Linen House & The Scott Apartment
A sophisticated Grade II listed townhouse apartment that sits proudly on one corner of Kelso's vibrant, continental-style square.
An exceptional property that blends opulent interiors with period features and Kelso’s bustling market town life
Set on a deep meander of the river Tweed, where it collides with the river Teviot, the bustling market town of Kelso is as rich in history and architectural merit as it is in contemporary urban appeal. Home to the remains of what was once the mightiest monastery in the Scottish Borders, visitors to Kelso will also discover two stately homes (including the magnificent Floors Castle & Gardens), a graceful five-arched bridge that served as the model for London's Waterloo Bridge, and Scotland’s largest market square.
Fanning out from the square, streets lined with grand Georgian and Victorian buildings house atmospheric pubs, lively coffee shops, independent shops and diverse restaurants. Further home to two excellent butchers’ shops, a fishmonger, several bakeries, a thoroughbred horse racing venue and annual art and folk festivals, Kelso really does offer something for every visitor.
For all its prominence as a Borders town, the cobbled Kelso Square has a distinctly continental feel to it: thriving market stalls, with their brightly striped awnings, fill the square for the monthly Farmers’ market, which is flanked by grand, Italianate-style buildings. Amongst these is the Grade II listed former British Linen Bank building. Dating to the mid 19th-century, the impressive townhouse has been sensitively restored and redeveloped to create the sumptuous five-bedroom Linen House and The Scott Apartment.
Stepping off Kelso Square, a private access door and double-turn staircase lead to a first-floor hallway with soaring ceilings and intricate architrave mouldings and cornicing, setting the tone for the exceptional quality of this coveted townhouse. The first floor provides ample living space for guests with a light-filled drawing room overlooking Kelso Square that blends an original slate fireplace and antique furnishings with superbly comfy sofas.
A separate sitting room offers guests an alternative spot for reading the morning papers, enjoying sundowners or playing a game of chess by the towering sash window overlooking the cobbled Oven Wynd lane that leads to the River Tweed. In keeping with a property that’s been freshly renovated to the highest specifications, there’s also a cosy snug with a Smart TV and PS4 games console.
Still on this floor, the top-spec designer kitchen features large twin windows from which to enjoy the comings and goings of life in the town square below while you take breakfast at the island bar or enjoy convivial group meals at the large dining table, which comfortably seats up to twelve guests.
Moving up to the second floor with another dramatic double-turn staircase, you’ll find four generously appointed bedrooms. Combining original period features such as decorative period fireplaces and shuttered sash windows, each of these spacious bedrooms boasts supremely comfy beds, sweeping views of the town and a smart en suite bathroom or shower room.
For groups of friends or family requiring additional space or privacy, the Linen House incorporates The Scott Apartment by way of a connecting door that leads from the snug of the former into the sitting room of the latter.
The open plan living space follows a striking black and yellow colour scheme set by the vivid Bumble Bee yellow of the glossy designer kitchen. When taking the entire townhouse, guests have the significant benefit of having two kitchens at their disposal, which is particularly ideal when entertaining visitors or enlisting the help of professional caterers.
Set on the second floor, a further spacious bedroom features a super king bed and a palatial en suite bathroom with a slipper bathtub and walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead.
For smaller parties, the property can be let as two individual apartments, with Linen House sleeping up to ten guests, and The Scott Apartment sleeping up to four.
Access from the street with inner hall and hanging rail.
Stairs to the first floor leading to the main hall and reception rooms.
Drawing room with two large sofas, two armchairs, Smart TV, original decorative feature fireplace with slate surround.
Kitchen / dining room with central island. Five burner induction hob, two electric ovens with steam function, two further oven/microwaves, two full-size dishwashers, large fridge/freezer (3-drawer freezer), large wine fridge. Dining space seating up to twelve guests using the table extenders, and Smart TV.
Sitting room with double sofa, two armchairs, chess set, painting easel, and Smart TV. The sofa converts to a double 5' pocket-sprung sofa bed which is available at an additional charge of £100 per stay.
Bathroom with slipper bath, walk-in shower (rainforest head), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
TV room/snug with Smart TV, PS4 games console and a small selection of games.
There is a separate utility room with sink, washing machine and separate dryer, along with an overhead pulley for drying outdoor wear. An iron and an ironing board are provided.
Second sitting room accessed from the TV room/snug, with two sofas (one converts to a double 5' pocket-sprung sofa bed, which is available at an additional charge of £75 per stay), armchair, Smart TV.
Second kitchen with electric oven, grill, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, full size dishwasher. Dining table with seating for two.
Separate staircase leads down to a separate rear access with a hanging rail for outdoor gear, and a chest freezer.
The Campbell bedroom with zip and link beds, which can be configured as a super king double or 3' twin beds, as preferred. Benefits from direct views over the town square.
En suite bathroom with walk-in shower, free standing slipper bath, double basin and WC.
The Roxburgh bedroom with zip and link beds, which can be configured as a super king double or 3' twin beds, as preferred. Benefits from direct views over the town square.
En suite shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC.
The Tweedside bedroom with zip and link beds, which can be configured as a super king double or 3' twin beds, as preferred. Overlooks Bridge Street.
En suite shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC.
The Maxwell bedroom with zip and link beds, which can be configured as a super king double or 3' twin beds, as preferred. Overlooks Bridge Street.
Adjoining shower room with large walk-in shower, basin and WC.
The Scott bedroom is accessed from a separate rear stair from the second sitting room. With zip and link beds, which can be configured as a super king double or 3' twin beds, as preferred.
Adjoining bathroom with large walk-in shower, slipper bath, heated towel rail, double basin and WC.
The Linen House & The Scott Apartment sit in the town centre, benefitting from local amenities on the doorstep and is close to the riverside for walking dogs. There is no private outside space.
There is public car parking nearby at The Knowes, which sits approximately 200 yards to the rear of the property and is free of charge.
Babies & Children
Babies and children are welcome and a travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £30 per dog and a third dog may be considered on request. Dogs should be clean and dry before access into the property and otherwise kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture.
The beds feature hotel-quality Sealy Posturepedic mattresses and Egyptian cotton bed linen. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Towels are provided along with a full range of guest toiletries from The Scottish Fine Soaps Company brand, Au Lait.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided with high speeds. Mobile reception is good.
There is underfloor heating in both kitchens and in each bathroom. Otherwise, there is electric heating throughout.
The Linen House & The Scott Apartment sit in the centre of Kelso directly overlooking the town square.
Sitting right in the centre of Kelso, guests can enjoy all the amenities of this busy market town with its pretty Flemish style square and rich Georgian and Victorian architecture. You will find excellent local amenities here with plenty of pubs, restaurants and coffee shops to choose from, as well as a fine range of independent shops where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. For provisions, the town is served by two excellent butchers’ shops, a fishmonger, and a number of bakeries, while two large supermarkets sit nearby for all of your holiday needs.
For dining-out, The Cobbles is highly regarded for its food and friendly atmosphere, or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including 'Off The Square'; Cafe U or the Terrace Cafe at Floors Castle.
Linen House & The Scott Apartment are available for short breaks as well as weekly lets, allowing guests to take advantage of the many events taking place across the area, such as the regular National Hunt Race meets at Kelso Racecourse, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Open Golf Championships at the Roxburghe, Antique Fairs at the Border Union Showground, or the fantastic Borders Book Festival or Walking Festival.
Floors Castle, the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe is just a fifteen-minute walk from the property. Visitors 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. Indulge in an afternoon cream tea at the Terrace Cafe, take a wander through the beautiful grounds of the estate and the pretty walled garden centre, followed perhaps by a visit to the stately homes of Manderston, Mellerstain, Paxton House or Abbotsford which are all within a half-hour drive.
For outdoor sports, the town is synonymous with fishing, sitting on the confluence of the rivers Tweed and Teviot, and has several prime beats on the doorstep in addition to some excellent and reasonably priced fishing on the Teviot system. 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 3 miles from the property - recently voted 6th best course in Scotland by readers of the country’s best-selling golf title.
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 3-hour walking route taking in historic sites of interest and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities along the way.
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 all sit just a five-minute walk from the property. The town has an ice rink that is open during the winter months for curling and skating, and a dance studio sits nearby with everything from hip-hop to jazz.
A half-hour 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 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
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Cooks and chefs
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Nannies and babysitters
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter to come to your house.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
"I just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful stay at the Linen House. Everything was perfect and so luxurious - it was like having our own boutique hotel all to ourselves. The house manager was wonderful - very friendly and cheerful and couldn't do enough to help. I would certainly recommend the Linen House to friends and family and wouldn't hesitate in booking another holiday with Crabtree and Crabtree. Your office staff were so efficient and particularly helpful when we had to alter the booking."Straw Family
A perfect weekend to celebrate my retirement in this fabulous house.
The unexpected bonus being the fabulous weather. Thanks for organising that!Grahame Party
"We were a family group with ages ranging from 20 months to 71 years. The Scott apartment was ideal for the family unit with youngsters ( allowed the oldies peace!!!). House was very comfortable and furnished in lovely manner. The housekeeper had excelled herself with the Christmas decorations. Great house, great town. Thank you to all involved."Ferrol family
- Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £30 per dog. A third dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"This sumptuous townhouse makes for the ultimate way to experience the best of Kelso with friends and family. "Paul & Ellie, owners of Linen House & The Scott Apartment