If you are looking for a house with wow-factor, this contemporary five-bedroom church conversion just 3 miles from Kelso is ideal for get-togethers and family time.
Architect designed contemporary church conversion
Cairns House has 5 bedrooms, one of which is en suite and two of which have showers and basins in the room. There are two additional family bathrooms and a cloakroom. Two bedrooms offer a single bed for additional guests.
Arriving on the first floor living area via a bespoke glass and oak staircase, leads in to an impressive 54' x 34' open plan living space with opaque glass floors below, magnificent rose-glass windows and a superb vaulted ceiling.
This spectacular space has been carefully designed to maintain the wow-factor whilst creating a functional and cosy living space. Individual living areas offer seamless accommodation ideal for families and large parties who want to be together whilst not being on top of one another. There is a bespoke kitchen complete with breakfast bar, high-tech kitchen wizardry, a more traditional dining area for 12, a games area with pool table and a sitting area with sumptuous sofas, flat screen TV and DVD and state of the art sound system with pre-loaded albums.
The light-filled bedrooms in the main part of the church are furnished in a simple, contemporary style enhanced by light through the opaque floor tiles of the floor above. The substantial master bedroom has its own bathroom complete with designer fittings, argon mood lighting and a state of the art sound system.
The house has a myriad of interesting architectural features and has been featured in a number of architecture and interiors magazines including Grand Designs, Homes and Interiors, and featured on the BBC Homes Live show in 2007. It was described by the Scotsman as “one of the most arresting homes in Scotland”.
From the first floor living area, patio door open onto a cedar clad balcony with fabulous views over the Tweed Valley to the Cheviot Hills beyond. An additional timber decked patio area to the side of the house provides an outside dining area and barbecue for summer dining ‘al fresco'. The attractive garden is fully-enclosed (providing the gate is shut) providing a large, safe area for children and dogs.
The house is well-equipped for younger guests with a pool table and numerous toys and games. Cots and a stair gate are available on request.
Large atrium/reception area.
Bedroom one with king size bed, double sofa bed, TV.
En-suite wet room with large walk in shower, bath, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with double bed.
En-suite bathroom with shower and basin.
Bedroom three with double bed.
En-suite bathroom with shower and basin.
Bedroom four with double bed and additional small single bed.
Bedroom five with double bed and additional small single bed.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Laundry room with washing machine and dryer.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Vast open-plan living area includes a cosy seating area, TV with DVD player, Sonos sound system, books and games and doors to balcony.
Fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel and granite worktops, dishwasher, electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and additional freezer.
Dining area (seats 12).
Games area with pool table.
Cedar clad balcony from the first floor living area. Additional timber decked patio area to the side of the house with furniture for outside dining and charcoal barbecue. Large, walled garden. Ample private parking. Please note that for safety reasons, barbecues, fire pits etc cannot be used on the balcony.
There is private parking on the driveway.
Babies & Children
A travel cot, highchair and stair gates are available on request.
One well-behaved dog is welcome at Cairns House. A second dog may be considered on request. There is a charge of £20 per dog.
Bed linen and towels are provided. A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available in the property. Mobile signal is generally good.
Cairns House has underfloor heating which is provided by an oil fired boiler.
The owners live in the vestry which is at the rear of the church. They have their own private entrance and garden area. They are on hand to ensure that guests get the best from their stay but are equally respectful of guests' privacy.
Cairns House is situated 3 miles from the delightful, historic town of Kelso, home to the majestic Floors Castle, residence of the Duke of Roxburghe, the championship Roxburghe golf course and the famous race course. Described by Sir Walter Scott as "the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland," today the town retains much of its original charm with an interesting range of independent shops including an excellent new deli, butcher, fish monger, baker, galleries, antique shops, country sports as well as a monthly farmer's market. Kelso plays host to a number of events throughout the year including regular National Hunt race meets, the ancient custom of the Common Ridings of the town boundaries and the famous Borders Rugby 7s games.
Kelso is an excellent base for exploring the wider Borders area. The pretty town of Melrose is nearby with its winding streets with antique shops, pubs and restaurants. On the way home, stop off at Mellerstain House, an impressive stately home with a noteworthy art collection. Pop into the 15th Century Smailholm Tower, built to withstand Reivers' raids and offering panoramic views from the top. Or take a detour up to the magnificent Scott's View overlooking the Tweed Valley and Eildon Hills. Scott's horse even stopped out of habit during his own funeral procession. For day trips further afield, the stunning coastline is nearby with endless sandy beaches that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip from Kelso, just an hour by car.
The area is a golfer's paradise with 22 courses within a 30 mile radius ranging from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards. For keen walkers, there are hundreds of miles of quiet countryside to explore on two feet, four hooves or two wheels, from the stunning, sandy beaches on the coast to the heather-clad Cheviot and Lammermuir Hills.
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 Thirlestaneare 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.
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Babysitting and Nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
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"Cairns house is a perfect escape for a large family or a group of friends. We went with extended family of 7 adults and 2 children ages 7 and 11. The house is quite spectacular and it has a definite wow factor! The bedrooms are very comfortable and the shared space is great. The hosts were so kind and we loved our afternoon tea of scones, clotted cream and strawberries. The surrounding area is stunning! We had a few days out that adults and children enjoyed - we went to Seahouses - a tip is to give them a call before leaving the house if you want to go the the Farne islands. Bowhill was lovely and such a great adventure playground for the kids. We were able to go to Edinburgh easily for the day and there is something for everyone there - we split up and did different things from the Harry Potter walking tour (this was good and it's free but I'd say more for young teenagers/adults rather than younger children) to the city sight seeing bus to the Surgeons museum. Floors castle is interesting and such gorgeous gardens to enjoy. Kelso golf club was lovely and very welcoming. Everyone in the area was kind, helpful and very hospitable. I would highly recommend Cairns house to anyone and our sincere thanks to the hosts."The Hickey Damily
"This is a lovely house, beautifully converted from a church. It is very well equipped and set up for a group stay. The kitchen was very well equipped, and it has a standard oven and a bigger professional oven also, so great facilities. The initial impression was good, and we got to like the house more and more as the week went on.
Thoroughly recommend it."
"What a wonderful space! As a group of nine adults it Cairns House provided us with an amazing space to eat, drink and chill. The renovation has been done very sympathetically to retain many original features with a contemporary design. The owner was very friendly and informative and helped with may suggestions of places to visit. We would love to visit again."Davies family
"First class service from Crabtree & Crabtree again. We very much enjoyed our stay at Cairns House - the property had everything we could ask for and more!"Bowerman family
"We have spent a wonderful long weekend here for a 60th birthday. What an unforgettable place! Beautiful original features, modern, cosy, warm and very comfortable. Excellent sound system, We have been playing our Spotify playlist all weekend and having lovey meals sat at the dining table. Found lots to do nearby - had a fun time throwing tomahawks at Roxburghe and having a flutter (and a few wines) at Kelso races. Thank you very much for these wonderful memories!"Irving & Penaluna Family
"What a fantastic time we had at Cairns House, my family and I enjoyed every minute of our break away. We all said we would come back for another stay. Thank you so much for letting us share your beautiful home."Boyland family
- One dog is welcome with a charge of £20. A second dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The bespoke glass and oak staircase is a statement piece framed by an ornate rose-glass window."Lynn, Crabtree & Crabtree