With the Cheviot Hills in one direction and the three peaks of the Eildon Hills in the other, the Wheel House will be a joy for those looking to take advantage of its picturesque setting and superb sightseeing opportunities.
On the ground floor, this pretty cottage has been given a contemporary twist with warm neutrals punctuated by fabrics and throws in soothing blues to bring a timeless calm to your holiday stay. French doors open out to a large open garden where you can watch the wanderings of inquisitive wildlife and listen to the gentle twitter of birdsong.
The kitchen has some lovely rustic touches enhanced by fresh tickings and country inspired finishes. A generous dining space seats 8 comfortably. Since the cottage can be let in conjunction with adjoining Mill Cottage, this is a versatile space to get everyone round the table for cosy evening dining and plenty of convivial chat.
The cottage benefits from two en-suite bedrooms - one king size and one twin, both immaculately presented with crisp linens and fresh detailing.
For families, the addition of a separate games room with table tennis and table football will keep all members of the party entertained, particularly on evenings and those wet weather days.
The cottage adjoins the Mill House which can be let in conjunction with the Wheel House. Let as individual units, they are separated by two lockable inner-connecting doors from both the lower and upper hall. A third cottage, Woodman's, is also available to let sleeping 2.
You will find excellent local amenities in the thriving market town of Kelso (5 miles) set around a charming cobbled square. The town is home to a super range of independent shops where you can indulge in a little retail therapy, or purchase fresh local produce and holiday provisions from quality traders.
There are some excellent pubs and restaurants for dining out or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including Cafe U, the Hoot ‘n Cat or the Terrace Cafe at Floors Castle. Alternatively why not enjoy a little bit of food heaven at the Roux Restaurant at the nearby Roxburghe Hotel.
The cottage is also 5 miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom. The incredibly picturesque town of Melrose is also just a short 12 mile drive.
Activities and attractions
For walking, guests here are spoilt for choice with lovely peaceful country rambles taking in woodland and riverside paths directly from the doorstep, including a few hidden gems which will charm and delight. A leisurely 3 mile walk will take you to Smailholm Tower, the first home of Sir Walter Scott with fantastic views across the Cheviot Hills beyond.
The Borders Abbeys Way passes through this area and you can walk a lovely section along country roads all the way down to Floors Castle and Kelso, or if you’re feeling particularly energetic you may wish to walk the full route taking in the exceptional remnants of the four 12th century Abbeys at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.
Similarly, the area has cycling trails for everyone from the family friendly routes at Bowmont Forest and Harestanes, to the scenic waymarked trails of the Borderloop4, Coast & Castles Route & Tweed Cycle Way. If you prefer to swap two wheels for four hooves, the Nenthorn Equestrian Centre is a well-established school offering riding for all ages and abilities and is based just a few minutes from the property.
Kelso sits right on the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and is a much loved destination for salmon anglers who come to experience world-class fishing on the prolific Middle Tweed salmon beats around this area - Rutherford, Makerstoun, Upper and Lower Floors, Junction and Hendersyde are all within a few miles of the property. Fishing can be booked through FishTweed, while Orvis and Fin and Game are both based in the centre of town offering a wealth of advice on river levels, latest catches, permits, tackle and all things fishing and country.
For golf enthusiasts, Kelso Golf Club is an attractive parkland course resting on the edge of the town, or you can experience a fantastic day-out playing the Roxburghe Championship Course (5 miles), recently voted 6th best course in Scotland by readers of the country’s best selling golf title. There is a pro-shop and PGA golf academy here for those who are new to the game or wish to refine their swing, or perhaps sharpen up your eye popping a few clays at the nearby shooting school.
For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are all within a short half hour drive where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for short breaks or friendly get-togethers where you can enjoy National Hunt Racing at Kelso Racecourse, local Antique Fairs and Auctions, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, Point-to-Point Meets, the Borders Book Festival, Walking Festival, Common Ridings and Melrose Rugby name just a few!
A half-hour will take you to the wonderful heritage coastline with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, while the cultural city of Edinburgh is just an hour’s drive where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city. Alternatively hop on the train from Tweedbank (14 miles) and enjoy a wonderful trip through scenic Border scenery which will take you right into the heart of the city.
The accommodation sits on two floors.
Sitting room - one two-seater and one three-seater sofa, flat screen TV and DVD player, french doors leading out to the patio area and garden.
Three steps down to lower hall and kitchen.
Kitchen - fully equipped with electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave. Dining table with seating for eight. Washing and drying facilities are provided in an external laundry which is shared with two other cottages. A freezer is available for use in an external outbuilding.
Cloakroom - with WC and basin.
Lockable inner-connecting door which leads to the adjoining Mill House for parties renting both cottages.
Bedroom one - with fixed 5’ king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail and storage space.
En-suite bathroom - bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - with 3’ twin beds, side tables, wardrobe with drawers.
En-suite bathroom - bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Central heating throughout the property.
High quality bed linen and luxurious towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and then kept to the ground floor area only. They are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms. There is a charge of £25 per dog.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is variable on most networks. EE offers the best coverage indoors, otherwise reception improves in the outside courtyard or garden.
A welcome pack is provided.
Garden and grounds
There is a large open garden with outside furniture to the rear of the property which is shared with the adjoining Woodman’s (sleeps 2).
Private parking to the front of the cottage.
There is a shared games room which is available for guest use. This has a table tennis table, football table, Nintendo Wii and a selection of indoor and garden games.
A shared laundry facility has two washing machines and two tumble dryers as well as a Belfast sink.
Secure private storage for outdoor gear and bikes is available on request. Rod rack facilities are provided for fishing parties. A freezer is also available for guest use.
The steading comprises three small cottages in an L shape configuration which all sit in the same ownership and are available for use as holiday lets, either individually or together. The owner's property is immediately adjacent and while they are on hand to help guests with any aspect of their stay, they are completely respectful of their privacy.
The property is strictly no smoking.