|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
A stunning, newly-renovated, three bedroom house on the banks of the River Tweed in Kelso with magnificent 180 degree 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 and is equipped to an extremely high standard 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 small drying room. Dogs are welcome only if kept outside the house and a luxurious kennel is provided.
The delightful, historic town of Kelso 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, with a Flemish-style cobbled square, a 12th Century abbey, the majestic Floors Castle and a graceful five-arched Tweed bridge (a model for London's Waterloo Bridge) and the championship Roxburghe golf course.
The location of Junction House provides serene views with Kelso's many excellent shops, restaurants and pubs just a few minutes walk away. The town 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. And, naturally, there’s a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants often with live music.
The pretty town of Melrose is within easy driving distance of Kelso and is well worth a visit. Highlights include an evocative ruined abbey considered as being the most beautiful in the country, motor museum, pubs, restaurants and interesting, boutique-style shops. On the way home, stop off at Mellerstain House, an impressive stately home with a noteworthy art collection. Pop into the 15th Century Smailholm Tower, built to withstand Reivers’ raids and offering panoramic views from the top. Or take a detour up to the magnificent Scott’s View overlooking the Tweed Valley and Eildon Hills. Scott’s horse even stopped out of habit during his own funeral procession.
The sleeping accommodation comprises three bedrooms: two double or twin with zip and link beds, and one fixed double on the ground floor. Bedroom one has a superking bed or 3' twin beds, 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 outdoor kit.
Garden and grounds
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 degree 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 offer 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. A representative from C&C will meet guests on arrival and facilities are available for additional cleaning or linen changes throughout guest's stay at additional cost.
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Dogs are not allowed in the house under any circumstances. A kennel is provided.
We were personally greeted by the owner, Rachel and shown around this "state of the art" house. First class in EVERY WAY - decor, furnishings - you name it, Rachel had it "sorted". She also added personal touches such as home baking - delicious carrot cake and cookies and also provided a welcome pack which consisted of everything you require - bread, milk etc., as well as a lovely bottle of wine and fresh flowers. We (my sisters) and I have stayed in many places but have to say that this was THE ABSOLUTE BEST and are planning to come back again. No expense was spared with regards to bedding, towels, toiletries etc... and the cleanliness was second to none. We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this property to anyone who wishes to visit the Scottish Borders. We loved Kelso and must mention Cobblers, the restaurant there, which was outstanding in service, friendliness and most of all the food. We will certainly be back at some point. SIX STARS TO YOU RACHEL AND THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
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