TOFTCOMBS MANSION HOUSE
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Castle | 11 bedrooms | sleeps 24
Relax in luxury in the Scottish Borders and have the run of your very own mansion house within 10 acre private grounds. Exclusive use for only you and your guests. Can be staffed on request.
Toftcombs is a truly delightful, classic country mansion house with views across the stunning Scottish Borders countryside, yet only 26 miles from Edinburgh. This wonderful Baronial style red sandstone country house, was once the former home of the Gladstone Family made famous by Prime Minister William Gladstone. Set in 10 acres of grounds the beautifully furnished home has a classic country house feel with a modern twist. Toftcombs provides elegant surroundings with all the luxury and comfort of a stately home. Yet it still retains a very relaxed homely feel . Several formal sitting rooms/ dining rooms with open fires, huge entertaining kitchen with large farmhouse table/ aga and traditional ovens. Music room with piano, drum kit , guitar and microphone. Billiard room . Large reception hall with minstral gallery above . Laundry room , office with wifi and unlimited broadband . Sky/DVD/ipod music systems. Huge four poster bed in master with en suite and turrett room . 8 double bedrooms ( 2 of which have additional singles to make family rooms ) and one single bedroom. Ideal for pets with separate enclosed gardens and paddocks. Pets to be kept downstairs in the hard floored areas - Outside garden games and trampoline. BBQ . All linen, heating, logs, coal etc included. Great for kids with lots to do in the grounds and locally.
Local village of Biggar short walk away with local village shops and quaint pubs. Golf , riding, walking , cycling all close by. Our housekeeper will meet you on arrival - we can provide afternoon tea or champagne on arrival on request . She will show you around and get you settled in - all beds made up to your requirements with towels/ linen and white company toiletries provided and then leave you to relax and enjoy your very own country retreat.
11 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms provide an ideal luxury retreat for family gatherings, weddings, parties and business dinners. Available for self catering rental -where you have the run of the whole house .If however you need additional staff butler/housekeeper they can be provided on request to either stay on site or booked on an hourly basis to help with the odd lunches /dinners etc.
|Size||Sleeps up to 24, 11 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 40.5 km, Nearest railway: Waverley 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||11 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (9), Cots (1), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 18|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Previously the house was a country house hotel so all electrical facilities including piping hot water all day ensures the first class standard that is expected from a luxury country house. From the road the impressive entrance gates, a sweeping drive leads up to the house and the fully enclosed grounds, laid out to manicured lawn, woodland and paddock with stable.
10 beautifully decorated bedrooms with 9 bathrooms, Fully equipped 36 ft kitchen with large dining table for informal meals. The aga, gas hob and smeg oven with log burning stove provide a warm cosy environment on those snowy days. Relaxing family room with Sky TV, DVD , large elegant formal lounge with open fire. The formal dining room can easily sit up to 15 with open fire and stunning views over the Hartree Hills. To accommodate larger parties the full sized billard room can accommodate over 30 dinner guests. The large graveled drive can also be used for a marquee for even larger events.
Toftcombs provides a chance to relax and unwind in a beautiful country setting, strolling around the grounds, playing badminton and croquet on the lawn or just having an open air BBQ and glass of champagne overlooking the fine views. The full size billard room and music room with a full set of drum kit and piano can entertain children for hours. There are many walks in the area around Biggar with several golf courses nearby, shooting, riding nearby or at local livery, fishing and all the usual pursuits that the scottish borders is renowned for are moments away.
A Baronial house in 10 acres of beautiful countryside. Toftcombs is a fine country house of great Baronial and architectural merit in a private and mature setting. The magnificent well proportioned reception rooms and dining rooms are ideal for entertaining with open fires and the large reception hall with minstral gallery is ideal for hosting parties, family re-unions or corporate work events and weddings.
The accommodation sleeping up to 18 is versatile and fully modernised delivering every modern day convenience, however retaining all the period features of when it was built in 1832.
Edinburgh is only 26 miles away ( half an hour drive ) Glasgow 32 miles, Peebles 17 miles. It is within walking distance to the pretty market town of Biggar with its quaint shops and restaurants. In addition Toftcombs has the most beautiful scottish borders countryside on its doorstep.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is set in 10 acres of lawns, woodland, paddocks and is entered through electric gates up a long drive to a large gravel area for parking cars.
Refundable security deposit required.
Housekeeper will meet guests on arrival and get them settled in.
All linens/towels included/ all beds made up
Logs and coal included in price.
£10 per dog max 3
Paddock available for ponies.
Butler and staff avaiable
The Lothians region
Covering about eighteen hundred square miles, the Scottish Borders stretches from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentler valleys to the high agricultural plains of the east, and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages.
In the bright spring months, fresh new growth fills the valleys and forests of the Scottish Borders. Enjoy time to spare with the lure of lighter longer summer days or relax in more mellow shades of autumn when mauves and purples tint the moors. Crunch through the crisp frosts of winter, when early morning mist floats over the lowlands, and the snow capped hills sparkle in the distance. Land and sea, hills and moorland all sit happily side by side. Rivers and paths wind their way through untouched natural beauty whilst the more gentle pace of life subtly relaxes and revives you. Seasonal changes await to delight, every day at every turn.
The Scottish Borders is truly a destination for all seasons!
Beautiful Scottish countryside - ideal rural retreat with the pretty village of Biggar with its quaint pubs and shops a short walk away .
The Scottish Borders has a wide variety of high quality, fresh local produce incorporated into a menu to design a mouth-watering masterpiece, providing one of many memorable experiences you will encounter during your stay in the Borders – a treasure chest of hidden gems.
What makes the Borders such a hugely popular tourist destination is the sheer range of activities packed into such a small and accessible region. Walk, golf, fish, ride, off road, windsurfing, the list is long, the open Borders countryside and view nature at its seasonal best.
Whether using organised tours or exploring at your own pace, you can revel in the lively, cosmopolitan entertainment of the towns and cities, enjoy the wealth of artistic and cultural activities running throughout the year, sample some of the best cuisine in the world, explore the country's dramatic and colourful history and natural heritage, spectate from the sidelines or take a more active role in a wide variety of sporting pursuits, or trace your roots here.
Whichever activity you choose, you will be rewarded with a sense of achievement and perhaps even a close-up view of local wildlife such as red squirrels and deer. One visit simply won't be enough!
Whatever your interests or however you like to spend your free time, you'll find something to keep you entertained in the Borders.
Edinburgh - All the sites and sounds of Scotland capital within half an hour drive.
Edinburgh Festival and numerous events throughout the year.
Edinburgh has one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, making it the ideal city break destination. With Scotland's most famous castle dominating the city skyline, there is plenty to see and do with the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary. Ideal for day trips and then return to the tranquility of the country.
Discover world-class museums and galleries, take a tour on an open-top bus or even visit the city's own zoo. From the world famous Festivals to top-class restaurants and bars, not to mention fabulous shopping, you'll be spoilt for choice.
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25 Sep 2013
"Great place, we all loved it."
This was a weekend away for, let's say, a group of mature ladies. And we had a terrific time. Everything was provided, the fire was on when we arrived, and we just settled in for a lovely comfo… More
21 May 2013
"Luxury mansion perfect for large group"
I was treated to a wonderful weekend at Toftcombs for my hen party. We were a group of 20 women, and when booking old houses of this size we expected 'shabby chic' - which Toftcombs definite… More
1 Feb 2013
"Beautiful country house made for a fantastic group holiday"
Just back from an amazing girls weekend staying at Toftcombs, which was the perfect destination for a group of 18 girls. The house is absolutely stunning and I loved seeing how thrilled my guests were… More
5 Jan 2013
"Great place for your special celebrations."
We have stayed at Toftcombs for the past two years and had a fantastic stay with our group of friends. The owners make you very welcome and the house is excellent.… More
2 Jan 2013
"A Perfect Birthday Weekend"
I stayed at the mansion house to celebrate my 30th birthday along with 22 other people. Everything was perfect, the communication from Clare from start to end was helpful, patient, clear and concise. With a large number of people we had lots of requests and questions, Clare was brilliant and provided us with everything we needed. The house has a real 'wow' factor, far more beautiful than the website conveys, that was a lovely surprise. Each room is classy, spacious, cosy and well equipt! A rather clever combination to achieve.
I was introducing people that hadn't previously met so it was great to have enough space so not to 'step on each others toes' and cuddle up on the sofa if we wanted. Yet we had all the grandeur of a table that seats 23, with candelabras and beautiful silverware to throw a lovely dinner party with caterers recommended by the owners.
Biggar town is a beautiful short walk away and has all you would expect, Fish and Chips on Friday comes highly recommended.
It's just a shame we had to leave, everything was perfect, we just need to try it out for a week in the summer with the children now!
23 Sep 2012
"50th birthday celebration"
On celebrating my 50th birthday Toftcombs gave us all 23 guest a very unique experience that made us all feel very special. Phil and Claire (proprietors) made us feel very welcome showing us around before leaving us to explore the nooks and crannies of their stately mansion, their knowledge of elegance and fine standards were obvious for all to see with attention to detail priority.
I would sincerely recommend Toftcombs for any kind of function or family gathering. Set in the most beautiful countryside with every window having picture perfect views and all the rooms oozing comfortable character, everything we needed was available. The only downside was leaving.Toftcombs gave us all a great 50th birthday celebration memory.
18 May 2012
"Golden Wedding Celebrations at Toftcombs House"
The service we recieved from start to finish was excellent. The only down side was an overnight problem with part of the central heating system which was rectfied the next afternoon. That type of prob… More
18 May 2012
"Fantastic location and house"
We recently rented Toftcombs house for a family celebration. It was just perfect from the sunshine on arrival & Claire's helpfulness to the suitability for all ages of the house. Our dogs came to… More
26 Apr 2012
"Gracious Scotland Living"
We traveled with three generations of four families and Toftcombs was the perfect home for our two week stay in Scotland. The grounds are lovely and the house is magnificent.
Situated in a beautiful location, Toftcombs is the epitome of a gracious Scottish manor with enough bedrooms and bathrooms to satisfy thirteen people with room to spare. The house is set up for easy living which was good because we were too late to secure a butler. (Advise doing this as soon as you make your reservation.) Even so, making meals was no problem because of a well appointed kitchen and local shopping.
It wasn't until we arrived for the Fringe Festival that we discovered how much more there is to do and see outside of Edinborough. Biggar, itself, is a lovely town with good restaurants and transportation into Edinborough, a city that everyone should experience at least once. August is an ideal time because that is when theTheatre Festival and Military Tattoo events are held. Tickets to festival events are available for the same day but Tattoo tickets should be ordered in advance. We rented three cars for sightseeing locally but hired a private bus for a day trip to the Highlands and the Harry Potter steam train. As with everyone else we met, the driver shared his knowledge of history and pride of heritage with a great sense of humor.
Diana met us when we arrived and gave us a tour of the house. We didn't get to meet Claire in person, but were able to speak by phone. She was responsive to all our requests and with so many people, there were several. The house was set up with plugs, linens and every necessary amenity to make sure even the fussiest guest was cared for. Janice was on site to help us with what we needed to be comfortable and give us advice on where to go and what to see.
Our entire family has great memories of Scotland and Toftcombs thanks to Claire, Diana and Janice.
24 Apr 2012
I found this property online, and it turned out to be the perfect location for my brother's upmarket stag weekend - and it would certainly work for similar events, or family get-togethers etc.Tof… More
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