An attractive, Grade B listed, historic townhouse in a superb central location, Comhruith offers spacious accommodation ideal for families and fishing parties with fabulous views over the River Tweed.
Comhruith’s location offers guests the best of both worlds. Set at the end of a stone terrace accessed via a cobbled courtyard, the house is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Kelso’s attractive square, pubs, restaurants and shops. Yet the location is remarkably private, set in a charming ‘secret’ walled garden with superb views of Kelso’s famous five arched bridge (the template for London’s Waterloo Bridge) and the legendary Junction Pool below.
Inside the spacious, comfortable accommodation retains much of its original period charm with all the principle rooms enjoying fine views of the river. There is plenty of entertaining space and flexible accommodation for families with two large double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms and a further bedroom with a hideaway single bed and full size cot. A playroom / den on the lower ground floor provides space for children to play on wet days or additional sleeping accommodation for teenagers on futons. This large space also includes the laundry and storage area for fishing/shooting kit, bicycles, drying room and shower room.
Outside the attractive, walled garden is fully enclosed and ideal for children and dogs. There is a terrace for outside dining and a working kitchen garden and fruit trees for guests to enjoy. A pretty garden to the front of the house (access shared with another two properties) is a super spot to sit with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down.
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 the Roxburghe championship golf course. The town offers some interesting, independent shops - a fabulous deli and butcher, excellent fishmonger, cashmere 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. Kelso plays host to a number of events throughout the year including regular National Hunt race meetings at the famous race course, the ancient custom of the Common Ridings of the town boundaries and the famous Borders Rugby 7s games.
Comhruith, Gaelic for “at a junction” sits above the legendary Junction Pool where the rivers Tweed and Teviot unite. Ideal for fishing parties, there are several prime beats on the doorstep in addition to some excellent and reasonably priced fishing on the Teviot which joins the Tweed at Kelso. There is ample storage for fishing kit and a drying room on the lower ground floor.
The area is also a golfer's paradise with 22 courses within a 30 mile radius ranging from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards. Keen cyclists, walkers and riders are all well provided for with hundreds of square miles of forests, woodland and heather-clad hills and 1,200 miles of quiet country roads to explore.
For non-sporting guests Kelso is an ideal base for enjoying all that the Borders has to offer. Explore ancient towns such as beguiling Melrose, home of rugby 7s, the magnificent ruins of Melrose Abbey and pretty narrow streets offering some of the best shopping in the Borders. Just down the road, pay a visit to Abbotsford House, the fairytale home of Sir Walter Scott or take a drive up to Scott's View, his favourite picnic spot commanding the most incredible views of the Tweed and Eildon Hills and where it is said his horse stopped out of habit during his own funeral procession.
Head to the stunning coastline for miles of golden sands and secluded rocky coves that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. Some of our favourite spots include the stunning beach at Bamburgh, miles of pristine sand, popular for walking, riding and surfing. The magnificent views from the cliff top walks at St Abb's Head and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. This tiny, picturesque island linked at low tide to the mainland, is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead.
Comhruith is just over an hour's drive to Edinburgh and provides a good base for Edinburgh events.
Fully-equipped kitchen with Aga range cooker with 5 ring gas hob, 2 ovens, grill and warming drawer, microwave, large American style fridge / freezer, dishwasher and ample storage.
Dining room (seats 8) with gas fire and views of the river.
Sitting room with dual aspect views of the river, TV with Freeview, wi fi and gas log burner.
Boot room with door to garden.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Lower ground floor
Vast, light room with direct access to the front garden ideal for dogs and offering ample, secure storage for fishing kit, golf clubs and other outdoor equipment. The basement can be used for overspill accommodation (it provides an ideal den for teenagers) and two futons (own bedding please) and a TV are provided. Please note the quoted prices are for 8 guests. There is an additional fee of £35 pp for 2 to 4 nights and £50 pp for 5 to 7 nights.
Shower room with walk in shower, WC and basin. Drying room. Utility area with washing machine and dryer. Two dog beds and puppy pen available.
Bedroom three with two 3’ beds and TV with Freeview.
Jack and Jill bathroom with shared access with bedroom one with bath, walk in shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom one with 5’ bed, river views and TV with Freeview.
Bedroom two with 5’ bed, river views and TV with Freeview.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over and handheld shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom four with two 3’ beds and TV with Freeview
Bedroom five with single 3’ bed and pull out single trundle bed and full size cot.
Shower room with walk-in shower, WC and basin.
The house sits in an attractive, predominantly west-facing walled rear garden with superb views of the river. The garden is walled for privacy and the safety of dogs and children.
There is a terrace for outside dining and a charcoal barbecue and a vegetable and fruit garden which guests are welcome to make use of.
There is an additional garden area to the front of the house which faces west and is a super spot for evening drinks. Please note that the front garden area is shared with two other properties and dogs and children must be supervised when in this area.
There is secure private parking for four cars within the garden with a further car in the garage which has electric opening doors to the front and rear.
Wi fi and mobile coverage
Wi fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.
The beds are made up with top quality White Company Egyptian cotton bed linen, hollow fibre duvets and a feather and hollow fibre pillow per guest. A hair dryer is supplied in the four main bedrooms. Luxurious White Company bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests.
Babies and children
A cot, high chair and stair gates are available on request.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Comhruith. Owners are requested to keep their dogs to the basement until they are dry and for sleeping and then not beyond the ground floor.
Catering at Comhruith is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guest’s stay, for breakfasts or dinners only or to provide one-off celebratory meals for a special occasion. A homemade meal delivery is available which is popular for guest’s first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.
Good centre for exploring Border attractions including Abbotsford, Holy Isle, Floors Castle and Abbeys. Eating places readily available.
I stayed here with my family and my sister's family, so 4 adults, 4 young kids. It is a really spacious house, very well equipped. Great base for exploring the area but also lovely to be able to stroll into Kelso which is a pretty town with nice shops.