42 The Square, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7HL
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Petit and perfectly positioned, Lilac Cottage is a blissful spot for romance and relaxation - an idyllic retreat for two guests with all the attractions of the Borders on the doorstep.
With its charming exterior, pretty garden and cosy interior, the cottage is beautifully presented with elegant furnishings offset against a soft Farrow & Ball colour palette and muted tweeds and textiles in keeping with the surroundings. Downstairs the quaint sitting room and kitchen leads to a charming conservatory and enclosed garden which enjoys a bright sunny aspect for lazy afternoons or leisurely dining during the summer months. Upstairs there is a delightful bedroom with king-size bed and large en-suite bathroom and dressing room.
The famous River Tweed sits a short walk from the property while the picturesque town of Melrose is a 15 minute walk or just a few minute's drive, boasting the evocative ruins of Melrose Abbey, historic visitor attractions and pretty narrow streets offering some of the best shopping in the Borders.
The beguiling town of Melrose is a 15 minute walk or a few minute's drive away tucked between the Tweed and the gorse-backed Eildon Hills. This picturesque town is home of rugby 7s and boasts the evocative ruins of Melrose Abbey and pretty narrow streets offering some of the best shopping in the Borders. For walking enthusiasts Melrose is the starting point of the popular 64-mile St Cuthbert's Walk which criss-crosses the Borders on its way to Holy Island.
Just down the road is Abbotsford House, the fairytale home of Sir Walter Scott as well as Scott’s View, his favourite picnic spot commanding the most incredible views of the Tweed and Eildon Hills. (It’s said Scott’s horse stopped here out of habit during his own funeral procession. The pretty Borders market town of Peebles is close by as is Kelso, described by Sir Walter Scott as "the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland" with a Flemish-style cobbled square, a 12th Century abbey, the majestic Floors Castle and a graceful five-arched Tweed bridge (a model for London's Waterloo Bridge). The beautiful city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip just over 35 miles away.
Melrose’s location slap bang in the middle of the borders makes it an ideal base for exploring this wonderful area whether on 2 feet, 2 wheels or 4 hooves. For keen cyclists, walkers and riders, there are hundreds of square miles of forests, woodland and heather-clad hills and 1,200 miles of quiet country roads to explore. There are several major walking and cycling routes nearby including St Cuthbert’s Way, the Four Abbeys Cycle Route, Innerleithen's famous Red Bull down-hill and cross country trails. The 2,500 acre Glentress forest, a mountain biking and walking mecca set in stunning Tweed Valley Countryside is only 16 miles away.
The area is also a golfer’s paradise, with the 9 hole Melrose golf club and two 18 hole courses - Galashiels Golf Club and Torwoodlee Golf Club just a pitch and putt away. There’s another 46 courses within a 30 mile radius including the championship courses at Cardrona and Roxburghe and the famous links courses at Luffness, Gullane and Dunbar.
Lilac House First Floor
Lilac House Ground Floor
Entrance hallway leads to an elegant sitting room which features a two seater sofa, two armchairs, classic furnishings and a feature fireplace with electric stove. There is a small TV with DVD player and a small selection of DVDs.
The pretty country cottage style kitchen is compact but well equipped for holiday living with microwave, toaster, fridge, small dishwasher, electric hob and oven.
The conservatory has a dining table with four chairs and enjoys a bright sunny aspect with access to a secure fully enclosed garden area.
Small cloakroom with wc. The upper landing has recessed bookshelves with a selection of books.
Master Bedroom with kingsize bed, two large bedside cabinets and a quaint window seat with views over the rooftops of Darnick.
Large en-suite bathroom with dressing area and built-in wardrobe providing plenty of storage space. Bath with mixer shower, basin, wc, heated towel rail and shaver point.
The property has central heating throughout which is thermostatically controlled. There is a ready supply of hot water.
Wifi and mobile signal
There is currently no wifi in the property and no landline telephone, however the mobile signal is reasonable on most networks.
The property sits on a quaint, narrow main street running through the village of Darnick and as a result there is no parking outside the property. On-street parking is available in an adjoining street.
The fully enclosed garden enjoys a bright sunny aspect and features a separate patio area with table and chairs for outside dining or simply relaxing with a good book. There is a secure side access which allows outdoor kit, golf clubs and bikes to be stored safely if required.
Please note that a window from an adjoining property faces the garden, however trellis planting during the summer months reduces any overlooking and any privacy issues.
A washing machine and separate dryer are available for use by guests.
The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian Cotton bed linen accented by pretty cushions and throws. A hairdryer is supplied in the bedroom. Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Dogs are not permitted at the property.
Smoking is not permitted.