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SMIDDY - a superb new barn conversion with outstanding views, Wifi, sleeps 4

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
barn
People
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday barn in Gattonside - SMIDDY, Gattonside, Melrose

Barn for guests: 4, bedrooms 2

The Smiddy forms part of a superb new barn conversion just three miles from Melrose with outstanding views over rolling Borders countryside to the Eildon Hills. Drawing on its former farm heritage, the property has been sympathetically redeveloped to create a fantastic light-filled living space which remains faithful to its rural setting.

The property strikes a perfect balance between old and new, incorporating original stonework and larch cladding along with luxurious furnishings, contemporary features and underfloor heating. The open plan living area has been opened-up to take full advantage of the exceptional views and its south-facing aspect means that it is a perfect sunny spot to unwind and relax with a good book or a smooth glass of merlot! The two en-suite bedrooms are beautifully appointed with enormous beds and sumptuous linens for a dreamy night’s sleep.

Set in the very heart of the country that inspired the writings of Sir Walter Scott, the location of The Smiddy on seven hundred acres of unspoilt estate land means that it is perfectly placed for walkers, cyclists, nature lovers and fieldsports. Fishing, either day rods or weekly lets, can be arranged directly with the estate office; stabling can be provided for guests interested in bringing their own horse; and guided tours of the area can be arranged - whether on two feet, two wheels or four hooves!

From mid-May, the property can also be let in conjunction with The Granary, a substantial and beautifully presented four bedroom property which is ideal for extended families or groups looking to holiday together.

42 The Square, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7HL

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Ground floor

Entrance Hallway leads to open plan sitting room/dining/kitchen area. The sitting room area features elegant furnishings by Michael Vee Interiors including a double sofa, large wing armchair and two leather chairs. Technology includes a flatscreen TV with Freeview. Books and board games are provided. The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric cooker, hob, large retro fridge with ice box, integrated dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.

Guest cloakroom.

First floor

Bedroom one enjoys views across to the Eildon Hills and features zip and link beds which can be set up as a superking double or twin as preferred, two bedside cabinets and a dressing table.

En-suite bathroom with bath and shower-over, rainforest shower head, heated towel rail, basin and wc.

Bedroom two with kingsize bed and views across to the Eildon Hills.

En-suite shower room with heated towel rail, basin and wc.

Heating throughout the property, with underfloor heating in all the main living areas.

Bike/outside store

The Granary has a secure outside store for the storage of outdoor kit such as bikes, fishing gear and golf clubs.

Garden and grounds

There is an attractive lawned garden to the front of the house which is fully enclosed for the safety of children and dogs. This can also be accessed through large bi-folding doors from the living space. There is a terraced patio for dining with garden furniture and sun loungers.

Parking

There is private parking for two cars to the side of the cottage.

Wifi and mobile coverage

Wifi is not currently available in the property.The area has 3G connectivity and there is good mobile coverage on most networks.

Guest amenities

The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian Cotton bed linen, and a hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries.

Babies and children

A travel cot and high chair are available on request.

Welcome pack

A small welcome pack is provided.

Catering

The Smiddy 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 popular for guests’ first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at The Smiddy, but they must be kept to the ground floor uncarpeted areas of the property and are not permitted in the bedrooms. It is essential that owners clean-up after their dogs and respect the access requirements of the estate.

Horses welcome

There is stabling available to guests wishing to bring their own horses for an additional fee.

Guest privacy

The Smiddy is a semi-detached property and sits within a small, peaceful steading development of three additional properties which have been converted to ensure guest privacy wherever possible. If you have any concerns, please call us to discuss. There are open fields to the front and rear of the development.

No smoking

Smoking is strictly prohibited.

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Property Manager
Emma Crabtree
Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
8 December, 2016
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Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

SMIDDY - a superb new barn conversion with outstanding views, Wifi, sleeps 4
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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Super View

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a week in the colder month of the year, there was everything required for a very comfortable stay, great view, big bed rooms a very well equipt kitchen, short of nothing.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Eric, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Smiddy. I hope we can welcome you back in the future! Best wishes, The Crabtree & Crabtree Team
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Stunning house with stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

We have previously stayed at The Granary, next door to The Smiddy. Both are beautiful cottages with stunning uninterrupted views. House is very well equipped and within walking distance of Melrose. We had a lovely week and will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Carole, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Smiddy. I hope we can welcome you back in the future! Best wishes, The Crabtree & Crabtree Team
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Location

Local amenities

The Smiddy sits just a five minute drive from the historic and very picturesque town of Melrose where you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with Melrose Abbey as the stunning backdrop. Here you will find an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink 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 and veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.

For gifts and lovely things, head to Michael Vee Design for elegant interiors; Samuel Tweed for fine woven textiles; Sarah Thomson or Twelve for ladieswear; beautiful artisan goods from The Crafters; italian shoes from Cobblers; or Masons bookshop for a good holiday read. For those seeking something a little more energetic, there is also a bike shop and cycle hire where you will find plenty of friendly advice on local trails around the area.

For coffee and cake, pop into Finlay Grant for a steaming cappuccino and delicious macaroons served in vintage crockery, or head to the charming Russell’s Tea Room for a light sandwich lunch. For evening dining, the Town House, Burts or Marmions come highly recommended, or a short drive will take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside (1.5 miles) for excellent food at Chapters Bistro.

Activities and attractions

The area is also a perfect base for sightseeing and exploring the wider attractions of the central Borders area. 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, featuring 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 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, with leisurely routes right from the doorstep to more extensive loops across the wider estate. 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 mystical 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 offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game, can be arranged 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 30 courses within a 30 mile radius including the fantastic 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 is a playpark and tennis courts in nearby Melrose, a multi-screen cinema, skate park and leisure pool in Galashiels (5 miles), or try the wonderful forest adventure playground with huge slides and zip wires at Bowhill House and Country Estate (10 miles).

Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Gattonside in Scotland

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

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