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Coachman's Cottage

St. Boswells, Scottish Borders

Sitting in a peaceful location in the foothills of the Eildon Hills, this former 19th Century coach house combines all the charms of country living in the very heart of Border country.

Coachman's Cottage

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Overview

Sitting in a peaceful location in the foothills of the Eildon Hills, this former 19th Century coach house combines all the charms of country living in the very heart of Border country.

An ideal base for sightseeing close to the villages of St Boswells and Melrose

Close to middle Tweed fishing beats and the picturesque villages of St. Boswells and Melrose, it is a perfect base for country sports enthusiasts or those looking to explore the scenic attractions of the area.

Set around a private courtyard in the rolling lowlands, you will find little to interrupt the day here other perhaps than the odd passing tractor and a cheery wave from the local farmer.

Inside, the property benefits from a generously proportioned double aspect drawing room presented in a traditional country house style. This includes an extensive library which guests are welcome to enjoy in front of the warming ambience of a large open fire.

The original coach house windows are a characterful feature of this room which fully maximise the sunshine and light overlooking the courtyard towards open fields beyond.

The beamed kitchen and dining room combine both traditional and contemporary finishes while a large separate utility/boot room is perfect for drying off the four-legged members of the party after a long walk in the Eildon Hills.

10% discount available on all remaining 7 night stays in July.

Property details

Ground floor

Drawing room is generously proportioned room with the original coach house windows offering a wide open aspect onto the private courtyard. With two large sofas, flat screen TV with Freeview, extensive library which guests are welcome to use, writing desk with Wi-Fi hub. Large open fire with initial supply of logs provided.

Kitchen/dining room with ceramic hob, electric oven, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine and microwave. Dining area with seating for six. Adjoining utility/boot room with large fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and plenty of additional cupboard space.

Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6‘ king size or twin as required, side tables, built in wardrobe.

Bathroom one with bath with shower over with both rainforest head and handheld mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

First floor

Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6‘ king size or twin as required, side tables, double built in wardrobe.

Bathroom two with bath with shower over with both rainforest head and handheld mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

There is a small patio area with garden bench to the front of Coachman’s which extends into a large courtyard which is shared with nearby Byreman's Cottage. This has a lawned area and ornamental pond. The gate to the main courtyard area must be closed at all times. Guests can walk outside the courtyard but cannot walk in the surrounding fields with livestock.

There is secure storage available for fishing and outdoor kit in an adjacent steading.

Parking

There is ample private parking to the front of the cottage.

Babies & Children

A highchair is available on request. Please note that a travel cot is not provided. 

There is a large ornamental pond on the lawn in the courtyard area which has been covered by wire mesh. It is recommended that children are closely supervised in this area.

Dogs

Two dogs are permitted but must be clean and dry before access into the property and thereafter kept to the large utility/boot room and kitchen area only. 

Elliston is a working farm with livestock in the adjoining fields and it is imperative that dogs are kept under control and on leads whilst outwith the main courtyard and when walking in the immediate area. Guests can walk on the drive outside the courtyard but cannot walk in the surrounding fields with livestock.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. Hairdryers are not provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available but please note that speeds can be slower due to its rural location. Mobile reception is generally good.

Heating

Central heating throughout the property. Open fire in the sitting room with logs provided.

Guest Privacy

The courtyard is shared with Byreman’s Cottage (sleeps 6) which sits nearby.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together this cottage can be booked alongside Byreman's Cottage, sleeping 6 and Gardener's Cottage, Elliston sleeping 4. The cottages sit on the Elliston estate.

Location

Sitting just three miles from St Boswells, this pretty village boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel for eating out. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the highly regarded Border Gunroom for those essential country supplies.

Nearby Melrose (8 miles) is one of the most picturesque in the Borders with an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; Dalgetty’s Bakery, makers of the original Selkirk Bannock; or Baird’s Butchers for locally sourced produce as well as freshly prepared homemade meals which are perfect for holiday stays.

You will also find a quality fishmongers, a fresh fruit and veg shop as well as two small convenience stores. For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino and a delicious butter cream sponge, or for evening dining, the Town House, Burts or Marmions all come highly recommended.

Activities

This is an excellent base for exploring the local area. A drive of 6 miles will take you to the evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott and arguably one of the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Nearby Scott’s View offers panoramic views over superb Border countryside.

For outdoor pursuits, there is excellent walking in this area with several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous St Cuthbert's Way which charts the historic trail of the revered seventh century Saint on a 62 mile walk between Melrose Abbey where he started his religious life and his eventual resting place on the sublime Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

It is also an ideal base for fishing parties with notable middle Tweed beats including Dryburgh, Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game is available locally, including Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or perhaps try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.

For golf fans, the 9 hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills, or head to the stunning championship course at the Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso for a leisurely afternoon.

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.

For short breaks, our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for 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!

You can reach the wonderful heritage coastline in less than an hour with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, or hop onto a train from Tweedbank (7 miles) for a day visit to the cultural city of Edinburgh where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply take some time to explore the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.

 

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Cycling & mountain biking

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Fishing

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shooting

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

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.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and Nannies

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.

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Dog Sitting

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Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

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Reviews

"This is a great place from which to explore, or travel in the Borders, close to centrally located St. Boswells and numerous points of interest, including Sir Walter's Scott's Abbotsford, medieval monasteries and Reiver towers and castles, not to mention the Tweed. A new railway provides regular, comfortable and easy access to Edinburgh. The owner was most welcoming and helpful and the property fully equipped and supplied and comfortable and quiet"

Booth Party

"Cottage was perfect, clean, lovely rooms, great open fire, great location."

Birch family

"We have had a lovely weekend at Byreman’s and Coachman’s, and met the charming owner on Sunday morning. The cottages were in a really lovely location, a beautiful quiet setting. The cottages were both beautifully decorated, wonderfully comfortable beds and great showers etc."

Macmullen family

"Thank you, yes we had a lovely time at the Coachman's Cottage last week and sadly only for a week. A great location, well equipped, clean, comfortable and tranquil. Would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a peaceful holiday."

Mr Cook & family

"We had a lovely week again in Coachman's Cottage, that was our 3rd visit. Thanks for a great week."

Hindmarsh family

"Thank you for arranging for us to stay in this cottage last week which was a most enjoyable holiday despite a little rain. It was warm, comfortable and well fitted throughout. We cooked in each evening and had all the equipment we needed on all occasions. Certainly we now understand why you are so proud of the countryside in the area as it is all so beautiful and unspoilt."

Clifton family

"We found Coachman's Cottage to be very fascinating and relaxing. We particularly loved all the books, the bird feeders outside the downstairs bedroom and the fire."

Tait family

"Thank you for organising our short stay at Coachman’s Cottage. What a delightful place it was. It is a beautifully presented property, with all you could need for a happy and peaceful few days. I was very impressed with the speed with which Crabtree & Crabtree answered and dealt with our one query and thankful for the swift resolution. We will definitely make a return visit. We left feeling really refreshed and relaxed, and overjoyed to have seen the swallows returning to the courtyard. Also have to say we fell a bit in love with the pig who lives across the track. Oh, and the wisteria was beautiful too. We met the owner who was out walking her lovely dogs on the morning we left. Your other properties look fantastic too, so we are looking forward to being return customers."

Deans family

"We've had another super week in the Borders and our third rental through C&C. Coachman's was entirely comfortable, well equipped and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting both Mrs Methuen and Andrew the estate manager who took time out to show us the old stables and parlour which was fascinating."

Mrs Gaskin

"We had the most wonderful week at Coachman's Cottage. Just loved the mixing of old items and those wonderful old books with the current facilities. Loved meeting the owner of the estate and learning some of the history. Enjoyed enormously the lambs, sheep shearing and just the lovely feeling the place has. All being well we hope to have a return visit next year. Fraser's brother and family live in Edinburgh and they spent three lovely days with us, equally enchanted with it as us. Our dog had a lovely time."

Mr & Mrs Summer

"What a stunningly beautiful area all round Melrose. Just to let you know how delighted we were with the cottage. It suited us perfectly. Thank you for leaving starter food, most kind. Please pass on our thanks to the owner. Getting a huge bed just like the one we have at home is now a must on any holiday. Loved the light airy rooms, the country views and peace and quiet. It was very well equipped. Spotlessly clean. Very cosy and warm thanks to heating. I hope we left it almost as clean as we found it."

Mr & Mrs Sadd

"Most enjoyable stay helped by excellent weather. Property has plenty of character and in lovely setting."

Mr Caldwell
Location Rural - 2.5 miles from St Boswells.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Saturday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"For cosy days in, browse the selection of books on offer in the extensive library."
Lynn, Crabtree & Crabtree