|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Tucked away in a tranquil setting on a private country estate, Stotfield Cottage is a cosy rural hideaway where guests can enjoy a gentler pace of life amidst scenic surroundings. Rest, relax and simply soak up the peace and quiet of this picturesque spot or indulge in more active pursuits whilst exploring the outstanding beauty of the wider area.
The property sits on Edgerston Estate just south of Jedburgh and its position nestled in the heart of the border countryside will appeal to outdoor types, nature lovers, or those seeking a blissful escape from it all. The accommodation is presented in a pretty cottage style with an open plan living/kitchen space with wood burning stove and French doors leading out to a raised deck for a spot of wildlife watching over a lazy summer lunch. The cottage benefits from Sky TV for a little relaxed entertainment, while free Wifi allows you to stay connected and in-touch - if you feel the need.
The three bedrooms (two double, one single) are extremely well presented with pretty detailing and excellent storage space, while the master bedroom features a sumptuous super kingsize bed and en-suite shower room.
Each room of the property benefits from a sunny open outlook across mature woodland. Its location on a private estate with hardly any passing traffic means that children have plenty of space to run around or paddle in the Kaim Burn which flows through the grounds just a short distance from the property.
Edgerston has a rich history and its position just a few miles north of the English border means that it was often the first line of defense against the English in an area where armies marched and battles and lawlessness raged over 300 turbulent years. The remains of a peel tower can still be seen on the estate and the area’s important position in history is still commemorated each year when hundreds of riders on horseback ride the boundary as part of the Jethart Callant���s Festival.
Despite its rural position, Stotfield Cottage has good amenities close by and is incredibly well positioned for exploring attractions north and south of the border. The historic market town of Jedburgh with its magnificent 12th century abbey ruins, sits just 6 miles from the cottage where you will find a good selection of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a leisure pool, fitness centre, small dry ski slope and 18 hole golf course. Spend a cultural afternoon here and follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and William Wordsworth all of whom walked its ancient streets, or visit the 16th century bastel house of Mary Queen of Scots or the fascinating 1820 Castle Jail. The main A.68 route allows easy access to the picturesque towns across the area, including the city attractions of Edinburgh and Newcastle - just an hour’s drive each way.
For outdoor pursuits, pack a picnic and enjoy leisurely walking and cycling directly from the house through estate grounds and woodland, or perhaps join the Oxnam Cycle Route just a short distance from the property, a mostly low level trail with historical points along the way and one or two steep climbs where you will be rewarded with far-reaching views. There are a number of waymarked walking routes from Jedburgh, including the scenic Howden, Hunthill and Sandyhill Road which takes in a superb panoramic vista from the highest point near Belvidere Wood.
The Whitelee Moor National Nature Reserve sits 7 miles from the cottage, one of Britain’s most important upland reserves and home to birds of prey, including merlin, buzzard, peregrine falcon and hen harrier. Skylark, stonechat and meadow pipit are also common across the site, while otters often hunt along the Rede and wild goats can be seen on the border with Kielderhead.
The Kielder Water and Forest Park is an easy drive south (23 miles) and is home to the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. There is something for everyone here including water sports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, artists, families and photographers. A highlight is the star gazing treat at the Kielder Observatory where you can view the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park using powerful telescopes and may be lucky enough to see passing comets or a stunning meteor shower.
Alternatively, a half-hour drive from the property will take you to Newcastleton, home to the outstanding 7Stanes mountain biking centre and Rock UK outdoor centre where you can experience a vast range of cycling trails, family adventure days, canoeing, climbing, zip rides, abseiling, walking and fishing.
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