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Ellemford Estate Duns

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A traditional Borders farmhouse set amidst 3,000 acres of spectacular countryside on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills near Duns. The house sits in an idyllic, secluded position and boasts magnificent views over the River Whiteadder to open countryside beyond.

With nine en suite bedrooms, Ellemford Estate is perfect for extended families and large house parties with superb entertaining space including a dining room seating up to 18 and a 'games room' with pool table. Unusually, the bedrooms are all of a similar size making the house ideal for corporate entertaining. For corporate events or for guests wanting a hassle-free holiday, the house can be let fully-serviced with a butler, cook, housekeeper and nanny.

Ellemford is an ideal destination for walkers and country sports, especially shooting. With over twenty different drives Ellemford provides excellent sport over one or two days including pheasant, partridge, grouse and duck. Bag sizes can be arranged with the estate to your own requirements. We can also organise Roe stalking, accompanied by the estate's gamekeeper, and clay-pigeon shooting is available locally. Walking, fishing and shooting parties have access to a drying / boot room and a strong room for guns and ammunition.

For fishing parties, prime Tweed fishing is within a 30 minute drive from the house. Local fly fishing can be arranged with the head keeper (at additional cost) on a two mile double bank stretch of the River Whiteadder (a tributary of the River Tweed) which runs through the estate. The typical pattern sees a run of spring fish from February through to the end of April. From May there is superb sea trout fishing at night with the occasional salmon running throughout the summer. The traditional main run of salmon is at the end of the season with the larger fish entering the river from September onwards.

Some of Scotland's most challenging golf courses are only an hour drive from the estate. Links courses nearby include: North Berwick, Luffness, Gullane, Muirfield, Archerfield, Goswick and Dunbar. Or go inland to the Roxburghe on the banks of the River Teviot.

The beautiful sandy beaches at St. Abbs and North Berwick are great for walking, swimming, sandcastles, beach cricket, surfing and mackerel fishing. The cliffs at nearby St. Abbs, a designated Nature Reserve, are the breeding and nesting grounds for thousands of seabirds and seals are also common.

Ellemford is 6 miles from Duns, an attractive market town with a good range of local shops, cafes and pubs and a museum dedicated to local motor racing legend Jim Clark. Also nearby is Manderston, said to be the perfect example of an Edwardian country house and home to the only silver-staircase in the world.

And Edinburgh is just an hour’s, very pretty, drive away.


Bedrooms and bathrooms

The main house sleeps up to 12 guests in 6 en-suite bedrooms. The annexe accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 en-suite bedrooms. There is also a self-contained bothy with a galley kitchen, en-suite bedroom and seating area which is ideal for a cook or a nanny that is available at additional cost. The bedrooms are configured as follows:

Main house

Bedroom 1 - super king size bed, en-suite shower room and roll-top bath in the bedroom with fabulous views!

Bedroom 2 - super king bed and en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and roll-top bath.

Bedroom 3 - king size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Bedroom 4 - king size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Bedroom 5 - super king size double or twin bedroom (3') and en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Bedroom 6 - double bed with ensuite bathroom with shower over the bath.

The bedrooms in the main house all have televisions with Sky. A hairdryer is also provided in each bedroom.

Annexe Ground Floor

Ellemford Annexe - Borders

Annexe First Floor

Annexe First Floor - Borders

Bedroom 7 (ground floor) - king size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Bedroom 8 - king size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Bedroom 9 - super king bed or twin beds (3') and en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

The bedrooms in the annexe have Sky TV. A hairdryer is also provided in each bedroom.

Drawing room

A superb, formal drawing room with magnificent views.

Sitting room

A cosy room with log burner, television with Sky and DVD player.

Dining room

Large dining room seating up to 18 guests. Ideal for special events.

Games room

Games room with pool table and underfloor heating.

Gun room

Strong room for guns and ammunition.

Dining kitchen

The large, farmhouse kitchen has dining space for eight guests. It is fully equipped with 5 oven Aga, dishwasher, refrigerator, fridge/freezer and plenty of storage space. (A chest freezer is located in the garage/outbuilding)

Utility / rod and boot room

Accessed directly from the back door and ideal for storing and drying fishing kit and outdoor clothing. Equipped with washing machine.

Wi-Fi, landline and mobile phone reception

Wi-Fi is provided in the main house. Mobile phone reception at Ellemford is poor or non-existent on most networks so a landline is provided free of charge for reasonable use. Vodafone reception can sometimes be picked up on the front lawn.

Garden and grounds

To the front of the house is a large, lawned garden with seating area. There is a graveled area to the rear of the house with parking for at up to eight cars. The wider estate extends to some 3,000 acres.

Catering and butler service

Catering at Ellemford is entirely flexible. The house can either be taken on a self-catered, partly catered or fully catered basis. A homemade meal and wine delivery service is also available. A picnic hamper delivery service is available for fishing parties. A butler service is also available.

Housekeeping

The housekeeper is also available for additional cleaning or linen changes throughout guest's stay at additional cost.

Children's facilities

A travel cot and high chair are available on request.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome at Ellemford. There are both indoor and outdoor kennels for guest use. If dogs are in the house, we would ask that they are kept to the downstairs, uncarpeted areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead when walking on the estate between July and February.

Bothy - at an additional cost

Ellemford Bothy - Borders

Bedroom 10 - twin beds and ensuite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Sitting Room

Seating area with log burning stove and underfloor heating. Sky TV is provided in the bedroom.

at a glance
Bedrooms
9
Bath/Shower Rooms
9
Max No. of Guests
18
Child Friendly
yes
Pet Friendly
yes
Price Per Week
From £2200.00
Nearest Town
Duns
Availability Calendar
"We all had a fantastic weekend and couldn't fault anything at Ellemford. Everything was spotlessly clean and the place had everything we needed and more! It really is an amazing house. The housekeeper was waiting for us on arrival and went through everything we needed to know. She is a lovely lady. I would definitely recommend Ellemford Estate and book again in the future." - Mather