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Old Nenthorn Cottage Kelso

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Surrounded by acres of pasture and glorious Borders countryside, Old Nenthorn Cottage offers guests and their four-legged friends peace, tranquility and sublime walks from the doorstep. Recently renovated to a high standard throughout, this chic, rural bolthole offers guests the best of both worlds.

The restful, secluded setting is perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring, yet the cottage is just a 7 minute drive to Kelso which offers an excellent range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and a 12 minute drive to St Boswells for the Buccleuch Arms bistro and the acclaimed Main Street Trading bookshop, deli and coffee shop.

Inside the cottage is presented in a contemporary, country style with solid oak floors, traditional sash and case windows and earthy Farrow and Ball tones with vibrant splashes of colour from bespoke linen curtains, Fired Earth tiles and eye-catching original artwork.

The open plan living area features a sumptuous sofa and armchair, chic, contemporary dining table and well-equipped solid wood kitchen. There’s a state-of-the-art Charnwood log burner for cosying up in the winter, whilst floor to ceiling French doors fold back for outside living during the warmer months.

The bedroom is decorated in calm neutral tones with a luxurious Feather and Black bed to aid a good night’s sleep and the sleek, contemporary bathroom includes a bath with rainforest shower head over whilst the new heating system guarantees oodles of hot water.

The sofa in the sitting room converts to a good sized sofa bed for an additional guest if required. Please see below for further details.

Outside, there’s a seating area for al fresco dining and a fully-enclosed garden which runs down to the Eden Water for riverside walks.

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 Cafe U, the Hoot ‘n Cat or the Terrace Cafe at Floors. Alternatively why not enjoy a little bit of food heaven in the newly established Roux Restaurant at the nearby Roxburghe Hotel.

Activities and attractions

For walking, guests here are spoilt for choice with lovely peaceful country rambles taking in woodland and riverside paths directly from the doorstep, including a few hidden gems which will charm and delight. Here you can enjoy a lovely 7 mile loop to the stunning setting of Mellerstain House; perhaps trek to Smailholm Tower for fantastic panoramic views across rolling Borders countryside, or head to Yetholm (10 miles) to experience more high energy treks in the Cheviot Hills. You can join the long-distance walking routes of The Pennine Way and St. Cuthbert’s Way from this point, or alternatively experience some breathtaking 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.

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 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 Ridings.......to 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.


The accommodation is all on the ground floor and is suitable for less mobile guests.

Open plan living area
The cosy seating area has a sumptuous sofa and armchair, state-of-the-art Charnwood log burner (an initial supply of logs is included) and TV with Freeview. There’s a chic, contemporary dining table and chairs for two guests. The solid wood kitchen with vibrant Fired Earth tiles is well-equipped with a 4 ring gas hob and electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, butler’s sink and fridge with icebox.

The bedroom is decorated in calm neutral tones. There is a luxurious Feather and Black king size bed and TV with Freeview. Hanging space is provided by a rail and coat hangers. A large cupboard in the hall provides additional storage space.

Additional accommodation for 1 guest
The sofa bed in the sitting room folds out to a 4’6” double bed to provide additional accommodation for an additional guest for a fee of £50 per booking.

The spacious, contemporary bathroom has a bath with shower over with rainforest shower head, basin, WC and a heated towel rail.
There’s a washer / dryer in a laundry cupboard in the bathroom.

The cottage has gas central heating throughout in addition to the log burner in the open plan living area. An initial supply of logs is included.

To the front of the property is a terrace with outside seating area and high quality designer garden furniture for al fresco dining. The cottage sits within its own fully enclosed garden for privacy and containment.

There is private parking for two cars to the side of the property.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
There is free Wi-Fi at the cottage. Mobile signal is patchy but passable and varies according to network.

Guest amenities
The beds are made up with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hair dryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Bath sheets, hand towels and cotton bathrobes are provided for all guests. Guest hand soaps are provided. Logs are provided.

Babies are welcome. A travel cot and high chair are available on request.

One well-behaved dog is welcome. A second dog is welcome for a charge of £25.00. Dogs must be kept off the furniture and are not allowed in the bedrooms. The garden is fully enclosed for the safety of dogs.

Welcome pack
A welcome pack is provided.

Old Nenthorn Cottage 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 guest’s first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.

Guests’ privacy
Old Nenthorn Cottage sits within a hamlet of properties in a peaceful, rural location. The owners are close by and on hand if needs be but equally respect guests’ privacy.
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"We loved Old Nenthorn Cottage and think it's probably the best one we’ve stayed in. Great facilities, welcome hamper but also because we could walk the hound directly from the house with lots of really great walks." - Davies

"How lucky we were with our last minute booking at Old Nenthorn Cottage​. The property has been fitted to a very high standard and the owners had it so welcoming for us. The location is wonderful and although not too far from the main house is very private. We enjoyed our break and were only sorry that we couldn't have stayed longer. We will be back." - Kyle

"We very much enjoyed our stay at Old Nenthorn. The setting is lovely and there was a great walk very nearby for the dogs." - Wallace

"Old Nenthorn Cottage was beautiful - exactly how it was described and presented on the website. Can't think of anything we'd improve and we hope to visit it again soon." - Morris

"We had a very enjoyable stay. Comfortable and beautiful area. All said I hope we will have the chance to revisit. And thanks for the great weather!!" - Bowman

"We had a delightful stay in a very well positioned and exquisitely decorated cottage. I've been persuading my parents to go soon." - Howe

"A beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings. A great place for lovely country walks. Little touches made all the difference = welcome basket - decor - great towels!. Will definitely come back." - Hewitt

"Perfect little cottage in the Scottish Borders and a very happy week in which to recharge the batteries. A wonderful part of the world in which to relax and enjoy everything on offer, as always. Many thanks." - Lilywhite

The cottage is so comfortable and is in such a fabulous location. We had sublime walks down to the river at night and to the lake and waterfall. Just heavenly. We will be back ASAP." - Cooper

"Fantastic cottage with lovely views and a great ‘welcome basket’. Beautiful location and countryside and wildlife. This is such a hidden gem and we are sure to return." - Spragg

"We couldn’t have wished for a lovelier host. The cottage is so comfortable and is in such a fabulous location. We had sublime walks down to the river at night, through the fields and woods and to the lake and waterfall - just heavenly." - Hewit