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Head Gardener's House at Floors Castle

Kelso, Scottish Borders

Meticulously restored by The Duchess of Roxburghe, this is an exceptional house in an exceptional setting. Sitting in the walled garden within the grounds of Floors Castle, it encapsulates the best of country living.

Head Gardener's House at Floors Castle

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Head Gardener's House

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Overview

Meticulously restored by The Duchess of Roxburghe and her team, this is quite simply an exceptional house in an exceptional setting.

With a castle on the doorstep and heavenly gardens, this could be your fairytale getaway

Sitting in the walled garden within the grounds of Floors Castle, it encapsulates the best of country living. Dating right back to 1815 and now renovated to an exceptionally high standard throughout, guests can be assured a very special stay in this former Head Gardener’s House.

The ground floor opens up to a main hall and staircase with impeccable finishes by Lewis and Wood, setting the scene for the quality throughout the rest of the house.

The drawing room is beautifully appointed with deep, generous sofas and elegant furnishings along with fabrics from Osborne & Little, Lewis & Wood and Romo which add warmth and vibrancy to the space.

The kitchen is wonderfully light and bright with integrated units giving a sleek streamlined look along with a dining area which merges classic heritage tones with the odd dash of colour for a perfectly in-vogue finish. A downstairs boot room/drying room is a versatile space - perfect for dogs and the storage of outdoor gear.

Upstairs the quality continues into two sumptuous bedrooms - one with en-suite and one with adjoining bathroom, each generously proportioned with opulent emperor size beds for that added touch of luxury and wonderful views over the Walled Garden and Millennium Garden.

Head outdoors and guests have private use of the four acre Walled Garden outside formal opening hours. With the magnificent Floors Castle setting and access to fabulous walking within the park grounds and on the banks of the River Tweed, it may prove hugely difficult to venture anywhere else!

Property details

Ground Floor

Access door (4 steps up) and inner porch leading into the hallway.

Boot room/cloakroom/drying room with storage and hanging space opening into a substantial walk in closet with large electric heater - perfect for drying outdoor gear. There is also a basin and WC, along with a dog bed for the four legged members of the party.

Sitting room with two large double sofas and two armchairs, large flat screen TV with integrated DVD player, wood burning stove. Selection of books and games. Views overlooking the walled garden.

Kitchen is fully equipped with integrated appliances - ceramic hob, single electric oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher. In the dining area, there is a dining table with seating for six, breakfast bar area with two stools, flat screen TV, Bluetooth docking station. Separate bench seat and armchair. Views onto the garden.

First Floor

Bedroom one is the master bedroom with emperor size zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ 6” super king or two 3’ 3” beds as required. Side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe. Views over the garden.

En-suite bathroom with separate bath, large shower with rainforest head and separate handheld unit, heated towel rail, twin basin and WC. Underfloor heating.

Bedroom two with emperor size zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ 6” super king or two 3’ 3” beds as required. Side tables, chest of drawers, large built-in wardrobe. Views over the garden.

Adjoining bathroom (3 steps down) with large double shower unit with rainforest head and separate handheld unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

Floors Castle Garden is open to the public all year round from 11am to 4pm or 5pm depending upon the time of year. Guests should therefore be aware that there will be members of the public in the grounds during these times. Outside these hours guests are welcome to enjoy the walled garden (with the exception of the greenhouses and outbuildings) at their leisure.

Please note there is no dedicated outside space for guests. There are two director style chairs and a small fold out table that guests are welcome to use outside.

Parking

There is a parking space for two cars in front of the house or immediately adjacent in the Garden Terrace Car Park.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request. There is a small adventure playground in the walled garden for children including a zip wire, monkey bars and swings, however children should be closely supervised.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a charge of £30 per dog but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and then kept to the kitchen and boot room only. They are not permitted on the furniture or upstairs in the bedrooms. Dogs are welcome in the walled garden, but must be kept on leads at all times. Dogs must be under control whilst walking through fields and farmland.

Guest amenities

High quality bed linen and luxurious towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.

Wi-fi & mobile coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is variable. EE and Vodafone offer the best coverage.

Heating

Central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with generous initial supply of logs provided.

Guest privacy

Floors Castle Garden is open to the public all year round from 11am to 4pm or 5pm depending upon the time of year. Guests should therefore be aware that there will be members of the public in the grounds during these times. Outside these hours guests are welcome to enjoy the walled garden (with the exception of the greenhouses and outbuildings) at their leisure.

Location

The Terrace Cafe sits approximately 100 yards from Head Gardener's House (open 10am - 4pm daily) serving light bites and lunches each day using the best of local ingredients. Alternatively the Courtyard Cafe adjoining the Castle (seasonal opening times) is just a leisurely wander from the property.

You will also find excellent local amenities in the thriving market town of Kelso (3 miles) set around a charming cobbled square. The town is home to a super range of independent shops where you can indulge in a little retail therapy, or purchase fresh produce and holiday provisions from friendly local traders.

There are some excellent pubs and restaurants for dining out, including the charms of Rutherford's, Scotland's first micro-pub - seen as 'the perfect antidote to modern life'. For light lunches, you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town, or for evening dining there is the Contented Vine and The Cobbles.

The cottage is also 5 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.

Activities

Floors is Scotland’s largest inhabited castle and its beautiful parkland setting is a huge draw for visitors to the area. Originally designed by leading Edinburgh architect William Adam in 1721, it was later embellished in the early 19th century with turrets and battlements to create a simply stunning residence with a priceless collection of fine art, porcelain and tapestries.

There are two wonderful walks close-by - the Woodland Walk and the Riverside Walk, both offering fantastic opportunities to hear and see the abundant wildlife of the area, including woodpeckers, red squirrels, oyster catchers and herons. The woodlands are also home to many magnificent mature oak, lime and beech trees, including a line of sweet chestnut which survive from Daniel Defoe’s visit to the Estate in the 18th century.

For children, there is a small adventure playground in the walled garden including a zip wire, monkey bars and swings, with picnic seating and benches allowing close supervision from adults.

Nearby you will find Smailholm Tower, the first home of Sir Walter Scott with fantastic views across the Cheviot Hills beyond and Scott’s view with amazing views across the Border country which inspired so many of his most famous works.

The Borders Abbeys Way passes through this area and you can walk a lovely section past Floors Castle down to Kelso, or if you’re feeling particularly energetic you may wish to walk the full route 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 Borderloop4, Coast & Castles Route & Tweed Cycle Way. If you 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 fishing, 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 - Upper and Lower Floors, Rutherford, Makerstoun, Junction and Hendersyde are all within a few miles of the property. Fishing can be booked through FishTweed, while Orvis and Fin and Game 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.

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, or perhaps sharpen up your eye popping a few clays at the nearby shooting school.

For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of 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, Common Ridings and Melrose Rugby Sevens......to name just a few!

A half-hour drive 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 away 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. Alternatively hop on the train from Tweedbank (14 miles) and enjoy a wonderful trip through scenic Border scenery which will take you right into the heart of the 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

"We had a really lovely time. The cottage was exceptionally clean, comfortable & luxurious, we loved being in the walled garden and it was superb having the garden to ourselves, being able to wander around peacefully and really appreciate the beauty of a classic walled garden at it's best was the highlight of our holiday.  All the staff we came into contact with at Floors Castle were really friendly and helpful, our particular thanks to the housekeeper for doing such a great job, so nice to arrive to a self catering property so immaculately clean, we also appreciated the welcome pack and all the Noble Isle toiletries provided for our use. We found the service of Crabtree & Crabtree to be absolutely excellent and will definitely book with you again. All in all a great holiday."

Ms Smith

"Yes, once again we had a great stay there. It really is a very special property."

Mr Verney

"We absolutely adored the cottage and garden. It felt like an honour that we were entrusted with the beautiful garden in the evenings! Also a big thank you to the housekeeper as the cottage was in perfect condition."

Ms Scott

"We had a wonderful stay and left a thank you card as the property really has been beautifully renovated and decorated with so much thought having been put into every room, providing anything and everything we might need.  It's like a luxurious home as opposed to a holiday rental and we had a wonderful Christmas week there in such a beautiful quiet setting."

Greenaway family

"Wow!!!! What can I say. The Head Gardener's House was amazing.The kitchen had more equipment in it than mine at home. The beds were so comfy. We didn't want to come home. We got a ticket to allow us into the walled gardens and grounds at anytime, the colours were fab. And we got a discounted rate into the castle itself. We used the Cafe quite a lot and also the ready meals, all were excellent. As you can probably tell, we had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone."

Mr & Mrs Parker

"We had a wonderful week. The cottage was beautifully decorated and clean. Everything you could want was there. The beds were extremely comfortable. Think it was possibly the nicest cottage we have ever stayed in. The food was excellent in the Terrace cafe and staff there and at the Castle, which we visited, were very friendly and helpful. It was wonderful looking out on the Walled Garden and be able to have a walk there and in the grounds when everyone had gone home. All in all it was perfect. We will visit again. Thank you Crabtree & Crabtree and all on the Floors Castle estate. "

Mrs Cornwall & friends

"We really enjoyed staying in the beautiful Head Gardener’s House. Having the stunning walled garden to ourselves in the evening was a real privilege. The house was furnished to an extremely high standard and we felt immediately at home. We couldn’t fault a thing. Please thank the Duchess of Roxburghe for the wonderful hamper - what a treat!"

The Woodvine family

"This was the PERFECT holiday accommodation. We could not have been more pleased, as the property exceeded our expectations.  The cottage is extremely well appointed (obviously, professionally decorated), was very clean and in excellent order.  It is warm and homey.  We enjoyed drinks in the Walled Garden after hours and took many long walks into town and around the estate.  It is the perfect location for hikers as there are walking paths all around the country side.  We enjoyed excellent food in many restaurants within 8-12 miles.  We are discerning travelers and only enjoy first class accommodations.  Unfortunately, most websites engage in false advertising.  We are delighted to have found Crabtree & Crabtree because "what you see is what you get" and we have already booked through you for next year. Please thank the staff for their responsiveness. When the electricity went off one day and we couldn't find the right fuse box, we received immediate assistance.  The housekeeper did an excellent job of cleaning for us. The head gardener was delightful, friendly, and informative about the garden. They even provided my friend with a cutting of a plant she was admiring."

Mr & Mrs McCallum

"Our experience at the Head Gardener's House at Floors Castle was exquisite from start to finish, nothing can compare to this wonderful cottage for us. We did not want to leave and in fact we were downhearted to do so, every aspect of our stay filled our hearts with joy, from watching our little boy playing on the zip wire to the beauty within the walled garden, playing hide and seek in between the rhododendrons behind the parterre with our son magical moments, the history, floors castle itself and dipping our toes in the River Tweed. The cottage has the most delightful interior, on arrival you would think you were the first guests the house had received, very well kept and impeccable clean. As a family we feel extremely privileged to have experienced such grandeur, thank you to the Duke & Duchess for creating such beauty for all to share, we will never forget how joyous this holiday was!!"

Bartholomew family

"What a lovely week we had at the Head Gardener's House last week.  It is an amazing place to stay, spotlessly clean and comfortable with everything supplied to make the stay great."

Mrs Smith

"We cannot praise this property highly enough - beautifully presented and well equipped in a stunning location. It is also a great privilege to have access to the outside areas, particularly the walled garden in the evenings, which is much appreciated. All in all, a great week in a wonderful place."

Mr Verney

"We had an outstanding time in The Head Gardeners House. Great walks around. The house is amazing. Crabtree was brilliant,not just a number or faceless people. The people in Kelso were welcoming and friendly.The shopkeepers were excellent,so much better than the normal high street. Good market in the square on Saturday. One complaint was that the week was not long enough. Booked yet again for next year!"

Me Beck & Friends

"Our recent stay in Head gardeners house at floors castle was superb.

Outstandingly set within the walls of the garden, head gardeners house was stunningly appointed with stylish decor and furnishings whilst still retaining a homely feel. 

A warm welcome for our dogs Rosa and Molly who loved the grand raised dog bed! 

Superb autumn colour on walks within the grounds.

All in all a lovely stay."

Hodgson Family

"I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had at the Head Gardener’s House. I am very picky when it comes to holiday accommodation, and spend hours researching to make sure we book a nice place, but the House at Floors surpassed anywhere we have stayed previously. We both love interior design and are keen gardeners, so when we arrived and explored the house and garden we had huge smiles on our faces! It was a real privilege to stay there, not least the bonus of being able to wander round the walled garden with a glass of wine every evening. I really can’t praise it enough, and we are already planning a return visit next year, as we don’t think we will find a better place anywhere. Many thanks to all involved."

Mr & Mrs Box

"We had the most wonderful week. A terrific house – immediately felt like home – quality and comfort were spot on.  The location was to die for and what a privilege it was to be able to have the walled garden to ourselves early morning and late pm.  An added bonus was the staff ( garden and cafe/restaurant) all were so helpful and friendly. Overall a truly memorable week – we will look to be back at a different time of the  year to experience the gardens as it changes throughout the year"

Mr Totty

"We can’t say enough good things about our stay at this wonderful home. We’ve never stayed in such a lovely rental and in such an idyllic location. The quality of the interior was excellent and the attention to detail just as important. Everything was well thought out and planned and the hospitality a Duchess would provide. We loved our walks around the gardens and grounds in the evenings when everyone else had gone home and we enjoyed watching the baby deer and bunnies in the paddock over the hedge. We loved it so much we didn’t go out to eat at night and enjoyed delights from the cafe for our dinners. We will certainly return, it was totally relaxing and stress free. "

Mr & Mrs Carey

"As all of your guests have already said, this place is very special. We absolutely loved it to bits. Both the house and grounds were perfect. Riverside walks before breakfast and a very early morning rise to really catch the dawn chorus are two vivid memories. We enjoyed spotting the hares and watching the setting up and competitors for the Horse Trials. We didn’t know the area at all and relished exploring the rivers and the ruins."

Ms Bell

"We had a most wonderful stay at the Head Gardener’s House which is comfortably furnished and very well equipped.  Although it was still outside of the season, we enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the place, the walled garden and the grounds of Floors Castle.  We would love to come back when Floors Castle is open!"

Mr & Mrs Kerr

"A warm welcome awaits your visit to Head Gardener's House, Floors Castle. Any time of year you enjoy an individual experience in this beautiful part of the world. A quality break away which we shall be looking to do again very soon."

Ms Aston

"We had the most fabulous week at the Head Gardener’s House. It was beautifully done with every need thought of, altogether an enormous treat and we were able to rest and relax in great comfort. We hope to be back with you at some point in the near future and thank you all for making the whole experience so positive and stress free."

Ms Broughton
Location Within the grounds of Floors Castle - 2.5 miles from Kelso.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £30 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Whether snow-dusted or in full bloom, the walled garden is a truly magical setting at any time of year. The little things we love...
"Whether snow-dusted or in full bloom, the walled garden is a truly magical setting at any time of year."
Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree