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Head Gardener's House at Floors Castle

Kelso, Scottish Borders

Meticulously restored by The Duchess of Roxburghe, this is an exceptional house in an exceptional setting. Sitting in the walled garden within the grounds of Floors Castle, it encapsulates the best of country living.

Head Gardener's House at Floors Castle

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Overview

Meticulously restored by The Duchess of Roxburghe and her team, this is quite simply an exceptional house in an exceptional setting.

Within the grounds of Floors Castle

Sitting in the walled garden within the grounds of Floors Castle, it encapsulates the best of country living. Dating right back to 1815 and now renovated to an exceptionally high standard throughout, guests can be assured a very special stay in this former Head Gardener’s House.

The ground floor opens up to a main hall and staircase with impeccable finishes by Lewis and Wood, setting the scene for the quality throughout the rest of the house.

The drawing room is beautifully appointed with deep, generous sofas and elegant furnishings along with fabrics from Osborne & Little, Lewis & Wood and Romo which add warmth and vibrancy to the space.

The kitchen is wonderfully light and bright with integrated units giving a sleek streamlined look along with a dining area which merges classic heritage tones with the odd dash of colour for a perfectly in-vogue finish. A downstairs boot room/drying room is a versatile space - perfect for dogs and the storage of outdoor gear.

Upstairs the quality continues into two sumptuous bedrooms - one with en-suite and one with adjoining bathroom, each generously proportioned with opulent emperor size beds for that added touch of luxury and wonderful views over the Walled Garden and Millennium Garden.

Head outdoors and guests have private use of the four acre Walled Garden outside formal opening hours. With the magnificent Floors Castle setting and access to fabulous walking within the park grounds and on the banks of the River Tweed, it may prove hugely difficult to venture anywhere else!

Property details

Ground Floor

Access door (4 steps up) and inner porch leading into the hallway.

Boot room/cloakroom/drying room with storage and hanging space opening into a substantial walk in closet with large electric heater - perfect for drying outdoor gear. There is also a basin and WC, along with a dog bed for the four legged members of the party.

Sitting room with two large double sofas and two armchairs, large flat screen TV with integrated DVD player, wood burning stove. Selection of books and games. Views overlooking the walled garden.

Kitchen is fully equipped with integrated appliances - ceramic hob, single electric oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher. In the dining area, there is a dining table with seating for six, breakfast bar area with two stools, flat screen TV, Bluetooth docking station. Separate bench seat and armchair. Views onto the garden.

First Floor

Bedroom one is the master bedroom with emperor size zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ 6” super king or two 3’ 3” beds as required. Side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe. Views over the garden.

En-suite bathroom with separate bath, large shower with rainforest head and separate handheld unit, heated towel rail, twin basin and WC. Underfloor heating.

Bedroom two with emperor size zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ 6” super king or two 3’ 3” beds as required. Side tables, chest of drawers, large built-in wardrobe. Views over the garden.

Adjoining bathroom (3 steps down) with large double shower unit with rainforest head and separate handheld unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

Floors Castle Garden is open to the public all year round from 11am to 4pm or 5pm depending upon the time of year. Guests should therefore be aware that there will be members of the public in the grounds during these times. Outside these hours guests are welcome to enjoy the walled garden (with the exception of the greenhouses and outbuildings) at their leisure.

Please note there is no dedicated outside space for guests. There are two director style chairs and a small fold out table that guests are welcome to use outside.

Parking

There is a parking space for two cars in front of the house or immediately adjacent in the Garden Terrace Car Park.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request. There is a small adventure playground in the walled garden for children including a zip wire, monkey bars and swings, however children should be closely supervised.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at a charge of £25 per short break or £30 per week but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and then kept to the kitchen and boot room only. They are not permitted on the furniture or upstairs in the bedrooms. Dogs are welcome in the walled garden, but must be kept on leads at all times. Dogs must be under control whilst walking through fields and farmland.

Guest amenities

High quality bed linen and luxurious towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.

Wi-fi & mobile coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is variable. EE and Vodafone offer the best coverage.

Heating

Central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with generous initial supply of logs provided.

Guest privacy

Floors Castle Garden is open to the public all year round from 11am to 4pm or 5pm depending upon the time of year. Guests should therefore be aware that there will be members of the public in the grounds during these times. Outside these hours guests are welcome to enjoy the walled garden (with the exception of the greenhouses and outbuildings) at their leisure.

Location

The Terrace Cafe sits approximately 100 yards from Head Gardener's House (open 10am - 4pm daily) serving light bites and lunches each day using the best of local ingredients. Alternatively the Courtyard Cafe adjoining the Castle (seasonal opening times) is just a leisurely wander from the property.

You will also find excellent local amenities in the thriving market town of Kelso (3 miles) set around a charming cobbled square. The town is home to a super range of independent shops where you can indulge in a little retail therapy, or purchase fresh produce and holiday provisions from friendly local traders.

There are some excellent pubs and restaurants for dining out, including the charms of Rutherford's, Scotland's first micro-pub - seen as 'the perfect antidote to modern life'. For light lunches, you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town, or for fine evening dining why not enjoy a little bit of food heaven at the Roux Restaurant at the nearby Roxburghe Hotel.

The cottage is also 5 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.

Activities

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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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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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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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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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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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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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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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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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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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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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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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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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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Reviews

"We had a lovely time at the Head Gardener’s House. The house was immaculate and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!"

Myers family

"The Head Gardeners House was wonderful, beautifully presented and everything you could have wished for. The soft furnishing were fabulous and the attention to detail excellent. For us the icing on the cake was having the Walled garden to ourselves every evening which we thoroughly enjoyed being very keen gardeners. The Terrace Cafe was great and the Brunch was first class, and the walk along the Tweed afterwards was most enjoyable. The staff in Castle made us very welcome and took time to talk to us. The whole experience of staying at Floors Castle was wonderful and was well worth the 400 mile journey to get there! We would thoroughly recommend staying there."

Miller family

"Our stay at the Head Gardeners House was most enjoyable from the moment we arrived. The very polite housekeeper made us very welcome and the property was spotlessly clean and just so lovely. The little hamper of goodies of Floors Castle produce was very nice and appreciated. The standard of the property is excellent and the setting is just beautiful. Being very keen gardeners ourselves it was a perfect location for us. All the staff we met during our stay were very friendly and helpful which made for a lovely stay there. We so enjoyed many walks around the grounds and woodlands and at the end of the day once the gates were closed to the general public and we had the gardens to ourselves - well that was heavenly! So peaceful and calm and we had the hot sunny weather for the whole of our stay so each evening we sat in the garden just outside the front door just soaking it all in with chilled glass of wine and it was a privilege to be there. Thank you all at Crabtree & Crabtree yet again for your excellent service and supplying us with another lovely property to stay in - you certainly do rate one of the best cottage let companies that we choose to book with - we only choose to book high standard properties for our breaks away and you certainly have a very good supply of them."

Smith family

"Head Gardeners House was amazing, the setting was stunning and the interior beautiful. The house was immaculately clean and well fitted out. Many thanks for an exceptional stay and congratulations to all involved."

Kirby family

"Just to say we had a fantastic week at Head Gardeners Cottage where we were all really impressed with the standard of finishings throughout the house. The access to the gardens were a real treat too!! We will certainly be recommending Crabtree & Crabtree to our friends and family and will especially recommend Head Gardeners Cottage!"

Cockburn family

"I would just like to take this opportunity to say just how much we enjoyed our time at the Head Gardener's House. The property is exceptional and is a credit to the Duchess and her team. We have been back home for a couple of days, but we are still missing the fabulous views of the walled garden from the various windows of the house. We will certainly visit again sometime in the future and would recommend the property to anyone who would like to visit the area."

Mills family

"We certainly had a fantastic time, the house has a wonderful atmosphere, welcome warm & comfortable. We left feeling relaxed & refreshed, only wishing we had a further week! So thank you, your team & every one at Floors."

Fraser family

"Just to say that we enjoyed our winter week at The Gardeners House immensely. This historic property is a delight, with great attention paid to guests comfort and feeling of wellbeing with boutique bathrooms, elegant furnishings and subtle colour schemes. So very quiet and peaceful that we overslept each morning! In a year when we have stayed at 6 excellent properties....Head Gardeners House was exceptional."

Mr & Mrs Burn

"We had a magical stay at the Head Gardener’s House. It snowed. The house was warm and very comfortable so the snow simply enhanced our stay. We bought provisions from the Terrace Cafe shop, pheasant, game pie etc etc, it was perfect. The house is also well equipped in all respects meaning that it really is a home from home. All the estate staff we came into contact with were charming and they are clearly an industrious lot. A memorable stay thank you."

Mr & Mrs De Freitas

"This was our second visit to Head Gardener’s House at Floors. We love it. Beautifully kept and comfortable. Good range of kitchen utensils and crockery. I am sure we will be back."

Patterson family

"We have just arrived back from our week long stay at The Head Gardener’s House in Kelso. I thought I would write straight away and let you know what we thought. We have had the most lovely time in - quite frankly - one of the best properties we have ever stayed in. We are veteran cottage holiday people and have used your services many times (and have recommended you to others to great effect) but this particular property was a real cut above even your fantastic places. The house itself has been refurbished with wonderful taste (classic contemporary I guess) and with fabulous touches throughout. The inclusion of top notch toiletries is a respectful addition and I have already Googled the make to buy my own. The fact that the heating was left on for our arrival and on throughout is a welcome luxury and the generous welcome basket full of Floors Castle lovely stuff was another nice touch. The use of the Walled Garden and grounds is a big plus and the proximity of the great Terrace Cafe was a real bonus: great lunches and cake served by friendly and efficient staff. Apologies for gushing (I am not given to gushing I assure you) but this property deserves it. We will definitely be back and if you could pass on our regards and thanks on to the estate we would be very grateful."

Stead family

"My parents had an absolutely amazing stay at The Head Gardeners House and thought everything about it was superb. From the stunning interior, to the friendliness of the staff working in and around the house they had a spectacular time. They said it was one of the best places they have ever stayed!"

Mr & Mrs Celeste

"We simply loved the Head Gardeners House! It had been so beautifully restored and furnished, was very well equipped, and spotlessly clean. Living in the magnificent walled garden for a week seemed such a privilege. We were prepared for a real mix of Scottish weather, but enjoyed wall to wall to sunshine. One of our party went fishing on the Tweed, and as the weather was so hot, the Gillie suggested we went back in the evening, which we did to picnic and for Norman to fish. Such a beautiful and private spot for our personal use was amazing, and we have all left with very fond memories of our time at Floors Castle. We have only one problem, how do we top that next year? Thank you for letting me know about this perfect holiday home."

Mrs Richards

"We cannot praise this property highly enough - beautifully presented and well equipped in a stunning location. It is also a great privilege to have access to the outside areas, particularly the walled garden in the evenings, which is much appreciated. All in all, a great week in a wonderful place."

Mr Verney

"What a lovely week we had at the Head Gardeners House last week.  It is an amazing place to stay, spotlessly clean and comfortable with everything supplied to make the stay great."

Mrs Smith

"Our experience at the Head Gardeners Cottage at Floors Castle was exquisite from start to finish, nothing can compare to this wonderful cottage for us. We did not want to leave and in fact we were downhearted to do so, every aspect of our stay filled our hearts with joy, from watching our little boy playing on the zip wire to the beauty within the walled garden, playing hide and seek in between the rhododendrons behind the parterre with our son magical moments, the history, floors castle itself and dipping our toes in the River Tweed. The cottage has the most delightful interior, on arrival you would think you were the first guests the house had received, very well kept and impeccable clean. As a family we feel extremely privileged to have experienced such grandeur, thank you to the Duke & Duchess for creating such beauty for all to share, we will never forget how joyous this holiday was!!"

Bartholomew family

"This was the PERFECT holiday accommodation. We could not have been more pleased, as the property exceeded our expectations.  The Cottage is extremely well appointed (obviously, professionally decorated), was very clean and in excellent order.  It is warm and homey.  We enjoyed drinks in the Walled Garden after hours and took many long walks into town and around the estate.  It is the perfect location for hikers as there are walking paths all around the country side.  We enjoyed excellent food in many restaurants within 8-12 miles.  We are discerning travelers and only enjoy first class accommodations.  Unfortunately, most websites engage in false advertising.  We are delighted to have found Crabtree & Crabtree because "what you see is what you get" and we have already booked through you for next year. Please thank the staff for their responsiveness. When the electricity went off one day and we couldn't find the right fuse box, we received immediate assistance.  The housekeeper did an excellent job of cleaning for us. The head gardener was delightful, friendly, and informative about the garden. They even provided my friend with a cutting of a plant she was admiring."

Mr & Mrs McCallum

"We really enjoyed staying in the beautiful Head Gardener’s House. Having the stunning walled garden to ourselves in the evening was a real privilege. The house was furnished to an extremely high standard and we felt immediately at home. We couldn’t fault a thing. Please thank the Duchess of Roxburghe for the wonderful hamper - what a treat!"

The Woodvine family

"We had a wonderful week. The cottage was beautifully decorated and clean. Everything you could want was there. The beds were extremely comfortable. Think it was possibly the nicest cottage we have ever stayed in. The food was excellent in the Terrace cafe and staff there and at the Castle, which we visited, were very friendly and helpful. It was wonderful looking out on the Walled Garden and be able to have a walk there and in the grounds when everyone had gone home. All in all it was perfect. We will visit again. Thank you Crabtree & Crabtree and all on the Floors Castle estate. "

Mrs Cornwall & friends

"Wow!!!! What can I say. The Head Gardeners House was amazing.The kitchen had more equipment in it than mine at home. The beds were so comfy. We didn't want to come home. We got a ticket to allow us into the walled gardens and grounds at anytime, the colours were fab. And we got a discounted rate into the castle itself. We used the Cafe quite a lot and also the ready meals, all were excellent. As you can probably tell, we had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone."

Mr & Mrs Parker
Location Within the grounds of Floors Castle - 2.5 miles from Kelso.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 for a short break and £30 for a full week.
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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Whether snow-dusted or in full bloom, the walled garden is a truly magical setting at any time of year. The little things we love...
"Whether snow-dusted or in full bloom, the walled garden is a truly magical setting at any time of year."
Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree
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