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The Old Smithy & River Cottage


Excellent 5/5 Score from 5 reviews

The Old Smithy Detached Cottage sleep 6, all ground floor, no stairs, ideal disabled accommodation

Cottage | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

FREE WI-FI, This property is all ground floor and has no stairs, it is a stone built old blacksmiths shop that has recently been fully converted and restored to a high standard to provide self catering accommodation. It has a brand new fully fitted kitchen with dual fuel range cooker, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilaties. Recliner leather suite. Top quality luxury deep beds.

Two bathrooms, (one en-suite) on the main bedroom with a thermostatic shower low level access. The family bathroom has a wc, bath with thermostatic shower over the bath and a wash hand basin. The Old Smithy is ideal for The Disabled as there are no stairs and it has a low level shower.

The Cottage has open countryside views and has river frontage with free trout fishing available for guests. It is close to the River Tweed for Salmon Fishing and near to Floors Castle and the Borders Union Showground. Close to several Golf courses in and around Kelso, also close to Kelso Racecourse. With plenty of off the road parking within the grounds. Free Wi-Fi.

It is set In a quiet village with open countryside views but only 2 miles from Kelso and on the main bus route. The area is renowned for great hill walking along the Pennine Way, Dere Street the old Roman road, The Southern upland Way and the Abbeys Way. Countryside walks on your doorstep. Ideal for group holidays of up to 14 people,ideal for family university reunions and wedding accommodation.

FREE WI-FI IN AVAILABLE IN THE OLD SMITHY AND sometimes can be accessed from the adjoining cottage, River Cottage


Size Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach Berwick on Tweed
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 60 km, Nearest railway: Berwick on Tweed 40 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 18
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details outdoors


PLEASE NOTE BOTH COTTAGES HAVE AT LEAST ONE KING SIZE BED, AND FOR SMALLER GROUPS THE COTTAGES CAN BE RENTED INDIVIDUALLY, the Old Smithy sleeps from 2 to 6 people and River Cottage can sleep from 2 to 8 people. Plus cots.

Private spacious parking

2 miles from Kelso centre, Floors Castle approx 2 miles.

Approx half a mile from Kelso Racecourse.

Large garden runs up to the river. Large open plan garden which runs up to the river.

Large grounds with plenty of off the road car parking.

Ideally situated for touring, golfers, fishing, cycling and walkers.

Heated Locked store for cycles and fishing tackle upon request.

Close to Kelso Golf course, near to The Borders Union Showground Kelso.

On the main bus route to Kelso which is about 5 minutes away on the bus.

Approx 45 mins from Edinburgh by car.

Free use of cots and high chairs

Further details

A 20% deposit will be required on booking this can be paid on line to the holiday letting company.

Booking form can be downloaded from the website or sent by email or post.

Payments can be made direct to the Holiday company, by Bank transfer / CREDIT CARD, Pay Pal, or cheque, we can supply the IBAN number for overseas visitors.

These are non smoking properties and sorry no pets unless by prior agreement with the owner

20% deposit required to secure the booking, Balance 4 weeks before your arrival.

If you have any queries please get in touch with the owner direct, Susan the telephone number and her email address is on the contact page. Thank you

The Scottish Borders region

Renowned for rolling hills, wild moorlands and superb Heritage coastline, the Scottish Borders region boasts vast areas of unspoilt countryside perfect for a self catering holiday in Scotland. Home to the salmon-rich River Tweed, the Borders is known for excellent fishing, while other country pursuits such as shooting and stalking, riding and golf are equally well catered for. Close to Floors Castle.


There are picturesque golf courses for all abilities, and adrenaline junkies can try numerous watersports, such as surfing and sailing, at Coldingham. Charming Melrose or Peebles, or Berwick upon Tweed or Kelso, for the ideal base for exploring the region's many castles and abbeys, glorious sandy beaches, and miles of hiking routes.

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Review 1-5 of 5

30 Sep 2014



We had a lovely week end at the The Old Smithy & River Cottages to celebrate my husband's 30th Birthday!
Both cottages are great and perfect for a big group (we were 11) because there is so much space outside and inside.
The rooms are perfect and the kitchen of the Old Smithy is so big! There were also confortable sofas and all the things we needed.
Everything was nice, clean and tidy when we arrived. All of our friends had such a good time!

Thank you for taking the time to review our properties, and thanks for the lovely comments, we are very pleased you found them comfortable and suited your every needs. We look forward to your return. Kind regards, Susan

24 Sep 2014


"Beautiful, spacious cottages"

I booked The Old Smithy and River Cottages for a weekend away with 10 of my friends. Both cottages were beautiful, clean and modern in style. All my friends who came were really impressed with this gr… More

Thank you of that lovely review and we are pleased that you had a great time and found that the cottages impressed you and your group and are of a high standard, we look forward to seeing you back again in the near future. Kind regards, Susan

9 Apr 2014


"absolutly amazing cottages"

can't wait to stay again at these cottages. they are stunning. spacious, modern, clean and well equipped with a great location. 13 adults stayed comfortably in these two cottages.… More

Thank you for you kind review and hope to see you back agin soon. Thanks

13 Feb 2014


"A home from home in a stunning location."

My siblings and I spent a long weekend at River Cottage. We were really impressed by the accommodation; plenty of space and very nicely decorated and maintained. The property was much cleaner than I h… More

Thank you for you kind review, we are very pleased that the cottage was to your satisfaction, we are pleased that you appreciate our efforts in maintaining the properties and keeping them up to a high standard. We look forward to your next visit with us. Kind regards, Susan

7 Jan 2013


"Excellent getaway with friends"

We celebrated New Year at both the Old Smithy and River Cottage and found it was the perfect location. The cottages were both beautiful and provided a large area for everyone to spend time together in the Old Smithy whilst offering separate living spaces for people to escape to in River Cottage. The location was excellent - good walks. We felt like we were in the countyside but had the convenience of a town 2 miles away. This is the 5th year that our group have spent together in rental cottages and everyone agreed this was the best!

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is nice to know that out of all the cottages you have stayed at over the years,that you found ours to be the best. We hope that you will visit us again. Thanks

Review 1-5 of 5

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Calendar last updated:28 Nov 2014

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