Facing the Temple of the Muses, this converted sandstone steading offers families, history fans or nature-lovers a wonderful riverside base.
Beside the River Tweed, enjoy space and scenery in a rural location with much to see and do
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.
The largest property, Steading Three features three bedrooms and three bathrooms – with a ground-floor bedroom and adjacent shower room ideal for less mobile guests. From both its fire-warmed sitting-and-dining room and the kitchen, which boasts a further dining table, doors lead out to an enclosed garden whose sun-kissed patio and gas barbecue allows for outdoor meals.
While eating, relish unbroken views of the ancient Temple of Muses – a Greek-style structure dedicated to local, Rule, Britannia!-writing poet and playwright James Thomson. A path leads the few metres to it, before continuing on to the river where stately, statuesque herons wait to pounce on fish.
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.
Fully-equipped kitchen with dining area seating six, electric oven and ceramic induction hob, dishwasher, fridge / freezer, microwave and Nespresso coffee machine. The kitchen has a wall-mounted TV and is well equipped with good quality cookware, crockery and glassware. A double door leads from the kitchen to a patio area.
Sitting room with additional dining space for six, log burner, large sofa, double sofa and armchair. Smart TV. French doors lead out to a small enclosed garden with patio area.
Bedroom one with king size bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers, small wardrobe and TV.
Shower room situated next door to the bedroom with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with super king bed, bedside tables, dressing table, armchair, wardrobe and TV. Velux window with black-out blind.
En-suite shower room with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with super king bed, bedside tables, two armchairs, wardrobe and TV. This bedroom has views across the lawned garden and the field beyond.
En-suite shower room with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
The sitting room leads out to a small but fully-enclosed garden with patio area, garden furniture, and gas barbecue. A separate door from the kitchen leads out to a separate patio area which sits to the front of the large communal lawned garden which wraps around the Steading properties. This 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.
Electric Vehicle Charging
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.
For safety reasons, please only use the dedicated charger for car charging at this property. Discover alternative electric vehicle charging points here.
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 courtyard 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 Four (sleeping 4), 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 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.
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!
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"We have been very impressed indeed with the the very efficient service from Crabtree & Crabtree and with the quality of the properties to choose from. Dryburgh Steadings is an exceptional property, very well furnished and styled. The rooms are all great proportions and overall it feels very spacious and luxurious, with excellent outdoor space too. The finishing touches are second to none: fantastic welcome pack; dressing gowns; excellent toiletries, sewing kits & torches in bedrooms etc. The lounge is large, light and very comfortable more than enough space for a party of six and the kitchen is well equipped. The small courtyard development of steadings has been completed to a very high standard and no detail overlooked. And it is located in a beautiful rural location with great views. Definitely hope to return."Mr Wright
"Thank you for the excellent service from all of your staff. The Steadings are the best equipped cottages that we have ever stayed in, bar none. They have been finished to a remarkably high standard, and feel like home as soon as you arrive. The additional touches are remarkable, for example the welcome pack, dog treats, pharmaceuticals in the bathrooms, and masks. Sky TV is being installed, which is an extraordinary addition. The kitchen has every single piece of equipment that you could wish for including a Nutribullet, and the quality of the glasses stand out as the best in any house that we have stayed in. The setting is unparalleled, right next to the River Tweed, looking up to the statue of the Four Muses and looking across fields to the Eildon Hills. Simply gorgeous."Ms McCready
"We had a fantastic stay at Dryburgh Steading Three, it was everything that was described and more, this was the second occasion that we have booked through Crabtree and Crabtree and I would highly recommend. It was a fantastic location and a beautiful well-appointed property with everything you could need to enjoy a peaceful holiday, we will hopefully return in the not too distant future"Mr Newport
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"It's a joy to sit in the sunny garden and watch the abundance of wildlife and birds."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree