Dryburgh Steading Four
A beautiful Borders base offering comfort after days of historical sites, hiking or boutique shopping.
Dine facing the gentle River Tweed, then walk up to dramatic Dryburgh Abbey or the Wallace Monument
The freshly-renovated Dryburgh Steadings are four holiday homes set around an attractive courtyard, with the development attractively flanked by gardens and dry-stone walls. Featuring rustic exteriors of restored pink sandstone and pistachio-painted weatherboarding, their hamlet sits at the end of a no-through lane in a tranquil spot beside the River Tweed’s banks. Visible beyond are the three conical Eildon Hills.
Sleeping between four and six guests and containing two or three bathrooms, each Steading property shares the same high-end finishes and sleek contemporary design while possessing its own distinct charm and benefits. All enjoy access to a large, lawned communal area where you can enjoy al-fresco dining, barbecues or lazy afternoons spent scanning the river. A path leads down to it, with stately, statuesque herons often visible hunting for fish.
Steading Four sleeps four across a pair of large, en-suite bedrooms, one of which offers fabulous, direct views over the Tweed and Temple of Muses – an Ionic-inspired structure dedicated to local, Rule, Britannia!-writing poet and playwright James Thomson – from its Juliet balcony. Below, also watching over the Temple of Muses and accessing those communal lawns, double doors lead into your spacious sitting-and-dining room while a courtyard entrance feeds the hallway. Off here you’ll find a welcoming kitchen, complete with another dining table, a handy utility room and a further bathroom.
You’ll enjoy quality kitchen equipment, luxurious bed linen and towels, indulgent waffle bathrobes, flatscreen televisions, and a generous welcome hamper of goodies. Dogs are very welcome, and an outdoor hose pipe helps to clean them after muddy walks.
Just below that Temple of the Muses begins the pretty, pedestrian-only Dryburgh Suspension Bridge – erected in 1872 to replace Britain’s first ever chain bridge. This safely transports walkers across the meandering Tweed towards the village of St. Boswells and its award-winning Mainstreet Trading Company’s bookshop-cum-cafe. Remain on the river’s east side and a five-minute stroll will take you up to ruined Dryburgh Abbey, the monumental resting place of Sir Walter Scott, while a colossal William Wallace statue looms over mature trees from a neighbouring hillside.
Other local highlights include baronial Dryburgh Abbey Hotel for evening drinks, picturesque Leaderfoot Viaduct, what remains of Trimontium – once the largest Roman fort north of Hadrian’s Wall – Scott’s eclectic home at Abbotsford and Scott’s View, one of the novelist’s most beloved look-outs. Eight miles away, the beguiling market town of Melrose has great shops and restaurants, and another of the four great Border abbeys.
Utility / boot room with washing machine and dryer.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Fully-equipped kitchen with dining area seating six, electric oven and ceramic induction hob, dishwasher, fridge / freezer, microwave and Nespresso coffee machine. Small wall-mounted TV. The kitchen is well equipped with good quality cookware, crockery and glassware.
Sitting room with additional dining area seating four, log burner, two double sofas and armchair. French doors lead to a patio area on one side of a larger lawned communal area. This benefits from direct riverside views.
Small snug area on the upper landing with sofa.
Bedroom one with super king bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers, in-built wardrobe, dressing table, armchair and TV. Juliet balcony with riverside views.
En-suite shower room with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with super king size bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers, dressing table, armchair and TV. Riverside views.
En-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC.
French doors from the sitting room lead to a fully enclosed patio area with garden furniture and a gas barbecue, which sits on the front aspect and benefits from direct riverside views.
There is ample parking in the designated area adjacent to the Steadings. Guests are welcome to drive into the shared front courtyard to drop off luggage.
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.
Two well-behaved dogs are very welcome. There is a hose pipe in the garden to clean dogs after walking. Guests must please clear up after their dogs.
The property is very well equipped with luxurious bed linen and towels, Cole and Lewis guest toiletries, waffle bath robes and hairdryers in every bedroom.
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.
There is oil central heating throughout along with the log burner. An unlimited supply of logs are provided.
Guests should be aware that the property is part of a development of four holiday lets and the courtyard and the large lawned area that wraps around the Steadings are for the communal use of all guests.
Dryburgh Farmhouse (five bedroom) sits in the same ownership, and is positioned immediately adjacent the Steading properties, but with its own garden area.
For guests looking to holiday together, this cottage can be booked alongside Dryburgh Steading One (sleeping 4), Dryburgh Steading Two (sleeping 4), Dryburgh Steading Three (sleeping 6), The Bothy at Dryburgh (sleeping 2), Dryburgh Stirling One (sleeping 4), Dryburgh Stirling Two (sleeping 4) or Dryburgh Farmhouse (sleeping 10).
Dryburgh is within walking distance of 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 butcher, a 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 fishmonger, 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 buttercream 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.
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.
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"Back from our wonderful stay at Dryburgh Steading Four. Can't praise it enough. Fabulous setting, beautiful cottage with absolutely everything you could wish for, and more. Crabtree and Crabtree have some of the best properties available in the area, will definitely use again, we are very impressed with the standards."Connolly family
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The snug on the upstairs landing is the perfect, quiet spot to enjoy a book."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree