|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
A beautifully-presented cottage in a delightful, rural position with views over the River Tweed and the Eildon Hills. Close to St Boswells and Melrose, with river walks and dining at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel on the doorstep, Newmains Cottage is an ideal base for fishing parties and families exploring the historic local area.
A charming, period cottage from the outside, Newmains Cottage has been artfully extended to incorporate a superb, light-filled, open-plan dining, kitchen and seating area with fabulous views. From here French doors open onto a raised, decked terrace providing a superb spot for dining al fresco during the summer months. The adjoining sitting room is a wonderful place to relax whatever the weather with stripped wooden floors, sumptuous sofas, cosy wool throws, muted tweeds and a wood burner for the cooler months.
The spacious ground floor master bedroom includes a feature sleigh bed and superb original range fireplace. There’s an adjacent dressing room and wonderful panelled bathroom with claw foot bath. The accommodation is completed with two charming twin bedrooms on the first floor which share the smart, contemporary family bathroom on the ground floor.
Outside is a large, fully-enclosed garden in addition to the decked dining area with outside furniture and barbecue.
We enjoyed our stay at Newmains Cottage very much. The cottage itself is very comfortable and well equipped with every facility one would need. On arrival it felt very welcoming with a hamper left on the kitchen table, fresh flowers and the whole place spotless! The management company were very helpful and not at all intrusive and access to the cottage was efficiently arranged - all by e-mail.
St. Boswells and Dryburgh are set amongst glorious countryside with far reaching views. Great for walkers and nature lovers like us. Edinburgh, Galashiels and Kelso for example, are within easy reach by car and motoring in this part of the country is easy and unhurried. In St. Boswells there is an excellent butcher (the best scotch pies ever!) and a nice café/bookshop as well as a Post Office and local Co-op shop.
I think it highly likely we will want to return.
Newmains Cottage is within walking distance of the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel where guests are welcome to use the bar and AA rosette restaurant and bistro. Dryburgh is three miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro and Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom.
Dryburgh is only eight miles from Melrose, one of the most picturesque towns in the Borders. Made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott and the magnificent Abbey ruins, Melrose offers a good range of shops selling fine local produce including a family butchers, fishmongers, bakery, deli, fresh fruit and veg shop as well as a small Co-op supermarket. Some of the best independent shopping in the Borders can be found here, and a happy afternoon can be spent browsing the range of interiors, giftware, craft and boutique style shops before enjoying afternoon tea or early supper at one of the many convivial restaurants or coffee shops such as the Town House or charming Russell’s Tea Room. More extensive supermarket shopping can be found in Galashiels (6 miles) including a small Marks & Spencer food outlet.
Activities and attractions
Dryburgh is an excellent base for exploring the local area. The evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey are a few minutes��� walk down the road. The final resting place of Sir Walter Scott, Dryburgh is often upheld as the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Also on the doorstep is Scott’s View. Offering panoramic views over superb Border’s countryside, Scott would stop here on his daily ride so much so that it is said his horse stopped here during his funeral procession on route to his burial at Dryburgh Abbey. Just up the road is Abbotsford, the magnificent home of Sir Walter Scott which was re-opened by the Queen in June 2013 following a multi-million pound makeover including a state of the art visitor centre and excellent café / restaurant and events programme.
Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. In April the Melrose rugby 7s draws an international crowd and a festival atmosphere takes hold of the town, while other events well worth a visit include the Melrose Festival in June which includes the ancient custom of riding the town's boundaries on horseback, or the epic Book Festival which has become an important event on the literary calendar attracting names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders to name but a few. Soak up the sound of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in August, or in December the town offers some of the best Hogmanay celebrations in the Borders including an impressive firework display.
Newmains Cottage is an ideal base for fishing parties with notable middle Tweed beats including Dryburgh, Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion on the doorstep and 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 perhaps try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
There are excellent walks from the house along the river and several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous 64-mile St Cuthbert's Walk as it criss-crosses the borders on its way to Holy Island. For mountain biking enthusiasts the outstanding 7Stanes down-hill and cross country trails at Innerleithen and Glentress set in the stunning Tweed Valley, sit just 15 and 19 miles respectively.
For golf fans, the 9 hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills while two 18 hole courses - Galashiels Golf Club and Torwoodlee Golf Club – sit on the doorstep. Alternatively the area enjoys 46 courses within a 30 mile radius including the championship courses at Cardrona and Roxburghe and the famous links courses at Luffness, Gullane and Dunbar. To get the most from your golf break to the Scottish Borders take a look at the Freedom of the Fairways Golf Passport, which entitles pass holders to pick from 21 courses.
Dryburgh is an ideal, central base for exploring the Tweed Valley, with its magnificent countryside steeped in a turbulent and romantic history and punctuated by imposing castles, including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Thirlestane and Alnwick, the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh and stately mansions at nearby Manderston and Mellerstain. The stunning coast is less than an hour's drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and bird-watching.
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