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Dryburgh Stirling One

St. Boswells, Scottish Borders

Nestled gently on the banks of the River Tweed amidst the rich dramatic beauty of the landscape made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott, this really is an enchanting spot.

Dryburgh Stirling One

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Overview

Nestled gently on the banks of the River Tweed amidst the rich dramatic beauty of the landscape made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott, this really is an enchanting spot. 

Nestled gently on the banks of the River Tweed

Built in the early 19th century, Dryburgh Stirling One with its ornate orchard gate and fairytale turrets was originally part of the aristocratic folly of the 11th Earl of Buchan.

Now offered as two outstanding holiday lets, the cottages at Dryburgh have undergone a complete transformation to ensure the highest level of guest comfort throughout.

Sitting at the end of a no-through road surrounded by scenic parkland and woodland, the area is steeped in history and heritage, positioned just a stone’s throw from the romantic medieval ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the mighty sandstone statue of Sir William Wallace, and the Dryburgh chain link bridge.

With its captivating exterior and plush interior, No. 1 Stirling Towers will ease you into a holiday mindset in no time. Designed for four, the cottage has plenty of space for relaxation and entertaining with its warm ambient sitting room and woodburning stove, while a separate dining room with cosy open fire is an atmospheric spot to indulge in lovely evenings into the wee small hours.

The kitchen is well equipped with all mod cons, including a wine fridge to keep that crisp Chablis at the perfect temperature! There is a separate utility room for outdoor kit and the four-legged members of your party, leading onto the raised patio and lawned garden. Upstairs the two en-suite bedrooms enjoy the most fantastic views of the river and fishing guests can start their day in anticipation taking in the views over the bridge pool.

Property details

Ground floor

Sitting room with two large double sofas provide plenty of seating space for rest and relaxation. Wood burning stove with logs supplied. Technology includes a flat screen TV with Freeview and integrated DVD. A selection of books, games and DVDs are provided.

Dining room with antique dining table and seating for six. Open fire. Sideboard with serving space. Additional storage is provided in the ground floor turret space.

Kitchen/dining area is fully equipped with electric oven, ceramic hob, large fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated microwave, and wine fridge. There is an informal dining space with seating for 4/6. The leads into a separate utility room with washing machine and facilities. A glazed door provides access onto the raised patio (4 steps) and lawned garden.

Family bathroom with large shower unit, bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

First floor

Bedroom one with 4’6” double bed, dressing table, side tables, chest of drawers, walk-in closet (turret), wall mounted flat screen TV. River views.

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

Bedroom two with 5’ king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, flat screen TV, built-in wardrobe and river views.

En-suite bathroom with corner shower unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

There is a raised patio and lawned garden to the rear of the property with outside furniture which is fully enclosed. The patio is accessed from the kitchen/utility to the rear.

Parking

There is private parking to the front of the cottage.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are permitted but must be kept to the utility and kitchen area of the property only.

Guest amenities

High quality bed linen and luxurious towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Bath robes are supplied.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.

Heating

Central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with logs supplied. Open fire in the dining room.

Guest privacy

Dryburgh Stirling One is a semi-detached property. This adjoins Dryburgh Stirling Two which is also offered as a holiday let. The rear patio offers guest privacy and is not overlooked.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together this cottage can be booked alongside Dryburgh Stirling Two sleeping 4, Dryburgh Farmhouse One sleeping 4 and Dryburgh Farmhouse Two sleeping 4.

Dryburgh Farmhouse One and Two are adjoining with a connecting door and are a short distance away. Dryburgh Stirling One and Two are located next to each other.

Location

Dryburgh Stirling One is within walking distance of the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel where guests are welcome to use the bar and AA rosette restaurant and bistro, and is just three miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom.

Nearby Melrose (7 miles) is one of the most picturesque in the Borders and has 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. A short drive will also take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside ( 6 miles) for excellent food at Seasons or the Hoebridge Restaurant.

Activities

Dryburgh is an excellent base for exploring the local area. The evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott, sit just a five minute walk away, upheld as the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Also on the doorstep is the mighty red sandstone monument of Sir William Wallace, and nearby Scott’s View offering panoramic views over superb Borders countryside.

For outdoor pursuits, there are excellent walks from the cottage along the river and 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 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 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 also 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.

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 (9 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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

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

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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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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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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

"Hi - our whole experience of Dryburgh Stirling One was exceptional - it was one of the best cottages we have had and we have stayed in quite a few over the last few years. The cottage was exceptionally clean and tidy and the Welcome pack was exceptional, especially the white wine, and we will certainly return in the future. The cottage was in a lovely, peaceful position by the river and there were walks from the cottage and the attractions of the whole area were easily reached by car within a few minutes."

Bowerbank Family

"Cottage excellent- clean, comfortable and well equipped. Housekeeper very helpful and pleasant. Despite the rain we managed to explore near area on foot and visit Floors and Rosslyn. We hope to visit again before too long."

Ms Bewick

"We had a wonderful time - so much so we have re-booked for a week in June."

Hall family

"We had a fantastic stay at Dryburgh Stirling One as we had the last time there. The house and setting are beautiful, and the furnishings and amenities were outstanding. Thank you for everything that you supplied to make our stay easier and more convenient. The housekeeper is to be commended as well, as everything was spotless. We hope to be able to return."

Mr & Mrs Land

"Just to say that we had a lovely stay. The property was delightful, as was the view, and it was kept to a very high standard, which I am sure is due to the housekeeper's diligence and hard work."

Mrs Davies

"We did indeed enjoy our stay at Dryburgh Stirling One and is probably one of the best that we've stayed in. I must say that the welcome hamper was very generous indeed."

Taylor family

"The cottage was excellent and it was in a beautiful location. It was well stocked with every item you required and it was extremely comfortable. My family had a super week."

Jones family

"We certainly had a lovely holiday and we cannot commend or recommend Crabtree & Crabtree enough. A really good experience, thank you. Dryburgh Stirling One was perfect. Location and accommodation. Fab guest supplies, robes and toiletries and the huge welcome pack was thoughtful and very generous. Comfy bed and good linen. The housekeeper was super too, very helpful. We want to move in forever..."

Hubble family

"This has been one of the highest standard of cottages we have stayed in their thought to detail is of the highest standard. Everything has been thought about and the welcome pack was exceptional. The housekeeper was ever so helpful and worth her weight in gold, what a find for the owner. We had a fantastic time and will return."

Wilson family

"We had an absolutely fantastic week at Dryburgh Stirling One. The best part was possibly watching the walkers go past and look at our cottage with envy! It truly is a fabulous property and had everything that could possibly be needed. The views across the Tweed are beyond words. I think you can tell we rather liked it and the whole Tweed valley area. We are already looking for when we could return, possibly in August. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to both the house keepers for leaving the property so clean and to the owner for their attention to detail and investment into the whole holiday experience. It was totally appreciated."

Young family

"We had a lovely stay at the property over the new year. It is very well appointed and well situated for local walks and we loved the log burner in the evenings. Please pass on our thanks to the owner for such a lovely property, I'm sure we'll be back."

Mchugh family

"I would like to say that from booking the holiday and arriving at Dryburgh Stirling One, everything went very smoothly. Upon arrival we were fortunate enough to meet the housekeeper and she was very welcoming and helpful. Both properties were amazing, even better than the photos! Everything from fixtures and fittings to bedding, towels, toiletries, garden furniture etc were excellent. The properties were very clean and even though dogs are allowed to stay there, there was no "doggy" smell. The welcome pack upon arrival was the best we've ever experienced, absolutely excellent! The views were stunning, the most tranquil beautiful, peaceful place we've stayed in a while and we were so lucky with the hot weather! I would definitely recommend the properties we stayed in to anybody, and thanks to Crabtree & Crabtree that is why we have discovered them, I would not hesitate to recommend your company for booking holidays and will definitely use you again when looking for a holiday home. Many thanks to your team and the owners/housekeeper at Dryburgh Stirling One for making our holiday a wonderful experience."

Sharpe family

"We had a fantastic time at Stirling One. There was not one thing that you had not thought of even to lovely bunch of flowers and food package. The cottage was lovely spotless and having the wood burner in lounge and coal fire in dining room it was really romantic. We are desperate to return and will hopefully do so soon. Thank you again for making our weekend very special."

Ms Hastings
Location By the River Tweed at Dryburgh
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome.
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 fairytale exterior with the ornate orchard gate and turrets add a special kind of magic. The little things we love...
"The fairytale exterior with the ornate orchard gate and turrets add a special kind of magic."
Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree