Kelso, Scottish Borders
A unique gardener's cottage set on the grounds of Scotland’s largest inhabited castle with its beautiful parkland to explore and walks from your door.
Please note: minimum stay for this property is: 3 nights low season & 7 nights high season
Meticulously restored by The Duchess of Roxburghe and her team, this is quite simply an exceptional house in an exceptional setting. Sitting in the walled garden within the grounds of Floors Castle, it encapsulates the very best of country living.
Dating right back to 1815 and now renovated to an exceptionally high standard throughout, you can be assured of a very special stay in this former Head Gardener’s House.
The ground floor opens up to a main hall and staircase with impeccable finishes by Lewis and Wood, setting the scene for the quality throughout the rest of the house.
The drawing room is beautifully appointed with deep, generous sofas and elegant furnishings along with fabrics from Osborne and Little, Lewis and Wood and Romo which add warmth and vibrancy to the space.
The kitchen is wonderfully light and bright with integrated units giving a sleek streamlined look along with a dining area which merges classic heritage tones with the odd dash of colour for a perfectly in-vogue finish. A downstairs boot room/drying room is a versatile space - perfect for dogs and the storage of outdoor gear.
Upstairs the quality continues into two sumptuous bedrooms - one with en-suite and one with adjoining bathroom, each generously proportioned with opulent emperor size beds for that added touch of luxury and wonderful views over the Walled Garden and Millennium Garden.
Head outdoors and you have private use of the four acre Walled Garden outside formal opening hours. With the magnificent Floors Castle setting and access to fabulous walking within the park grounds and on the banks of the River Tweed, it may prove hugely difficult to venture anywhere else!
The Terrace Cafe sits approximately 100 yards from Head Gardener's House (open 10am - 4pm daily) serving light bites and lunches each day using the best of local ingredients. Alternatively the Courtyard Cafe adjoining the Castle (seasonal opening times) is just a leisurely wander from the property.
You will also find excellent local amenities in the thriving market town of Kelso (3 miles) set around a charming cobbled square. The town is home to a super range of independent shops where you can indulge in a little retail therapy, or purchase fresh produce and holiday provisions from friendly local traders.
There are some excellent pubs and restaurants for dining out, including the charms of Rutherford's, Scotland's first micro-pub - seen as 'the perfect antidote to modern life'.
The cottage is also 5 miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms.
- Wood burning stove in the sitting room - generous initial supply of logs provided.
- A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
- There is a parking space for two cars in front of the house or immediately adjacent in the Garden Terrace Car Park.
Fabulous countryside walking and cycling surrounds, with fantastic opportunities to hear and see the abundant wildlife of the area, including woodpeckers, red squirrels, oyster catchers and herons. If you prefer to swap two feet for four hooves, the Nenthorn Equestrian Centre is based just a few minutes from the property. Kelso sits right on the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and is a destination for world-class salmon fishing. A half-hour drive 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 away.
1 hr from Edinburgh Airport
Monday - Friday or Friday - Monday short breaks.
80% of the weekly rental for 3 or 4 nights.
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