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Whinstane, taking its name from the local borders stone, is a delightful period cottage close to the centre of the picturesque town of Melrose, nestled between the famous River Tweed and the dramatic, gorse-backed Eildon Hills. The cottage's quirky interior boasts a wealth of original features and the cosy sitting room complete with log burner, stripped floorboards and original shutters is particularly charming.
Whinstane's small but perfectly formed exterior offers a deceptive amount of space inside and with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the cottage is perfect for two couples or for a family with older children. The stairs to the first floor bedroom are fairly steep so we advise that the property is not suitable for children under 12 years old.
To the side and rear of the cottage is a small south-facing garden with a wooden summer house which is an excellent suntrap. The rear garden leads to a burn surrounded by woodland and this coupled with views of the hills and double-glazing throughout ensures relative privacy and serenity despite the town centre location.
Whinstane is superbly located just a three minute walk from Melrose's main street. This beguiling, historic town is the home of rugby 7s and boasts the evocative ruins of Melrose Abbey thought to be the final resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce whilst just down the road is Abbotsford House, the fairytale home of Sir Walter Scott. Melrose's pretty narrow streets offer some of the best shopping in the Borders with a good selection of unusual, independent shops, boutiques, antique shops and galleries. Foodies are spoilt for choice in the town with two highly rated hotels/restaurants, a traditional pub, brasseries, convivial cafes and a very popular Italian restaurant. There is an array of local produce on offer at the traditional butchers, grocers and deli in the town or at monthly farmer's markets at nearby Kelso, Peebles and Jedburgh.
Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. In April the Melrose 7s draws an international crowd and a festival atmosphere takes hold of the town. Other events well worth a visit include the Melrose Festival in June which includes the ancient custom of riding the town's boundaries on horseback, and the fantastic Book Festival in June which has become an important event on the literary calendar, attracting names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders. Soak up the sound of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in August or enjoy the fabulous autumnal hues at the Walking Festival in September. In December the town offers some of the best Hogmanay celebrations in the Borders including an impressive firework display.
Melrose's location slap bang in the middle of the borders makes it an ideal base location for exploring this wonderful area whether it be 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 the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous 64-mile St Cuthbert's Walk which runs very close to the cottage as it criss-crosses the borders on its way to Holy Island. For mountain biking enthusiasts Innerleithen's famous Red Bull down-hill and cross country trails are nearby and the 2,500 acre Glentress forest, a mountain biking and walking mecca set in stunning Tweed Valley Countryside, is only 16 miles away.
If your passion is country sports, the Tweed and its tributaries and the many local fisheries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling. Shooting, be it clays or game is also available locally.
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 – on the doorstep and an impressive 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.
Melrose is an ideal base for exploring the Tweed Valley, with its magnificent countryside steeped in a turbulent and romantic history and punctuated by imposing castles, including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Thirlestane and Alnwick, the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh and stately mansions at nearby Manderston and Mellerstain. The stunning coast is less than an hour's drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and bird-watching. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is also an easy day trip, less than an hour's drive from Melrose.
The sleeping accommodation comprises a good-sized first floor ensuite double bedroom with 4' 6" bed, wardrobe and two chests of drawers and hairdryer. On the ground floor is a twin bedroom with 3' beds and a wardrobe with drawers beneath. Hotel quality bed linen and towels are provided in addition to guest toiletries. Please note that the fireplaces in the bedrooms are decorative only.
The master bedroom has an en suite shower room with walk-in shower with rain forest showerhead, basin and WC. There is an additional family bathroom on the ground floor with large bath, basin and WC.
The sitting room has a log burner (initial supply of logs provided) with a cosy seating area for four in addition to a dining table and chairs to seat four. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including TV/Radio with Freeview, DVD player and a USB socket for MP3 player along with a selection of books, magazines, CDs and games .
The kitchen is well-equipped with a double oven with 4 ring hob, microwave, refrigerator with ice box and washing machine with dryer. There is ample cooking equipment, cutlery and crockery provided. Guests receive a complimentary welcome pack of goodies on arrival. (Please note there is no dishwasher).
Garden and grounds
To the side and rear of the property is a small, sheltered garden with a wooden summer house. Garden furniture is also available .
There is ample on-street parking to the front of the property. Additional parking is available in the road opposite.
Storage of outdoor equipment
A large, fully secure cellar is available for the storage of bicycles, fishing equipment, golf clubs etc. An additional fridge with ice box is also stored here.
Catering and housekeeping
Whinstane can be let on a purely self-catering basis or treat yourselves to a proper rest and book a cook (either full time or for the occasional, special meal) or homemade meals delivered daily to the house. Alternatively, we offer a food-shopping and wine delivery service. Daily housekeeping is also available. Please contact us for further details.
Please note that an initial supply of logs is included and there are details in the cottage for where to purchase additional logs in the town.
Regretfully Whinstane is unsuitable for pets.
Booth, Dec 15 -"We had a lovely week at Whinstane. Given the weather, it was a great place to return to each day, the lounge being lovely and cosy with the log burner lit. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking on "nights in". Overall, the cottage was well furnished, spotlessly clean and in good condition. We loved the cottage being just a couple of minutes walk to the middle of Melrose. We'll certainly be recommending the cottage to friends & family."
Dobson, June 15 -"We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Whinstane. We found it had everything we needed."
Stout, June 14 - "Whinstane is a fantastic cottage. Very clean and tidy with extremely comfortable beds and luxury bed linen, all made for a very relaxing and enjoyable break. I could not fault anything in the house and would have no hesitation in recommending it to friends. Likewise, Crabtree and Crabtree have been very attentive and, again, I would have no hesitation in recommending you. Thank you for everything and I will be in touch again to organise our next trip."
Ferguson, Jan 14 - "Lovely cottage, very good standard throughout. Comfortable, homely. Quiet, but near amenities. Thoroughly recommend it."