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Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Plenploth House, a listed building dating from the mid 18C, is set in open farmland on the western slopes of the Gala valley. It is a spacious and comfortable family home set in a large garden with stunning open views towards the Lammermuir Hills.
This house is full of character, filled with books and artwork, and a perfect place for families and friends to get together for a relaxing holiday; in fact it is such a special place to visit it will be hard to leave at the end of your stay.
You will enjoy cooking in the cosy farmhouse kitchen with its Rayburn and large dining table for meals together discussing the days activities; even washing up will not be a chore as the views from the kitchen window are constantly changing as the light across the hills changes. Young and old alike will feel at home here with a playroom/TV room, which is stacked with toys, games and dvd’s for the younger generation and a lovely, warm sitting room with wood burning stove and a piano.The four bedrooms are arranged over the first and second floors, there is a large family bathroom and an ensuite shower room to the master bedroom.
The large garden that surrounds the house has lots of running around space, a tree house, trampoline and sandpit and a delightful woodland area, which in the winter months has a carpet of snowdrops and in fine weather the garden with its wonderful view is the perfect spot for a BBQ.
With a sense of quiet and seclusion yet close to the many attractions of the Borders, Plenploth makes an ideal base from which to explore all that this beautiful area of Scotland has to offer. The nearby River Tweed provides world class fishing and there are numerous golf courses within striking distance. Walking is a must with the Southern Upland Way passing through Lauder (8km) and Glentress, said to be the best mountain bike trail in the country, is just over the hills in Peebles.
The Borders has an abundance of country houses and castles to visit and explore and Edinburgh with its amazing architecture and world famous Theatre festival (August), castle and art galleries is approximately a 45 minute drive from the house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||East Lothian or Berwickshire coasts 40 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 40 km, Nearest railway: Edinburgh 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, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
3 large bedrooms with king size beds ('Purple Bedroom' also has cot), I large family room with 2 single beds and one small single (suitable for a child).
Spacious living room with wood burning stove, piano, TV with free-view and DVD player, CD player with iPod dock, chess set.
Additional TV lounge/playroom with sofa-bed and well stocked with toys, games and DVD's.
Family bathroom upstairs with roll top bath and hand held shower and twin basins; en-suite shower room to master bedroom on 1st floor and cloakroom/toilet on ground floor.
Sun porch to rear with seats and eating area.
|Further details outdoors|
Large fully enclosed garden with lawn and woodland areas. Large trampoline, tree house, sandpit, swing, climbing frame and slide. Large dog kennel.
Garden furniture and seating for five on south east facing patio with stunning views. Built in BBQ.
Many secluded spots in the garden with seating for quiet contemplation.
Large drive with space for several cars, also has basketball hoop.
Welcome pack on arrival, local contact available for help and advise, all heating, electricity and fire wood included, guests must take responsibility for using facilities such as bikes and trampoline, small children and pets must be supervised at all times.
The Scottish Borders region
The Scottish Borders encapsulates all Scotland has to offer. Spectacular scenery from sandy beaches and dramatic cliff top walks to wild hillsides and deep forests, all within easy reach of metropolitan Edinburgh with its world famous architecture, museums, shops and night life.
The famous common ridings, an ancient tradition of the Border towns, provide almost weekly pageants over the summer months which will delight not only horse lovers. Rugby fans too are well served with the famous Melrose Sevens in April and many others throughout the summer months offering world class rugby in intimate surroundings.
Scarcely populated, the Borders, with its romantic history of border raids and historic castles and stately homes, offers peace and tranquillity away from the crowds yet is within striking distance of a capital city and the perks of modern life.
The nearest village, Stow is on the historic A 7 route through the Borders towards Carlisle. It has a post office/general store, pub and excellent cafe. Tennis/multi courts can be hired by the hour, the key is kept at the post office. Lauder (8km) has numerous hotels, shops, the historic Thirlestane Castle and an award winning butchers. A car is essential to fully appreciate all the region has to offer.
For the outdoor enthusiast there is unlimited space and spectacular scenery, walking and hiking fans will be more than happy in the Borders. Cycling is a very popular sport with many small back roads ideal for exploring the countryside on two wheels. The forest of Glentress, near Peebles, about 35 min drive away, has what is described as Britain's best mountain bike trail, and a regular training ground for the British Mountain Biking team. In fact, one of Stow's own was crowned British mountain biking champion a few years ago. There are water sports at St Mary's loch and surfing and kite surfing at the East Lothian beaches about one hours drive away.
Closer to home, fishing is very popular in the Borders, not only in the River Tweed but just in front of Plenploth House runs the Gala Water, rich in salmon, where temporary permits can be obtained at the post office in Stow. The river is also a popular 'paddling pool' for children and adults alike and nothing compares to picnicking by the river on a hot summers day.
'Culture vultures' too are well served with a wealth of Cisterian abbeys, medieval castles and tower house and magnificent stately homes and gardens. All with the added benefit of not being overrun with other tourists which probably makes the Scottish Borders Britain's best kept secret !
Edinburgh itself needs little introduction. The combination of the medieval Royal Mile stretching from the castle to Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official residence in Scotland, and the vast Georgian New Town, an architectural gem second to none, will delight and impress even the most seasoned traveller. During the summer months and in particular during the Edinburgh Festival, the city is filled with theatre, music, comedy and dance squeezing into every nook and cranny. With the centrally located Princes Street Gardens, the Botanic Gardens and the world famous Edinburgh Zoo with its hilarious daily penguin parade, it is particularly suited for families with lots of things to do for young and old, whatever the weather.
We would be delighted to recommend more specific activities on request.
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10 Feb 2013
"A cozy, beautiful and characterful place; inside and out!"
Plenploth was a really lovely place to stay, cozy and warm, a real home with a lot of character and beauty. I loved cooking on the wonderful aga, the garden and views are gorgeous, and fun with the trampolene for my (then) 2 year old daughter. Slide and general garden antics needed to be supervised, but the scope for imaginative play in the large garden surrounding the whole house (rustic treehouse included) made this as much fun for me as her! The bedrooms are all differently and originally (but tastefully too!) decorated so you can choose your favourate style, but all very comfortable. It's a wonderul old stone house, but has been done up with all warmth and comfort of modern needs. I loved the bathroom with it's enormous standing tub! The area is great if you like the outdoors, interesting towns nearby, and plenty of walks and hills to explore. It's great that Edinburgh - is so close too. Altogether a great place for a holiday, especially if there are lots of you!
24 Jan 2013
"Perfect rural house and gardens"
There were 3 adults and 5 children (ages 13 - 7) plus 2 dogs in our group and this beautiful charismatic house accommodated us all with plenty space. The garden space is just fantastic for dogs and children to roam safely and play all day, it is packed with nooks and crannies for hide and seek and so much to entertain adults and children alike. Although most of our week was wet, we managed one lovely sun-downer while toasting marshmallows. And for such a wet week the house was very toastie. Children undeterred, wrapped up in waterproofs they played war games outside with armfuls of sticks as guns and indoors, when too wet to continue, they searched for signs of ghostly activity and learned to play the piano and chess. Thankfully we left X-box behind and relaxed back in time to simple pleasures. Perfect retreat. I do miss my porridge made on the Rayburn!
23 Jan 2013
"Lovely views but disappointed with the house"
The view and gardens were lovely. The boys enjoyed the trampoline and football nets. The hospitality groceries were a nice touch. The two attic bedrooms were nice and modern.
Disappointed that the ensuite didn't have a toilet as one toilet upstairs wasn't enough. The lounge was very dark and cluttered. The tree house was rotten and could be dangerous. We had trouble with the TV working all week. The ensuire bedroom needed refurbishing.
A spacious house with lovely views with lots of potential.
We really appreciate feedback from our guests and actively encourage comments in our guest book so that we can make sure that we can continuously improve our service. We are sorry that you were disappointed in the house and we have updated the descriptions in our marketing to make sure our facilities are accurately reflected. Taking your safety concerns very seriously, we had the tree house inspected and the old ladder replaced. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. The faulty freeview box was replaced last year shortly after your visit. We are providing a new smart TV for the property for the new season. We are glad to hear that your children enjoyed the gardens.
2 Nov 2012
"Most amazing cottage in perfect setting."
Just back from a perfect long weekend in an amazing cottage. Plenpoth House is a charming cottage with all the amenities and comforts of home. Was met by Stephanie who made us so welcome. There is ple… More
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