Barclay House is a stylish townhouse apartment set in the heart of Kelso just a few hundred yards from the cobbled square in this most picturesque of market towns.
Perfectly located for short breaks and local events
Originally designed as a seed merchant’s warehouse in the Italianate style around 1865, the impressive period facade now gives way to a smart contemporary interior, perfectly suited to short breaks or longer stays.
Sitting on the first floor, the open plan sitting room and kitchen has a distinctly loft-style feel framed by the original arched windows. The streamlined finish of the kitchen sits perfectly with an overall scheme of modern geometric finishes, rich mahogany coloured flooring and natural textures.
There is a corner modular sofa which converts to a sofa bed for extra sleeping capacity, and the apartment comes with conveniences such as a Smart TV, good Wi-Fi speeds and a bluetooth speaker.
The kitchen benefits from integrated appliances which give the space a sleek overall finish, while mod cons such as the Tassimo coffee machine is sure to give coffee lovers out there a welcome kick-start to their day.
There are two bedrooms (one king size and one twin) and the two shower rooms (one en-suite) will suit both adult parties and families alike.
There is a small utility room with washing and drying facilities for longer stays, but equally convenient for those coming to the area for fishing or other outdoor pursuits such as walking or cycling.
The town’s pubs, shops and restaurants are a mere wander from the doorstep meaning there is always plenty going-on whatever the season. Overall a super apartment in a super location!
The property is accessed from street level and the apartment sits on the first floor with no lift access. There is storage in the ground floor and upper floor access hall which is private and not shared. Suitable for outdoor gear, fishing rods and bikes.
Open plan sitting room/kitchen comprising:
Sitting room with modular sofa which converts to a sofa bed (extra charges apply), two armchairs, flat screen Smart TV and Bluetooth speaker.
Kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, integrated fridge, integrated freezer, Tassimo coffee machine (pod type). There is a washing machine in a utility room off the main access hall. Breakfast bar area with stool type seating for four.
Bedroom one with 5’ king size bed, side tables, built-in wardrobe with hanging and storage space.
En-suite bathroom with large corner shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with 3' twin beds, side table, built-in wardrobe with hanging and storage space.
Bathroom two with large shower unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Small utility room with sink and washing machine.
It is important to note that Barclay House is a first floor apartment in the centre of town and as such, there no designated sitting-out space or garden provision. The main living space and bedrooms are front facing towards the street.
There is no designated private parking. It is possible to park in the street for off-loading/up-loading (2 hours maximum). The nearest public car park is the Knowes which sits directly to the rear of the property.
Babies & children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Dogs are not permitted at Barclay House.
The beds feature high quality 1000 thread count sheets. Duvets and pillows are microfibre. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Towels and guest toiletries are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available with good speeds. Mobile signal is generally good with 4G.
Gas central heating throughout which is thermostatically controlled.
It is important to note that this is a town centre apartment.
Sitting right in the centre of Kelso, guests can enjoy all the amenities of this busy market town with its pretty Flemish style square and rich Georgian and Victorian architecture. You will find excellent local amenities here with plenty of pubs, restaurants and coffee stops to choose from as well as a fine range of independent shops where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. For provisions the town is served by two excellent butchers’ shops, a fishmonger, and a number of bakeries, while two large supermarkets sit nearby for all of your holiday needs.
For dining-out, The Cobbles is highly regarded for its food and friendly atmosphere, or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including 'Off The Square'; the Hoot ‘n Cat; Cafe U or the Terrace Cafe at Floors Castle.
The apartment is available for short breaks as well as weekly lets, allowing guests to take advantage of the many events taking place across the area such as the regular National Hunt Race meets at Kelso Racecourse, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Open Golf Championships at the Roxburghe, Antique Fairs at the Border Union Showground, or the fantastic Borders Book Festival or Walking Festival.
Floors Castle, the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe is just a fifteen minute walk from the property 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. Indulge in an 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 stately homes of Manderston, Mellerstain, Paxton House or Abbotsford which are all within a half hour drive.
For outdoor sports, the town is synonymous with fishing, sitting on the confluence of the rivers Tweed and Teviot, and has several prime beats on the doorstep in addition to some excellent and reasonably priced fishing on the Teviot system. 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 from the property - recently voted 6th best course in Scotland by readers of the country’s best selling golf title.
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.
For family friendly activities, Shedden Park has a play park, skate park and plenty of green open space for running around, while a swimming pool, fitness studio, gym, and tennis courts all sit just a five 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.
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 & Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
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"Thoroughly enjoyed stay at Barclay House. Lovely flat, beautiful décor, exceptionally clean as expected. Usual high standard from Crabtree & Crabtree. Great location in centre of town."Ms Clark
"Our visit to Barclay House was exceptional everything was so perfect and well thought out. Location was great. Would love to do a return visit, we really felt at home in Kelso thanks to the warm welcome we received from the owners."Ms Angus
- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Friday during high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The modern geometric finishes throughout the apartment."Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree