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Cairns House

Kelso, Scottish Borders

If you are looking for a house with wow-factor, this contemporary five-bedroom church conversion 3 miles from Kelso, would be hard to beat.

Cairns House

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Overview

If you are looking for a house with wow-factor, this contemporary five-bedroom church conversion just 3 miles from Kelso is ideal for get-togethers and family time.

Architect designed contemporary church conversion

Cairns House has 5 bedrooms, one of which is en suite and two of which have showers and basins in the room. There are two additional family bathrooms and a cloakroom. Two bedrooms offer a single bed for additional guests and the master bedroom also offers a small double sofa bed for additional guests.

Arriving on the first floor living area via a bespoke glass and oak staircase, leads in to an impressive 54' x 34' open plan living space with opaque glass floors below, magnificent rose-glass windows and a superb vaulted ceiling.

This space has been carefully designed to give immediate impact whilst creating a functional and cosy living space. Individual spaces offer seamless accommodation ideal for families and large parties who want to be together whilst not being on top of one another. 

This spectacular space has been carefully designed to maintain the wow-factor whilst creating a functional and cosy living space. Individual living areas offer seamless accommodation ideal for families and large parties who want to be together whilst not being on top of one another. There is a bespoke kitchen complete with breakfast bar, high-tech kitchen wizardry, a more traditional dining area for 14, a games area with pool table and a sitting area with sumptuous sofas, flat screen TV and DVD and state of the art sound system with pre-loaded albums. Specially-designed travertine flooring with zoned underfloor heating and a contemporary multi fuel stove in the seating area create a cosy ambience during the winter months (initial supply of logs provided).

The light-filled bedrooms in the main part of the church are furnished in a simple, contemporary style enhanced by light through the opaque floor tiles of the floor above. The substantial master bedroom has its own bathroom complete with designer fittings, argon mood lighting and a state of the art sound system.

The house has a myriad of interesting architectural features and has been featured in a number of architecture and interiors magazines including Grand Designs, Homes and Interiors, and featured on the BBC Homes Live show in 2007. It was described by the Scotsman as “one of the most arresting homes in Scotland”.

From the first floor living area, patio door open onto a cedar clad balcony with fabulous views over the Tweed Valley to the Cheviot Hills beyond. An additional timber decked patio area to the side of the house provides an outside dining area and barbecue for summer dining ‘al fresco'. The attractive garden is fully-enclosed (providing the gate is shut) providing a large, safe area for children and dogs.

The house is well-equipped for younger guests with a pool table and numerous toys and games. Cots and a stair gate are available on request.

15% discount available on all remaining dates in July and August 2019.

Property details

Ground floor

Large atrium/reception area.

Bedroom one with king size bed, double sofa bed, sound system.

En-suite wet room with large walk in shower, bath, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with double bed.

En-suite bathroom with shower, WC and basin.

Bedroom three with double bed.

En-suite bathroom with shower, WC and basin.

Bedroom four with double bed and additional small single bed.

Bedroom five with double bed and additional small single bed.

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

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

Laundry room with washing machine and dryer.

Cloakroom with WC and basin.

First floor

Vast open-plan living area includes a cosy seating area with contemporary multi fuel stove with initial supply of logs provided, TV with DVD player, Sonos sound system, books and games and doors to balcony.

Fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel and granite worktops, dishwasher, electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and additional freezer.

Dining area (seats 14).

Games area with pool table.

Outside

Cedar clad balcony from the first floor living area. Additional timber decked patio area to the side of the house with furniture for outside dining and charcoal barbecue. Large, walled garden. Ample private parking. Please note that for safety reasons, barbecues, fire pits etc cannot be used on the balcony.

Parking

There is private parking on the driveway.

Babies & Children

A travel cot, highchair and stair gates are available on request.

Dogs

One well-behaved dog is welcome at Cairns House. A second dog may be considered on request. There is a charge of £20 per dog.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are provided. A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom.

Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage

Wi-Fi is available in the property. Mobile signal is generally good.

Heating

Cairns House has underfloor heating which is provided by an oil fired boiler.

Guest privacy

The owners live in the vestry which is at the rear of the church. They have their own private entrance and garden area. They are on hand to ensure that guests get the best from their stay but are equally respectful of guests' privacy.

Location

Cairns House is situated 3 miles from the delightful, historic town of Kelso, home to the majestic Floors Castle, residence of the Duke of Roxburghe, the championship Roxburghe golf course and the famous race course. Described by Sir Walter Scott as "the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland," today the town retains much of its original charm with an interesting range of independent shops including an excellent new deli, butcher, fish monger, baker, galleries, antique shops, country sports as well as a monthly farmer's market. Kelso plays host to a number of events throughout the year including regular National Hunt race meets, the ancient custom of the Common Ridings of the town boundaries and the famous Borders Rugby 7s games.

Kelso is an excellent base for exploring the wider Borders area. The pretty town of Melrose is nearby with its winding streets with antique shops, pubs and restaurants. On the way home, stop off at Mellerstain House, an impressive stately home with a noteworthy art collection. Pop into the 15th Century Smailholm Tower, built to withstand Reivers' raids and offering panoramic views from the top. Or take a detour up to the magnificent Scott's View overlooking the Tweed Valley and Eildon Hills. Scott's horse even stopped out of habit during his own funeral procession. For day trips further afield, the stunning coastline is nearby with endless sandy beaches that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip from Kelso, just an hour by car.

The area is a golfer's paradise with 22 courses within a 30 mile radius ranging from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards. For keen walkers, there are hundreds of miles of quiet countryside to explore on two feet, four hooves or two wheels, from the stunning, sandy beaches on the coast to the heather-clad Cheviot and Lammermuir Hills.

Activities

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 Tweedside Tackle 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. The day’s catches can be smoked locally at the nearby Teviot Smokery, or for a little relaxation after the day’s endeavours you will find plenty of congenial fisher chat at Ednam House where you can celebrate......or perhaps commiserate over a wee dram in this renowned fishing establishment!

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, 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, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, MellerstainManderstonAbbotsford and Thirlestaneare 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 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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

"First class service from Crabtree & Crabtree again. We very much enjoyed our stay at Cairns House - the property had everything we could ask for and more!"

Bowerman family

"What a wonderful space! As a group of nine adults it Cairns House provided us with an amazing space to eat, drink and chill. The renovation has been done very sympathetically to retain many original features with a contemporary design. The owner was very friendly and informative and helped with may suggestions of places to visit. We would love to visit again."

Davies family

"This is a lovely house, beautifully converted from a church. It is very well equipped and set up for a group stay. The kitchen was very well equipped, and it has a standard oven and a bigger professional oven also, so great facilities. The initial impression was good, and we got to like the house more and more as the week went on.
Thoroughly recommend it."

Ms Maltman

"What a fantastic time we had at Cairns House, my family and I enjoyed every minute of our break away. We all said we would come back for another stay. Thank you so much for letting us share your beautiful home."

Boyland family
Location In the village of Stichill - 3 miles from Kelso.
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome with a charge of £20. A second dog may be considered on request.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The bespoke glass and oak staircase is a statement piece framed by an ornate rose-glass window. The little things we love...
"The bespoke glass and oak staircase is a statement piece framed by an ornate rose-glass window."
Lynn, Crabtree & Crabtree