House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A stunning, newly-renovated three bedroom house on the banks of the River Tweed in Kelso with magnificent 180° views over the river and race course to open countryside beyond. Outside, a fabulous tiered garden with different levels for dining, seating and barbecues leads to the river. The south-facing roof terrace provides further opportunities to relax and watch the wildlife on the river or see the fishermen try their luck on the legendary junction beat below.
The house has been beautifully furnished by the owners (one of whom works for a local interior-designer) and is equipped to an extremely high standard with guest's every need in mind including a 40" flat screen HD television with the complete Sky package, DVD and surround sound, wireless internet connection, Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels and even a mini-bar in the master bedroom!
For fishing guests, the house is incredibly convenient for the famous Junction beat and is close to several other classic beats including Floors, Sprouston and Carham. There is also an excellent selection of reasonably-priced fishing towards Melrose and on the Teviot, Till and Whiteadder nearby. There is a lockable shed provided for fishing kit or golf clubs and the entrance hall serves as a drying room.
The location of Junction House provides the best of both worlds offering serene views and yet just a few minute's walk to Kelso's many excellent shops, restaurants and pubs. The town has offers some interesting, independent shops - a fabulous deli and butcher, excellent fish monger, woollen shops, country sports shops and an art gallery to name but a few - as well as a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants often with live music. As well as regular National Hunt Racing, Kelso hosts a number of interesting events throughout the year including the Borders Agricultural Show. The pretty town of Melrose is within easy driving distance of Kelso and is well worth a visit. Highlights include an evocative ruined abbey, and a superb selection of pubs, restaurants and interesting shops.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Berwick upon Tweed & Heritage Coast 37 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 82 km, Nearest railway: Berwick upon Tweed 37 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||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||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The sleeping accommodation comprises three bedrooms two doubles and one double or twin with zip and link beds. Bedroom one has a superking bed, fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, flat screen TV, mini-bar and patio doors leading to the roof terrace. Bedroom two has a kingsize bed, coat stand with hangers, chest of drawers, desk and flat screen TV. Bedroom three has two 3' single beds or one superking bed, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers. Each bedroom has bedside tables and lamps and suitcase racks. Egyptian cotton bed linen is provided.
Bath and shower rooms
On the first floor is a large bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC as well as a shower room with a large walk-in shower with 'rainforest' showerhead, basin and WC. Luxurious fluffy bath and hand towels are provided. There is a guest cloakroom on the ground floor.
Sitting room, dining room and sun room
The open-plan living area comprises a cosy sitting room for 6 guests with a gas fire and an enormous 40" flatscreen HD television with the complete Sky package and surround sound for full cinema effect. A DVD player, DVD library, books, games and wireless broadband internet connect are also provided.
The sitting room leads directly to the fabulous sun room with additional seating including a vast, sumptuous leather sofa and a dining area with dining table and chairs for 6. The sun room has floor to ceiling windows with magnificent views of the river. Patio doors lead directly to the terrace.
The contemporary, fully-equipped kitchen includes a gas oven with 4-ring hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge / freeze, washing machine, tumble dryer and an extensive selection of cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Guests receive a complimentary welcome hamper of locally-produced goodies on arrival.
Drying area / boot room
The entrance hall has a tiled floor and provides space for drying as well as sleeping space for small dogs in addition to the kennel.
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
|Further details outdoors|
The stunning garden is on three levels with different areas for seating and dining and a barbecue area on the lower level. The lower level provides direct access to the river and riverside walks. The superb roof terrace which is accessed from the master bedroom offers additional seating. From the garden and roof terrace are magnificent 180° views of Kelso, the river and racecourse and the hills beyond.
The garden is fully enclosed for the safety of dogs and children. A secure shed provides storage space for fishing kit or golf clubs. There is on-street parking for two cars directly outside the house and further parking opposite the house.
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.
Guests receive a complimentary welcome hamper of locally-produced goodies on arrival.
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 the 25 miles of protected golden sands and secluded rocky coves that make up the 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 stalking and some of the finest fishing in the world on The River Tweed, the most prolific salmon river in the European Union. The area is also a golfer's paradise boasting over 100 courses from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards.
Offshore, there is a thriving water sports scene, with excellent sailing and some of the UK's best windsurfing and surfing at stunning spots such as Coldingham and Beadnell Bay. 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 an unrivalled diversity of thousands of miles of dedicated footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways. The routes, anything from one hour to several days, take in some of the area's most magnificent countryside including the heritage coast, Cheviot, Lammermuir and Eildon Hills and Kielder Forest. Famous routes include the fabulous 63 mile long St Cutherbert's Way following the trail of early Christianity from Melrose to Holy Island, The Pennine Way, The Southern Upland Way and Border Abbey Way.
In addition to the spectacular scenery is the rich, often bloody, history of the region. The Romans and early Christians, the later border wars between the English and the Scots and the two World Wars have all left their imprints on the region, giving rise to a plethora of fascinating ancient and historical sites and buildings. 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 Hogwart's 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 and at Dryborough, which is the burial place of Sir Walter Scott.
The picturesque town of Kelso lies in a fine setting at the junction of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and was described by Sir Walter Scott as “the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland.” Today Kelso remains one of the most attractive and unspoilt towns in the Borders, boasting a Flemish-style cobbled square, a 12th Century abbey, the majestic Floors Castle and the graceful five-arched Tweed bridge, a model for London's Waterloo Bridge.
The town offers good shopping and an excellent selection of lively pubs and restaurants, including the award-winning restaurants at the Queen’s Head and Roxburghe Hotels, the latter also offering a picturesque championship golf course and health and beauty suite. There is regular National Hunt Racing at Kelso’s famous racecourse and first class country sports pursuits with prime salmon fishing and shooting on the doorstep and walking, riding and cycling in the nearby Cheviot Hills.
The Borders long-standing sporting associations and the rich history of the region has given rise to a number of important historical houses, estates and ancient buildings. Those nearby include the magnificent Adam mansion of Mellerstain, Abbotsford the former home of Sir Walter Scott, the 15th Century towers of Smailholm and Greenknowe and the evocative remains of the ancient abbeys at Jedburgh and Dryburgh.
Also nearby is Scott’s View; this stunning vista of the Eildon Hills from Bemersyde was one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourite views of his beloved Borderland and it is said that the horse pulling the hearse stopped at this spot, as it usually did on its daily outings with Sir Walter aboard.
Visitors to the Borders during the summer months can enjoy the spectacular Common Ridings, where hundreds of riders take to the streets a survival of the old practice of riding the town’s boundaries to preserve burgh rights and to prevent encroachment by neighbouring landlords.
The Border towns also offer excellent shopping with a vibrant mix of independent retailers selling local produce, pottery, glass and silverware, art work and antiques. In addition are the many mills selling the beautiful tweeds, tartans, cashmere and other woollens for which the area is famous.
Kelso boasts a lively programme of events including the annual Civic Week, agricultural shows, steeple chasing, point-to-point races and the Scottish Championship Dog Show. For further details, please see www.kelso.bordernet.co.uk and www.buas.org/calendar
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29 Jun 2013
This was a special holiday for us as a family to be together with both our sons, our youngest son's partner and their baby boy of 8 weeks old, who is our first grandchild. It was a lovely bonding time!
From the moment of arrival we all loved the house and the view which was stunning! The lovely Rachel greeted us with a delicious home made cake and biscuits and fresh farm eggs as well as providing us with a welcome pack of wine, milk, butter, bread etc...
Everything was of the best quality and it is all as good as it looks on the photos. A big attraction was going down to the river to feed the ducks and the family of swans! Breakfast on the balcony of the master bedroom on my birthday watching the swallows flit back and forth to their nests in next doors eaves is something I'll never forget!
None of us wanted to leave and wished we could have stayed for the summer!
Thank you so much Rachel & Charlie xx
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