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Pigeon Loft

Yetholm, Scottish Borders

Some of the best things in life come in compact packages and the small-but-perfectly formed Pigeon Loft is an enchanting conversion that oozes personality and charm.

Pigeon Loft

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Pigeon Loft

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Overview

Some of the best things in life come in compact packages and the small-but-perfectly formed Pigeon Loft is an enchanting conversion that oozes personality and charm.

A romantic bolthole in the heart of a delightful village on the edge of the Cheviot Hills.

Set just off the tree-lined village green of Yetholm on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, the Pigeon Loft is not only a heavenly sanctuary for romance and relaxation but also a delightful base for walking and cycling in the captivating heather-clad hillsides of the National Park.

Dating back to the early 18th century, the cottage has been sensitively restored to respect the integrity of the original building, complemented by interior design that reflects the creative flair of its owner, resulting in a very stylish, comfortable bolthole.

The main accommodation occupies the first floor, an open plan arrangement incorporating the sitting room, kitchen and double bedroom, framed by the original brick hearth. The living area features a sumptuous sofa, rugs, pretty window seats and industrial style lighting, while the well-equipped galley kitchen is painted in the aptly named ‘Pigeon’ by Farrow & Ball.

The king size cast-iron bed has a top-notch mattress, duck down bedding and vintage linen, all highly conducive to a great night’s sleep. On the same floor is an adjoining shower room with WC, basin and shower while downstairs the utility room is equipped with a washing machine, microwave and hanging space. Storage for bikes, fishing kit and outdoor gear can be accommodated on request.

A fifty-yard stroll from across the village green will take you to the Border Hotel, a highly recommended venue for drinks and meals in front of a warming open fire or in the sunny beer garden.

Property details

Ground floor

Access and entrance hall with bench seating, hanging and storage space leading into:

Boot room/utility room with sink, washing machine, microwave, hanging rail and clothes pulley.

First floor

Open-plan living space comprising sitting room, bedroom and kitchen:-

Kitchen with electric oven with ceramic hob, grill and oven, dishwasher, fridge (no freezer). Please note - there is a microwave and washing machine in the utility room downstairs. Drop-leaf table with chairs for dining for two.

Bedroom with 5’ king size original cast iron bedstead with a high quality natural fibre sprung mattress and duck and down duvet.

Sitting room with double sofa, electric stove, small flat screen TV with Freeview and integrated DVD player, radio, selection of books and games.

Bathroom with corner shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

There is no private garden provision, however the property fronts the village green which is south facing and there is a bench seat where you can watch the comings and goings of life in this friendly village community.

Secure storage available for bikes, outdoor kit and fishing rods can be made available on request.

Parking

There is on-street parking to the front of the cottage.

Babies & Children

Due to the size of the property, the Pigeon Loft is not suitable for children, however babes in arms up to the age of 6 months may be considered.

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted.

Guest amenities

High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries from Noble Isle. A hairdryer is provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available with good speeds. The major mobile network providers all have good signal strength.

Heating

Electric heating throughout the property and electric stove in the sitting room.

Guest privacy

The property sits in a private row of cottages overlooking the village green.

Location

In addition to the Border Hotel right on the doorstep, the thriving village of Town Yetholm (1 mile) enjoys good local amenities including a post office, an excellent butchers shop, The Plough Inn for eating-out, and a small store and tea-room.

A little further afield guests can enjoy all the amenities of the bustling market town of Kelso (7 miles) with its pretty Flemish style square and rich Georgian and Victorian architecture. You will find plenty of restaurants, pubs and coffee stops to choose from here as well as a fine range of independent shops and a number of large supermarkets.

Activities

Kirk Yetholm lies at the northern end of Britain's oldest long-distance walk, the Pennine Way, and sits right on the path of St. Cuthbert’s Way for those looking to join its 62 mile journey from Melrose to the sublime Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

You can enjoy perfect walking here with trails and paths to suit all ages and abilities. There are ten walks, all starting from the village which vary in length from 1.5 miles to 9 miles, while the western edge of the Cheviot Hills is beautifully remote and you can spend hours walking or mountain biking in the Bowmont Valley and in the surrounding hills in perfect solitude.

Yetholm Loch is a Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve which sits one mile west of Yetholm at the foot of the Cheviot Hills. It is an important site for breeding and wintering wildfowl and a good site for observing otter. Noteable other species include osprey, kingfisher, reed bunting, gadwall, shelduck and blue tailed damselfly. There is a hide on the western side of the loch which offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

As well as outdoor pursuits, Yetholm offers an ideal base for exploring the wider Scottish Borders and north Northumberland.

For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are 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.

For short breaks, our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for 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. Trains run regularly from Berwick (21 miles) on the East coast line, or from Tweedback (24 miles) on the Waverley line allowing easy access into the city or for those travelling into the area from further afield.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 had a lovely time at Pigeon Loft thank you...it's stunning. Everything was immaculate and so tastefully decorated with everything you needed for a relaxing comfortable holiday."

Ms Sands

“My wife and I spent the weekend at the Pigeon Loft. We would just like to tell you how much we enjoyed it as a venue. The house/room has been very well set up and thoughtful welcome provisions put in by the owners were very useful. It is an ideal place for a couple to relax in peace and quiet so thank you for facilitating the rental.”

Mr Yellowlees

"It’s a lovely apartment. Thanks for the wine and cheese and biscuits. Would definitely come again."

Mr Clarke

"Lovely property, really enjoyed our stay. Will be back to Crabtree & Crabtree again sometime."

Mr & Mrs Tyers

"This a pristine property, newly-refurbished and immaculately clean, in a quiet and beautiful location. In short, it is exactly as described in the brochure. The owners live immediately adjacent and, without being intrusive, could not have been more helpful or accommodating."

MacEvoy family

"We enjoyed our stay at the Pigeon Loft very much indeed. It is wonderfully comfortable."

Boughton family

"We loved staying at the Pigeon Loft. The quality and location was amazing and that was reflected in the price. We would say that the Pigeon Loft will continue to attract discerning customers who will consider the property good value for money as long as the standard remains as high as it is at present. Having met the owner, we think they are likely to do just that."

Garner family

"The Pigeon Loft was great and I am hoping to go back early in the new year. The owners were charming and everything was to be applauded - and recommended."

Campbell family

"Beautiful property with everything you would need, in a peaceful location with stunning views and minutes away from many lovely walks along the Pennine Way. Would definitely recommend."

Ms Kirsop

"First, the service from Crabtree & Crabtree was seamless. The communication was clear and comprehensive, we felt looked after and had confidence we were dealing with a highly professional organisation, well done. The Pigeon Loft was a little slice of heaven, our hosts were extremely welcoming but without being overbearing. The presentation of the Pigeon Loft was impeccable, for somebody travelling by motorbike with limited storage it was a major bonus to have all the ’treats’ supplied when we arrived, a really nice touch. The local information provided was great & having some reading material was a pleasure to have. I honestly cannot fault the overall experience, it was exactly what we were looking for, a hassle free stay in a cosy, comfortable location, it was a 10 out of 10. I’m positive we will use your service again in the future."

Mr & Mrs White

"Great location, tastefully fitted out and clean with lovely surprise of welcome goodies."

Mr & Mrs Mccardie
Location In the village of Kirk Yetholm - 7 miles from Kelso.
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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There is something very special about a village green - the heart of a rural community - making Pigeon Loft a charming spot to unwind. The little things we love...
"There is something very special about a village green - the heart of a rural community - making Pigeon Loft a charming spot to unwind."
Amanda, owner of Pigeon Loft