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Balmoral Cottage Kelso

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A delightful, well-presented, period cottage offering guests the best of both worlds; an attractive rural location with good walks from the doorstep yet with easy access to Kelso’s excellent amenities just 3 miles away.

The deceptively spacious accommodation is presented in a charming, contemporary country style. The sitting room features a state of the art wood burner (logs are provided), stripped wood floors, sumptuous leather sofas, a fabulous antler ceiling light, pretty lamps and bold fabrics to add a pop of colour. The attractive kitchen is well-equipped with excellent quality crockery and cookware and the adjacent dining conservatory is a delightful spot for leisurely dining whatever the weather.

The three individually-styled bedrooms feature chic country florals, muted tweeds, luxurious White Company bed linen and each has its own immaculately-presented, contemporary bath or shower rooms. The ground floor bedroom and shower room is ideal for less mobile guests.

Outside is a pretty garden to the front and a tiered garden to the rear with an outside dining area and lawned area which provides direct access through a wicker gate to excellent walks in the fields behind the house.

The impressive rod room / store is ideal for fishing parties with rod racks, a chest freezer and sink. There is also plenty of space for the storage of bicycles, golf clubs and outdoor kit.

Local amenities

The hamlet of Nenthorn sits just 3 miles north of the picturesque town of Kelso and enjoys an attractive rural position with commanding views over open countryside towards the Cheviot Hills in one direction and the Eildon Hills in the other. The cottage is extremely well-placed for exploring all the attractions and towns of the central Borders and the many outdoor, fishing and sporting pursuits of the area.

Kelso is a thriving market town set around a charming cobbled square with rich historical features and architecture including the outstanding Abbey ruins, the grandeur of Floors Castle and the splendid Rennie Bridge where the grooves made by the ‘reluctant pennies’ of those crossing the bridge towards the toll-house in the early 1800’s can still be seen along the parapet to this day.

You will find excellent local amenities here and the town is home to some super clothing, gift and interior shops where you can indulge in a little retail therapy, or purchase fresh local produce and holiday provisions from quality independent traders. For dining-out, The Cobbles and Oscars Restaurant are both highly regarded for their friendly atmosphere and excellent food, or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including 'Off The Square', the 'Hoot ‘n Cat' or the 'Terrace Cafe' at Floors. Alternatively why not enjoy a little bit of food heaven in the Roux Restaurant at the nearby Roxburghe Hotel.

Activities and Attractions

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 Tweedside Tackle 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. The day’s catches can be smoked locally at the nearby Teviot Smokery, or for a little relaxation after the day’s endeavours you will find plenty of congenial fisher chat at Ednam House where you can celebrate......or perhaps commiserate over a wee dram in this renowned fishing establishment!

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, and if you’re feeling particularly energetic you may decide to finish off your day popping a few clays at the nearby shooting school.

For walking, there are lots of lovely peaceful country walks taking in parkland, woodland and riverside paths right across the area from easy rambles to more extensive hikes in the Cheviot Hills which can be accessed from Yetholm (10 miles). You can join the long-distance walking routes of The Pennine Way and St. Cuthbert’s Way from this point, or alternatively experience some fantastic scenery along the route of the Borders Abbey’s Way, 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 Bordeloop4, Coast & Castles Route & Tweed Cycle Way. If you would 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.

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 and Common 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.

Ground floor

Sitting room with wood burning stove (logs provided), large flatscreen TV with Freeview and Bluray DVD player.

Kitchen with double electric ovens, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

Dining conservatory to seat 6 guests with French doors to the terrace.

Guest cloakroom.

Bedroom one with 5’ bed, TV with Freeview, chest of drawers and hanging space provided by a coat stand and hangers.

En suite shower room with walk in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

First floor

Bedroom two with 5’ bed, fitted wardrobe, TV with Freeview.

En suite bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom three with 5’ bed, TV with Freeview, dressing area with chest of drawers and hanging space provided by a coat stand and hangers.

En suite shower room with large walk in shower with rainforest shower head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside rod room / store
Balmoral Cottage has a secure, large outside store / rod room with rod racks, chest freezer, tumble dryer and sink which is ideal for fishing parties and the storage of outdoor kit such as bicycles, golf clubs and walking gear.

Garden and grounds
There is a pretty small garden to the front of the house. The attractive rear garden includes a dining terrace accessed from the house with outside furniture. A pretty lawned area at the top of the garden has a gate to the fields behind with excellent walking. The garden is fully-enclosed for the safety of dogs and children.

There is parking for two cars directly in front of the cottage, but it is important that guests give due regard to the access requirements of other vehicles in this area.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
There is Wi-Fi at the cottage. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.

Guest amenities
The beds are made up with high quality White Company Egyptian Cotton bed linen. A hair dryer is supplied in each bedroom. Luxurious White Company bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest hand soaps are provided. Logs are provided.

Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request. The rear garden is fully-enclosed for children to play. Guests should note that there is a small dividing wall with a drop into the adjoining property in the rear garden where younger children may require supervision. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Welcome pack
A welcome pack is provided.

Balmoral Cottage can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guest’s stay, for breakfasts or dinners only or to provide one-off celebratory meals for a special occasion. A homemade meal delivery is available which is popular for guest’s first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at Balmoral Cottage. There is a charge of £20 per dog. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor and are not allowed in the bedrooms.

Guest privacy
Balmoral Cottage is a semi-detached property and sits within a small, peaceful hamlet of cottages. There are open fields to one side and behind.

No smoking
Smoking is strictly prohibited at Balmoral Cottage.
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"We had a wonderful time, the cottage was lovely with everything (and more) we could need. We will be using Crabtree & Crabtree properties again in the near future, as always we where very happy in your property they are always first class." - Davey

"All 7 of us (including our pup!) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Balmoral Cottage. It was everything we expected it to be, very modern, clean and an ideal location for walking the dog. We have been coming up to Scotland for around 20 years and this is the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in. We're already planning our next visit!" - Henderson

"We found Balmoral Cottage to be one of the very best cottages we have stayed in here in the UK. Excellent in fact. All of the 'essentials' we thought we might need to take with us were already there and the welcome hamper was very nice indeed. We would highly recommend." - Margetts

"The group were delighted with Balmoral Cottage in every way. We intend to return to the Borders & we will certainly make Crabtree & Crabtree our first choice." - Nixon

"We had a wonderful holiday and even the weather was very kind to us. The house is beautiful and a credit to the owners. There was everything you could wish for. We were very comfortable and certainly slept very well in the comfortable beds. My 92 year old mother in law was also very impressed. She thought it was wonderful. I do hope that one day we will be back to stay once again as there is so much to see and do in the area. Thank you also to the staff at Crabtree & Crabtree for making our booking so simple and straight forward." - Giddings

"What can we say about Balmoral Cottage... everything about it was fantastic, as was the wonderful service from yourselves at Crabtree & Crabtree. The cottage was beautiful, and was immaculate. The housekeeper had done an exceptional job, the welcome pack was a lovely touch, and the cottage was equipped with everything we could ever need, even down to magazines and dog poo bags. We loved the garden, and even on the dullest of days, we sat outside. The garden was totally 'dog-proofed', and our two labradoodles had a great time exploring. The garden was lovely, really well designed and obviously looked after with lots of TLC. We saw a lot of wildlife, especially in the field next door-hares, horses, bats,wrens and owls, the list is endless! It was a magical week, one that even the rain couldn't dampen. We would certainly like to repeat our stay at Balmoral Cottage, who needs to go abroad with holidays like this on our doorstep? Thank you for everything. We would definitely recommend Crabtree & Crabtree in the future." - Kennedy

"We had the most wonderful stay at Balmoral Cottage this month, so good that we extended our visit! This house had everything that we wanted to make us very comfortable and after several years staying in self catering in and around Kelso, we quite probably have found our ideal place - we will definitely enquire about staying here again. All rooms are very well presented, clean, tidy, with cosy and comfortable beds which are very welcome after tiring days out! We made use of the garden area on the nice days and enjoyed the spectacular views." - Douglas

"Fab cottage, perfect for our short break – really high quality home, lovely area, plenty of doggy walks and really close to Kelso. Loved it!" - Fox

"I find it difficult to propose any "improvements" on Crabtree & Crabtree's impeccable service. You have to be congratulated on a very fine level of customer service both online and personally when my wife and I called at your office so many thanks for all your help.
Balmoral Cottage was fantastic. It was immaculate and beautifully presented. The owners had thought of everything and our stay could not have been more comfortable. My wife and I were accompanied by our daughter, son-in-law and their two sons with Ollie the wee cockapoo and we all had a wonderful time. What can I say, we loved every minute. Keep up the good work."
- Gray

"We very much enjoyed the stay at the Balmoral Cottage. The hamper on arrival was very gratefully received and was a very nice gesture. However, the Christmas tree and the very generous present for our son really were above and beyond what we were hoping for and really helped to make the holiday enjoyable. Our most favourite place was without doubt in front of the log burning stove in the living room. It was hard to get much further than this most days. A very enjoyable stay for us and allowed us to host a very enjoyable Christmas meal for our family." - Fleming

"We had a fabulous time over the weekend staying at Balmoral Cottage - may I say the housekeeper is just fantastic, keeping the house in fantastic condition and leaving us a lovely welcome hamper. Can't wait to book another weekend with Crabtree & Crabtree." - Southcott