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Old Mill Cottage

Kelso, Scottish Borders

Old Mill Cottage is set in a peaceful location five miles from Kelso in idyllic rural surroundings including its own mill pond. 

Old Mill Cottage

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Overview

Old Mill Cottage is set in a peaceful location five miles from Kelso in idyllic rural surroundings including its own mill pond.

In idyllic rural surroundings

This pretty cottage sits in a large private garden, with a terrace, outside seating area, and a wonderful aspect across the mill pond to the river and open countryside beyond. The mill pond and river are home to a variety of wildlife including otters, deer, badgers, kingfishers, dippers and herons.

The well-presented, cosy interior has been fully renovated to a high standard throughout and comprises a large, open plan ground floor with a kitchen and dining area, a seating area with a log burner and French doors to the terrace.

The first floor accommodation comprises a double and twin bedroom and a bathroom. An additional single bed for a child is available on request.

Property details

Ground floor

Open-plan living area comprising:

Fully equipped kitchen area with 5 ring gas hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge / freezer and washing machine. A chest freezer is also available for guest's use.

Dining area seats 6.

Cosy seating area with wood burner with logs provided, TV with Freeview and DVD, iDock, CD player and radio, books and games. French doors lead from the seating area to the terrace.

Cloakroom and large storage cupboard.

First floor

Bedroom one with 6' king size bed, large wardrobe, dressing table and views over the mill pond.

Bedroom two with two 3' beds, wardrobe, TV with video player and children's books and games. A third single bed in bedroom two can be made available to accommodate a child. This bed can be made up on request, there is a £25 charge to cover laundry.

Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.

Outside

Old Mill Cottage sits in a large, private garden, with a terrace for outside seating and dining. The garden area enjoys views across the mill pond to the river and open countryside beyond. A charcoal barbecue is provided.

Parking

There is ample private parking.

Babies & Children

A travel cot with bedding and highchair are available. Guests with young children should be aware that the mill pond is unfenced.

Dogs

Regretfully Old Mill Cottage is unsuitable for pets.

Guest amenities

High quality linen and towels and luxury toiletries are provided for all guests.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.

Heating

Old Mill Cottage has oil central heating in addition to the wood burner in the lounge. Logs are provided.

Fishing on site

The Kale Water which runs close to the cottage also provides an opportunity for guests to try their hand at fishing. In addition to the late autumn run of salmon, there are excellent opportunities for trout fishing throughout the season. The owner is a keen fisherman and is happy to escort guests and provide instruction and tackle for a small fee. There is more ‘serious' fishing available on the Teviot and the renowned middle Tweed beats all of which are within a ten minute drive of the cottage.

Guest privacy

The owner's house is close by and they are on hand to assist guests with any queries. The accommodation has been arranged to ensure guest's privacy; the two properties are entirely separate and screened by trees and hedges. The rear of Old Mill Cottage, including the rear garden and mill pond, is entirely private. 

Location

Old Mill Cottage is five miles from Kelso, described by Sir Walter Scott as "the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland." Home to the championship Roxburghe golf course and regular National Hunt race meets, today it retains much of its original charm with an interesting range of independent shops and a monthly farmer's market.

Seven miles south of the cottage is the bustling market town of Jedburgh, which boasts the evocative remains of a 12th Century Augustinian Abbey, an imposing castle jail unique to Scotland and the 16th Century home of Mary Queen of Scots which reveals the fascinating but tragic story of her life.

There are numerous other places to visit nearby, our favourites include the Teviot Smokery and Water Gardens just down the road, a drive out to the Border Inn at the pretty village of Kirk Yetholm at the foot of the Cheviot Hills and a visit to Floors Castle, the majestic home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. Eckford is also just an hour's drive from Edinburgh and provides a good base for Edinburgh events.

Activities

A short drive will take you to Harestanes Visitor Centre which features a busy events programme, art exhibitions, a craft centre and coffee shop, as well as lovely selection of woodland walks and cycling trails from relaxed ambles to more energetic climbs.

There are four walks which start and finish at the centre including access to St Cuthbert's Way, the stunning long-distance walking route which follows the legend of St. Cuthbert on his journey from Melrose to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne; or for amazing panoramic vistas across the Border heartlands, walkers can take a hike to Penielheugh to the fantastic 150 foot Wellington Monument built to commemorate the Duke of Wellington and the battle of Waterloo. An internal spiral staircase gives access to a wonderful viewing platform. 

For outdoor sports, the area is synonymous with fishing, sitting 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.

For golf fans, there is a golf range 4 miles from the property or the sublime Roxburghe Championship Course sits just 4 miles away - 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 sightseeing, two of the most picturesque towns in the Scottish Borders are a short journey away - Kelso, home to Floors Castle the majestic residence of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe; or Melrose which sits tucked between the Tweed and the gorse-backed Eildon Hills with its charming array of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and the evocative remains of Melrose Abbey as the stunning backdrop. Alternatively the stately homes of Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are all within a half hour drive where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

For day trips slightly further afield, the cashmere mills at Hawick and Selkirk offer a good day out and the stunning Northumberland coast is an hour's drive away with miles of rocky coves punctuated by a chain of imposing castles including Alnwick and Bamburgh and miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and sandcastle-building. The Georgian splendour of Edinburgh can be easily reached in an hour by car or by train from Tweedback.

The Kale Water which runs close to the cottage also provides an opportunity for guests to try their hand at fishing. In addition to the late autumn run of salmon, there are excellent opportunities for trout fishing throughout the season. The owner is a keen fisherman and is happy to escort guests and provide instruction and tackle for a small fee. There is more ‘serious' fishing available on the Teviot and the renowned middle Tweed beats all of which are within a ten minute drive of the cottage.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

"Just a quick thank you for your perfect and easy service. It was a pleasure to rent via your company. From start to end, it was perfectly organised and we will happily recommend you! The Old Mill Cottage was a wonderful and perfect place for us to stay. It has everything you would ask for and is beautifully furnished and decorated and super equipped with everything you need. The owners are wonderful hosts and not only gave us valuable tips to do and see in the area, they also provided a lovely welcome basket with a yummy cake, shortbread etc. Their tips for fly fishing and walks in the area were great and much appreciated. The Old Mill Cottage is a true find and can be recommended without hesitation."

Ms Neumann

"The week at Old Mill Cottage was absolutely perfect. What a beautiful cottage and utterly fantastic garden set in the most stunning scenery and tranquil surroundings. The owners were so kind and welcoming and we felt totally comfortable throughout our stay there. There was a melt in your mouth Victoria sandwich cake awaiting us on arrival and I enjoyed coffee and croissants provided in the welcome pack sitting out in the garden each morning with only 'what shall we do today' to think about! Only wish it could have been longer....it was perfect."

Mrs Branton

"Fantastic cottage, relaxing and cosy. Great base for exploring all that the Borders has to offer. Lovely surprise basket of goodies on arrival. My three children are already asking when can we come back! Great holiday!"

Smart family

"My self and my wife have frequently over the years rented accommodation when on short breaks around the UK and to be fair most are good to fine, however we have to say that this is our first experience of Crabtree and Crabtree. I don’t know whether we were just lucky in booking Old Mill Cottage but from the quality and location of the cottage to the kindness and decency of our hosts we have to say that our break was perfect. If we are able to visit the Borders again, we shall be return customers. Please let the owners know pleased we were to not only stay, but to meet them also.To all at Crabtree & Crabtree, in respect of your booking procedure and follow up email. Great job guys, it was a pleasure doing business with you."

Bridge family

"Congratulations to our hosts on Old Mill Cottage. A perfect retreat in the Scottish Borders county. The cottage is extremely well appointed. The welcome we received was first class and the attention to detail was much appreciated. We would highly recommend."

Heaton family

"Got the peace and quiet that we wanted and in a gorgeous cottage in beautiful surroundings."

 

McRae family

"Thank you for such a warm welcome to this lovely cottage. We have had a wonderful two weeks of rest and relaxation. Everything we needed for a comfortable stay - with cake! Ideally situated with plenty of places to visit. Lovely scenery and quiet roads." 

Alston family

"It is a beautiful cottage - cosy, warm and well equipped. Having never been to this area before, we have loved our stay and intend to come back to explore further. Many thanks for making it special."

Taylor family

"We had a wonderful stay in your lovely cottage, a real home from home. We were lucky to have such good weather and particularly enjoyed sitting out in the garden watching the wildlife. The Borders are truly Scotland's best kept secret. We have loved discovering the historic sights and walking in the countryside."

Turnbull family

"We had a lovely holiday thanks to you. The cottage is amazing and the games and books are great! The countryside and views are spectacular and we had some nice family walks. Our stay was very relaxing and we had a lovely time."

Bent family

"Thank you for such a fantastic stay. The cottage is perfect, just what you need for a relaxing stay. The welcome basket and delicious cake were very much appreciated. Everything has been thought of to make our stay as relaxing as possible. The area is beautiful - thank you for letting us share it with you."

Downham family

"We had an absolutely amazing time, and my husband and I are already discussing returning next year. There is nothing the owners could do to improve the property. It was fully stocked with everything we needed, decorated and furnished to an incredibly high standard and was absolutely spotless. The welcome basket and cake was also excellent, and very well appreciated! We've stayed in lots of cottages over the years, and this was by far the best. We were lucky enough to meet the owners whilst we were there and they were so accommodating and friendly. In addition, I've found dealing with yourselves at Crabtree & Crabtree very impressive. My queries were answered promptly and the information provided about the property and surrounding area proved invaluable. We will definitely be booking through you again."

Dews family

"The owners were tremendous hosts, the cottage was fantastic and we had a wonderful time. Being able to walk from the cottage was exactly what we were after and the quality of the premises was exactly what we were hoping it would be. Thank you for a great holiday. We shall certainly be looking at your site for holidays in the future."

Ms Chrzanowska-lightowlers
Location Rural - 5 miles from Kelso
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
  • Arrival time: 3pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Enjoy the view across the mill pond to the river and countryside beyond and spot the variety of wildlife including otters, deer, badgers, kingfishers, dippers and herons. The little things we love...
"Enjoy the view across the mill pond to the river and countryside beyond and spot the variety of wildlife including otters, deer, badgers, kingfishers, dippers and herons."
Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree