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The Mill House

Kelso, Scottish Borders

Overlooking Little Wood and the Mill stream, this charismatic cottage will be a perfect fit for families or those looking for a cosy country retreat.

The Mill House

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Overview

Overlooking Little Wood and the Mill stream, this charismatic cottage will be a perfect fit for families or those looking for a cosy country retreat.

Perfect for families looking for a cosy, country retreat

With the River Tweed flowing just 1 mile from the door, it is also ideally positioned for those fishing the renowned salmon pools of Makerstoun and other prime middle Tweed fishing beats.

Inside, the sitting room has an effortlessly stylish scheme which exudes warmth and comfort, filled with light from windows on every side overlooking the pretty cottage garden and the mill stream below. Add plush carpeting throughout, comfortable sofas, and quality soft furnishings from local producers to the mix and you are promised a really rather lovely holiday stay.

There is a compact but well equipped kitchen with pretty gingham accents and beamed ceiling, while dining for four is provided in the adjoining sitting room.

Head upstairs for a distinctly Scottish vibe and a stained glass window for added charm. This leads into to two en-suite bedrooms where heritage shades, crisp linens and tweedy throws will make it hard to resist a lazy lie-in with a good book.

For families, the addition of a separate games room with table tennis and table football will keep children entertained for hours.......and perhaps the adults in the party too!

Property details

Ground floor

Access door leading straight into the sitting room.

Sitting room with two double sofas and armchair, large flat screen TV and DVD player, dining space with seating for four.

Kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave. Washing and drying facilities are provided in an external laundry which is shared with two other cottages. A freezer is available for use in an external outbuilding.

Cloakroom with WC and basin.

Lockable inner-connecting door which leads to the adjoining Mill House for parties renting both cottages.

First floor

Bedroom one with fixed 5’ king size bed, side tables, armchair, chest of drawers, wardrobe.

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

Bedroom two with 3’ twin beds, side table, and hanging rail.

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

Outside

There is a lawned garden with garden furniture to the front and side of the property which extends down to the mill stream and woodland. It should be noted that this is not fully enclosed.

A shared charcoal barbecue can be provided on a first come first served basis.

There is a shared games room which is available for guest use. This has a table tennis table, football table, Nintendo Wii and a selection of indoor and garden games.

A shared laundry facility has two washing machines and two tumble dryers as well as a Belfast sink.

Secure private storage for outdoor gear and bikes is available on request. Rod rack facilities are provided for fishing parties. A freezer is also available for guest use.

Parking

Private parking to the front and side of the cottage.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and then kept to the ground floor area only. They are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms. There is a charge of £25 per dog.

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 on most networks. EE offers the best coverage indoors, otherwise reception improves in the outside courtyard or garden.

Heating

Central heating throughout the property.

Guest privacy

The steading comprises three small cottages in an L shape configuration which all sit in the same ownership and are available for use as holiday lets, either individually or together. The owner's property is immediately adjacent and while they are on hand to help guests with any aspect of their stay, they are completely respectful of their privacy.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together this cottage can be booked alongside The Wheel House, sleeping 4 and Woodman's, sleeping 2. The cottages are located next to each other.

Location

You will find excellent local amenities in the thriving market town of Kelso (5 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 local produce and holiday provisions from quality traders.

There are some excellent pubs and restaurants for dining out or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including Cafe U, the Hoot ‘n Cat or the Terrace Cafe at Floors Castle. 

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. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom. The incredibly picturesque town of Melrose is also just a short 12 mile drive.

Activities

For walking, guests here are spoilt for choice with lovely peaceful country rambles taking in woodland and riverside paths directly from the doorstep, including a few hidden gems which will charm and delight. A leisurely 3 mile walk will take you to Smailholm Tower, the first home of Sir Walter Scott with fantastic views across the Cheviot Hills beyond.

The Borders Abbeys Way passes through this area and you can walk a lovely section along country roads all the way down to Floors Castle and 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 Bordeloop4, 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.

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 - Rutherford, Makerstoun, Upper and Lower Floors, 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 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.

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 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’s drive 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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Reviews

"Thank you for a wonderful stay in a truly fantastic cottage. Everything that one required was here to mkae one feel like a home from home. Wonderful welcoming vino, scones and homemade jam, excellent and extremely moreish. Wonderful areas of beauty around us and a big thank you to the owners. Weather really did not matter as in such a lovely cottage. We do hope to be back next year!"

Mr & Mrs Collins

"Had a lovely and relaxing start to the New Year in beautiful surroundings. Cottage perfect for our needs and lots of little touches really set it apart. Great day trip to Berwick-upon-Tweed and Spittal Promenade. Thanks to the owners - scones were delicious."

McColm family

"Loved the peace and quiet, were able to use The Mill House to start our everyday travels to the close Borders towns to check on ancestory. Great hosts if you needed anything were there for you otherwise let us do our own thing. Thank you for everything you did for us. Scones, jam and just being you, thanks again and God bless."

Mr & Mrs Smith

"Lovely warm welcome especially for Ellie our 2 year old - lots of Peppa Pig toys from the games room! Very yummy lemon drizzle cake too! Lovely cottage, just what we needed! Ellie felt very grown up in her own bed (with bed guard) and own ensuite!! The beauty of the Borders is as ever stunning with always something new to see. Ellie loved seeing the pheasants and little hare in the garden (we even saw a woodpecker!) Had good days out at Dryburgh Abbey, Kelso, Melrose and Peebles. Also went over to Holy Island."

Harding family

"The Mill House is one of the best cottages we have stayed in. Furnished to a high level and with every comfort thought about. Very large comfortable living room with dining area. Two excellent en-suite bathrooms. Lovely garden with wonderful views. We would recommended most highly."

Mr & Mrs Trace

"Thank you so much for a lovely family holiday. The cottage is as homely as our own! Easy to relax. The area is one of the UK's best kept secrets and we were blown away daily by the landscapes. Your relaxed and friendly welcome really made our holiday. We will be back - hopefully!"

Lambourne family

"Lovely and very nicely furnished cottage. A very tranquil and rural location. Garden and grounds with nice trees and pretty flowers. Great place to the explore the Borders from. Many sights within a short car ride. We arrived to a very friendly welcome, with best homemade scones I have had for years plus a bottle of wine!"

Leverton family

"We have had a great week here at the Mill House, thoroughly enjoying not only the cottage but also the garden, games barn and Scottish Borders in general. A big thank you to the owners for being such wonderful hosts."

Breukelman family

"Our stay in Mill House has been perfect. The cottage is beautiful and we have enjoyed the peace and quiet. Some great local walks and have really enjoyed exploring the area. Thank you for the warm welcome. We've had such a lovely break and would definitely recommend to friends and family."

Kerr family

"We thought The Mill House was excellent, nice and spacious, clean and well equipped. We loved the area and hope to return. Thanks very much for the Merlot and Cake and the treat of Nutella biscuits a lovely surprise, not had that before."

Scott family

"This is the nicest cottage we have ever stayed in and have already recommended it to friends. It was immaculately clean, bed linen and towels were really high quality and the owners were delightful without being too intrusive. I can't fault anything and we had a wonderful few days. We will book again most definitely."

Dale family

"The cottage is very comfortable and stylish and in a great location to explore the Scottish Borders. The owners are very accommodating and friendly. We have very much enjoyed our week here; the peace and quiet and the beautiful birdsong. I would recommend it without hesitation."

Griffiths family

"We had the most enjoyable long weekend in The Mill House. The welcome and the homemade scones and jam were much appreciated. We had a lot of competitive fun in the games room. 

This is a very comfortable, cosy and well equipped cottage. Its very well placed in the borders so car journeys were minimal. We enjoyed some beautiful walks by the Tweed, Teviot and Leader in all their autumn glory!"

Mclaren Family

"Arrived to scones, homemade rhubarb and vanilla jam and red wine. Delicious! We've been on holiday with our 11 month old daughter and found this cottage perfect for our needs. Nice and quiet with a garden full of wildlife and interesting things to watch. Our daughter loved crawling around the living room, especially hide and seek around the big wooden chest. We visited Smailholm Tower, walked St Cuthbert's Way around St Boswells, Union Bridge near Berwick, Teviot Smokery and Water Gardens (and saw an otter on the Teviot), Waterloo Monument, climbed the Eildons, Dryburgh Abbey, Kelso, Flodden Field, Hume Castle, Born in the Borders and Black Hill. So much to do and all a short distance away in the car. Just enough time for baby to catch up on her snoozes. Enjoyed our stay and hope to come back some day. Must bring bikes next time!"

Macfarlane family

"Super cottage, wonderful location, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay... and the scones!"

Mr & Mrs Carpenter

"One of the nicest holiday cottages we have stayed in around Scotland. Nice touches throughout. Lovely surrounding area and would recommend a visit to Bamburgh - try The Potted Lobster! There was good places to eat locally and many places were dog friendly. Thanks for the delicious scones and jam!"

Orr family

"What a lovely relaxing place! We have had some gorgeous weather to enjoy activities such as horse riding and clay pigeon shooting as well as plenty of walks in the surrounding area. Plenty of lovely places to eat in Kelso and nearby St Boswells as well as a fine butchers! Scones and cake a lovely touch. Thank you to the owners for their hospitality. We enjoyed the games barn also, beautiful cottage."

Duell family

"A Christmas treat! We booked as a treat for our friends as a wedding gift. We use Crabtree & Crabtree often and this is by far the best! A truly idyllic place to spend Christmas away from the usual madness! With the added bonus of a fabulously stocked kitchen. Warm mince pies on arrival, homemade Christmas cake and a beautiful Christmas hamper. Nothing was too much so thank you to the owners for providing such a beautiful home from home. See you next Christmas!"

Mr & Mrs Harrison

"We have had a wonderful holiday in this delightful cottage - a true home from home, with everything you need. Our day trips included Berwick-upon-Tweed, Seahouses, Lindisfarne, Bamburgh, Kielder Water - all lovely drives across beautiful countryside. A day trip on the train to Edinburgh, as recommended by the owners, was a jolly good idea. The dog is really going to miss the view of the bunnies out of the living room window!"

Waters family

"Thank you so much for a very warm welcome. The cakes and wine were much appreciated. We have had a lovely time at The Mill House - staying here for a family wedding. We will certainly consider returning next time we are up."

Longstaffe family
Location Rural - 6 miles from Kelso.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The sound of the gentle trickle of the nearby mill stream while sitting in the garden. The little things we love...
"The sound of the gentle trickle of the nearby mill stream while sitting in the garden."
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