1 Bridge Street, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7HT
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A wonderful period farmhouse set in captivating Borders countryside, Halliburton provides an outstanding setting for families or memorable get-togethers and sporting lets. For those seeking a much needed escape from it all, the far reaching views and peace and quiet will be a much needed draw.
Sitting less than an hour from Edinburgh, it is also perfectly placed for enjoying a short break - why not bring family or friends for a weekend of outdoor adventures! - 4 x 4 driving, clay shooting and fishing can all be easily arranged nearby.
Presented in a traditional country house style, the spacious accommodation features a number of interesting pieces sourced by the owners including a blend of antique furniture punctuated by delightful objets d’art, offset against soft, earthy colours and muted tweeds in keeping with the surroundings.
Downstairs there’s an elegant drawing room and a separate cosy sitting room both with magnificent, uninterrupted views over rolling Borders countryside. The large farmhouse kitchen and dining area provide the perfect setting for convivial cooking and long, atmospheric meals. A large boot room / drying room provides plenty of space for outdoor kit and dogs.
Upstairs the overall look is timeless. The charming bedrooms offer complete flexibility with a winning combination of calming, neutral colours, interesting antique pieces and wonderfully inviting beds with feather duvets and pillows and Egyptian cotton bed linen topped with cosy wool blankets.
Halliburton is set in a wonderfully tranquil setting, with an attractive, fully-enclosed garden and breathtaking views over open countryside. A sheltered outside dining area is the perfect spot to sit and watch the sun set over the hills.
Despite the peaceful, rural location, Halliburton is remarkably accessible, just 3 miles from Greenlaw which has a pub, a butchers shop and one or two shops for local provisions. For a greater choice, the attractive, historic town of Kelso is about 10 miles from the house and offers a diverse mix of independent shops, a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants, and is host to regular National Hunt race meetings for a great day out.
Alternatively, 10 miles to the east, the charming market town of Duns offers a good range of small town shopping including a butchers, bakery, country and fishing store, a small co-op supermarket as well as a small selection of local gift and coffee shops.
Activities and attractions
There is excellent walking, cycling and riding in the area from gentle ambles to more challenging routes, including tracks across the Greenlaw Moor which are suitable for off-road bikes, or the Borderloop Cycling Route which passes close-by and is a stunning long-distance journey taking in wonderful scenery and attractions all the way down to the coast. Alternatively join the route for a shorter stretch, taking in quiet roads and a variety of terrain which can be matched to your cycling skills and experience.
The final stretch of The Southern Upland Way runs from Lauder to Cockburnspath, and walkers can join this section at Longformacus (20 mins drive) for a short walk, or enjoy a full day’s trekking through the rolling scenery of the Lammermuir Hills, taking in the excellent viewpoints of the Twin Law Cairns all the way down to the spectacular cliff-top scenery of the heritage coastline.
There are a number of sites nearby which offer a diverse variety of birdlife and wildlife. Hule Moss on Greenlaw Moor offers extensive views and rewarding bird spotting opportunities on loch, marsh and heather moorland while sites at nearby Westruther Moor, Gordon Moss and Duns Castle Estate all provide fantastic opportunities for walking, birdwatching and photography amidst peaceful and scenic surroundings.
For country sports, Halliburton is well-equipped for sporting parties with a large drying / boot room and gun cabinet, and excellent shooting can be found on Charterhall Estate near Duns who have a long established reputation for field sports, offering pheasant shooting (driven or walked up), pigeon flighting, roe stalking and driven hare.
Trout fishing is available on approximately 8 miles of the Blackadder Water, a tributary of the Whiteadder, through the Greenlaw Angling Association, a small club which dates back to 1880. The season is from 1 April to 6 October for brown trout only, but with easy access and at only £4 for a day visitor pass, it can offer some super sport when river conditions are right. Salmon fishing is available on the legendary River Tweed just a few miles away, while the Watch Reservoir sits a little further afield for those seeking sport in a still water venue.
For golf enthusiasts, Duns Golf Club is a scenic upland course situated at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, just a ten minute drive from the property. A further 16 courses are within a 30 mile radius, including the renowned Roxburghe Championship course near Kelso and the very pretty Hirsel course at Coldstream.
A half hour’s drive will take you to the stunning beaches of the heritage coastline, including Bamburgh, Holy Island and St. Abbs Head. Along the way, perhaps take time to soak in the rich history of the area by following the chain of castles and historic buildings that punctuate the landscape here - Thirlestane, Floors, Manderston and Mellerstain are all just a short drive away. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.
Entrance hall and guest cloakroom with WC and basin.
Drawing room - with two large sofas and armchairs, large wood burner.
Sitting room - with TV with Sky, DVD player and a good selection of games. Please note the fire is decorative only.
Farmhouse kitchen - extensively-equipped with range cooker with 3 ovens and warming drawer and 5 ring hob, dishwasher, microwave, plenty of utensils and excellent quality china and glasses. Dining area seating eight.
Utility room/pantry - with large fridge / freezer, separate fridge.
Boot room / drying room - with washing machine and dryer. This room is ideal for storing outdoor kit and for dogs with direct access to the garden.
Cloakroom - with WC and basin
Back entrance hall - with gun cabinet.
Bedroom one - master bedroom with zip and link beds which can be super king or twin as preferred, large wardrobe, chest of drawers and cupboard.
En suite bathroom - with bath, walk-in shower, WC and basin.
Bedroom two - with zip and link beds which can be king or twin as preferred, chest of drawers.
En suite bathroom - with bath, walk-in shower with rainforest head, WC and basin.
Bedroom three - with zip and link beds which can be twin or king size as preferred, chest of drawers.
Bedroom four - with zip and link beds which can be twin or super king as preferred, chest of drawers.
Additional hanging space is provided in a wardrobe in the hall.
Family bathroom - bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. The mobile coverage can be patchy depending on the network. A landline is available for emergency calls, incoming calls and the considerate use of guests.
Heating throughout the property. Large wood burner in the drawing room - logs are provided.
All the bedrooms are spacious. The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. Hypoallergenic duvets and pillows are available on request. A hair dryer is supplied in each bedroom. Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest soap is also provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at Halliburton, to be kept downstairs and not beyond the kitchen.
Garden and grounds
Halliburton is set within an attractive, fully-enclosed garden. A patio area with outside furniture and barbecue provides a sheltered spot for outside dining. There is ample private parking in front of the house.
A welcome pack is provided.
Catering at Halliburton is entirely flexible. The house 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 available which is popular for guests’ first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.
Grazing and stabling is available for guests wishing to bring their own horse or pony. There is a charge of £25 per night, per stable and £5 per day for grazing. Guests must have their own public liability insurance and are asked to supply their own feed, hay and bedding. There is fabulous riding in the area on marked bridle paths as well as on the quiet country roads which surround the house.
"We had a fantastic time, the house was beautiful and immaculate. We felt really at home because of all the personal touches and we will definitely be back." - Allison
"We had a fantastic stay at Halliburton. The house was stunning and extremely well equipped. The welcome pack was also generous and very much appreciated. The high standard of your houses is definitely encouraging us to stick with Crabtree & Crabtree for our short breaks." - Mackay
"Wonderful house. We had a fantastic time. Really peaceful. Very well equipped. Lovely welcome goodies and provisions. We will definitely be returning." - McLaggan
"I have nothing but positive comments about Halliburton. The house was fantastic in a lovely setting and the welcome basket amazing. We were all very impressed and would goes as far as to say it is the best property and experience we have had as a group. As we have been going away twice a year for the last 6yrs this is quite a statement. Everything we needed had been thought of and supplied. The housekeeper was lovely. There is a good possibility we will return." - Roseburgh
"Our stay at Halliburton was absolutely fabulous. The house was beautiful, both in how it was presented and how it is maintained. The location was perfect and the surroundings were gorgeous. The welcome pack was a much appreciated and enjoyed little surprise upon arrival. I speak on behalf of all 8 of us when I say we would stay there again in a heartbeat! Our stay was just amazing, and we are dying to get back out to Halliburton sometime in the near future." - Anglesey
"We loved our stay at Halliburton thank you so much for recommending it to us, we will be booking again. The house was amazing & so well equipped, we really appreciated the tray of nibbles & essentials we found on our arrival for us & the dog. We love cooking & it was wonderful to have such a good kitchen with every appliance & baking tin you would ever need, we even cooked drop scones on the wood stove in the living room. Thank you to Crabtree & Crabtree and thank you to the owners for providing us with such a wonderful base for our holiday which was better than we imagined." - Moffat