|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
A spacious, detached Georgian house offering guests the best of both worlds, The Elms is set in a delightful, private walled garden and yet Kelso's main square and the famous River Tweed are only a few minutes' walk from the house.
Furnished in a traditional, elegant style, The Elms offers ample entertaining space for larger parties with a separate formal dining room in addition to the dining kitchen. The billiard room is also a great asset to families and large parties alike. Upstairs, the bedrooms are wonderfully light most with views over the garden, the Floors Castle Estate and the river beyond.
Outside, the beautifully-maintained, walled garden is fully-enclosed for the safety of dogs and children and provides plenty of space for children to play. An outside seating area provides the perfect spot for summery drinks or dinner ‘al fresco' in the summer months. Indoor table tennis and bicycles are also provided to keep guests of all ages entertained!
For fishing parties, The Elms is incredibly convenient for the famous Junction beat as well as other prime Lower and Middle Tweed beats. There is also an excellent selection of reasonably-priced fishing towards Melrose and on the Teviot, Till and Whiteadder nearby. The house is well equipped for fishing parties with rod racks and a chest freezer in the garage and a drying room in the house.
The Elms is situated a few minutes' walk from the town's attractive cobbled square and evocative abbey ruins. Kelso lies at the junction of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and was described by Sir Walter Scott as 'the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland.' Today it retains much of its original charm with an interesting range of independent shops including an excellent new deli, butcher, fish monger, baker, art galleries, antique shops and country sports shops. The monthly farmer's market is well worth a visit and there is a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants. Kelso plays host to a number of events throughout the year including regular National Hunt race meets at the famous race course, the ancient custom of the Common Ridings of the town boundaries and the famous Borders Rugby 7s games. Also on the doorstep is Floors Castle, the majestic home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe and the championship Roxburghe golf course.
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 exploring 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.
Kelso is also just an hour's drive from Edinburgh and provides a good base for Edinburgh events.
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