A dainty cottage with impeccable design credentials in the heart of the Scottish Borders.
Explore the best of the Borders from the comfort of this charming cottage
The delightful Campsie Cottage sits just off the village green in the pretty Borders village of Ancrum, just a few paces from the convivial Cross Keys Inn and Ancrum Pantry. The village is a ten-minute drive south of the historic town of St Boswells and the same north of Jedburgh, meaning it’s ideally placed for exploring many of the key sights and historic abbeys of the Borders.
Keen walkers will be tempted to take on the Borders Abbey circular walk, which links the historic abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso, or perhaps hike sections of the long-distance St Cuthbert’s Way, which stretches from Melrose to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
Campsie Cottage itself is a whitewashed semi-detached cottage whose compact exterior belies the sense of space within. Immaculately renovated by the owners, who have used soft Farrow & Ball paint colours and select designer furnishings throughout, the cottage is both cosy and elegant.
Stepping into the cottage, the timber floors, soft blue grey panel-boarded walls and winding coir-carpeted staircase offer an inviting welcome. The fire-warmed sitting room leads off from the hallway, continuing the gentle colour scheme and lovely combination of timber floors, a coir rug, soft linen furnishings and full height beadboarding on one wall. French doors bring you from this attractive living space to a small enclosed, south-facing patio garden.
The country-style kitchen, with its charming Harvest Hare wallpaper (from the acclaimed St Jude’s artist-designed wallpapers), is a light-filled spot in which to enjoy informal meals at the timber dining table.
The cottage’s two bedrooms are located upstairs, comprising a dual-aspect master bedroom with a French-inspired carved wooden and cane framed bed set beneath sloping eaves and an en-suite shower room and a twin room overlooking the rear garden. Guests staying in the twin room enjoy access to a family bathroom, with a bath and shower over, located on the ground floor.
In addition to placing St Boswells and Jedburgh a short hop from your doorstep, Campsie Cottage is a five-minute drive from the Harestanes Visitor Centre. Boasting a large play park, scenic walking trails and a café serving home baked goodies, the centre is a firm favourite with families.
Alternatively nearby Jacksons of Jedburgh offer fun-filled farm experiences, including muddy Mondays, where toddlers and children get to explore the outdoors, play messy and get up close to farm animals in a safe environment.
Three steps up to the main access door of the cottage.
Small inner hall with hanging rail.
Sitting room with double sofa, two armchairs, wood burning stove (initial basket of logs), Flatscreen TV with Freeview, DVD player (not Blu-ray). Bluetooth speaker. Double doors (step up) leads out to the small patio garden.
Kitchen with electric oven, ceramic hob, slimline dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, DAB radio, dining table with seating for four, selection of cookbooks.
Ground floor bathroom (restricted head height on access 6'), bath with shower mixer tap, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom one with king size bed, two side tables with drawer space, wardrobe.
En suite bathroom with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with 2'6" twin beds with zip and link option to convert this to a 6'2" king size, side tables, chest of drawers.
To the rear of the property is a small patio garden with garden furniture which is enclosed. A barbecue is not supplied.
On-street parking directly in front of the cottage.
Babies & Children
Babies and children are welcome and a travel cot and high chair can be provided on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a charge of £25 per dog but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and then kept to the ground floor area only. They are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms. There is an outside tap and hose to help with cleaning.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Fibre broadband is available. Mobile reception is generally good.
Central heating throughout the property. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room - initial basket of logs supplied.
The cottage sits in a row of cottages in the village of Ancrum. To the rear of the property is a small patio garden offering guest privacy.
Ancrum has a village pub and a local shop and post office for the main essentials, while the historic market town of Jedburgh with its magnificent 12th century abbey ruins, sits just 4.5 miles from the cottage which has a small selection of shops and supermarkets for essential provisions, or 10 miles will take you to the thriving town of Kelso with its super array of friendly independent shops, bars, restaurants and coffee shops.
For eating out, the Caddy Mann Restaurant (3 miles) is renowned for serving excellent local fayre and warm ambient surroundings.
Alternativey the Schloss Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course (9 miles) offers both fine dining options as well as more relaxed lunches and afternoon teas.
A short 1.5 mile drive will take you to Harestanes Visitor Centre which has a busy events programme, art exhibitions, a craft centre and coffee shop, countryside and woodland walks, cycling trails, as well as a super adventure playground for children.
There are four walks which start and finish at the centre including access to St Cuthbert's Way, the stunning long-distance walking route which follows the legend of St. Cuthbert on his journey from Melrose to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For more leisurely routes the Cricket Park Walk is a 1.5 km walk through the forest around Harestanes; the 6km River Teviot Walk to the viewpoint at Nisbet Mill Cauld; or for amazing panoramic vistas across the Border heartlands, walkers can take a hike to Penelheugh, a 150 foot tower built between 1817 and 1824 to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.
A little further down the road, the grounds and gardens of Monteviot House sit on the banks of the River Teviot where gardening enthusiasts will delight at the arboretum, rose garden, herbaceous shrub borders and water garden. The Woodside Garden Centre sits nearby which has a demonstration and kitchen garden, a super RSPB wildlife garden, as well as a shop and cafe for a coffee and cake stop.
A short drive will take you to ‘Born in the Borders’, a super visitor centre with shop, cafe/ restaurant, riverside walks and micro-brewery bringing together the very best of all things produced and created here, while grass sledging, Osprey watching and fishing are just some of the activities on offer to keep all members of the family entertained.
The Kielder Water and Forest Park is an easy drive south (28 miles) and is home to the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. There is something for everyone here including water sports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, artists, families and photographers. A highlight is the star gazing treat at the Kielder Observatory where you can view the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park using powerful telescopes and may even be lucky enough to see passing comets or a stunning meteor shower.
Alternatively, a half-hour drive from the property will take you to Newcastleton, home to the outstanding 7Stanes mountain biking centre and Rock UK outdoor centre where you can experience a vast range of cycling trails, family adventure days, canoeing, climbing, zip rides, abseiling, walking and fishing.
Twelve miles and ten miles will take you to two of the most picturesque towns in the Scottish Borders - Kelso, home to Floors Castle the majestic residence of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe; or Melrose which sits tucked between the Tweed and the gorse-backed Eildon Hills with its charming array of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and the evocative remains of Melrose Abbey as the stunning backdrop.
For day trips slightly further afield, the cashmere mills at Hawick and Selkirk offer a good day out, while a drive of 45 minutes will take you to Berwick upon Tweed and the stunning Northumberland coast where rocky coves are punctuated by a chain of imposing castles including Lindisfarne and Bamburgh and miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and sandcastle-building.
The Georgian splendour of Edinburgh is an easy day trip by car on the A.68 or by train from Tweedbank (12 miles).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.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
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
"We really enjoyed our stay at Campsie Cottage, it is a lovely cottage with every facility you could require. It is in a lovely village with a good local pub for food and drink, the owners are very nice to deal with and the neighbours in the village are very welcoming. It is a lovely part of the country with some beautiful walks and picturesque villages. Harestanes visitors centre just across the main road is lovely for the walks and cafe, plus there is a play area for the kids. The welcome hamper was a lovely touch, particularly the owner's fabulous lemon syrup cake. We hope to be back in the not too distant future."Mr & Mrs Taylor
"We can honestly say that we have had the most wonderful stay at Campsie Cottage.The property was cosy and comfortable with so many finer details that gave our stay a little taste of luxury; from the welcome basket and fresh roses in the kitchen to the luxurious Soak and Sleep towels and bedding. The cottage is so tastefully decorated and furnished and spotlessly clean. We could not have felt more comfortable and at home."Mrs Price
- Two dogs welcome at a charge of £25 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday outwith high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Pottering over to the Ancrum Pantry to stock up on goodies for lazy al fresco breakfasts on the sunny patio."Philip and Deborah, owners of Campsie Cottage