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Balmoral Cottage

Kelso, Scottish Borders

A delightful, well-presented, period cottage with an attractive rural location yet with easy access to Kelso’s excellent amenities just 3 miles away, and prime middle Tweed fishing beats.

Balmoral Cottage

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Balmoral Cottage

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Overview

A delightful, well-presented, period cottage offering guests the best of both worlds; an attractive rural location with good walks from the doorstep yet with easy access to Kelso’s excellent amenities just 3 miles away.

Ideal for fishing

The deceptively spacious accommodation is presented in a charming, contemporary country style. The sitting room features a wood burner, stripped wood floors, sumptuous leather sofas, a fabulous antler ceiling light, pretty lamps and bold fabrics to add a pop of colour.

The attractive kitchen is well-equipped with excellent quality crockery and cookware and the adjacent dining conservatory is a delightful spot for leisurely dining whatever the weather.

The three individually-styled bedrooms feature chic country florals, muted tweeds, and each has its own immaculately-presented, contemporary bath or shower rooms. The ground floor bedroom and shower room is ideal for less mobile guests.

Outside is a pretty garden to the front and a tiered garden to the rear with an outside dining area and lawned area. 

The impressive rod room / store is ideal for fishing parties with rod racks, a chest freezer and sink. There is also plenty of space for the storage of bicycles, golf clubs and outdoor kit.

Property details

Ground floor

Sitting room with wood burning stove with logs provided, large flat screen TV with Freeview and Blu-ray DVD player.

Kitchen with double electric ovens, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There is a tumble dryer and chest freezer in the store room.

Dining conservatory to seat 6 guests with French doors to the terrace.

Guest cloakroom.

Bedroom one with 5’ bed, TV with Freeview, chest of drawers and hanging space provided by a coat stand and hangers.

En-suite shower room with walk in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

First floor

Bedroom two with 5’ bed, fitted wardrobe, TV with Freeview.

En-suite bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom three with 5’ bed, TV with Freeview, dressing area with chest of drawers and hanging space provided by a coat stand and hangers.

En-suite shower room with large walk in shower with rainforest shower head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

There is a small garden to the front of the house. The attractive rear garden is enclosed, however guests with dogs and young children should note that there is a small dividing wall with a drop into the adjoining property in the rear garden. Please contact us if you have any concerns. The garden includes a dining terrace accessed from the house with outside furniture.

There is a gate at the top of the garden which allows access into the fields beyond which may be used for walking, however it is important to note that this area is farmland therefore guests must ensure that dogs are kept on leads when there is livestock or that walking may be more restricted during certain seasons. 

Balmoral Cottage has a secure, large outside store / rod room with rod racks, chest freezer, tumble dryer and sink which is ideal for fishing parties and the storage of outdoor kit such as bicycles, golf clubs and walking gear.

Parking

There is parking for one to two cars directly in front of the cottage, but the turning area can be more limited and it is important that guests give due regard to the access requirements of other vehicles and neighbouring properties.

Children & Babies

A travel cot and highchair are available on request. The rear garden is fully enclosed for children to play. Guests should note that there is a dividing wall with a drop into the adjoining property in the rear garden where younger children may require supervision. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at Balmoral Cottage. There is a charge of £20 per dog. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor and are not allowed in the bedrooms. 

Guests should note that the garden to the rear is enclosed but there is a dividing wall with a drop into the adjoining property. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Guest amenities

The beds are made up with high quality White Company Egyptian Cotton bed linen. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Luxurious White Company bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest hand soaps are provided. 

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

There is Wi-Fi at the cottage. The connection can be slow due to the rural location. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.

Heating

Balmoral Cottage has oil central heating in addition to the wood burning stove. The wood burning stove also warms up the heaters when running. Logs are provided.

Guest privacy

Balmoral Cottage is a semi-detached property and sits within a small, peaceful hamlet of cottages. There are open fields to one side and behind.

Location

The hamlet of Nenthorn sits just 3 miles north of the picturesque town of Kelso and enjoys an attractive rural position with commanding views over open countryside towards the Cheviot Hills in one direction and the Eildon Hills in the other. The cottage is extremely well-placed for exploring all the attractions and towns of the central Borders and the many outdoor, fishing and sporting pursuits of the area.

Kelso is a thriving market town set around a charming cobbled square with rich historical features and architecture including the outstanding Abbey ruins, the grandeur of Floors Castle and the splendid Rennie Bridge where the grooves made by the ‘reluctant pennies’ of those crossing the bridge towards the toll-house in the early 1800’s can still be seen along the parapet to this day.

You will find excellent local amenities here and the town is home to some super clothing, gift and interior shops where you can indulge in a little retail therapy, or purchase fresh local produce and holiday provisions from quality independent traders. For dining-out, The Cobbles comes highly recommended, or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including The Tipsy Ghillie; Off The Square; the Hoot ‘n Cat or the Terrace Cafe at Floors. 

Activities

Kelso sits right on the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and is a much loved destination for salmon anglers who come to experience world-class fishing on the prolific Middle Tweed salmon beats around this area - Rutherford, Makerstoun, Upper and Lower Floors, Junction and Hendersyde are all within a few miles of the property. Fishing can be booked through FishTweed, while Orvis and Tweedside Tackle are both based in the centre of town offering a wealth of advice on river levels, latest catches, permits, tackle and all things fishing and country. The day’s catches can be smoked locally at the nearby Teviot Smokery, or for a little relaxation after the day’s endeavours you will find plenty of congenial fisher chat at Ednam House where you can celebrate......or perhaps commiserate over a wee dram in this renowned fishing establishment!

For golf enthusiasts, Kelso Golf Club is an attractive parkland course resting on the edge of the town, or you can experience a fantastic day-out playing the Roxburghe Championship Course (5 miles), recently voted 6th best course in Scotland by readers of the country’s best selling golf title. There is a pro-shop and PGA golf academy here for those who are new to the game or wish to refine their swing, and if you’re feeling particularly energetic you may decide to finish off your day popping a few clays at the nearby shooting school.

For walking, there are lots of lovely peaceful country walks taking in parkland, woodland and riverside paths right across the area from easy rambles to more extensive hikes in the Cheviot Hills which can be accessed from Yetholm (10 miles). You can join the long-distance walking routes of The Pennine Way and St. Cuthbert’s Way from this point, or alternatively experience some fantastic scenery along the route of the Borders Abbey’s Way, taking in the exceptional remnants of the four 12th century Abbeys at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.

Similarly, the area has cycling trails for everyone from the family friendly routes at Bowmont Forest and Harestanes, to the scenic waymarked trails of the Bordeloop4, Coast & Castles Route & Tweed Cycle Way. If you would prefer to swap two wheels for four hooves, the Nenthorn Equestrian Centre is a well-established school offering riding for all ages and abilities and is based just a few minutes from the property.

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.

Our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for short breaks or 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!

A half-hour will take you to the wonderful heritage coastline with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, while the cultural city of Edinburgh is just an hour’s drive where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.

 

Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and Nannies

Babysitting and Nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Reviews

"We had a lovely time at Balmoral Cottage. The cottage was ideal for our needs- 3 couples, so 3 en suites was just what we needed. The cottage had everything we needed and more. The kitchen particularly was exceptionally well stocked with implements. The cottage was extremely clean when we arrived. The downstairs bedroom was ideal for one of our party who has difficulties walking." 

Mrs Rosie McKenna

"The cottage was just brilliant. and the area was lovely, although we didn't manage to walk much because of the weather, but that gives us a good excuse to come back. We have stayed in many cottages in different areas of the country,,,and this one was exceptional. The quality and cleanliness of the cottage was fab and sooo well equipped...you could even have baked a cake while you were there. We had my parents with us, and they are not too mobile and have some needs and like a cosy house, and it was ideal for them. The log fire was just heaven and we used it everyday!"

Mrs Susan Renwick

"We had a wonderful stay at Balmoral Cottage. The house was spotlessly clean (thanks again to the housekeeper, she is doing a great job!!), cosy and very well equipped. We loved the view from the winter garden and the visits from "our" horses. We really travel a lot, but for the first time we didn‘t want to go back home at all. Kelso is the perfect location for day trips. Even the weather was fine on most of the days. The advantage of visiting Scotland in winter time was that we had all the beautiful places (like Dryburgh Abbey) for us. This is for sure, we will definitely come back! We also have to thank you for your support during the booking procedure. Everybody was very kind!"

Gutzke family

"We had a wonderful stay in Balmoral cottage and would give it 10/10!  It was comfortable, warm and the furnishings and fittings were of a high standard. It was a bonus that each bedroom had an en-suite bathroom. The garden was pretty, there were lovely views over to the hills and we loved seeing the horses when they came to the nearby corner of the field. Thank you very much."

Ms Dean

"Thank you again Crabtree & Crabtree. Brilliant holiday, lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Special shout out to the village neighbours who made us feel very welcome when we were out and about with the dogs."

Mr O'Brien & family

"We enjoyed very much our stay at Balmoral Cottage. The house was really nice and the place was quiet and lovely, especially with our neighbours, the horses. Very nice service too. Many thanks to the housekeeper for her help and for the welcoming pack which was most appreciated. Thanks again for everything. We hope we'll be back someday in the Borders."

Ms Videau

"We had a wonderful time, the cottage was lovely with everything (and more) we could need. We will be using Crabtree & Crabtree properties again in the near future, as always we where very happy in your property they are always first class."

Davey family

"All 7 of us (including our pup!) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Balmoral Cottage. It was everything we expected it to be, very modern, clean and an ideal location for walking the dog. We have been coming up to Scotland for around 20 years and this is the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in. We're already planning our next visit!"

Henderson family

"I find it difficult to propose any "improvements" on Crabtree & Crabtree's impeccable service. You have to be congratulated on a very fine level of customer service both online and personally when my wife and I called at your office so many thanks for all your help. Balmoral Cottage was fantastic. It was immaculate and beautifully presented. The owners had thought of everything and our stay could not have been more comfortable. My wife and I were accompanied by our daughter, son-in-law and their two sons with Ollie the wee cockapoo and we all had a wonderful time. What can I say, we loved every minute. Keep up the good work."

Gray family

"What can we say about Balmoral Cottage... everything about it was fantastic, as was the wonderful service from yourselves at Crabtree & Crabtree. The cottage was beautiful, and was immaculate. The housekeeper had done an exceptional job, the welcome pack was a lovely touch, and the cottage was equipped with everything we could ever need, even down to magazines and dog poo bags. We loved the garden, and even on the dullest of days, we sat outside. The garden was totally 'dog-proofed', and our two labradoodles had a great time exploring. The garden was lovely, really well designed and obviously looked after with lots of TLC. We saw a lot of wildlife, especially in the field next door-hares, horses, bats,wrens and owls, the list is endless! It was a magical week, one that even the rain couldn't dampen. We would certainly like to repeat our stay at Balmoral Cottage, who needs to go abroad with holidays like this on our doorstep? Thank you for everything. We would definitely recommend Crabtree & Crabtree in the future."

Kennedy family

We found Balmoral Cottage to be one of the very best cottages we have stayed in here in the UK. Excellent in fact. All of the 'essentials' we thought we might need to take with us were already there and the welcome hamper was very nice indeed. We would highly recommend."

Margetts family

"We had a wonderful holiday and even the weather was very kind to us. The house is beautiful and a credit to the owners. There was everything you could wish for. We were very comfortable and certainly slept very well in the comfortable beds. My 92 year old mother in law was also very impressed. She thought it was wonderful. I do hope that one day we will be back to stay once again as there is so much to see and do in the area. Thank you also to the staff at Crabtree & Crabtree for making our booking so simple and straight forward."

Giddings family

"The group were delighted with Balmoral Cottage in every way. We intend to return to the Borders & we will certainly make Crabtree & Crabtree our first choice." 

Nixon family

"We had the most wonderful stay at Balmoral Cottage this month, so good that we extended our visit! This house had everything that we wanted to make us very comfortable and after several years staying in self catering in and around Kelso, we quite probably have found our ideal place - we will definitely enquire about staying here again. All rooms are very well presented, clean, tidy, with cosy and comfortable beds which are very welcome after tiring days out! We made use of the garden area on the nice days and enjoyed the spectacular views."

Douglas family

"Fab cottage, perfect for our short break – really high quality home, lovely area, plenty of doggy walks and really close to Kelso. Loved it!"

Fox family

"We very much enjoyed the stay at the Balmoral Cottage. The hamper on arrival was very gratefully received and was a very nice gesture. However, the Christmas tree and the very generous present for our son really were above and beyond what we were hoping for and really helped to make the holiday enjoyable. Our most favourite place was without doubt in front of the log burning stove in the living room. It was hard to get much further than this most days. A very enjoyable stay for us and allowed us to host a very enjoyable Christmas meal for our family."

Fleming family

"We had a lovely week at Balmoral Cottage. We thought the cottage was very well appointed and equipped."

Mr & Mrs Rushton

"We had a lovely stay at Balmoral Cottage, it was lovely and clean with lots of useful bits and bobs."

Ms Savage

"We were a party of 4 adults, 2 6 year old and a dog. We had a lovely time at the cottage. It was very spacious and was to a high standard. It was very cosy especially with the log burner and was in a nice and peaceful area. It was within a short distance to Kelso but we also had some lovely adventures out. We visited Coldingham Bay which was lovely and we will definitely visit again in the Summer as its not too far from our home either. We also had good fun exploring and trying to find (with some difficulty!) the waterfall nearby. We found it eventually but ended up on the wrong side of the river! We still had an adventure though and a lovely day out! Would recommend the cottage and would certainly stay again."

Quinn family

"Balmoral Cottage was really beautiful and was very well equipped. Thank you for your really good service again."

Nelson family
Location In the hamlet of Nenthorn - 3.5 miles from Kelso.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Saturday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"The dining conservatory is a delightful spot for leisurely dining whatever the weather."
Emma, Crabtree & Crabtree