About the home
Quarryknowes is set on the edge of the village, overlooking the Gala Water river and the rolling hills along the valley. There are lovely walks from the house itself and many more marked routes around the area.
The house is spacious and very comfortable with open views to the south.
You can see our verified customer reviews on the holiday-rentals website, property number 87568.
On the ground floor :
Large country kitchen with dining area, window seating, large range-type cooker, TV.
Twin bedroom adjacent to the toilet & shower room
Spacious study / single bedroom / library with PC and broadband
Laundry / utility area, and garage with bikes and storage.
On the first floor :
Conservatory with beautiful views across the valley
Lounge with wood burning stove, 2 large sofas, books, music, satellite TV, DVD, and doors leading directly to the terrace / rear garden and in to the conservatory
Two double bedrooms, both overlooking the river and valley
Large family bathroom with separate shower enclosure.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Aberlady, 55km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 1.5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|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:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details outdoors:
There is parking for 3 cars.
The south facing front garden which is very sheltered and a sun-trap (when the sun is shining !) has a good sized lawn area and is enclosed making it safe for young children to play outside. The side and rear gardens are fairly steep with stone steps leading to the stile into the fields behind.
The Scottish Borders region
The village of Stow has a population of about 400. There is a post office / general store, a cafe / gallery, village hall, a medical centre, an all-weather sports ground with tennis court, and a large public park with children's play areas.
Edinburgh is very accessible - about 40 minutes by car or 1 hour by bus to the city centre.
Within a short drive are the historic towns of Melrose, Peebles, Innerleithen, Kelso, Lauder, Jedburgh, Selkirk and Galashiels where you can find museums, a range of pubs, restaurants, hotels and interesting shopping in the traditional town centres. Visits can be made to the ancient abbeys of Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh, to the castles at Thirlestane, Neidpath, Floors, Roxburgh, Hermitage or to the country houses at Mellerstain, Traquhair and Abbotsford (Walter Scott's house). There are many marked walks, of varing difficulty, through the countryside and forests.
The excellent mountain biking facilities at Glentress are 30 minutes away by car. Here there are downhill courses of varying difficulties, cycle rental facilities and a nice cafe.
There are 21 golf courses set in the beautiful Border countryside. Lauder golf course is 5 miles away and Galashiels 8 miles from the house. 'Freedom of the Fairways' passes are available - £88 for a 3 day pass, £120 for a 5 day pass. You can find full information on www.visitscotland.com/golf (south east area) or www.visitscottishborders.com
The Galashiels / Stow area
Edinburgh and Stow: Edinburgh - there is an excellent bus service every 30 minutes from just outside the house, directly into the centre of Edinburgh (St Andrew’s Square). The bus takes an hour. By car the journey is about 45 minutes. You might want to consider driving to the ‘Park and Ride’ at Sheriffhall, about 30 minutes away, where you can park your car for free and take a bus into the centre from there. Buses every few minutes.
Stow - there are many lovely walks around the village, you can walk as you please over the hills – the only restriction is that you close all gates and are mindful of livestock. One example, you can drive round to the old road on the other side of the valley opposite the house and park your car in the lay-by there, walk up the hill to the skyline and follow the old track running right (northwards) up the valley – lovely views over the rolling Border hills in all directions.
Visits in the Borders:
Melrose - the little town is very pretty with interesting shops and places to eat, an old abbey and behind it are the Eildon Hills which have lovely views from the top and are not too difficult a climb.
Kelso - a busy Borders town sitting on the river Tweed, within another ancient Abbey, good shops, hotels, coffee shops etc. Floors Castle is nearby.
Traquair House - just outside Innerleithen, dates back to 1107, and is steeped in Scottish history. You can walk from room to room, the ancient furnishings and décor give the impression that it’s as it was hundreds of years ago. It does not feel like a museum. The grounds are beautiful too.
Glentress Forest - between Innerleithen and Peebles, forest walks and lots of marked mountain biking routes of varying difficulty, bikes can be rented, nice café. A great energetic day out.
St Abb’s Head - on the coast north of Berwick-on-Tweed, walks along the cliffs, lots of seabirds, Fast Castle
Castles and Historic Houses within 45 minutes:
Abbotsford - home of Sir Walther Scott, between Galashiels and Melrose - www.scottsabbottsford.co.uk
Thirlestane Castle - in Lauder, 6 miles away - www.thirlestanecastle.co.uk
Bowhill House and grounds - near Selkirk - www.bowhill.org
Traquair House - near Innerleithen - www.traquair.co.uk
Mellerstain House - near Kelso - www.mellerstain.com
Floors Castle - just outside Kelso - www.floorscastle.com
Manderston House - near Duns - www.manderston.co.uk
Paxton House - just west of Berwick-on-Tweed - www.paxtonhouse.co.uk
How to get there
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Edinburgh is 25 miles to the north, about 45 minutes by car. Buses run every 30 minutes from Stow to the centre of Edinburgh and take 1 hour. There is a convenient 'park and ride' service on the south side of the city, 30 minutes away.
Edinburgh airport is a 45 minute drive from the village, with Ryanair, Easyjet, jet2.com etc
There are several car rental outlets available at the airport and also in the centre of town close to Waverley train station.
Carlisle is 1 hour 30 minutes by car to the south along the scenic A7 route.
Activities near Galashiels
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
29 Sep 2012
We came with our family of 7 adult people from Holland and stayed for a week in this lovely house. Nice place and a lot of comfort (like at home) A big house with nice rooms but most of the times we sat together in the kitchen. We rented a car so we saw a lot of the Scottisch Borders and of course Edinburgh, the Fringe festival
In the village there was not much to do but we liked biking and walking nearby Stow
25 Jul 2012
We travelled from Australia to Scotland for my father's 90th birthday and stayed at Quarryknowes for 9 nights. Our family consisted of 3 generations and we found the house to be ideal. It is extremely comfortable, spacious and well maintained, we could not have wished for more and felt very much at home as soon as we entered the property. We spent many an evening sitting around the large kitchen table, this room always felt so cosy and welcoming. The owner had provided an abundance of information on scenic walks, restaurants, public transport and nearby towns to visit, this was very beneficial to us when planning our daily activities and we were never disappointed. The views from the house are beautiful and peaceful. We were all amazed at the fantastic scenery in and around the Scottish Borders, there was so much to do and see, all within close proximity to Stow. Quarryknowes is the ideal base when holidaying in the Borders and I highly recommend it to anyone considering a holiday in this area.
24 Jul 2012
It's been 2 years but can't wait to get back. Perfect location in the Scottish Borders. All local sights are within easy driving distance. Edinburgh about 45 minutes away. Spacious home with lovely furnishings. Everything you need is there.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 7|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Period 1||12 May 12||23 Jun 12||£ 625||£ 125||£ 125||4 Nights|
|Period 2||23 Jun 12||28 Jul 12||£ 700||£ 140||£ 140||4 Nights|
|Period 3||28 Jul 12||1 Sep 12||£ 775||-||-||1 Week|
|Period 4||1 Sep 12||12 Oct 12||£ 700||£ 140||-||4 Nights|
|Period 1||4 May 13||29 Jun 13||£ 675||£ 125||£ 125||4 Nights|
|Period 2||29 Jun 13||27 Jul 13||£ 750||£ 135||£ 135||4 Nights|
|Period 3||27 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 795||£ 142||£ 142||4 Nights|
|Period 4||31 Aug 13||12 Oct 13||£ 675||£ 125||£ 125||4 Nights|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
To confirm a booking we require a 25% deposit, with the balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. We also request a security deposit of £150 as a safeguard against any damage / breakages etc. It will be refunded within 10 days of departure, providing our house is vacated on time and in good order. The security deposit is to be paid with the balance.Book
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