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Ellemford Estate

Duns, Scottish Borders

A traditional Borders farmhouse set amidst 3,000 acres of spectacular countryside on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills near Duns.

Ellemford Estate

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Overview

A traditional Borders farmhouse set amidst 3,000 acres of spectacular countryside on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills near Duns. 

Set amidst 3,000 acres of spectacular countryside

The house sits in an idyllic, secluded position and boasts magnificent views over the River Whiteadder to open countryside beyond. With nine en suite bedrooms split between the main house and annexe, Ellemford Estate is perfect for extended families and large house parties with superb entertaining space including a dining room seating up to 18 and a 'games room' with pool table. Unusually, the bedrooms are all of a similar size making the house ideal for corporate entertaining. For corporate events or for guests wanting a hassle-free holiday, the house can be let fully-serviced with a butler, cook, housekeeper and nanny.

Ellemford is an ideal destination for walkers and country sports, especially shooting. With over twenty different drives Ellemford provides excellent sport over one or two days including pheasant, partridge, grouse and duck. Bag sizes can be arranged with the estate to your own requirements. We can also organise Roe stalking, accompanied by the estate's gamekeeper, and clay-pigeon shooting is available locally. Walking, fishing and shooting parties have access to a drying / boot room and a strong room for guns and ammunition.

Property details

Ground floor

Superb, formal drawing room with magnificent views.

Cosy sitting room with log burner, television with Sky and DVD player.

Large dining room seating up to 18 guests. Ideal for special events.

Games room with pool table and underfloor heating.

Strong room for guns and ammunition.

The large, farmhouse kitchen has dining space for eight guests. It is fully equipped with 5 oven Aga, dishwasher, refrigerator, fridge/freezer and plenty of storage space. A chest freezer is located in the garage/outbuilding.

Utility / rod and boot room is accessed directly from the back door and ideal for storing and drying fishing kit and outdoor clothing. Equipped with washing machine.

First Floor

Bedroom one with super king size bed and Sky TV.

En-suite shower room and roll-top bath in the bedroom with fabulous views.

Bedroom two with super king bed and Sky TV.

En-suite bathroom with walk in shower and roll-top bath.

Bedroom three with king size bed and Sky TV.

En-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Bedroom four with king size bed and Sky TV.

En-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Bedroom five with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king size or twin as preferred and Sky TV.

En-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Bedroom six with double bed and Sky TV.

En-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Annexe - Ground Floor

The annexe sits across the courtyard from the main house.

Entrance with storage cupboard and hanging space.

Bedroom seven with king size bed and Sky TV.

En-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Annexe - First Floor

Bedroom eight with king size bed and Sky TV.

En-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Bedroom nine with zip and link beds which can be set up as a super king bed or twin beds as preferred and Sky TV.

En-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Outside

To the front of the house is a large, lawned garden with seating area. There is a graveled area to the rear of the house with parking for at up to eight cars. The wider estate extends to some 3,000 acres.

Parking

There is ample parking available in the courtyard.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome at Ellemford. There are both indoor and outdoor kennels for guest use. If dogs are in the house, we would ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead when walking on the estate between July and February.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are included. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is provided in the main house. Mobile phone reception at Ellemford is poor or non-existent on most networks so a landline is provided free of charge for reasonable use. Vodafone reception can sometimes be picked up on the front lawn.

Heating

Ellemford Estate has oil central heating in addition to the log burner in the sitting room. 

Fishing on site

Fishing on the Whiteadder is available through the property owners. The Whiteadder runs through the heart of Ellemford Estates' meadows and wooded valleys at the foot of the Lammermuir hills. The river here is easily fished from the bank.  Due to its distance from the sea, salmon do not usually arrive in the upper reaches of the Whiteadder until September.  Given the right conditions, the beat offers excellent sport in the back end. Please email us for more information.

Location

Ellemford is 6 miles from Duns, an attractive market town with a good range of local shops, cafes and pubs and a museum dedicated to local motor racing legend Jim Clark. Also nearby is Manderston, said to be the perfect example of an Edwardian country house and home to the only silver-staircase in the world.

And Edinburgh is just an hour’s, very pretty, drive away.

Activities

For golfing, there is plenty of choice with a fantastic selection of eleven courses to choose from within a 22 mile radius, including the highly regarded 9 hole course at Duns, the sublime Roxburghe Championship Course in Kelso and the 18 hole cliff top links course at Eyemouth.

For the ultimate off-road experience, the Ronnie Dale Driving Centre in nearby Abbey St. Bathans (3.5 miles) offers 4x4 driving adventures for adults under the watchful eye of a personal instructor in 2000 acres of hill and forest terrain, as well as quad bike treks for adults and children around the 500 acre farm estate.

The stunning sandy beaches of the Berwickshire and North Northumberland coastline are just a stone’s throw away. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sands popular for walking, beach rides or surfing, the magnificent views from the cliff tops at St Abbs Head, a designated Nature Reserve and the breeding ground for thousands of seabirds and seals; and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, an overwhelmingly mystical place cut off from the mainland during high tide.

There’s an array of fabulous castles and historic houses to visit across the area. including majestic Floors Castle in Kelso and nearby Manderston a stunning example of an Edwardian country house set in 56 acres of formal gardens. Built with no expense spared, it features every modern convenience of that era, including sumptuous staterooms, opulent detailing, and an incredible silver staircase - the only one in the world. As the film location for a Channel 4 six-part series on life below stairs, its elaborate domestic quarters give a captivating insight into daily life in the Edwardian period.

 

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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 all had a fantastic weekend and couldn't fault anything at Ellemford. Everything was spotlessly clean and the place had everything we needed and more! It really is an amazing house. The housekeeper was waiting for us on arrival and went through everything we needed to know. She is a lovely lady. I would definitely recommend Ellemford Estate and book again in the future." 

Mather family

"Ellemford was a delightful property which had so much to make for a comfortable stay. We were made to feel welcome on arrival by the housekeeper who had already been in touch to fine tune details for our stay. I would have every confidence in booking through Crabtree & Crabtree in the future."

Ms Rowland

"We had a lovely time with our friends in your very comfortable house and were amazed at how well we were provided with everything we needed. Ellemford House is in a beautiful setting giving us very peaceful surroundings and nearby places to visit, we had a very enjoyable New Year break. We loved the very atmospheric tree which was illuminated in the garden."

Ms Deane

"The housekeepers were very friendly, and were most helpful with our introduction to the estate. Nothing seemed to difficult to make our stay enjoyable. The house was amazing, beautifully equipped, cosy and the welcome pack put the cream on the scone. Thanks again for making our stay very very enjoyable. Milly our lab enjoyed her stay as well."

Mr Smith
Location Rural - 6.5 miles from Duns.
Dogs
  • Three dogs are welcome. Additional dogs may be considered on request.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"The smart pool table in the games room will keep all members of the party entertained."
Lynn, Crabtree & Crabtree