Dryburgh Steading Two
Steps from the River Tweed and dramatic Dryburgh Abbey, this converted red-sandstone steading will suit walkers, history-lovers or anyone after rural quietude.
A spacious and stylish four-person home deep in the bucolic Borders
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.
Steading Two sleeps four in two expansive en-suite bedrooms on its first floor, with an additional shower room found below. Entering the property through arched double doors in the courtyard, you’ll find a large, fire-warmed sitting room to your left. Double doors spill out from this inviting room into the enclosed, private garden via a patio with outdoor furniture and a gas barbeque. Turning right from the front door brings you an open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting area, which also boasts garden access.
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.
Interrupting that rear garden’s low stone wall, a path leads down to both the river – look out for statuesque herons ready to pounce on fish – and the ancient Temple of Muses, a Greek-style structure dedicated to local, Rule, Britannia!-writing poet and playwright James Thomson.
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.
Open plan living area comprising kitchen, dining area and seating area.
Fully-equipped kitchen with electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge / freezer, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and washing machine. Smart TV. The kitchen is well equipped with good quality cookware, crockery and glassware. The sitting area has a double sofa and two armchairs. A single door leads out to the enclosed lawned garden.
Separate sitting room with two sofas, armchair, log burner, wall-mounted TV. French doors lead to the patio area and enclosed lawned garden.
Shower room with shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom one with super king bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers, large wardrobe, sofa, armchairs, dressing table and TV.
En-suite shower room with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with super king size bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers, small wardrobe and TV.
En-suite shower room with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
There are doors from both the sitting room and the open plan kitchen leading out to a fully-enclosed garden with patio area, garden furniture, and gas barbecue.
This looks over the large communal lawned garden which wraps around the Steading properties.
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 hosepipe 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 Three (sleeping 6), 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!
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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"We have stayed at Dryburgh on at least five previous occasions but this is the first time that we have stayed in one of the Steadings. We have to say that Steading Two was very luxurious and has been furnished to the same high, luxurious standard as the farmhouses that we have stayed in previously. The views are magnificent, the Steading exceptionally comfortable, spacious and well equipped and spotlessly clean. Shaun, the housekeeper could not have been any more welcoming and helpful and we will certainly be booking one of the properties at Dryburgh again as we do feel that we can go there with confidence that we are going to feel relaxed and that everything will be to our liking. The Welcome Pack is phenomenal and so generous that you could easily make a couple of meals with it and have a treat for “afters”."Turner Family
"We had a lovely time and were extremely impressed with Dryburgh Steading Two. The property was immaculately clean, very spacious and comfortable and one of the best equipped properties we have ever stayed in. The setting of the building is lovely and we very much enjoyed the lovely views and the peace and quiet. We hope to return!"Mrs Curran
"I would like to start by saying what a fantastic holiday we had in the Scottish Borders our cottage in Drybrugh was wonderful and in a lovely setting and central for all our sightseeing . The cottage itself was immaculate and one of the best places I have stayed, everything you needed was provided and we were very grateful for the welcome pack, having arrived late in the evening . I will certainly use Crabtrree again and recommend you to friends and family, your website is great and booking was so easy."Mrs Campe
"We had a really good week at Dryburgh Steading Two, what a beautiful property. The standard of refurbishment is absolutely excellent, furniture bedding and soft furnishing are superb. Welcome Pack was fab - milk, cheese, cold meat, pasta, white wine and red meal. Plus a decanter of Sherry in both bedrooms!! The property manager was excellent with nothing being a bother to him."Mr Burns
"Wow, what an amazing place – on arriving at Steading Two (4 adults & a daschund) we were warmly greeted by the owner who was the most amazing host, Shaun is also on hand for any day to day questions/places to visit etc, nothing was too much. On entering the property we were blown away at the total luxury that we were going to spend the next 7 nights enjoying. The attention to detail was just amazing, welcome pack on arrival and even a few dog treats were on hand. The property was beautiful inside and out, the only downside is that my wife is now expecting me to replicate everything now we are back at home. Outside there is a spacious garden, bbq and plenty of garden furniture so you can sit outside at gaze at the sun going down whilst enjoying a glass of wine from the welcome pack. It is such a great place we have already booked for the same time next year. On an additional note a special mention should go to Crabtree & Crabtree, their service was exceptional. From the moment we booked to the day we were leaving they were in contact to ensure everything ran smoothly which was totally reassuring. Everything they stated on the website regarding the property was 100% accurate. In summary brilliant service and I would recommend them every time."Mr Broadbent
"We just wanted to say that our stay at Steading Two was fantastic. The property is amazing - the best we've ever stayed in! Top quality in every respect. The owner has thought of everything and was so welcoming and told us to contact her if we needed anything. We'll be back!"Mrs & Mr Church
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"There are sofas in the kitchen so the cook of the party needn't miss out on the fun."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree