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Greenhead Cottage

Kelso, Scottish Borders

Flaunting magnificent pastoral views, this welcoming cottage promises a wholesome retreat for families and groups alike.

Greenhead Cottage

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Overview

Flaunting magnificent pastoral views, this delightful cottage promises a wholesome retreat for families and groups alike.

Embrace the peaceful surroundings of this sleepy farm hamlet on the edge of the bustling market town of Kelso

Here is a very pretty cottage sitting in an exceptionally lovely spot with immaculate lawned garden and spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills beyond. Enter through the wooden picket fence into the enclosed lawned garden which expands across the entire front aspect of the cottage and you have an idyllic spot to dine al fresco while drinking in those dramatic views. 

A warm and welcoming space thanks to a classic Farrow & Ball colour palette, the open plan living area boasts sumptuous leather seating, rich textiles, and a 50" wall-mounted Smart TV set around a cosy electric stove. At the far end of the room is a contemporary Shaker-style kitchen with high-quality quartz work surfaces and a kitchen island with seating for two - perfect for relaxed chit-chat while rustling up a homemade meal to be enjoyed around the trestle-style dining table.

Just off the living space, there’s a handy utility room, which is ideal for drying off dogs and outdoor kit after a walk through the rolling Borders countryside. For less mobile guests, the cottage benefits from a ground floor master bedroom with en suite shower room and step-free access to the rear lawned garden through the French doors. An additional shower room is located on the ground floor with a rainfall walk-in shower.

Upstairs are two further bedrooms – one of which can be made up as a double or twin – featuring pitched ceilings and Velux windows bringing the outside in. For a final luxury, relax in the claw-foot bathtub in the third bathroom and soak up the starry night skies after a day of adventures in the great outdoors.

Property details

Ground Floor

Access into utility / boot room with hanging rail, bench seat, washing machine, under-counter fridge, sink.

Shower room with walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, basin and WC.

Open-plan living space comprising:

Kitchen with quartz worktops, electric oven and grill, four-ring induction hob, integrated microwave, fridge / freezer, dishwasher, Magimix Nespresso coffee machine, Belfast sink, central island with seating for two.

Dining table with bench seating for six guests.

Sitting room with three-seater sofa, two-seater sofa, armchair, electric stove, wall-mounted Smart TV. Access through French doors onto patio with far reaching views towards the Cheviot Hills.

Bedroom one with 5'2" king size bed, side tables, wardrobe with hanging space, chair. Access through French doors to rear garden.

En suite shower room with walk-in shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

First Floor

Bedroom two with 5'2" king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, armchair. Large velux window with blackout blind.

Family bathroom with roll-top bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom three with 3' twin beds, side table, chest of drawers, chair. Large velux window with blackout blind.

Please note the upper floor bedrooms have coombed ceilings with restricted ceiling height. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Outside

There is a large enclosed lawned garden to the front and rear of the property. Patio area to the front with outdoor picnic table. A charcoal barbecue is available on request during warmer months. 

There is secure outdoor storage for bikes and outdoor kit.

Parking

Private parking is available for 2-3 cars to the side and rear of the property.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

One well-behaved dog is welcome and an additional dog may be considered on request. Dogs must be kept to the utility area until clean and dry and thereafter kept to the ground floor. They are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms.

There is an outside tap for cleaning dogs before entering the property. 

Guest amenities

Guest hand soap and body wash are provided. 

Hypoallergenic duvet, pillows and mattress toppers.

Two hairdryers are available in bedrooms one and two.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Superfast fibre broadband available. Mobile and 4G signals can be patchy so Wi-Fi calling is recommended. 

Heating

There is oil central heating throughout the property, which can be thermostatically controlled, and an electric stove in the sitting room. 

Guest privacy

The property is detached and benefits from privacy and dramatic views across open countryside to the Cheviot Hills. A small hamlet of properties and stables sit nearby.

Location

The delightful, historic town of Kelso is just 5 miles away by car and is home to the majestic Floors Castle - the residence of the Duke of Roxburghe - and the famous racecourse. Described by Sir Walter Scott as "the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland," today the town retains much of its original charm with an interesting range of independent shops including an excellent deli, butcher, fishmonger, baker, galleries, antique shops, country sports, as well as a monthly Farmer’s Market held in its Flemish-style square. Kelso plays host to a number of events throughout the year including regular National Hunt race meets, the ancient custom of the Common Ridings of the town boundaries and the famous Borders Rugby 7s games.

There are two larger supermarkets in Kelso for all of your holiday needs and for dining-out, The Cobbles or the Contented Vine are highly regarded for their food and friendly atmosphere. For light lunches, you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafés in the town - including 'Off The Square', The Cream Chimneys, The Hoot ‘n Cat, Café U, or the Terrace Café at Floors Castle.

Alternatively, take a short trip to the nearby towns of Melrose and Galashiels, where you will find further shopping and dining options.

Activities

The area has endless opportunities for walking and cycling with hundreds of miles of quiet country lanes, way-marked routes and forest trails to explore from short gentle meanders to long-distance trails, taking in the outstanding scenery of the Cheviot Hills, the Pennine Way and Dere Street. The Borders Abbeys Way takes in the magnificent monastic ruins of Kelso Abbey, while the Kelso to Roxburgh circular is a scenic three-hour walking route taking in historic sites of interest and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities along the way.

Floors Castle, the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, is a must-visit, where you can take a tour of the castle led by knowledgeable guides who will introduce you to the history of this exceptional residence and its priceless collection of fine art, tapestries and porcelain. Afterwards, indulge in an afternoon cream tea at the Terrace Café and wander through the beautiful grounds of the estate and the pretty walled garden centre. Also within easy reach are the stately homes of Manderston, Mellerstain, Paxton House or Abbotsford, which offer both fun and educational days out.

Kelso is synonymous with fishing (sitting on the confluence of the rivers Tweed and Teviot) and is a much-loved destination for salmon anglers who come to experience world-class fishing on the prolific Middle Tweed salmon beats around this area. Rutherford, Makerstoun, Upper and Lower Floors, Junction and Hendersyde beats are all within a few miles of the property.

For golf enthusiasts, Kelso Golf Club is an attractive parkland course resting on the edge of the town, while the sublime Roxburghe Championship Course sits just six miles from the property and is ranked in the top 10 inland courses in Scotland. There is a pro-shop and PGA golf academy there for those who are new to the game or wish to refine their swing, and if you’re feeling particularly energetic you may decide to finish off your day popping a few clays at the Roxburghe shooting school.

For family-friendly activities, Shedden Park has a play park, skate park and plenty of green open space for running around, while a swimming pool, fitness studio, gym, and tennis courts can be found in the town. Kelso also has an ice rink which is open during the winter months for curling and skating, and a dance studio with everything from hip-hop to jazz.

Kelso is an excellent base for exploring the wider Borders area too. Visit the pretty town of Melrose is nearby with its winding streets and antique shops, pubs and restaurants, enjoy the panoramic views on top of the 15th Century Smailholm Tower, a peel tower built to withstand Reivers' raids, or head up to the magnificent Scott's View overlooking the Tweed Valley and Eildon Hills, where Scott's horse even stopped out of habit during his own funeral procession. For day trips further afield, a 45-minute will take you to the wonderful heritage coastline with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, while the cultural city of Edinburgh is just over an hour’s drive where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz & Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.

 

Children and families

Children and families

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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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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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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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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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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

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

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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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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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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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Reviews

Location Rural - 5 miles from Kelso.
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome and a second dog may be considered on request.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Views to the Cheviot Hills from bedroom two at Greenhead Cottage
The little things we love...
"Throwing open the Velux window to let the fresh countryside air flow through whilst soaking up the superb far-reaching views."
Olivia, Crabtree & Crabtree
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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