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Heiton Mill House

Kelso, Scottish Borders

A stunning conversion of a former 18th century watermill in an idyllic setting nestled on the banks of the River Teviot. 

Heiton Mill House

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Overview

A stunning conversion of a former 18th century watermill in an idyllic setting nestled on the banks of the River Teviot at the end of a no-through lane.

Nestled on the banks of the River Teviot

Heiton Mill House offers the best of both worlds, set in peaceful and secluded surroundings ideal for getting away from it all and yet within a five minute drive of Kelso's lively pubs and restaurants.  The owner's sympathetic conversion ensures that the mill's unique charm and character has been preserved. The original vast millstones still lean against the wall and the appealing combination of neutral tones, cosy fabrics and natural wood and stone finishes befit the building. The carefully-considered interior ensures that all the principal rooms have superb views of the river offering a wonderful glimpse of its inhabitants including otters, herons and oystercatchers and even the odd salmon. A large, decked terrace accessed from the first floor provides a fabulous spot overlooking the river for summery drinks and al fresco dining in the summer months.

Inside the simple, neutral interior oozes understated luxury. The spacious, light-filled rooms are punctuated with little luxuries at every turn including sumptuous sofas, vast super king size beds, Egyptian cotton bed linen, down duvets and pillows, fluffy white robes and towels, wi fi, flat screen TVs in all the bedrooms, a state of the art wood pellet stove for cosy winter nights and an impressive high-spec kitchen. Even your furry friends can stay in luxury with their own heated kennels and hot and cold shower.

The delightful owners live close by and are on hand to ensure that guests get their best from their stay including offering meals for late arrivals, arranging fishing permits and providing a wealth of recommendations for places to visit in the area. A cook can also be provided for one-off dinners or the entirety of guest's stay.

Property details

Ground floor

There are a number of outdoor steps up to the entrance door. Entrance hall with cloakroom with WC and basin.

Open-plan sitting room and dining room with cosy seating area with a window wall overlooking the river and French doors out to the veranda. Wood pellet stove, TV with Freeview and DVD player, CD player with iPod dock, books, games, cards and small DVD library. Dining area with seating for up to 12 guests. Breakfast table with seating for up to 6 guests.

Fully equipped kitchen with large island, 6 ring hob, double oven, double sink, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and hot plate. Pantry with shelving, fridge/freezer and microwave.

Utility room with sink, chest freezer, washing machine and dryer. An iron and ironing board are also provided. There is ample space for drying and storage of outdoor kit.

Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6’ super king double or 3’ twins as preferred, flat screen TV, wardrobe, chest of drawers and desk.

En-suite shower room with large walk in shower, basin and WC.

First floor

Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6’ super king double or 3’ twins as preferred, flat screen TV and wardrobe.

En-suite bathroom with walk in shower, bath, WC and basin.

Bedroom three with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6’ super king double or 3’ twins as preferred, flat screen TV, wardrobe and chest of drawers.

En-suite bathroom with walk in shower, bath, WC and basin.

Bedroom four is the master bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6’ super king double or 3’ twins as preferred, flat screen TV, built-in wardrobe, desk and impressive floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River Teviot.

En-suite bathroom with walk in shower, bath, WC and double basins.

Bedroom five with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6’ super king double or 3’ twins as preferred, flat screen TV, built-in wardrobes and desk.

En-suite bathroom with walk in shower, bath, WC and basin.

Outside

Large, decked upper ground floor veranda with table and chairs for outdoor dining. Outdoor lighting on the balcony allows guests to enjoy the river views late into the night. A gas barbecue is also provided. There is a garden area to the side of the mill.

There is also an outdoor games area with table tennis and dart board.

Parking

There is ample parking in the courtyard.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Children are welcome but due to the proximity of the river, parents must take responsibility for their safety. The balcony on the upper ground floor level has a high rail around it. At ground level there is a wide wooden bridge over the lade (the old mill race) without a rail.

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted inside the house.

Two luxury kennels are provided in the courtyard, with hot and cold shower and heat lamps in the winter.

Guest amenities

All bed linen is of the highest quality Egyptian cotton with down duvets and pillows. Guests are also provided with fluffy white towels and complimentary Arran Aromatics toiletries.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.

Heating

Heiton Mill House has oil central heating in addition to the pellet wood burner in the lounge.

Fishing on site

Heiton Mill House is perfect for fishing guests with private fishing on the stretch of the Teviot alongside the mill through the owners. The house is also incredibly convenient for the famous Junction beat and is close to several other prime Lower and Middle Tweed beats.

Guest privacy

The property sits a short distance away from the owner's property. While the owners are on-hand and would be pleased to assist guests with any aspect of their stay, they are equally respectful of guest privacy.

Location

Heiton Mill House is situated a few minute's drive (or 15 minute walk) from the Roxburghe Hotel offering a bar and award-winning restaurant, golf course, beauty rooms and clay pigeon shooting. The delightful, historic town of Kelso is 4.5 miles away by car or a just over a mile if taking the riverside walk, and is home to the majestic Floors Castle, residence of the Duke of Roxburghe and the famous race course. 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 new deli, butcher, fish monger, baker, galleries, antique shops, country sports as well as a monthly farmer's market. 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.

Kelso is an excellent base for exploring the wider Borders area. The pretty town of Melrose is nearby with its winding streets and antique shops, pubs and restaurants. On the way home, stop off at Mellerstain House, an impressive stately home with a noteworthy art collection. Pop into the 15th Century Smailholm Tower, built to withstand Reivers' raids and offering panoramic views from the top. Or take a detour up to the magnificent Scott's View overlooking the Tweed Valley and Eildon Hills. Scott's horse even stopped out of habit during his own funeral procession. For day trips further afield, the stunning coastline is nearby with endless sandy beaches that remain almost deserted even in the summer months. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip from Kelso, just an hour by car.

Activities

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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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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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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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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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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

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Reviews

"I have been highly impressed with the whole process from initial contact through to the actual time spent at Heiton Mill House. Never once have I felt worried or thought it wouldn’t deliver due to the professionalism of Crabtree & Crabtree. All in all we had an amazing stay and if anything, the photos of the house don’t do it any justice, it was simply stunning and the views from the house were also stunning. I would definitely use Crabtree & Crabtree again and would love to visit the Heiton Mill House again. I will not hesitate to recommend you all."

O'Neill family

"We very much enjoyed our stay at Heiton Mill House. Everything was of a very high standard and very much as we would have wished it to be. This is the second time I have arranged a holiday let through Crabtree & Crabtree and remain impressed by the high standard of your properties."

Denholm family

"We really enjoyed our stay at the house. It was a beautiful well presented house with more than enough space for 10 guests, the kitchen was well equipped as was the utility room with washing and cleaning products left for use if required. We were very presently surprised to find the house had books, magazines, board games, games and jigsaws for the kids, DVDs and a CD player for use. The owners were very welcoming and had baked a cake for our arrival and offered to make some bread which was very thoughtful and added to the enjoyment of our stay with these small gestures. We would highly recommend Heiton Mill House and would hope to return again in the future."

McGarvey family

"We really enjoyed our stay at Heiton Mill. The house is fabulous - beautifully appointed and very well equipped for large parties."

Hey family

"We thought Helton Mill was fabulous. The owner was delightful and we had a thoroughly luxurious and perfect stay. So thank you Crabtree & Crabtree and to the owners for making it possible for us to rent such a lovely property."

Sawford family

"We had a lovely time at Heiton Mill, it's a stunning property that you obviously put a lot of love into, in one of the prettiest places I've stayed with the river running outside your window. I've missed the river noise since we've returned home. The owners were really helpful and we'd like to all say thanks for a wonderful stay. Ps amazing chocolate cake!"

Childs family

"Thank you all at Crabtree & Crabtree for your excellent service we had a wonderful break with friends and family in such a beautiful and peaceful setting. Helton Mill house is a truly exceptional property and we wanted for nothing, the standard of everything was first class, I could not recommend it highly enough. We always turn to you when we are looking for a holiday cottage and we have never been disappointed."

McGeoch family

"We had a fantastic time at Heiton Mill House. What a place! It was so well stocked, there was nothing we needed. We’ve stayed in a few properties, we love to investigate them, and without a doubt this was up there with the best. Thank you again for a great stay, we’ll be looking on your website for our traditional Jan trip for next year too."

Foster & friends

"We had a wonderful luxurious weekend stay at Heiton Mill.  The house was spacious and very well stocked with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The view from the living room and bedrooms was stunning. We have stayed at a number of properties with Crabtree & Crabtree and every one has been of the same high standard and quality."

Franklin family

"What an absolute gem! Idyllic! The location on the banks of the Teviot provided an excellent view of the great variety of wildlife. It  was very peaceful and beautiful. The house itself was one of the very best we have ever had (we are regular visitors to Europe and have used big houses for a good few years now). Heiton Mill House was as good, if not better, than the best of those abroad. The interior was superb: all of the rooms were very comfortable, spacious and extremely well appointed. The kitchen met all of our requirements and was very generously supplied with pots, utensils, crockery, cutlery and glasses. Also, there were generous supplies of items such as dishwasher tablets and of food staples. The public rooms were very comfortable and let us enjoy ourselves to the full. The bedrooms were beautifully appointed with luxurious bed linen and superbly comfortable beds and the bathrooms were equipped with the best of toiletries and bathrobes. The rooms were also very bright and airy. The owners couldn't do enough for us - excellent hosts. And wonderful bonuses were the flowers and the cake Lindy had promised for our arrival - delicious! A fabulous house, location, surroundings and hosts."

Donaldson family

"Herewith a belated note to say how much we loved our week in Heiton Mill House at the end of August. We booked it for our extended family, and I wanted to say what a wonderful house it is, and how much we enjoyed our week in this special place. The owners were just lovely (amazing chocolate cake on arrival, by the way!) and nothing was too much trouble. The house was brilliantly laid out and equipped to a very high standard - they had thought of absolutely everything.  It felt so spacious, and we never tired of the view of the river.  Our party ranged in age from 12 to 83, and everyone loved it.  The games barn was a great idea, and everyone enjoyed table tennis and darts (even grandpa, aged 83!) and the walks from the house were great - all on the level, and very easy, with lovely views. Several trout were caught by our intrepid teenage fisherman, and we enjoyed days out at plenty of local attractions as well as a potter round Kelso and Jedburgh. We didn't want to leave!"

Harper family

"I just wanted to say we had a fantastic time at Heiton Mill House. It is a perfect property in so many ways: lovely big sociable living area with room for everyone to sit in a comfy chair; fantastically equipped kitchen; huge comfy bedrooms; great bathrooms; lots of storage space; great location with lots of interesting places to visit nearby; and glorious views over the river from the house – it was difficult to drag ourselves away at times! We’ll certainly keep a note of the property details and hope to make it back there some day."

Brookes family

"My daughter booked a stay at Heiton Mill for eleven of us (three generations) to celebrate the occasion of our Golden Wedding Anniversary. From being greeted by our delightful hostess to leaving on the Monday morning, everything was of the highest of standards!! The setting was wonderful, the decor and furnishings tasteful and interesting and the kitchen equipment was outstanding. We would certainly recommend this property to all our friends and family and would love to return one day. Maybe then we would see those very much looked for otters, although we did see the kingfisher!!"

Mrs Griffiths
Location Rural position by the River Teviot - 4.5 miles from Kelso.
Dogs
  • Dogs are not allowed in the property but heated kennels are available outside.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The carefully considered interior ensures that all the principal rooms enjoy superb views of the river. The little things we love...
"The carefully considered interior ensures that all the principal rooms enjoy superb views of the river."
Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree
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