This cosy country cottage offers deceptively spacious accommodation overlooking rolling Borders farmland in the shadow of the Eildon Hills. It is ideally placed for relaxation or outdoor pursuits, yet close to the picturesque villages of St. Boswells and Melrose where charming country pubs offer plenty of opportunity for long lazy lunches and a fine craft ale.
Sitting in a private courtyard, this pretty white-washed cottage benefits from three bedrooms and three bathrooms, offering good flexibility for families or couples looking to holiday together.
On the ground floor is a warm and comfortable sitting room with open fire for lazy days with a good book, along with a ground floor bedroom, separate shower room and a smart shaker-style kitchen with dining space for six.
Upstairs are two well proportioned double bedrooms along with a family bathroom and a separate shower room.
Outside there’s a large shared courtyard with ornamental pond, while a garden to the side of the cottage offers privacy and a wonderful open outlook over grazing farmland.
The cottage can also be let in conjunction with nearby Coachman’s Cottage (sleeps 4) for larger parties looking to holiday together.
Just three miles from St Boswells, this pretty village boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel for eating out. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the highly regarded Border Gunroom for those essential country supplies.
Nearby Melrose (8 miles) is one of the most picturesque in the Borders with an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; 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 and attractions
This is an excellent base for exploring the local area. A drive of 6 miles will take you to the evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott and arguably one of the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Nearby Scott’s View offers panoramic views over superb Border countryside.
For outdoor pursuits, there is excellent walking in this area with several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous St Cuthbert's Way which charts the historic trail of the 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 sublime Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
It is also an ideal base for fishing parties with notable middle Tweed beats including Dryburgh, Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game is available locally, including Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or perhaps try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
For golf fans, the 9 hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills, or head to the stunning championship course at the Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso for a leisurely afternoon followed perhaps by an evening meal at the highly regarded Roux restaurant.
For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are all within a short half hour drive where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
For short breaks, our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for friendly get-togethers where you can enjoy National Hunt Racing at Kelso Racecourse, local Antique Fairs and Auctions, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, Point-to-Point Meets, the Borders Book Festival, Walking Festival and Common Ridings.......to name just a few!
You can reach the wonderful heritage coastline in less than an hour with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, or hop onto a train from Tweedbank (7 miles) for a day visit to the cultural city of Edinburgh where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply take some time to explore the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
The living accommodation sits on two floors with a ground floor bedroom and shower room.
Access hallway leading into:
Sitting room - with large three-seater sofa, one two-seater and armchair. Flat screen TV with Freeview with DVD player. Open fire - initial supply of logs provided.
Kitchen/dining room - with ceramic hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer. Dining area with seating for six.
Bedroom one - with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6‘ king-size or twin as required, side tables, dressing table, chest of drawers.
Bathroom one - shower (rainforest head), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Small porch to the rear with hanging rail and door leading into the side garden.
Upper landing with large cupboard with hanging rail and storage.
Bedroom two - with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6‘ king-size or twin as required, side tables, dressing table, chest of drawers.
Bathroom two - bath with hand-held shower mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom three - with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6‘ king-size or twin as required, side tables, dressing table, chest of drawers.
Bathroom three - shower (rainforest head), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Central heating throughout the property. Open fire in the sitting room - initial supply of logs provided.
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Babies and children
Please note that a travel cot and high chair are not provided. Important - there is a large ornamental pond on the lawn in the courtyard area which has been covered by wire mesh. It is recommended that children are closely supervised in this area.
Two dogs are permitted but must be clean and dry before access into the property and thereafter kept to the kitchen area only. Important - Elliston is a working farm with livestock in the adjoining fields and it is imperative that dogs are kept under control and on leads whilst outwith the main courtyard when walking in the immediate area. Guests can walk on the drive outside the courtyard but cannot walk in the surrounding fields with livestock.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available but please note that speeds can be slower due to its rural location. Mobile reception is generally good.
Garden and grounds
There is a large shared courtyard with lawned area and an ornamental pond to the front of the cottage. A small lawned garden to the side offers guest privacy. The gate to the main courtyard area must be closed at all times. Guests can walk on the drive outside the courtyard but cannot walk in the surrounding fields with livestock.
There is secure storage available for fishing and outdoor kit in an adjacent steading.
There is ample private parking to the front of the cottage.
The courtyard is shared with Coachman’s Cottage (sleeps 6) which sits nearby.
Strictly no smoking.