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A magnificent country house set in rolling parkland between Kelso and Jedburgh, Crailing House provides an outstanding setting for memorable family get-togethers, house parties and sporting lets.
The house has been meticulously renovated throughout, the serene Regency exterior belying the striking interior; a seamless fusion of contemporary and antique items. Fabulous life-size bronzes, quirky objets d'art and an impressive selection of original artwork sit alongside original features sensitively restored to preserve the character of the house. The beautifully proportioned, light-filled rooms offer fantastic entertaining space for house parties and with daily housekeeping included and the optional services of a cook and butler, Crailing House provides the quality and comforts of a five-star boutique for private house parties at a fraction of the cost.
The sleek, contemporary kitchen is the convivial heart of the house, extensively equipped with all the latest high-tech kitchen wizardry. There's a breakfast bar for casual dining, a contemporary, recessed log burner for additional winter warmth and a state-of-the-art Everhot range oven. At one end, an oval dining table seating 12 sits in the elegant curve of the house graced by a striking antique chandelier overhead.
The impressive drawing room is incredibly light and spacious with three fabulous ceiling height windows and a log fire for winter evenings. A cosy study provides a quiet spot for catching up with a few emails and a second sitting room with log burner provides a comfy spot to read or watch films. If preferred, the study can also be transformed into a very atmospheric dining room with round dining table for 12 guests.
The house is fully-equipped with all mod-cons including Wi-Fi throughout the ground floor and an iPod operated, integral sound system, a large flat screen television in the sitting room complete with Sky, surround sound, DVD player and extensive DVD library.
Upstairs the individually-themed bedrooms are light, bright and immaculately presented with sumptuous feather duvets and pillows and crisp Egyptian cotton sheets. The two elegant, principal bedrooms (one double and one twin or double) have en suite bathrooms whilst two more contemporary twin bedrooms share the family bathroom complete with an under-lit bath!
Stairs to the second floor lead to pretty attic rooms with coombed ceilings and magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. A pretty double bedroom has an interlinking door to the adjacent twin bedroom, across the landing is a large bathroom and the landing itself has seating and a television making the accommodation on this floor ideal for a family or for children and a nanny.
On the basement level, you'll find a boot room, drying room and the former butler's pantry for guests' dogs.
Crailing House sits within beautiful rolling parkland in the Teviot Valley with distant views to the Cheviot Hills. A south facing terrace accessed from the hall provides the perfect spot for drinks al fresco during the summer months. The Oxnam Water flows through the estate on route to joining the River Teviot providing excellent riverside walks from the doorstep. Children can cycle safely around the grounds and for more extensive cycling and walking there are a number of marked routes around Kelso including the Borders Abbey Way and the popular 64-mile St Cuthbert's Way which passes close to the house as it criss-crosses the Borders on its way to Holy Island. For keen riders, there is a riding stables nearby and the option of beach rides further afield.
For fishing parties, Crailing House is incredibly convenient for the prime Middle Tweed beats around Kelso in addition to reasonably priced fishing on the Teviot close to the house and fun trout fishing on the Oxnam Water which flows through the estate. Walked up and driven shooting can be arranged nearby. The house is well equipped for sporting parties with a boot room and drying area in the basement. Well-behaved dogs are welcome with prior consent of the owner and must be kept to the dog room in the basement level.
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 including the Roxburghe Championship course and well-regarded courses at Jedburgh and Melrose just a pitch and putt away.
Crailing is five miles from the historic town of Jedburgh which offers good local amenities and seven miles from the bustling market town of Kelso 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 deli, butchers and fishmonger, a monthly farmer's market and a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants. Floors Castle, the majestic home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe is well worth a visit followed by afternoon tea at the newly-renovated Roxburghe Hotel. 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.
The beguiling town of Melrose is 14 miles away from the house tucked between the Tweed and the gorse-backed Eildon Hills. As well as offering a good range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants, this picturesque town is home of rugby 7s, the fantastic annual Border's Book Festival, and the evocative ruins of Melrose Abbey. Stop off on route at Main Street Trading in St Boswells to visit the award-winning bookshop and deli.
For day trips slightly further afield, the stunning Northumberland coast is less than an hour's drive away with miles of rocky coves punctuated by a chain of imposing castles including Alnwick and Bamburgh and miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and sandcastle-building. The Georgian splendour of Edinburgh is only 48 miles away and is an easy day trip by car.
Impressive entrance hall with original flagstone floor. French doors lead from the inner hall to the terrace and garden.
Large kitchen / dining room extensively equipped with Everhot 4 oven electric range cooker with 2 large hobs, dishwasher, microwave, large fridge / freezer with ice maker, coffee maker, television, breakfast bar (seats 4). Dining table (seats up to 14).
Magnificent drawing room with log fire.
Sitting room with log burner, large HD TV with Sky, DVD player and surround sound, extensive DVD library and electric piano.
Cosy study with Wi-Fi. This can become a dining room with round dining table to seat 12 guests.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Wi-Fi throughout the ground floor and iPod-operated, integral sound system. Mobile telephone coverage on most networks.
Boot room and drying room.
Former butler's pantry for guests' dogs.
Bedroom one with king size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
En suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with two twin or one king size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
En suite bathroom with freestanding bath with handheld shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with twin 3' beds, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bedroom four with twin 3' beds, integrated wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Family bathroom with walk-in shower with rainforest shower head, under-lit bath, double basins and WC.
Bedroom five with double bed, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bedroom six with twin 3' beds, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Family bathroom with bath with handheld shower, double basins and WC.
Seating area on the landing with TV with Sky and large wardrobe / cupboard for additional storage.
All bed linen is the highest quality Egyptian cotton. Each guest is provided with a bath sheet, bath towel, hand towel and face cloth. Luxurious Miller Harris toiletries are provided.
Garden and grounds
Crailing House is set within fabulous, mature parkland providing privacy as well as space for children to play. A terrace accessed from the hall leads to a lawned area with outside seating. There is ample parking at the front of the house.
Crailing Coach House and Crailing Cottage in the grounds sleeping five and four guests respectively can be booked in conjunction with the house subject to availability for an additional fee. Please contact us for further details.
Catering at Crailing House is entirely flexible. The house 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 hours of daily housekeeping is included in the rental price. The housekeeper is also available for additional cleaning or linen changes throughout guest's stay at additional cost.
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Crailing House with prior consent of the owner. Dogs must be kept to the butler's pantry in the basement level and guests must clear up after their dogs.
Please contact us for short break prices.
"A pleasure to stay in such a characterful house in an incredibly peaceful setting. A great introduction to Scotland for us first time visitors." - Lubbock