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Dryburgh Farmhouse

St. Boswells, Scottish Borders

A flexible country home beside the meandering River Tweed, lovely Dryburgh Farmhouse is certain to put a little spring back into your step.

Dryburgh Farmhouse

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Overview

A flexible country home beside the meandering River Tweed, lovely Dryburgh Farmhouse is certain to put a little spring back into your step.

Enjoy the simple pleasures of country life in a sensational spot near Dryburgh Abbey

Found at the end of a no-through road, Dryburgh Farmhouse enjoys a wonderful location: the River Tweed is but a salmon’s leap away, while ruined Dryburgh Abbey is within a few minutes’ walk. That convenience is matched by splendid versatility, both in terms of sleeping arrangements and the many shared social spaces.

A pretty red-sandstone property and large, lawned south-facing garden, this old farmhouse includes two spacious lounges, each well stocked with deep sofas and warmed by log-burners when necessary, alongside a devoted dining room of tweed-patterned oak chairs. There’s also an open-plan area combining a second dining table with the sleek kitchen’s black-granite work surfaces and range cooker. Contemporary and country styles mingle here, as bleached wood finishes accentuate a richly-coloured landscape painting of, appropriately, a cottage by a river.

One bedroom is on this floor to aid any guests of limited mobility, with another four equally spacious chambers awaiting upstairs. Each is effectively a suite, thanks to separate sofa areas – including a chic orange-black settee in the first – and each has its own luxurious bathroom with walk-in rainfall showers and heated towel rails. All provide a super king bed, convertible in three cases into twins, and the final pair also provide a bathtub. Fitted wardrobes, copper-hued carpets and elegant wallpaper recur, but only Bedroom two can boast a romantic Juliet balcony looking towards the sleepy Tweed.

Before that comes the garden, where kids can run or pluck ripe apples from fruit trees in autumn. Two gas barbecues allow for al-fresco meals on summery days.

About a minute’s wander away is the Greek-style Temple of the Muses built to honour Scottish Borders poet and playwright, James Thomson, who penned Rule, Britannia!’s lyrics; the bust atop the temple portrays Thomson, and a sculpture references his Four Seasons series. The ruins of Dryburgh, one of the four great Borders abbeys and Sir Walter Scott’s monumental resting place, lie just uphill, as does the colossal Wallace Monument statue. A cute, pedestrian-only suspension bridge crosses the Tweed – built in 1872 as a replacement for Britain’s first ever chain bridge; look upstream for herons – towards the village of St. Boswells and its award-winning Mainstreet Trading Company’s bookshop-cum-cafe.

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is nearby for an evening drink; or nearby Melrose, a stately market town, has a wider range of shops, pubs and restaurants, and provides access to the walks up the Eildon Hills. Scott’s View, a lookout beloved by the novelist, is also close by, as are the picturesque Leaderfoot Viaduct, what remains of Trimontium – once the largest Roman fort north of Hadrian’s Wall – and Abbotsford, Scott’s suitably-exuberant home.

For guests looking for a shorter stay at Dryburgh Farmhouse, short breaks may be considered on request during low season. Please contact us to discuss. 

Property details

Ground floor

Access leading into a large hallway.

Sitting room with generous sofas and armchairs provides plenty of seating space. French doors lead into the garden. Wood burning stove with logs supplied. Technology includes a flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player. A selection of books, games and DVDs are provided.

Open plan kitchen/dining area fully equipped with range cooker with double oven and grill, five burner hob, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine (pod type) and wine fridge. CD player/radio, wall mounted flat screen TV. Dining area with large marble-topped rectangular table seating 10-12 guests. Please note the dining table has been changed from the circular one shown in current images.

Lounge with two large sofas, wood burner with logs supplied, TV with Freeview. 

Separate dining room with dining table which seats six but can extend to seat 8.

Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin as required, side tables, chest of drawers, fitted wardrobes with storage and hanging space, flat screen TV.

En-suite shower room with large shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

First floor

Bedroom two with fixed 6’ super king bed, side tables, armchairs, chest of drawers, dressing table, two large wardrobes, flat screen TV. Large glazed doors with Juliet balcony with views over the garden and river.

En-suite bathroom with large shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom three with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin as required, side tables, chest of drawers, built-in wardrobe with storage and hanging space, flat screen TV.

En-suite bathroom with large shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom four with fixed 6’ super king bed, side tables, sofa, chest of drawers, large double wardrobe with storage and hanging space, flat screen TV.

En-suite bathroom with bath, large corner shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom five with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin as required, side tables, chest of drawers, double wardrobe with storage and hanging space, flat screen TV. Side views of the river.

En-suite bathroom with bath, large shower with rainforest head and separate handheld unit, heated towel rail, double vanity unit with two basins, and WC.

Outside

There is a large south-facing lawned garden with outside furniture which is fully enclosed. The property benefits from two gas barbecues.

The farmhouse has its own private access drive with ample private parking.

The property sits adjacent to the Dryburgh Steading properties - marketed as Dryburgh Steading One, Dryburgh Steading Two, Dryburgh Steading Three and Dryburgh Steading Four which sit in the same ownership and are also available as holiday lets.

The Dryburgh properties sit directly opposite the River Tweed at the end of a no-through road.

Parking

There is ample private parking at the front of the property. There are two three-pin 3kW outdoor sockets available for all guests staying in Dryburgh properties to charge electric vehicles, found next to the sheltered communal parking area. Please note that these are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome. Please ensure dogs are clean and dry before entering the property and are kept downstairs and off the furniture.

Guest amenities

High quality bed linen and luxurious towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps and toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Bath robes are supplied.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available but guests should be aware that speeds can be variable. There is good mobile coverage on most networks and a 4G signal.

Heating

Central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with logs supplied.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together, the Farmhouse can be booked alongside Dryburgh Steading One (sleeping 4), Dryburgh Steading Two (sleeping 4), Dryburgh Steading Three (sleeping 6), Dryburgh Steading Four (sleeping 4), The Bothy at Dryburgh (sleeping 2), Dryburgh Stirling One (sleeping 4) or Dryburgh Stirling Two (sleeping 4).

Location

Dryburgh Farmhouse is just a five minute walk to the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel where guests are welcome to use the bar and AA rosette restaurant and bistro, and is just three miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom.

Nearby Melrose (7 miles) is one of the most picturesque in the Borders and has 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, Provender, Burts or Marmions all come highly recommended. A short drive will also take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside ( 6 miles) for excellent food at Seasons or the Hoebridge Restaurant.

Activities

Dryburgh is an excellent base for exploring the local area. The evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott, sit just a five minute walk away, upheld as the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Also on the doorstep is the mighty red sandstone monument of Sir William Wallace, and nearby Scott’s View offering panoramic views over superb Borders countryside.

For outdoor pursuits, there are excellent walks from the cottage along the river and 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 this 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 also 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 (9 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

Children and families

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.

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Fishing

Fishing

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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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Historic houses and castles

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.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

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!

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Wildlife

Wildlife

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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Shopping, arts and crafts

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.

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Walking

Walking

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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Museums, galleries and culture

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.

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Golf

Golf

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.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

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.

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Cycling & mountain biking

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.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Ancestral history research

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.

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Spas and beauty treatments

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.

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Services

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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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

Dog sitting

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

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Reviews

"Thank you for a great stay at Dryburgh Farmhouse after Christmas it was very welcoming with several Xmas trees and lights everywhere.  There was plenty of space for a multigenerational family and 3 dogs. There was a very generous hamper which we all enjoyed and my son in laws enjoyed the sherry in the bedrooms!! The amenities in the bathrooms were very thoughtful and the beds were very comfortable - we will definitely be back."

Mills, Pollock & Pinder families

"It has indeed been a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Beautiful surrounding. Fabulous towns and villages to visit, plus some of the best restaurants in Scotland."

Ms Stocks

"We really did have a wonderful stay at Dryburgh Farmhouse. We found the house very roomy and comfortable, and the manager was marvellous for answering any questions. The setting was wonderful, and the walk into St Boswells delightful. We definitely hope to return to the house again when we can."

Ms Mills

"We had a fabulous week at this stunning property. What a wonderful place. Everything was so tastefully done and the garden a fantastic space for our dog! Loved that each bathroom was left with medical packs and shower gels, soaps etc...made it feel really special. The whole estate was so nicely kept and the care taker/manager was so nice and very helpful. Great walks from the door. Our cars didn't move off the drive all week. Would not hesitate in returning here. Once again another fab property from Crabtree and Crabtree. Thanks again for your wonderful service."

Ms Stevens
Location By the River Tweed at Dryburgh.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Sunday, but alternative arrival days and short breaks may be considered on request during low season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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