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Old Pickle House

Kelso, Scottish Borders

The charmingly named Old Pickle House is a hidden gem tucked just a few steps away from the picturesque cobbled market square of Kelso.

Old Pickle House

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Overview

The charmingly named Old Pickle House is a hidden gem tucked just a few steps away from the picturesque cobbled market square of Kelso and right in the heart of some of the best Tweed salmon fishing on this world famous river system.

Originally part of the famous Pettigrews Pickle Factory

Sleeping up to eight guests, this unique mews style house is a super choice for a family break, relaxing weekend or activity holiday, with all the benefits of town living right on the doorstep.

Originally part of the famous Pettigrews Pickle Factory, this characterful townhouse sits on four levels with a small private roof terrace offering fantastic views over the rooftops to the Tweed, Springwood Park and Floors Castle beyond. Recently refurbished throughout, the design flair of the owner is evident, combining chic contemporary finishes along with characterful reminders which keep the history of the building alive.

The property opens into the entrance hall which includes space for dogs and outdoor kit as well as hanging space and rod racks. Off the entrance hall is a utility room with a washer/dryer and a separate bathroom with shower. On the first floor, a spacious sitting room/dining room creates a warm and welcoming first impression with a super circular dining space for sociable chat, leading into a modern fully equipped kitchen.

A second staircase off the first floor hallway leads to three bright bedrooms; two can be made up with either twin or double beds and the third has a small double bed which is suitable for one adult or two children. All bedrooms are fitted with vanity units and the house bathroom includes a bath, separate shower and feature stone walls. A cleverly designed pull-down double bed in the sitting room provides additional sleeping accommodation for two people.

The decked roof terrace is accessed by a pull down ladder and is fully secure and is a wonderful place to relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the views of the Tweed and Floors Castle.

Property details

Ground floor

Entrance hall with living and sleeping space for dogs, hanging space, and a spacious storage cupboard with rod racks which cater for fishing rods up to 15’ in length.

Utility room with washer/dryer.

Shower room with basin and WC.

Additional secure storage for bikes can be made available on request.

First Floor

First floor hallway.

Sitting room/dining area with large corner sofa and armchairs, flat screen TV with Freeview, and docking station. The sitting room includes a cleverly designed pull down double sofa bed. Sociable dining space with circular seating for 6-8.

Kitchen with dishwasher, integrated fridge/freezer, gas hob, microwave, hob and oven, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine, ice making machine.

Second floor

Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be made up as either 6' super king double or 3' twins as required. Vanity unit, good storage, TV with Freeview.

Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be made up as either 6' super king double or 3' twins as required. Vanity unit, good storage, TV with Freeview.

Bedroom three with small double which is suitable for one adult or two children.

Family bathroom with feature stone walls includes a bath, separate shower, basin and WC.

Third Floor

The external decked roof terrace is accessed by a pull down wooden ladder and is fully secure. The terrace is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the views of the Tweed and Floors Castle. However, it is important to note that access will be difficult for guests with restricted mobility and it is unsuitable for children.

Outside

Other than the roof terrace, there is no dedicated outside space.

There is a substantial adjoining bike store which is fully secure and complimentary for guest use. This also allows each bike to be individually locked within the unit.

Parking

The property sits in a narrow lane off Kelso Square with no private parking provision. While guests can use the access road for off-loading/loading, off-street parking can be found just around the corner.

Babies & Children

A travel cot, highchair and stair gates are available on request. Cot bed linen is provided.

Dogs

One well-behaved dog permitted at a cost of £25. Another dog may be permitted on request by prior arrangement only. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor and are not permitted upstairs in the living areas or bedrooms.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are supplied. Hairdryers are supplied in each bedroom. Guest toiletries and hand soaps are provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile reception can be variable depending on the network and location within the property.

Heating

Gas central heating throughout - thermostatically controlled.

Guest privacy

Old Pickle House is a mews style property which sits in a narrow lane just off the market square of Kelso and as a result there should ordinarily be limited associated street noise, however it is important to note that the town can get busy during special events in Kelso. Please contact us for further information should you have any concerns.

Additional Accommodation

If you are looking for a property with a similar style, Old Seed Store sleeping 6 and The Square sleeping 4 share the same owner.

Location

Sitting right in the centre of Kelso overlooking the town hall, 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, a super deli, 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. 

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.

Floors Castle, the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe is just a ten-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 ManderstonMellerstain, Paxton House or Abbotsford which are all within a half hour drive.

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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

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

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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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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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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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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

"Now that we are home after a spectacular vacation in Scotland, we wanted to let you know how much we appreciated our stay at The Old Pickle House. What a beautifully appointed accommodation! You thought of everything to make our stay not only comfortable, but memorable. The Pickle (as we affectionately call it) easily handled six adults and luggage. The bedrooms were very comfortable, and the bathrooms beautifully done. And the location couldn’t be better! Walking distance to excellent Kelso restaurants and shopping, and cabs available steps from the front door for longer trips. We simply can’t imagine a better place to stay in Kelso! Thank you so much for everything."

Hintz family
Location In Kelso town centre.
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome at a cost of £25. Another dog may be permitted on request.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The small private roof terrace offers fantastic views over the rooftops of Kelso to the Tweed, Springwood Park and Floors Castle beyond. The little things we love...
"The small private roof terrace offers fantastic views over the rooftops of Kelso to the Tweed, Springwood Park and Floors Castle beyond."
Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree