Elegant and light filled, this fantastic two bedroom barn conversion sits in a peaceful spot which is just perfect for relaxing your inner self.
Style, sophistication and plenty of comfort
Beautifully presented with all mod cons and underfloor heating to the main living space, a stay at the Byre offers style, sophistication and plenty of comfort. Set high on the hillside above the picturesque villages of Gattonside and Melrose, guests here can simply relax and enjoy the changing light across the rolling Borders landscape, or head outdoors for wonderful sightseeing and outdoor pursuits.
Set out over one floor, the open plan configuration is a sociable space for couples or families to relax and enjoy those special together moments, perhaps savouring a freshly brewed coffee planning the day ahead, or a candlelit supper into the wee small hours.
The sitting room is enhanced by high quality furnishings with ample seating space, including a dash of contemporary art which gives a very endearing nod to the barn’s past life. Large bi-folding doors open out to the fully enclosed garden for lazy summer days and that wonderful al fresco feeling. The sleek, contemporary lines of the kitchen will be a cook’s delight, and the two luxurious bedrooms (one en-suite) are the perfect finishing touch.
5% discount available to returning guests.
Access leading into a large boot room/utility room with bench seating and plenty of space and for outdoor gear and dogs. There is a washing machine with dryer.
Open-plan sitting room/dining kitchen. The sitting room features elegant furnishings with two large sofas and two leather chairs providing ample seating space, including a writing desk with chair for work or computer use. Technology includes a wall mounted flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player. Books, board games and a selection of DVDs are provided.
Kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven, ceramic hob, large integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher and microwave. Dining space with seating for four.
Please note there is a step half way along the hallway before accessing the bedrooms.
Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king or twin as preferred. Side table, console, and storage cupboard with hanging space.
En-suite with large shower unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king or twin as preferred. Side tables, large console table, and storage cupboard with hanging space.
Family bathroom with separate shower unit, large bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
There is a private lawned garden which can be accessed through large bi-folding doors from the living space. This area includes a decked patio with garden furniture and seating for four. The garden is enclosed for the safety of children and dogs.
A charcoal barbecue is available for guest use. A £20 fee must be paid to the owners directly.
There is private parking for two cars.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Dogs & other pets
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, but they must be kept to the uncarpeted areas of the property and are not permitted in the bedrooms. There is a charge of £20 per dog. It is essential that owners clean up after their pets and respect the access requirements of the estate. The area surrounding the barn is farmland and dogs must be kept under control at all times, and particularly when there is livestock in the adjacent fields.
Grazing and stabling are available for guests wishing to bring their own horse or pony. A field next to Smiddy can be made available on request, or there are paddocks and stables available just a 10 minute walk from the property. There is a charge of £25 per horse for stays up to seven nights. Please enquire for a price for longer stays. The location of Smiddy on seven hundred acres of unspoilt estate land means that it is perfectly placed for exploring, and horseback guided tours of the local area can be arranged upon request.
The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian Cotton bed linen. One hairdryer is supplied. Luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries. Grab rails can be provided on request.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.
Bioethanol fire with living flame to the sitting room. Initial supply of fuel provided, thereafter nominal charge will apply. Heating throughout the property, with underfloor heating in the main living area.
Fishing on site
Fishing is available on the Middle Pavilion beat on the River Tweed. There are eight named pools and a boat. The beat has picturesque views of the Eildons and the beautiful surrounding countryside. The riverbanks are regularly maintained to ensure ease of access and casting. Please email us for more details.
Byre is a semi-detached property and sits within a small, peaceful development of three other converted properties which belong to the same owner and are also available for holiday let. There are open fields to the front and rear of the development.
Byre sits just a five minute drive from the historic and very picturesque town of Melrose where you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with Melrose Abbey as the stunning backdrop. Here you will find 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; 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 gifts and lovely things, head to Michael Vee Design for elegant interiors; Sarah Thomson or Twelve for ladieswear; beautiful artisan goods from The Crafters; or Masons bookshop for a good holiday read. For those seeking something a little more energetic, there is also a bike shop and cycle hire where you will find plenty of friendly advice on local trails around the area.
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. A short drive or twenty minute walk will take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside (1.5 miles) for excellent food at Seasons or the Hoebridge Restaurant.
The area is also a perfect base for sightseeing and exploring the wider attractions of the central Borders area. For sightseeing, the area sits in the heart of myth and legend and visitors come from all over the world to soak up its rich historical connections. Top of the list is the magnificent monastic ruins of Melrose Abbey founded in 1136 by the monks of the Cistercian order, featuring beautiful architectural detailing and fascinating connections to St. Cuthbert, Scottish Kings, and the philosopher wizard. Nearby you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Harmony Garden and Priorwood Garden before a visit to the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre based in the town square.
Next, a short drive will take you to Leaderfoot Viaduct, an outstanding 19 arch bridge spanning the Tweed before heading to Scott’s View - the inspiration for many of Sir Walter Scott’s writings with stunning panoramic views across the rolling Border heartland. After a lazy lunch, head up the three peaks of the Eildon Hills for yet more amazing views, and explore their association with the fabled Thomas the Rhymer, the Fairy Queen, King Arthur and Merlin. Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford will reveal a treasure trove of artefacts connected to this great writer, while the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Manderston, Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Thirlestane will not fail to impress.
For walking, there is an abundance of local trails and waymarked routes across the area, with leisurely routes right from the doorstep to more extensive loops across the wider estate. Melrose is the starting point for St. Cuthbert’s Way which charts the historic trail of this 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 mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Alternatively the sublime Southern Upland Way, Borders Abbeys Way and Sir Walter Scott’s Way run right through this area - each with shorter routes for less experienced walkers or those with less time.
If your passion is country sports, the famous Tweed and its tributaries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling, with notable middle Tweed beats offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game, can be arranged locally including nearby Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
For golf fans, the picturesque 9 hole Melrose Golf Club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills while the 18 hole courses at Galashiels and Torwoodlee both sit nearby. Alternatively choose from over 30 courses within a 30 mile radius including the fantastic championship courses at Cardrona in Tweeddale or The Roxburghe at Kelso.
Cyclists will delight at the range of biking options across the wider area from long forest cruises to high energy burning climbs, including the 7Stanes biking centres at Innerleithen and Glentress which are just a half-hour drive away. Guided cycling tours of the area can also be arranged with the owners on request. For families, there is a playpark and tennis courts in nearby Melrose, a multi-screen cinema, skate park and leisure pool in Galashiels (5 miles), or try the wonderful forest adventure playground with huge slides and zip wires at Bowhill House and Country Estate (10 miles).
Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. The Melrose Rugby 7s draws an international crowd in April, or you can witness the ancient traditions of the Melrose Festival in June which includes the custom of riding the town's boundaries on horseback. Also not to be missed is the fabulous Borders Book Festival which attracts a hugely impressive line-up of names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders to name but a few! Finally, why not soak up the sights and sounds of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in August.
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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!Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
"We so enjoyed our stay at Byre, couldn't fault the cleanliness or the standard of the rooms as sometimes after awhile scuff marks appear but no sign of that at all. We find the Crabtree & Crabtree team very helpful. We have already booked another C&C property and will definitely return to the Byre."Buller family
"We had a wonderful wee break at Byre. There was nothing which needed to be improved upon. The welcome pack was absolutely amazing. Welcome packs are always appreciated and do give the guest a good feel about the property, but this welcome pack was way beyond what one would have hoped for. The guest information was well presented and clear. We will certainly be holidaying with Crabtree & Crabtree again. It was lovely to pop in to the office last week and to see you all!"McColgan family
"Everything was great, we thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas break in this wonderful cottage. Decor was great, lovely touch with the welcome wine, milk, cheeses, crisps and cake. We would highly recommend this to our friends and anyone else."Campbell family
"Thank you very much - we had an excellent week at The Byre and as with our previous holidays in C & C properties your input was top notch."Mr & Mrs Ward
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Saturday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The carefully selected artworks are a fun touch which reflect the history of the building."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree