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), Smart 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 5'2" king size bed, 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 5'2" king size bed, 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.
There is a small gravelled area to the front of the property which is enclosed by a gate and fence.
On-street parking directly in front of the cottage.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
For safety reasons, we do not permit electric vehicle or hybrid car charging at this property. If you’re travelling by EV, discover your nearest electric vehicle charging point here.
Babies & Children
Babies and children are welcome and a travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Dogs free of charge for stays until the end of September 2023. (2x Dogs max)
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. The rear garden can be accessed from the side of the cottage and there is an outside tap and hose to the rear 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.
SHORT-TERM LETS LICENSING
Scottish short-term lets licence number: Pending
The current EPC rating for this property is band D, a copy of the certificate can be found here.
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.
The small village of Ancrum sits close to the Ale Water, a tributary of the River Teviot. Leisurely ambles through the village green and down to the river banks can be enjoyed from Campsie cottage, ideally ending with a refreshing pint and a bite to eat at the village pub – The Ancrum arms. Situated at the heart of the village this is an ideal spot to sit and watch the world go by.
For those after a little culture, don't miss Art at Ancrum – a long weekend of exhibitions and art demonstrations typically held over the Early May Bank Holiday every year. Bringing together local artisans selling wares such as painting, sculptures and pottery it'll be hard not to pick up a memento from your trip! Meanwhile, in the nearby town of St. Boswells, regular author's evenings are held at The Main Street Trading Company – a fantastic bookshop, café and deli, whose events are sure to captivate to literary-minded.
A short 1.5 mile drive will take you to Harestanes Visitor Centre which also 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.
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).
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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
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
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Ancestral history research
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"We've had a fantastic few days at Campsie Cottage; another lovely property managed by C&C - we're becoming regulars. Wish we could have stayed longer, maybe next time. Really cosy cottage ideal for two folk and a dog. Beautifully decorated and furnished with everything you could need. The welcome pack was absolutely marvelous - can't go wrong with homemade scones, homemade jam, chocolates and a bottle of red!"
"We had a great weekend at Campsie Cottage. It was very clean and comfortable with beautiful furnishings, bed linen and towels and the most comfortable beds. Our dogs loved it too. We enjoyed the lovely cake and welcome goodies. Ancrum is a very friendly little village, the village shop was well stocked and they were most helpful in explaining some nice walks around the village which we did. We also went over to Harestanes for a walk and had brunch at the artisan cafe there which was great. We ate both nights at the Ancrum Cross Keys Inn and again the staff were so friendly with great food and a lovely beer garden. Thanks for a lovely stay. I have used Crabtree three times now in the last year and always found the booking experience and quality of accommodation to be excellent."Mr & Mrs Wilson
"We had a super time at Campsie Cottage. It was lovely to have the personal touch of a welcome text from the owners and to meet them upon checking out. A wonderful homemade cake was waiting for us plus wine and biscuits. The cottage is well equipped with high quality furnishings, bed linen and towels and is recently refurbished. Would definitely stay again!"Mrs Little
"What a brilliant few days we have all enjoyed …… the cottage is fantastic! We arrived to the fire set (ready for lighting) and a superbly generous welcome pack. Everything has been thought of from the festive decorations to the compendium of games and DVDs, the cottage is beautifully decorated and presented from top to bottom. A brilliant little gem in the lovely wee village of Ancrum. We visited the Cross Keys for supper one evening which we would highly recommend and enjoyed a lovely New Year’s day walk through Harestane Estate. The owners popped in on their way past, it was great to meet the owners! A great little cottage which provided a 5 star short Hogmanay break …… we would definitely recommend and will be back for sure!"Mr & Mrs Cuthbert and friends
"We enjoyed Campsie Cottage in Ancrum very much, it's a comfortable and quiet location with some great countryside on the doorstep. We can recommend Harestanes, just across the A68 from Ancrum for some great woodland walks, which also include some fine sections beside the River Teviot. We loved the Out-There Artisan Café at the Harestanes Visitor Centre for its excellent coffee and waffle menu, perfect after a frosty walk. The village shop in Ancrum is great, lots of local produce and a plentiful supply of logs for the wood burner. We popped down to Carter Bar, the Border crossing, it was freezing and snowy, but the views and the history are impressive. In addition, there is the old Roman Road, Dere Street, St. Cuthbert's Way and the Eildon Hills, the latter a strenuous walk but worth it for the remarkable views. We also visited the William Wallace statue and Scott's View on the hills above Dryburgh on a bright and sunny day. Other recommendations are Abbotsford the home built by Sir Walter Scott near Melrose and one of my favourites in the area is the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels, which is well worth a visit."Mr Norris
"Campsie Cottage is the perfect little cottage in a perfect little village. The owners have put great thought and effort into the cottage and the design, decor and furnishings are such a high standard that you feel instantly at home. The sofa, chairs and beds are all high quality and comfortable. We were greeted with a generous welcome pack that even included treats and water bowl for our dog. The cleanliness is outstanding with additional cleaning products left for our use, and this is the first cottage I have stayed in where we were left cloth napkins and an apron! So well thought out as to what you might need. The outdoor space is small but perfectly fine for 4 adults and a dog. The surrounding village is lovely with a great pub which serves good food and the Ancrum Pantry is the best stocked village store I have seen. The highlight of our visit was seeing the Ancrum Hand Ba in action, it was fast, rough and a wee bit scary but great to see a local tradition played out in front of you. Don’t hesitate to book this cottage, you will leave like we did trying to work out when we can visit again. Booking through Crabtree and Crabtree we know that we are going to get the highest standard of accommodation and the booking process is simple and well informed."Ms Johnston
"We had a wonderful stay in Campsie Cottage which is a lovely warm cosy cottage in a lovely part of the Scottish Borders. As soon as we walked through the door, we knew we were going to have a lovely relaxing time in this gorgeous cottage. It is beautifully decorated throughout and the bed is one of the most comfortable we have ever slept in. A very big thank you to the owners who went above and beyond to accommodate us at very short notice and helped saved our short break away. Unfortunately, we arrived at another cottage on the day of Storm Arwen and were left with no power or water. Crabtree & Crabtree were amazing and with their help and the owners, we were moved to Campsie Cottage and couldn’t have been happier. We will certainly be staying in Campsie Cottage again and can certainly recommend it."Mr & Mrs Cheetham
"What a beautiful little cottage in such a stunning part of the country. The cottage had everything we needed. Gorgeous high quality bedding, towels and kitchen accessories were excellent. The cottage was spotless too. The owner was on hand if we needed anything and very kindly left the best welcome pack we have ever received... with lemon syrup loaf too. Great pub across the road selling fab real ales and yummy food. Thanks again Campsie for making our holiday special. It's the first time we've used you and we will certainly use you again. Easy to view website, great clear and real photos. The quality of the cottage and everything in it was excellent, just what we like when we're away. Just looking for somewhere for Christmas through you now. Would highly recommend to friends and family. Great firm to deal with."Ms Buxton
"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: Flexible
- 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