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Mossfennan House

Peebles, Scottish Borders

Tucked away at the end of a tree lined drive, you’ll be instantly taken by the setting of this country house with vast gardens which lead your eye towards the river Tweed and expose the spectacular views beyond.

Mossfennan House

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Overview

Tucked away at the end of a tree lined drive, you’ll be instantly taken by the setting of this country house with vast gardens which lead your eye towards the river Tweed and expose the spectacular views beyond.

For blissful relaxation or active pursuits in the great outdoors

A category B listed property which dates from the 18th Century, Mossfennan House was built in the form of a traditional farmhouse and later extended to create the grand reception rooms guests can enjoy today.

The feeling of space is apparent from the moment you open the front door, where you are greeted by a characterful wood panelled entrance hall with original boxed seating and decorative fireplace which opens into a cosy snug with open fire, TV, games and books - ideal for those who wish to retreat after a day of country and sporting pursuits.  

An internal hallway leads on to an impressive dining room, which boasts a Victorian claw foot dining suite offering formal dining for up to 12 and a splayed bay window which capitalises on the stunning panoramas across the tree-laden Tweed Valley. A glazed door provides direct access to the patio outside, where you can listen to the babbling burn, which runs down the edge of the garden, over a leisurely summer brunch.

The first floor drawing room with elegant cornicing is a bright and airy space which is equally suited to socialising as it is to reclining in one of the deep, squishy armchairs with a good novel. Whichever you choose, a tasteful combination of modern and antique furniture has been perfectly positioned to ensure that the rolling hills and lush forest will always be in sight, and the open fire maintains a warm glow in the room even after the sun has gone down.

All four bedrooms offer their own character and charm, with the master boasting a large four poster bed beautifully complemented by antique dark wood bedside tables and dresser, a quaint wicker rocking chair and the ever-present exquisite views, best enjoyed from the window seat.

Step outside and you will find exceptional hill walking from the doorstep, and mountain biking and hire available at the world class 7Stanes at Glentress Forest Park near to Peebles. Trout fishing and shooting are available to let locally and Stobo Castle Health Spa and Dawyck Botanic Garden are but a short drive away.

Property details

Ground Floor

Impressive entrance hall with original boxed seating and decorative fire place.

Dining room with seating for 12, decorative fire place and superb views.  Doors lead out to the terrace. 

Snug with two huge comfortable sofas with open fire, TV with Freeview, games and books.

Kitchen with electric double oven, oil fired Stanley stove with oven, warming oven and two hot plates, large fridge / freezer, dishwasher, kitchen table (seats 6) and door to garden.

Rear entrance hall with hanging space for coats.

Cloakroom with WC and basin and washing machine.

First Floor

Spacious drawing room with ample seating, open fire and superb far reaching views, games / drinks table and desk.

Bedroom one 5’ king size four poster bed and chest of drawers.

Jack and Jill shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with 5’ king size bed, chest of drawers and fitted shelves.

Bedroom three with 3’ twin beds, desk and wardrobe.

Bedroom four with 3’ twin beds and chest of drawers. 

Bathroom with bath, WC and basin.

All bedrooms have hooks on the back of the bedroom doors and hangers, in addition to access to a shared built in wardrobe on the landing.  The fire places in the bedrooms are decorative only.

 

Outside

Mossfennan House is set well back from the road in just under 6 acres of grounds.  An expanse of lawned garden runs around the front of the house and down to the paddock which drops away beyond.  To the right of the property is a woodland garden and parents with young children should be aware that this includes a gully with a small burn running down towards the Tweed.  This is lined with mature trees which screen the house from the working farm.  Accessed from the kitchen is a terrace with outside dining table and chairs (seats 8) and barbecue. 

Parking

There is a spacious parking area to the front of the property.   

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.

Guests with young children should be aware that a burn runs down the side of the garden. Please see above for more details.

Dogs

Two well behaved dogs are welcome at a fee of £25 per dog. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor and are not allowed on the furniture.  

Guest Amenities

Luxurious bed linen and towels are provided. Hairdryers are provided in bedrooms one and two. Hand soap is provided. 

Wifi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is provided. The speed is fine for standard use but not suitable for streaming. Mobile reception is patchy on some networks. Vodafone offers the best coverage.

Heating

There is oil central heating throughout.

Guest privacy

Owners retain the adjacent annexe for their own use on rare occasions. Please contact us if you have any concerns as the owners can be flexible with regard to using the annexe. Immediately to the rear of the property are stone steadings which are not for guest use. Beyond the steadings is a range of barns used for storage rather than livestock, which do not belong to the owner and are not available for guest use. 

Location

The village of Broughton is a short drive away (3 miles) and offers a garage, a tea room and a country pub. Slightly further afield are the towns of Biggar, Peebles and Moffat, each of which offer a wide range of attractions and eateries, including The Big Red Barn which is a particular highlight for a casual breakfast or lunch. Groceries and holiday essentials can also be picked up in any of these nearby towns, where a range of supermarkets and independent shops are on offer.

Biggar (10 miles) has an excellent fish and chip shop, and for eating out in Peebles (14 miles), Osso (featured in the Michelin Guide) has an all-round reputation with everything from coffee and cake, delicious lunches or cosy evening dining with a crisp G&T perhaps! Alternatively try Coltman’s Kitchen which is renowned for its friendly hospitality and a range of fantastic deli produce.

 

Activities

The area is an exceptional walking destination and there are a vast number waymarked trails through lush woodland forests in the upper Tweed Valley, offering numerous wildlife spotting opportunities on its many family friendly routes.

The John Buchan Walk is a 13 mile route which connects Broughton and Peebles through the hills and valleys of Upper Tweeddale, or The Glen Trail at Glentress (18 miles) with 100 year-old Douglas fir trees is particularly scenic.

For cycling, the 7Stanes at Glentress Forest Park is a superb destination for mountain biking with trails to suit all ages and abilities. With an £8.5m visitor centre, it also has a cafe, bike hire and instruction on offer but with some fantastic opportunities for walking and wildlife too. And for an exhilarating thrill 40 feet above the forest floor, there are zip wires and tree top adventures at nearby Go Ape.

Fishing is available on a number of beats on the upper Tweed system, and can be particularly productive through the Autumn months of the year - all within an easy drive from the property. Availability and booking is easily organised through FishTweed.

For something quite different, why not head to Velvet Hall to meet and trek with Alpacas in the Tweed Valley. Here you can amble along through scenic forests and over the hill tops with your very own Alpaca for company. Playful, inquisitive and simply adorable!

Visitors can stop off and see how fine ales are made in the grand historic setting of Traquair House, Scotland's oldest inhabited house, based on ancient recipes dating back to the eighteenth century. The gardens here are wonderful and there are plenty of family friendly activities to keep the younger members of the party entertained.

For passionate foodies, Cocoa Black is a multi-award winning chocolatier and patisserie based in Peebles. Founded by Ruth Hinks - UK World Chocolate Master and UK Confectioner of the Year, it is a magnet for budding chefs who want to perfect their chocolate and pastry skills. Classes are run throughout the year, including private and corporate events.

If you are an avid fan of the royal and ancient game, Peebles Golf Club represents an enjoyable challenge with well conditioned fairways and beautiful views over this 6,138 yard course. Alternatively head to Cardrona which sits in a breathtaking spot in the rolling Border hills and offers the perfect setting for a leisurely game.

Despite its peaceful rural location, the property allows good access the the motorway network, with easy access to Edinburgh (33 miles) and all that this magnificent city has to offer. Here you can explore the fascinating architecture of the old town and soak-up the culture and heritage of this beautiful vibrant city. Wander the cobbled closes and narrow stairwells of the Royal Mile and Grassmarket; take a tour of the underground vaults of the old city; savour the atmosphere of the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival or exceptional Jazz & Blues Festival, or visit its most famous landmark - the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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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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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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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

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

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Reviews

"Mossfennan House was marvellous. In addition to being a beautiful historic building in an amazing landscape, every detail was perfect. The mattresses and linens, the instructions, the books available (a perfect selection of cookbooks, field guides, and local information), instructions for household items like the amazing Stanley stove and the fireplaces– everything was well considered. The house book of information, such as good walks to take right out the door, was invaluable, as well as including lots of fun historical information. When there was a problem with the internet, the owner set us up with an alternative and got the problem fixed right away, and was a pleasure to talk to and stayed in good contact while the problem got solved. I loved my stay here, and will be back."

Mr Armstrong

"Mossfennan House provided us with wonderful, comfortable accommodation in an idyllic, breathtaking location. The views from the house are magnificent and the walks in the local vicinity are the icing on the cake for any fresh air enthusiast."

Ms Hughes

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mossfennan House.  It is so peaceful and the views from the house are absolutely breathtaking. The beds are also extremely comfortable!"

Ms Wood

"A perfect family holiday! There was something for everyone - walking, fishing, houses to visit, farm animals and above all peace and quiet and skies full of stars. An astonishing place."

Schneideman family

"Stunning! We stayed at Mossfennan House for a long weekend gathering of friends from all over the UK. What a treat. The house is welcoming, beautifully furnished, big and spacious with everything there to make it feel like home, but a very special home.  The views are to die for and surrounding walks glorious.  I highly recommend this house; it really is a super escape for either groups of friends as we were or families.  I just hope it isn’t booked up for my next visit!"

Opperman family
Location 3 miles from the village of Broughton, Peebles 14 miles.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season, flexible during low season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Enjoy the absolute luxury of doing nothing. Simply recline in one of the drawing room armchairs and watch the views change with the weather. The little things we love....
"Enjoy the absolute luxury of doing nothing. Simply recline in one of the drawing room armchairs and watch the views change with the weather."
Emma, Crabtree & Crabtree