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Beautiful country house in village, ideal base to explore Edinburgh & Borders

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Bedrooms 4
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Spacious, family home of great character, new rail link to centre of Edinburgh

With the opening of the new Borders Railway in September 2015, trains now run directly from our village of Stow to the centre of Edinburgh in 40 minutes. Quarryknowes is a 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 - in addition to the new train service there is also 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 -

Thirlestane Castle - in Lauder, 6 miles away -

Bowhill House and grounds - near Selkirk -

Traquair House - near Innerleithen -

Mellerstain House - near Kelso -

Floors Castle - just outside Kelso -

Manderston House - near Duns -

Paxton House - just west of Berwick-on-Tweed -

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lyn Haynes
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 10, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a very good stay in Stow. The house was perfect and we found everything we needed. It was very kind of Stephanie to visit us the first day. We enjoyed not only the city of Edimburg and the borders landscapes, but also the kindness of scottish people.
Jul 2010
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based on 14 traveler reviews

Beautiful country house in village, ideal base to explore Edinburgh & Borders
average rating of 4.785714 based on 16 reviews

Fantastic property

  • 5 of 5

As the American part of the previous review I can only second everything that was said. The home is all that is described.Very spacious rooms and garden. Beautiful scenery. The Borders attractions are all within a half hour drive in any direction. Edinburgh about 45 minutes. We liked it so much we extended our stay !! Excellent customer service and communication. We are looking forward to staying at this location again on our next visit and would highly recommend this property to anyone interested in a Borders holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
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Owner's Response: We are really delighted that you and your friends had such a good stay in Stow, enjoying the space and comfort of the house and garden, as well as the easy access to the beautiful Border countryside and Edinburgh too. Haste ye back !
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Charming country house with lovely views

  • 4 of 5

Well proportioned property in a good friendly village location ideal if you are looking for a quiet break. Fortunate to visit the weekend of the opening of the Borders railway so you now have a rail link directly into Edinburgh.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Memorable stay for 3 generations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with our college age girls and our mothers last August. It is a lovely and comfortable home with lively art, interesting books, bucolic views, and walking adventures right from the door. The kitchen comfortably held 6 of us as we cooked and planned the day, and had a basket with bus schedules, local history, and trail maps annotated by the owner that all started at the back door. We hiked up the hill behind the house to stone ruins that were populated by sheep and views of the farms and town below. Our mothers walked to town where they shopped at a well stocked post office/grocery store and visited the church. It was a reasonable drive to Edinburgh, historic Jedburgh, and Glasgow, where we got table seats on the West Highland line to Mallaig - a 10 hour round trip that passed through am amazing variety of landscapes. The driveway did have a visibility issue when backing out because of hedges - we had to get out of the car to check for traffic. But we highly recommend this wonderful home.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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A wee bit of Scottish heaven!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful home away from home. This house oozes charm and warmth from the moment you walk in the front door. It is well kitted out with lots of little touches that ensure you feel as though you are in a home rather than just a house. The well equipped kitchen made cooking a pleasure; the sun-drenched conservatory is a very pleasant place to wile away some time; the lounge room with its extensive library and CD collection - all contributed to making this a place where you wish you could linger longer.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Wonderful time with the family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful farm home for two weeks traveling all over Scotland. Everything about the home was accommodating . Lyn herself made sure that we all had a great time and answered any questions we had, even though many of our questions were right in the home manual. The children absolutely adored the sheep walking all over the hillsides. One day we took the bus into Edinburgh ,bus was only a short walk from the home. The home itself was beautiful in itself! Thanks for our stay lyn.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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What a fantastic cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Our family group included children of 8, 12 and 14 plus parents and granny! The cottage was easy to find and in a great location. Although it is on the main A7 we were never very conscious of the traffic and spent most time out the back anyway. The cottage has fabulous character and felt very relaxing and homely. Our home comforts had been considered by the owners and everything was perfect. The garden suited us with three children eager to explore the surrounding countryside. Full of mature trees, paths,a BBQ, a pond (with newts) and even a fire pit, it was great. We had many walks from the house over the hills around stow. A forty five minute drive took us to the centre of Edinburgh where we spent the day exploring the castle. Definitely recommended!

Quarryknowes is a great base to explore the borders from and we would definitely go back for another stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Nearest Ferry
41 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
26 Miles
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Car: recommended

The village of Stow has a population of about 400. There is a post office / general store, a cafe / gallery, village hall, a medical centre, an all-weather sports ground with tennis court, and a large public park with children's play areas. Edinburgh is very accessible - about 40 minutes by car or 1 hour by bus to the city centre. Within a short drive are the historic towns of Melrose, Peebles, Innerleithen, Kelso, Lauder, Jedburgh, Selkirk and Galashiels where you can find museums, a range of pubs, restaurants, hotels and interesting shopping in the traditional town centres. Visits can be made to the ancient abbeys of Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh, to the castles at Thirlestane, Neidpath, Floors, Roxburgh, Hermitage or to the country houses at Mellerstain, Traquhair and Abbotsford (Walter Scott's house). There are many marked walks, of varing difficulty, through the countryside and forests. The excellent mountain biking facilities at Glentress are 30 minutes away by car.

Other Activities: Mountain biking at Glentress

Golf: There are 21 courses set in the beautiful Border countryside. Lauder golf course is 5 miles and Galashiels 8 miles from the house. 'Freedom of the Fairways' passes are available - £88 for a 3 day pass, £120 for a 5 day pass.

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Sep 3 2016 - Oct 22 2016
4 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $183

To confirm a booking we require a 25% deposit, with the balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. We also request a security deposit of £150 as a safeguard against any damage / breakages etc. It will be refunded within 10 days of departure, providing our house is vacated on time and in good order. The security deposit is to be paid with the balance, 6 weeks before the arrival date.

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Stow House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 170 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , On ground floor by the twin bedded room
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , On first floor by the 2 double bedrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , On first floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , On first floor
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , On ground floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , On ground floor
  • Infant's cot available
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Elderly or infirm visitors could be comfortably accommodated on the ground floor

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