A stunning, period farmhouse set in captivating Borders countryside and meticulously renovated to an exceptionally high standard, Halliburton provides an outstanding setting for memorable family get-togethers, house parties and sporting lets.
Presented in a charming, country house style, the spacious accommodation features a number of interesting pieces sourced by the owners including a skillful blend of antique furniture punctuated by delightful objets d��art, offset against soft, earthy colours and muted tweeds in keeping with the surroundings.
Downstairs there���s an elegant drawing room and a cosy sitting room both with magnificent, uninterrupted views over rolling Border’s countryside. The charming farmhouse kitchen and dining area provide the perfect setting for convivial cooking and long, atmospheric meals. A large boot room / drying room provides plenty of space for outdoor kit and dogs.
Upstairs the look is refined and timeless. The charming bedrooms – all can be twin or king / superking for complete flexibility – are a winning combination of calming, neutral colours, interesting antique pieces and wonderfully inviting beds with feather duvets and pillows and Egyptian cotton bed linen topped with cosy wool blankets.
Halliburton is set in a beautiful tranquil setting, with an attractive, fully-enclosed garden and breathtaking views over open countryside. A sheltered outside dining area is the perfect spot to sit and watch the sun set over the hills.
Activities and attractions
There is excellent walking, cycling and riding from the house from gentle ambles on the tracks and quiet country lanes around the house as well as more challenging routes nearby. Tracks across the Greenlaw Moor are suitable for off-road bikes, and the Borderloop Cycling Route passes close-by, a stunning a long-distance journey taking in wonderful scenery and attractions all the way down to the coast. Alternatively join the route for a shorter stretch, taking in quiet roads and a variety of terrain which can be matched to your cycling skills and experience.
The final stretch of The Southern Upland Way runs from Lauder to Cockburnspath, and walkers can join this section at Longformacus (20 mins drive) for a short walk, or enjoy a full day��s trekking through the rolling scenery of the Lammermuir Hills, taking in the excellent viewpoints of the Twin Law Cairns all the way down to the spectacular cliff-top scenery of the heritage coastline.
There are a number of sites nearby which offer a diverse variety of birdlife and wildlife. Hule Moss on Greenlaw Moor offers extensive views and rewarding bird spotting opportunities on loch, marsh and heather moorland while sites at nearby Westruther Moor, Gordon Moss and Duns Castle Estate all provide fantastic opportunities for walking, birdwatching and photography amidst peaceful and scenic surroundings.
For country sports, Halliburton is well-equipped for sporting parties with a large drying / boot room and gun cabinet, and excellent shooting can be found on Charterhall Estate near Duns who have a long established reputation for field sports, offering pheasant shooting (driven or walked up), pigeon flighting, roe stalking and driven hare.
Trout fishing is available on approximately 8 miles of the Blackadder Water, a tributary of the Whiteadder, through the Greenlaw Angling Association, a small club which dates back to 1880. The season is from 1 April to 6 October for brown trout only, but with easy access and at only £4 for a day visitor pass, it can offer some super sport when river conditions are right. Salmon fishing is available on the legendary River Tweed just a few miles away, while the Watch Reservoir sits a little further afield for those seeking sport in a stillwater venue.
For golf enthusiasts, Duns Golf Club is a scenic upland course situated at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, just a ten minute drive from the property. A further 16 courses are within a 30 mile radius, including the renowned Roxburghe Championship course near Kelso and the very pretty Hirsel course at Coldstream.
Despite the peaceful, rural location, Halliburton is remarkably accessible, just 3 miles from Greenlaw which offers local shopping, two pubs and the historically significant town hall which made the finals of BBC's Restoration Village. The attractive, historic town of Kelso is about 10 miles from the house and offers a diverse mix of independent shops, a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants, and host to regular National Hunt race meetings and a lively events programme. Ten miles to the east, Duns is an attractive market town with a good range of local shops, cafes and pubs and a museum dedicated to local motor racing legend Jim Clark.
A half hour’s drive will take you to the stunning beaches of the heritage coastline, including Bamburgh, Holy Island and St. Abbs Head. Along the way, perhaps take time to soak in the rich history of the area by following the chain of castles and historic buildings that punctuate the landscape here - Thirlestane, Floors, Manderston and Mellerstain are all just a short drive away. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.
Further information on what to see and do across the wider area can be found on our ‘activities’ pages.
Entrance hall and guest cloakroom with WC and basin.
Drawing room with log burner.
Sitting room with TV with Sky and a good selection of games. (No DVD) Please note the fire is decorative only.
Extensively-equipped farmhouse kitchen with range cooker with 3 ovens and warming drawer and 5 ring hob, dishwasher, fridge, plenty of utensils and excellentqualitychina and glasses.
Dining area (seats 8).
Utility room with large fridge / freezer.
Boot room / drying room with washing machine, dryer and microwave. This room is ideal for storing outdoor kit and for dogs with direct access to the garden.
Cloakroom with WC and basin
Back entrance hall with gun cabinet.
Bedroom one with large wardrobe, chest of drawers and cupboard.
En suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be superking or twin as preferred, chest of drawers and coat stand. Hanging space is provided in a large wardrobe in the hall.
En suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, WC and basin.
Bedrooms three and four both with zip and link beds which can be king or twin as preferred, chest of drawers and coat stand. Hanging space is provided in a wardrobe in the hall.
These two bedrooms share a large family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Wi fi and mobile coverage
Wi fi is available. There is adequate mobile coverage on most networks. A landline is available for emergency calls, incoming calls and the considerate use of guests.
All the bedrooms are spacious with plenty of storage space. The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. Hypoallergenic duvets and pillows are available on request. A hair dryer is supplied in each bedroom. Luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest soap is also provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Garden and grounds
Halliburton is set within an attractive, fully-enclosed garden. A patio area with outside furniture and barbecue provides a sheltered spot for outside dining. There is ample private parking in front of the house.
A welcome pack is provided.
Catering at Halliburton is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guests’ 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 guests���� first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at Halliburton. Owners are requested to keep their dogs downstairs and not beyond the kitchen.
Grazing and stabling is available for guests wishing to bring their own horse or pony. There is a charge of £25 per night, per stable and £5 per day for grazing. Guests must have their own public liability insurance and are asked to supply their own feed, hay and bedding. There is fabulous riding in the area on marked bridle paths as well as on the quiet country roads which surround the house.
Logs are provided.