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OLD MILL COTTAGE - Cosy Cottage in an Idyllic Spot Just 5 Miles from Kelso

Bedrooms 2
Space 0 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4+1, 2 Bed - large garden & mill pond, wildlife, walking & cycling routes

Welcome hamper of Scottish produce with every booking. Freshly baked cake on arrival.

Old Mill Cottage is set in a peaceful location five miles from Kelso in idyllic rural surroundings including its own mill pond. The cottage sits in a large, private garden, with a terrace, outside seating area and fabulous, uninterrupted views across the mill pond to open countryside beyond. The mill pond and river are home to a variety of wildlife including otters, deer, badgers, kingfishers, dippers and herons.

The well-presented, cosy interior has been fully renovated to a high standard throughout and comprises a large, open plan ground floor with a kitchen and dining area, a seating area with a log burner and French doors to the terrace. The first floor accommodation comprises a double and twin bedroom and a bathroom. An additional single bed for a child is available on request.

There are fabulous walks from the house including along the pretty Kale Water which runs close by. For more serious walking, the famous St Cuthbert's Way and Pennine Way routes run nearby and there are wonderful walks to suit all abilities in the nearby Bowmont Forest and Harestanes Country Park. The area is also a cyclist's paradise with miles of quiet country roads and marked routes to explore including the Border Loop and 4 Abbeys Cycle Route.

The Kale Water which runs close to the cottage also provides an opportunity for guests to try their hand at fishing. In addition to the late autumn run of salmon, there are excellent opportunities for trout fishing throughout the season. The owner is a keen fisherman and is happy to escort guests and provide instruction and tackle for a small fee. There is more ‘serious' fishing available on the Teviot and the renowned middle Tweed beats all of which are within a ten minute drive of the cottage.

Old Mill Cottage is five miles from Kelso, described by Sir Walter Scott as 'the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland.' Home to the championship Roxburghe golf course and regular National Hunt race meets, today it retains much of its original charm with an interesting range of independent shops and a monthly farmer's market.

Seven miles south of the cottage is the bustling market town of Jedburgh, which boasts the evocative remains of a 12th Century Augustinian Abbey, an imposing castle jail unique to Scotland and the 16th Century home of Mary Queen of Scots which reveals the fascinating but tragic story of her life.

There are numerous other places to visit nearby, our favourites include the Teviot Smokery and Water Gardens just down the road, a drive out to the Border Inn at the pretty village of Kirk Yetholm at the foot of the Cheviot Hills and a visit to Floors Castle, the majestic home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. Eckford is also just an hour's drive from Edinburgh and provides a good base for Edinburgh events.

Ground floor

Fabulous open plan living area comprising:

Fully-equipped kitchen area with 5 ring gas hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge / freezer (a chest freezer is also available for guest's use) and washing machine.

Dining area (seats 6).

Cosy seating area with log burner (logs are provided), wi fi, TV with Freeview and DVD, idock, CD player and radio, books and games. French doors lead from the seating area to the terrace.

There is also a ground floor cloakroom and large storage cupboard.

First floor

Hotel quality linen and towels and luxury toiletries are provided for all guests.

Bedroom one with 6' king size bed, large wardrobe, dressing table and views over the mill pond.

Bedroom two with two 3' beds, wardrobe, TV with video player and children's books and games. A third single bed in bedroom two can be made available to accommodate a child. This bed can be made up on request, for which there is a £25 charge to cover laundry.

Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.


Old Mill Cottage sits in a large, private garden, with a terrace for outside seating and dining (a charcoal barbecue is provided) and fabulous, uninterrupted views across the mill pond to open countryside beyond. Guests with young children should be aware that the mill pond is unfenced. There is ample private parking.

Facilities for babies and children

A travel cot (with bedding) and high chair are available. Guests with young children should be aware that the mill pond is unfenced.


Regretfully Old Mill Cottage is unsuitable for pets.

Note with regard to privacy

The owner's house is close by and they are on hand to assist guests with any queries. The accommodation has been arranged to ensure guest's privacy; the two properties are entirely separate and screened by trees and hedges. The rear of Old Mill Cottage, including the rear garden and mill pond, is entirely private. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

More Details

Property Manager
Emma Crabtree
Speaks English, French
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kelso in Scottish Borders

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 0 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Family bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and wc
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with large wardrobe and dressing table
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , with wardrobe, TV, children's books and games
  • A third single bed in bedroom 2 can be made up on request, for which there is an extra £25 charge to cover laundry.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis


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OLD MILL COTTAGE - Cosy Cottage in an Idyllic Spot Just 5 Miles from Kelso
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is delightful. Perfect location, well kept and everything you could wish for. Owners have thought of everything. Photographs don't do it justice. We are cyclists and this area offers a great choice of rides- good roads and thoughtful drivers. Loved our stay and will definitely book again.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wendy, Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. It is greatly appreciated. We’re so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Old Mill Cottage. It’s great to hear that you’ve enjoyed your time exploring the Borders. I have passed your comments over to the owners who will be very pleased. I hope we can be of assistance in the future. Thanks again for your kind comments. Best wishes, The Crabtree & Crabtree Team
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Prices & Availability

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  • Deposit
    20% of total rent

    In addition to any short breaks policy throughout the year, short breaks are allowed within 2 days of arrival.

    The following dates are available for short break bookings:
    23 Aug 2014 to 24 Oct 2014 minimum 2 nights
    01 Nov 2014 to 19 Dec 2014 minimum 2 nights
    Short breaks allowed for dates within 2 days
  • Contractual booking deposit: 20.00% rent