Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Whinstane, taking its name from the local borders stone, is a delightful,17th century, fully renovated, period cottage, close to the centre of the picturesque town of Melrose, nestled between the famous River Tweed and the dramatic, gorse-backed Eildon Hills. The cottage’s quirky interior boasts a wealth of original features and the cosy sitting room complete with log burner, stripped floorboards and original shutters is particularly charming.
Whinstane’s small but perfectly formed exterior offers a deceptive amount of space inside and with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the cottage is perfect for two couples or for a family with older children.
To the side and rear of the cottage is a small south-facing garden with a wooden summer house which is an excellent suntrap. The rear garden leads to a burn surrounded by woodland and this coupled with views of the hills and double-glazing throughout ensures relative privacy and serenity despite the town centre location.
Whinstane is superbly located just a few minutes walk from Melrose’s main street.
The sleeping accommodation comprises a good-sized first floor double bedroom with en-suite and a twin bedroom on the ground floor. Both rooms have original, cast iron fireplaces from late 17th century. These are now decorative only.
The master bedroom has a modern en suite shower room with walk-in shower. There is an additional modern family bathroom on the ground floor.
The sitting room has a cosy seating area for four around the log burner which nestles in the original old fireplace with exposed stone mantle. There is also a dining area with seating for four. The TV has Freeview and CD/DVD player and a selection of CDs, games,books and magazines are available.
The kitchen is elegant and well-equipped with a double oven and 4 ring hob, microwave, refrigerator with ice box and washing machine with dryer. Guests receive a complimentary welcome tray on arrival.
Garden and grounds
To the side and rear of the property is a small, sheltered garden with a wooden summer house and garden furniture.
There is ample on-street parking to the front of the property.
Storage of outdoor equipment
A large, dry, fully secure cellar is available for the storage of bicycles, golf clubs, walking and fishing gear etc.
Please note that an initial supply of logs is included and there are details in the cottage for where to purchase additional logs.
Regretably, Whinstane is not suitable for pets
Comments from the visitor's book: -
"What a fantastic cottage, agree with all previous comments re-quality of surroundings and thoughtful provision of 'extras'. Many thanks, hope to return." Hugh , Kerry and Finn , New year 2013
"Fab cottage - has all you need for a relaxing break. Would come back again." Paul and Susan, Nov 2012
"Lovely cottage, spotlessly clean and very comfortable especially the bed, lots of lie-ins and lazy evenings." Jim and Mandy, September 2012
"A big thank you. Mum and I had a wonderful week here, the cottage is lovely and cosy in the evenings with the log stove burning. It is also a very clean, well equipped, homely cottage. Melrose and the locals are a delight. Hope to be back again." Elizabeth and Jean, September 2012
"Fantastic week at Whinstane Cottage. We would certainly love to come back again in the future." Susan and Derek , August 2012
"Thanks a lot for all the nice little touches (whisky was lovely!) I will miss the sound of the burn at the back as I drop off to sleep and wake up in the morning. Melrose is a great place to be based to see the Borders and Whinstane in Melrose is the best place in Melrose to be. 'I'll be back' to quote Arnie." Mike & Kathy from Berkshire, June 2012.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Coldingham 60 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 55 km, Nearest railway: Berwick upon Tweed or Edinburgh 50 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
Inititial supply of logs is included
The stair to the 1st floor bedroom is quite steep and hence not suitable for the less able
|Further details outdoors|
Summer house and garden furniture is provided
The property is suitable for older children or babies but not for small children or toddlers
The Scottish Borders region
The Scottish Borders with the River Tweed and magnificent surrounding countryside has a turbulent and romantic history which has left it punctuated by imposing castles including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Thirlestane and Alnwick, the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh and stately mansions at nearby Manderston and Mellerstain. The stunning coast is less than an hour’s drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and bird-watching. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is also an easy day trip, less than an hour’s drive from Melrose.
Melrose’s location, slap bang in the middle of the borders, makes it an ideal base location for exploring this wonderful area whether it be on 2 feet, 2 wheels or 4 hooves. For keen cyclists, walkers and riders, there are hundreds of square miles of forests, woodland and heather-clad hills and 1,200 miles of quiet country roads to explore. There are several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous 64-mile St Cuthbert's Walk which runs very close to the cottage as it criss-crosses the borders on its way to Holy Island. For mountain biking enthusiasts Innerleithen's famous Red Bull down-hill and cross country trails are nearby and the 2,500 acre Glentress forest, a mountain biking and walking mecca set in stunning Tweed Valley Countryside, is only 16 miles away.
If your passion is country sports, the Tweed and it’s tributaries and the many local fisheries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game, is also available locally.
This beguiling, historic town is the home of rugby 7s and boasts the evocative ruins of Melrose Abbey thought to be the final resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce whilst just down the road is Abbotsford House, the fairytale home of Sir Walter Scott.
Melrose’s pretty narrow streets offer some of the best shopping in the Borders with a good selection of unusual independent shops, boutiques, antique shops and galleries. Foodies are spoilt for choice in the town with two highly rated hotels/restaurants, a traditional pub, brasseries, convivial cafes and a very popular Italian restaurant. There is an array of local produce on offer at the traditional butchers, grocers and deli in the town or at monthly farmer’s markets at nearby Kelso, Peebles and Jedburgh.
Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. A favourite winter activity is a trip to the miniscule Wynd Theatre seating just 90 audience members, which hosts an impressive range of concerts, plays and films. In April the Melrose 7s draws an international crowd and a festival atmosphere takes hold of the town. Other events well worth a visit include the Melrose Festival in June which includes the ancient custom of the riding of the town’s boundaries, the Book Festival also in June has become an important event on the literary calendar and attracts names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer and Ian Rankin. Soak up the sound of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in August or enjoy the fabulous autumnal hues at the Walking Festival in September. In December the town offers some of the best Hogmanay celebrations in the Borders including an impressive firework display.
The area is also a golfer’s paradise, with the 9 hole Melrose golf club and two 18 hole courses - Galashiels Golf Club and Torwoodlee Golf Club – on the doorstep and an impressive 46 courses within a 30 mile radius including the championship courses at Cardrona and Roxburghe and the famous links courses at Luffness, Gullane and Dunbar.