The Whiteside Bothy
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Oozing charm and character, The Whiteside Bothy is a superb redevelopment of a former farm steading, furnished and equipped to an exceptionally high standard throughout with sumptuous sofas, cosy fabrics and enormous beds. This superb, no-expense-spared redevelopment includes stained wooden floors throughout, a cosy mezzanine level snug and a vast, open-plan living area with a distinctive beamed ceiling giving a nod to the building's former life. To the rear of the property is a sheltered, patio garden with fabulous views across open countryside to the Cheviot Hills beyond.
The owner's exquisite eye for detail has bought together a fascinating selection of family heirlooms, artwork and painstakingly-sourced reclaimed materials, combined with top of the range items from modern designers such as Ralph Lauren as well as mod-cons such as broadband and Sky TV. The effect is one of understated luxury.
With the rivers Tweed and Blackadder just a few minute's drive from the house, it provides an ideal base for fishing parties. Similarly, there is some excellent and challenging shooting available within easy reach of the house. A gun cabinet and boot / drying room are provided.
The local area offers unrivalled walking, cycling and riding in miles of untouched countryside ranging from gentle river valleys, the rugged beauty of the Cheviot hills to the 25 miles of protected golden sands and secluded rocky coves that make up the Heritage coastline. For golf enthusiasts, the area has 16 courses within a 30 mile radius, and for sightseeing guests can explore a landscape punctuated by historical sites, grand stately homes, outstanding castles and the evocative ruins of Border Abbeys.
The Whiteside Bothy is just outside Greenlaw which offers an excellent village shop and pub. The attractive market towns of Duns, Coldstream, Kelso and Melrose are all within easy driving distance and offer a good selection of pubs, cafes and local shops. Edinburgh is an easy day trip by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.
Please note that the property is not suitable for children or dogs.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh Airport 74 km, Nearest railway: Berwick upon Tweed 33 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
The accommodation comprises four bedrooms; three doubles (two with superking beds and one with a queen size bed) and one twin (with two 3' beds). All have fabulous views over open countryside. The bedrooms are decorated to the highest standard and comfort throughout. All have plenty of storage space with a wardrobe and/or chest of drawers.
Bath and shower rooms
All of the bedrooms are en-suite. The two larger doubles and twin bedroom have en-suite bathrooms with a bath with handheld shower, basin and WC. The smaller double has an en-suite shower room with large walk-in shower, basin and WC. There is a ground floor guest cloakroom.
Open plan living area
The superb open plan living area comprises the kitchen leading to a dining area and seating area. The fully-equipped kitchen is decorated in traditional Shaker style. It is fully equipped with a stainless steel electric oven and hob, dishwasher, refrigerator and plenty of storage space. There is a deep freeze in the adjoining pantry. A washing machine and dryer are available in the laundry area on the first floor. The kitchen leads directly to the dining area (for up to 8 guests) and cosy seating area with log burner.
The first-floor galleried snug / TV from has a large flatscreen TV with Sky television, DVD player and computer with broadband internet connection.
Drying / boot room
There is a drying room accessed directly from the front door. Wader racks and a gun cabinet are also available.
Facilities for babies
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
|Further details outdoors|
Garden and grounds
To the rear of the property is a sheltered, courtyard garden with superb views across open countryside to the hills beyond. There is ample parking to the front of the property.
Catering and housekeeping
We can provide a range of catering options including homemade meals delivered to the house, a food-shopping, picnic hamper and wine delivery service or the services of a full or part-time cook. Facilities are available for additional cleaning or linen changes throughout guest's stay at additional cost.
The Scottish Borders region
The Border Country, comprising North Northumberland and the Southern Scottish Borders is a place of magnificent wide sky scenery, with vast expanses of untouched countryside ranging from rolling hills and rugged, windswept moorland, to gentle valleys and over 25 miles of protected golden sands and secluded rocky coves that make up the stunning Heritage coastline. Even in the summer months, the sparkling clean beaches remain almost deserted.
The local area is internationally renowned for its fishing and field sports, offering first class shooting and some of the finest salmon fishing in Europe on the famous River Tweed.
Offshore, there is a thriving water sports scene, with excellent sailing and some of the UKs best windsurfing and surfing at stunning spots such as Coldingham and Beadnell Bay, as well as first-class diving from St. Abbs. Dotted along the coast are picturesque fishing villages such as St Abbs, Alnmouth, Beadnell, and Craster offering wonderful seafood including smoked kippers, crab sandwiches and supremely fresh fish and chips. From the pretty village of Seahouses take a boat to the Farne Islands, home to a large colony of grey seals and 21 species of birds, including puffins.
For outdoor sports enthusiasts the region offers hundreds of miles of dedicated footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways. The routes take in some of the areas most magnificent countryside including the heritage coast, Cheviot, Lammermuir and Eildon Hills and Kielder Forest, which encompasses the vast Kielder Water, Europe's largest man-made lake with an impressive 27 mile shoreline. Famous routes include the fabulous 63-mile long St Cuthberts Way following the trail of early Christianity from Melrose to Holy Island, The Pennine Way, The Southern Upland Way and Borders Abbey Way. The 7stanes biking centres at Newcastleton, Innerleithen and Glentress offer some fantastic sport from family friendly trails to adrenaline charged black runs, while golf enthusiasts can choose from over 60 courses across the area, including the championship Roxburghe course near to Kelso.
Our region has an incredibly rich and turbulent history and its legacy is a landscape of magnificent castles, grand stately homes and the fragments of ruined abbeys and fortifications scattered right across the area. Some of the most spectacular are the magnificent chain of castles, including dramatic Bamburgh, perched high on its rocky outcrop, the vast, romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the palatial splendour of Floors, impressive Thirlestane "one of the seven great houses of Scotland" and foreboding Alnwick, made famous as the location for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.
The region also boasts a number of important houses including Traquair, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, Manderston, the location for Channel 4's "The Edwardian Country House and award-winning Paxton, reputed to be the finest example of an eighteenth-century Palladian country house in Scotland.
At low tide, drive across the causeway to the famous religious retreat of Holy Island, or Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island is home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead. Similarly impressive ecclesiastical splendours are the majestic abbey ruins at Jedburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh.
The property sits just a few miles from Greenlaw which offers small village shops, two pubs and the historically significant town hall which made the finals of BBC's Restoration Village. The attractive, historic town of Kelso is about 10 miles from the house and offers a diverse mix of independent shops, a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants, and is host to regular National Hunt race meetings and a lively events programme. Ten miles to the east, Duns is an attractive market town with a good range of local shops, cafes and pubs as well as a museum dedicated to local motor racing legend Jim Clark.
There are cycling and walking trails nearby as well as many wildlife spotting opportunities. Hule Moss on Greenlaw Moor offers extensive views and rewarding bird spotting opportunities on loch, marsh and heather moorland while sites at nearby Westruther Moor, Gordon Moss and Duns Castle Estate all provide fantastic opportunities for walking, birdwatching and photography amidst peaceful and scenic surroundings.
Trout fishing is available on approximately 8 miles of the Blackadder Water, a tributary of the Whiteadder, through the Greenlaw Angling Association, a small club which dates back to 1880. The season is from 1 April to 6 October for brown trout only, but with easy access and at only £4 for a day visitor pass, it can offer some super sport when river conditions are right. Salmon fishing is available on the legendary River Tweed just a few miles away, while the Watch Reservoir sits a little further afield for those seeking sport in a stillwater venue.
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