A beautifully-presented, spacious, ground floor apartment in a sought after location just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of historic Melrose. Ideal for relaxation, sightseeing and walking, with fishing on the nearby River Tweed.
The accommodation is presented to a high standard throughout with impressive attention to detail and great charm and character. There’s a winning combination of old and new with original Victorian tiling, wooden flooring, original working shutters and statement antique pieces sitting alongside superb contemporary artwork, carefully chosen objets d’art and unusual designer paint colours.
The impressive drawing room is the convivial hub of the house with fabulous proportions and a wood burning stove for cosy winter evenings, a state of the art Roberts stereo system with iDock and Bluetooth and an honesty bar.
The charming, light, bright kitchen is a chic, contemporary twist on traditional farmhouse style with a sought after La Canche range oven to delight cooks and an antique pine dresser decked with cookery books and Emma Bridgewater and Anta pottery.
The bedrooms are furnished in sophisticated, neutral tones with sumptuous beds made up with quality bed linen and feather duvets and pillows. There's a double sofa bed in the snug available for a small additional fee.
Unusually for a town centre property, Lower Tweedknowe has a large, fully enclosed, private garden which is ideal for children and dogs with a terrace and furniture for outside dining.
Lower Tweedknowe occupies a peaceful spot just a two minute stroll from the banks of the River Tweed and a leisurely five minute walk from one of the most picturesque towns in the Scottish Borders. Set in the very heart of the country that inspired the writings of Sir Walter Scott, you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with Melrose Abbey as the beautiful backdrop.
An enjoyable afternoon can be spent browsing the range of interiors, giftware, craft and boutique style shops around the pretty Market Square before afternoon tea or supper at one of the many convivial coffee shops or restaurants. Browse the lovely Henderson’s for gifts and vintage finds; Samuel Tweed for fine woven textiles; Sarah Thomson or Twelve for ladieswear; the beautiful hand-sewn Harris Tweed garments from Jane Hall at The Crafters; or Masons bookshop for a good holiday read.
For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino and a delicious cream sponge, or head to the Town House, Burts or Marmions which all come highly recommended. Alternatively take a walk along the river and over the suspension footbridge to Gattonside for excellent food at either Seasons restaurant or the Hoebridge Restaurant.
You will find an excellent range of shops selling fine quality food and drink here including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; Dalgetty’s Bakery, makers of the original Selkirk Bannock; Baird’s Butchers for locally sourced produce as well as freshly prepared homemade meals which are perfect for holiday stays. You will also find a quality fishmongers, a fresh fruit & veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.
Activities and attractions
For sightseeing, the area sits in the heart of myth and legend and visitors come from all over the world to soak up its rich historical connections. Top of the list is the magnificent monastic ruins of Melrose Abbey founded in 1136 by the monks of the Cistercian order with its beautiful architectural detailing and fascinating connections to St. Cuthbert, Scottish Kings, and the philosopher wizard. Nearby you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Harmony Garden and Priorwood Garden before a visit to the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre based in the town square.
Next, a short drive will take you to Leaderfoot Viaduct, an outstanding 19 arch bridge spanning the Tweed before heading to Scott’s View - the inspiration for many of Sir Walter Scott’s writings with stunning panoramic views across the rolling Border heartland. After a lazy lunch, head up the three peaks of the Eildon Hills for a good work-out and yet more amazing views, and explore their association with the fabled Thomas the Rhymer, the Fairy Queen, King Arthur and Merlin. Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford will reveal a treasure trove of artefacts connected to this great writer, while the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Manderston, Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Thirlestane will not fail to impress.
For walking, there is an abundance of local trails and waymarked routes across the area. Melrose is the starting point for St. Cuthbert’s Way which charts the historic trail of this revered seventh century Saint on a 62 mile walk between Melrose Abbey where he started his religious life and his eventual resting place on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Alternatively the sublime Southern Upland Way, Borders Abbeys Way and Sir Walter Scott’s Way run right through this area - each with shorter routes for less experienced walkers or those with less time.
If your passion is country sports, the famous Tweed and its tributaries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling, with notable middle Tweed beats such as Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game is also available locally, including nearby Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
For golf fans, the picturesque 9 hole Melrose Golf Club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills while the 18 hole courses at Galashiels and Torwoodlee both sit nearby. Alternatively choose from over 46 courses within a 30 mile radius including the championship courses at Cardrona in Tweeddale or The Roxburghe at Kelso.
Cyclists will delight at the range of biking options across the wider area from long forest cruises to high energy burning climbs, including the 7Stanes biking centres at Innerleithen and Glentress which are just a half-hour drive away. For families, there’s a playpark and tennis courts just a two minute walk from the property, while a multi-screen cinema, skate park and leisure pool can be found in Galashiels (5 miles), or a forest adventure playground with huge slides and zip wires at Bowhill House & Country Estate (10 miles).
Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. The Melrose Rugby 7s draws an international crowd in April, or you can witness the ancient traditions of the Melrose Festival in June which includes the custom of riding the town's boundaries on horseback. Also not to be missed is the fabulous Borders Book Festival which attracts a hugely impressive line-up of names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders to name but a few. Finally, why not soak up the sights and sounds of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in may just inspire you to design your very own tartan at the Lochcarron Textile Mill in nearby Selkirk!
The accommodation is all one level and is suitable for less mobile guests.
Entrance hall with original tiling. Useful space for the storage of outdoor kit.
Impressive drawing room with log burning stove (logs provided), TV with DVD player, Roberts stereo with iDock and Bluetooth, books, games and an honesty bar.
Charming eat-in kitchen with superior quality La Canche gas range oven with gas hob, Belfast sink, large fridge / freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, digital radio, excellent quality crockery, glassware and cookware. The kitchen is well stocked with basics such as pasta, rice and flour.
Snug with large, flatscreen TV with Freeview.
A double sofa bed in the sitting room is available for an additional £35 for stays of 1 to 4 nights and £50 for stays of 5 nights or more.
Master bedroom with 5’ bed.
Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Bedroom 2 with two 3’ twin beds which are zip and link and can be double or twin as required.
Small en suite shower room with walk-in shower, WC and basin.
Wi fi and mobile coverage
Wi fi is available. There is adequate mobile coverage on most networks.
The beds are made up with exceptional quality bed linen and feather duvets and pillows. A hair dryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest toiletries are also provided.
Garden and grounds
Unusually for a town centre property, Lower Tweedknowe is set in a large, fully-enclosed garden. The garden is private, for use only by guests at Lower Tweedknowe. There is a terrace with furniture and a Webber barbecue for outside dining during the warmer months. There is private off-road parking for one car and ample on-street parking.
A welcome pack is provided.
Lower Tweedknowe 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.
Babies and children
A high chair and travel cot are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome. Owners are requested to keep their dogs out of the bedrooms.
The property is heated with gas central heating throughout in addition to the log burning stove in the drawing room. Initial supply of logs provided.