Heiton Mill House
A stunning 18th century converted watermill in an idyllic setting on the tranquil banks of the River Teviot at the end of a quiet no-through lane.
Style and luxury on the banks of the River Teviot.
Heiton Mill House offers the best of both worlds, enjoying a peaceful and secluded setting yet just a five minute drive or a leisurely 40 minute walk along the path of the old railway line from Kelso's lively pubs and restaurants.
The sympathetic conversion of this old mill has ensured that its unique charm and character are complemented by the contemporary interior design. All the principal rooms afford wonderful views of the river, where you may catch occasional glimpses of its inhabitants – otters, herons, oyster catchers and perhaps the reassuring leap of a salmon.
Heiton Mill has been designed with fishing parties and groups of friends in mind, with five fabulous en suite double bedrooms and masses of space for socialising. The open-plan sitting room with wood-pellet stove incorporates a 12-seater dining area, the full width glass wall drawing in the light, the French doors leading on to a large decked terrace overlooking the river, an uplifting spot for drinks and al fresco dining in the warmer months.
The kitchen is high spec with a large central island and all the equipment required to cook up a culinary storm and a pantry with shelving and fridge/freezer. Should you need extra chiller space, there another freezer in the utility room which also houses a washing machine and dryer.
At Heiton Mill you’ll find little luxuries at every turn – from the sumptuous sofas and super king size beds to fine Egyptian bed linen, down duvets and pillows, fluffy robes and towels, superfast Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs in all the bedrooms. Even your four-legged friends will be in the lap luxury with their own heated outdoor kennels and hot and cold shower.
The owners of the Mill live nearby and are on hand to ensure your stay is as enjoyable and seamless as possible; they are happy to arrange meals for late arrivals, sort out trout fishing permits, or share their local knowledge to recommend places of note to visit during your time here. They can also arrange a cook for one-off meals or catering for your party for the entire duration of your stay.
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.
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.
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. There is a garden area to the side of the mill.
There is also an outdoor games area with table tennis and dart board.
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 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.
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.
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 trout fishing on the stretch of the River Teviot alongside the mill, available through the owners. Salmon fishing is available on the same stretch of river by separate arrangement. The house is also incredibly convenient for the famous Junction beat and is close to several other prime Lower and Middle Tweed beats.
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.
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.
Heiton Mill House is perfect for fishing guests with private fishing on the stretch of the Teviot alongside the mill a decent roll cast from the bedroom window. The house is also incredibly convenient for the famous Junction beat and is close to several other prime Lower and Middle Tweed beats. The house is well equipped for fishing parties with a large utility room ideal for drying outdoor clothing and a vast storage area under the mill providing an excellent space for rods.
The area is also a golfer's paradise with 22 courses within a 30 mile radius ranging from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards. For keen walkers, there are fabulous walks along the river from the house. Upstream you can walk for miles along wooded banks and open fields and downstream only one mile takes you to Kelso without having to set foot on a road or pavement. Further afield there are hundreds of miles of quiet countryside to explore on two feet, four hooves or two wheels, from the stunning, sandy beaches on the coast to the heather-clad Cheviot and Lammermuir Hills.
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"An absolutely stunning property. The mill has everything you need for a wonderful holiday. The views over the river are fantastic and you can sit watching the wildlife from the comfortable lounge or the lovely wrap around balcony. The bedrooms are spacious and all with lovely views. Lovely cosy towels and robes in each bedroom from The White Company, which were wonderful. It really is such a beautiful place & we did not want to leave. The owners were extremely helpful and kind. We would definitely recommend C&C and Heiton Mill House."Hanley Family
"We had a wonderful week staying at Heiton Mill. The house is so thoughtfully and immaculately presented. It’s river side location is simply stunning. The owners were extremely kind (a freshly baked cake was left for our arrival) and accommodating ensuring our very comfortable stay."Ketteringham Family
"We had a wonderful time at Heiton Mill. The house and location exceeded our expectations! Everything about it was perfect and it’sclose proximity to so many interesting places a bonus.We saw the elusive otter on more than one occasion and enjoyed the heron keeping us company on a nearby rock. It is a very special place and Lindy was a delightful host from her nearby home. We would love to come back and would recommend it highly."Liz Sunnuck
"We had a wonderful week staying at the beautiful Heiton Mill House - this was a rare occasion where we - as a family were all in the same country at the same time - well almost all........ The welcome from the owners was warm and genuine - with an amazing Carrot Cake that kept us happy for a good few days. The house is immediately welcoming - it is very comfortable. The view from the main living area and balcony is stunning and so very restful. The kitchen has everything you need to make meal prep enjoyable The living area level bedroom was ideal for granny - the upper rooms were all lovely, especially the Master Bed overlooking the river - the sound of the water at night was very soothing. There are excellent walks close by - we never found the access to the river bank from the house to walk into Kelso - BUT we also never asked the route......we walked in via the Viaduct - longer but a lovely walk on one of the rare sunny days. The location is ideal for day trips out - there is a lot in the area to discover - there is a little book put together by the owners to give you ideas on there to visit and some good recommendations to eat out. Scott's View on the final evening was stunningly beautiful. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone I know looking to visit the area and we hope to return when we are all back in the same country."Helen Chewter
"We very much enjoyed our stay. We were very impressed with the the high spec renovation of the mill. Credit to the owners. We were lucky enough to see deers, otters, hares and various birds. Restaurants were only a 5 minute drive away and it was also good to eat in and appreciate the mill. It was relaxing. The owners were nearby but respectful of our privacy as well as making a chocolate cake! Highly recommend - what a fantastic experience being able to stay in such a special place."Davies family
"It was a pleasure to stay at Heiton Mill House. Eight of us had a amazing weeks holiday. The converted mill is comfy with all mod cons, probably the best place we have stayed in over 16 years. The owner was lovely and made a superb cake for our arrival, we felt very spoilt. Thank you."Ms Franks
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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 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
"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 really enjoyed our stay at Heiton Mill. The house is fabulous - beautifully appointed and very well equipped for large parties."Hey 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 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 are a party of 9 adults who have been holidaying together for nearly 25 years and have stayed at various properties in the U.K. and abroad. I can honestly say on behalf of the group that this is one of the best, if not the best property we have been to. The property itself was outstanding, well equipped and furnished to a very high standard. Whilst the master bedroom is fabulous, all of the other bedrooms are incredibly spacious and comfortable. Ours hosts were so welcoming, pleasant and obliging. The owner contacted us prior to arrival to answer any questions we might have and to enquire if we would like a home made cake for our arrival (which incidentally was delicious and she then made us a second). She had also told us to keep a look out for otters and we were fortunate to catch several sightings over the week. We had a fabulous week at an incredible property in a beautiful location. My only complaint is that it wasn’t longer."Mrs Holden
"We loved Heiton Mill House. It's a lovely house with an absolutely beautiful outlook. The wildlife we could see from the windows was a highlight of the holiday. We would love to visit Heiton Mill again."Perry family
- Dogs are not allowed in the property but heated kennels are available outside.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The wonderful cantilevered deck overlooking the river, which can also be viewed from every principle room."Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree