnished in a superb shooting lodge style and is a wonderful space for get-togethers or more formal entertaining, with the option of privately catered services for that special celebration, shooting or fishing parties or perhaps just a little holiday pampering.
The property sits on the Edgerston Estate just south of Jedburgh and its position will appeal to peaceful relaxers, walkers, cyclists and country sports enthusiasts who will be able to take full advantage of its position in acres of open countryside. Dating right back to 1448, Edgerston has a rich history, playing a prominent part in Reiver skirmishes in early days and then notable literary connections with some of the most distinguished writers of the time including Sir Walter Scott, John Buchan and J M Barrie. Today it operates as a private shooting estate and working farm.
For larger parties, the property can also be let in conjunction with adjoining Braeburn Cottage (two bedroom) which combined can offer accommodation for 12 guests. Nearby Stotfield (three bedroom) provides accommodation for a further 5 guests if required.
Despite its rural position, Bramley Cottage has good amenities close by and is incredibly well positioned for exploring attractions north and south of the border. The historic market town of Jedburgh with its magnificent 12th century abbey ruins, sits just 6 miles from the cottage where you will find a good selection of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a leisure pool, fitness centre, small dry ski slope and 18 hole golf course.
Spend a cultural afternoon here and follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and William Wordsworth all of whom walked its ancient streets, or visit the 16th century bastel house of Mary Queen of Scots or the fascinating 1820 Castle Jail.
The main A.68 allows easy access to the picturesque towns across the area, including the city attractions of Edinburgh and Newcastle - just an hour’s drive each way.
Activities and attractions
For outdoor pursuits, pack a picnic and enjoy leisurely walking and cycling directly from the house through estate grounds and woodland. A lovely walk through the walled garden and over the field will take you towards the Loch and the hills beyond which provide breathtaking views of the area and plenty of rich wildlife spotting opportunities. Wellies are a good idea for any field walks, and children can enjoy a spot of paddling or a fun game of pooh stick on the nearby Kaim Water which runs through the estate.
For cycling, the Oxnam Cycle Route just a short distance from the property, a mostly low level trail with historical points along the way and one or two steep climbs where you will be rewarded with far-reaching views. There are a number of waymarked walking routes from Jedburgh, including the scenic Howden, Hunthill and Sandyhill Road which takes in a superb panoramic vista from the highest point near Belvidere Wood.
The Whitelee Moor National Nature Reserve sits 7 miles from the cottage, one of Britain’s most important upland reserves and home to birds of prey, including merlin, buzzard, peregrine falcon and hen harrier. Skylark, stonechat and meadow pipit are also common across the site, while otters often hunt along the Rede and wild goats can be seen on the border with Kielderhead.
The Kielder Water and Forest Park is an easy drive south (23 miles) and is home to the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. There is something for everyone here including water sports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, artists, families and photographers. A highlight is the star gazing treat at the Kielder Observatory where you can view the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park using powerful telescopes and may be lucky enough to see passing comets or a stunning meteor shower.
Alternatively, a half-hour drive from the property will take you to Newcastleton, home to the outstanding 7Stanes mountain biking centre and Rock UK outdoor centre where you can experience a vast range of cycling trails, family adventure days, canoeing, climbing, zip rides, abseiling, walking and fishing.
For shooting, there are extensive options across the Scottish Borders, the nearest being Lothian Estates which sits in over 20,000 acres of rolling borders countryside. The mixed terrain and extensive size of the estate lends itself to many types of shooting with mini driven days, walked up shooting, as well as duck and goose flighting on various locations.
Sitting room - the front door of the property leads directly into the sitting room with sofas and armchairs set around a cosy wood burning stove. Additional beanbags provide extra seating for children. There is a drop-leaf dining table with seating for six and a wall mounted Freesat TV.
Kitchen - from the sitting room, four steps lead up to a galley kitchen with electric grill and oven, ceramic hob, integrated dishwasher, Nespresso coffee maker (pod type) and integrated fridge with ice compartment (no freezer). Please note there is no washing machine in the property, however washing facilities are available in the building opposite the cottage - please refer to the note on 'Laundry Facilities' below.
Dining room/sitting room - formal dining room seating 10, Two large sofas set around a wood burning stove.
Shower room - the kitchen leads through to a rear hallway and ground floor shower room with wc, basin, heated towel rail and shaving point.
Bedroom 1 - ground floor bedroom with king size bed, chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets. En-suite shower room with WC, basin, heated towel rail and shaving point.
Bedroom 2 - ground floor bedroom with king size bed and pretty tweed accents, chest of drawers and two bedside tables. On sunny days french doors open out onto the front aspect of the property and enjoy scenic views across the surrounding countryside. En-suite shower room, with WC, basin, and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 3 - First floor bedroom with combed ceilings, king size bed, two bedside cabinets, large cupboard for storage and hanging rail.
Bedroom 4 - First floor bedroom with combed ceilings, king size bed, two bedside cabinets, large cupboard for storage and hanging rail. Large en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath and hand shower, WC, heated towel rail and shaving point.
Wi-Fi and mobile reception
The property benefits from free Wi-Fi but please note that this can be slow and occasionally intermittent. The mobile reception is patchy on most networks. A landline is provided for reasonable use by guests.
Bed linen and towels included.
Heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled.
Woodburning stove in the sitting room.
Additional logs and kindling supplied.
Garden and grounds
There is a rear courtyard area which is shared with Braeburn Cottage. Outdoor patio furniture is supplied. Guests are welcome to walk the wider grounds of the estate but access is restricted around the main house.
General estate information
Edgerston is a working farm and shooting estate and as such there will be farm and estate traffic around the grounds. During shooting season, on shoot days, walking in certain parts of the estate may be restricted. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
Parking is not permitted outside the cottages, unless for unloading purposes. There is a private parking area directly opposite the cottages which runs behind the laundry building, to the left of the walled garden.
Babies and children
A high chair and travel cot are available on request.
The property is not suitable for dogs.
There are washing and drying facilities in the building opposite the cottages. This also serves as the estate laundry, therefore access may be restricted at certain times.
The cottage can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or part or fully catered options can be arranged including a homemade meals and wine delivery service, or a food hamper for the start of your stay.
Strictly no smoking throughout the property.