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The Old Schoolhouse

Kelso, Scottish Borders

Fantastic river views, prime Tweed fishing beats on the doorstep, and with all the amenities of Kelso just a short walk away, this former schoolhouse ticks all the right boxes.

The Old Schoolhouse

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Overview

Boasting fantastic river views, prime Tweed fishing beats on the doorstep, and with all the amenities of the picturesque town of Kelso just a short walk away, this former schoolhouse ticks all the right boxes for a charming holiday getaway.

With its spacious, light-filled sitting room, the Old Schoolhouse enjoys an exceptional outlook over Kelso taking in the River Tweed, the famous Junction pool, Rennie Bridge and Kelso Abbey.

If you can tear yourself away from the view, there's a large dining room for relaxed entertaining, a fully equipped kitchen and two well-presented double bedrooms offering comfortable accommodation for 4 guests.

A large, attractive garden with outside seating provides a glorious spot to watch the sun set over Floors Castle and the hills beyond, while Kelso’s shops, pubs and restaurants are all within a short walk from the property including access to a super network of riverside walks and trails.

Property details

Ground Floor

Entrance hallway leading to large dining room which seats up to eight comfortably. French doors lead out to a sheltered patio and garden area.

The spacious living room features two generously proportioned sofas and chairs set around a living flame gas fire. There is Smart TV, Blu-ray DVD player and CD/Radio. An extra sofa bed can be used as a cosy snug for children or can accommodation two extra guests if required. There is a charge of £50 for use of the sofa bed.

Cloakroom with WC and basin.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all modern amenities, including an electric cooker, gas hob, fridge/freezer, full size integrated dishwasher, microwave, toaster, Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine (pod type), and integrated washing machine.

Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be set up super king double or twins as required. Fitted dressing table with integrated wardrobe and storage.

Bedroom two with 5' king size bed with side tables, fitted dressing table with integrated wardrobe and storage.

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

Outside

The property benefits from a large, lawned garden with garden furniture, and benefits from exceptional views over the town and River Tweed. There is a small patio area to the rear of the property which includes a picnic table with bench seating.

There are two outbuildings (one secure) to the rear of the house which can be used for the storage of fishing rods, golf clubs, bikes and other outdoor kit.

A gate from the driveway leads onto the main road into the town. 

Parking

There is private parking in the driveway directly outside the property for two cars.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair with chair fixing are available on request. Guests should note that there is a wall with a drop at the end of the garden area where younger children should be supervised, and a gate from the driveway leads onto the main road into the town. There is a large park just a short stroll from the property which is an ideal space for play and ball games.

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are included. Hairdryers are provided in each bedroom.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Fibre broadband is provided. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.

Heating

There is gas central heating throughout the property and a living flame gas fire in the sitting room.

Location

The property is located just a 5-10 minute walk from the thriving market town of Kelso, with its Flemish-style cobbled square, rich historical features and architecture, outstanding Abbey ruins and grandeur of Floors Castle right on the doorstep. You will find excellent local amenities here with a super choice of friendly independent shops, bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

For dining-out, The Cobbles and The Contented Vine are both highly regarded for their friendly atmosphere and excellent food, or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including the Hoot ‘n Cat; Cafe U or the Terrace Cafe at Floors Castle. 

For provisions, the town is served by two excellent butchers’ shops, a fishmonger, a super deli, and a number of bakeries, while a large supermarket sits just a five minute walk from the property for all of your holiday needs.

Activities

For outdoor sports, Kelso 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 - Rutherford, Makerstoun, Upper and Lower Floors, Junction and Hendersyde are all within a few miles of the property.

For golf enthusiasts, Kelso Golf Club is an attractive parkland course resting on the edge of the town while the sublime Roxburghe Championship Course sits just 3 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, Floors Castle, the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe is just a ten minute drive where visitors can take a tour of the castle led by knowledgeable guides who will introduce you to the history of this exceptional residence and its priceless collection of fine art, tapestries and porcelain. Enjoy afternoon cream tea at the Terrace Cafe, take a wander through the beautiful grounds of the estate and the pretty walled garden centre, followed perhaps by a visit to the grand stately homes of Manderston, Mellerstain, Paxton House or Abbotsford where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

The area has endless opportunities for walking and cycling with hundreds of miles of quiet country lanes, way-marked routes and forest trails to explore from short gentle meanders to long distance trails, taking in the outstanding scenery of the Cheviot Hills, the Pennine Way and Dere Street. The Borders Abbeys Way takes in the magnificent monastic ruins of Kelso Abbey, while the Kelso to Roxburgh circular is a scenic 3 hour walking route taking in historic sites of interest and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities along the way. 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.

For family friendly activities, the town has a play park, skate park and plenty of green space for running around, while a swimming pool, fitness studio, gym and tennis courts all sit within a ten minute walk from the property. The town has an ice-rink which is open during the winter months for curling and skating, and a dance studio sits nearby with everything from hip-hop to jazz.

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 and Common Ridings.......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.

 

Children and families

Children and families

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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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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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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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 lovely time and the accommodation was all we could have wanted."

Mr Evans

"We had a thoroughly enjoyable time in our first seven weeks at The Old Schoolhouse. The house is excellent and very well equipped giving stunning views of the Tweed, the town and Floors Castle. The overall pattern of mild weather and some very sunny days has enabled us to walk almost daily and to explore the wider region and the coast.

We have found friendly people everywhere and this includes our excellent Housekeeper, Sheila and the welcoming owners. We are looking forward to our further eight weeks in the New Year after which we will give more feedback."

Mr and Mrs Biggs

"Enjoyed our short break in your splendidly equipped, lovely cottage."

Mr & Mrs Hazel

"We've had a super week in this delightful cottage - so clean and welcoming. So much to see and do locally. We hope future residents enjoy The Old Schoolhouse as much as us!"

Mr & Mrs Bingham

"We've had a wonderful week in Kelso and your lovely cottage was perfect! Couldn't have asked for better."

Thelin family

"A charming cottage in an excellent location with superb views. Comfortable, well-equipped and generous extras. We've loved being here."

Brupbacher family

"Great place, lovely views from living room. Very well equipped. Thank you."

Mr & Mrs Turnbull

"Fabulous stay in this lovely cottage. Kelso is a lovely, friendly town."

Mr & Mrs Hyslop

"Lovely cottage. Great views. Blessed with good weather."

Mr & Mrs Thompson

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Your recommendation was perfect - a real home from home plus beautiful views and lovely places to visit. Hopefully we will return soon."

Mr & Mrs Idle

"We loved every minute of our stay here. I cannot think of anything negative to say. The view is unbeatable. We loved the garden. Very very relaxing place to stay. We hope to return again soon."

Mr Johnson

"Had a lovely break. Cottage really perfect, even the weather was kind so were able to enjoy the garden."

Gibson family

"We thought The Old Schoolhouse was superb. Very spacious, well-equipped and warm...and, of course, a wonderful view. We had a lovely week, and only wish Kelso was closer to our home in Devon so that we could visit more often!!"

Morgan family

"My family and I really enjoyed our stay at the Old Schoolhouse in Kelso. All the facilities within the property exceeded our expectations. We have no recommendations at all. I would also like to thank Crabtree & Crabtree for the high level of service and assistance you provided us with. We have already recommended your agency to friends and family."

Saeed family

"The Old Schoolhouse is only a short walk into Kelso and has the most spectacular view from its pretty garden and the large cosy lounge and affords spacious, comfortable accommodation. The bed was probably one of the most comfortable that we have slept in away from home. It was spotlessly clean & well equipped. As always booking anything through Crabtree & Crabtree is easy."

Turner family

"We were very pleased with our stay at The Old Schoolhouse, which was very well equipped as well as being in an excellent location, and we much appreciated the provisions that had been left for us. Many thanks to Crabtree & Crabtree and the owners."

Duncan family

"We had a lovely stay at The Old Schoolhouse. The house was lovely and well equipped - excellent facilities. The welcome pack is a lovely touch. This is the second holiday we have booked with Crabtree & Crabtree and we will happily recommend you to family and friends. We will definitely book through you again. Thanks again for your excellent service in helping us to book our New Year holiday - we had a lovely time."

Henderson family

"My mother & my partners mother had a lovely stay in The Old Schoolhouse. They were very impressed with the cleanliness, size & location. They both loved the gardens & the views. No faults or complaints."

Cole family

"We had a wonderful stay at The Old Schoolhouse, it suited our needs very much. Out of all of the holiday houses I have stayed in, The Old Schoolhouse was the most set up home I have hired. We did not want for anything in this home. The beautiful food basket upon arrival was very much appreciated and enjoyed. We will definitely book this property again if it is still available, if we get back to the UK again. Thank you for helping to make our holiday a memorable and enjoyable experience for myself and my parents."

Fulton family

"We had a great time. It was the best cottage we've stayed in. We saw a deer in the garden which made our week."

Ms Cassidy
Location In the town of Kelso.
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Friday during high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"The riverside views from the sitting room and garden are a real draw."
Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree