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 four-bedroom Linen House.
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. In keeping with a property that’s been fully 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.
Should you be travelling as part of a larger group, it is possible to link the Linen House with The Scott Apartment, a one-bedroom property located within the townhouse, by way of a connecting door.
Low occupancy discount available from October 2021 to March 2022 (excluding October half term and Festive dates). 10% discount for parties making use of 3 bedrooms only and 20% discount for parties making use of 2 bedrooms only. Please contact us to redeem this offer.
Access from the street with inner hall and hanging rail.
Stairs to the first floor leading to the main 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.
Sitting room with double sofa, two armchairs, chess set, Smart TV, painting easel. 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.
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 Linen House sits 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 £20 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 and bathrobes are provided along with a full range of guest toiletries from The Scottish Fine Soaps Company brand, Au Lait.
Wi-Fi is provided with high speeds. Mobile reception is good.
There is underfloor heating in the kitchen and in each bathroom. Otherwise there is electric heating throughout.
The Linen House sits 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'; the Hoot ‘n Cat; Cafe U or the Terrace Cafe at Floors Castle.
The Linen House is 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.
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"We feel very privileged to have stayed in such an amazing property. Looking over the Square and watching folks go about their business, walking dogs is really quite the sport. The weather has been superb too. Days out to Edinburgh and North Berwick complimented with days just hanging around Kelso - idyllic. We also took a walk to floors castle (30 minutes) for the obligatory coffee and cake. We had lovely meals at The Cobbles and The Waggon (twice, great value). Finally, Mary - diligently waiting for us, she gave us a really friendly welcome. You can see how much proud and knowledge she has in the property. We had no reason to call her as everything was just perfect! I am pretty sure we will be back!"Ratcliffe Family
"My, oh my! What a gem! We recently stayed at Linen House in the beautiful Kelso. The house is absolutely beautiful and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Everything has been carefully thought about. The beds are extremely comfortable, with an array of pillows to chose from. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need, from plastic cups for the children to two ovens and microwaves. The living room is comfortable with huge sofas and the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring. So much thought and detail have been put into this house and the decor and accessories are beautiful. Mary, the housekeeper, is lovely and so friendly, making sure we had everything we needed. We will certainly be back soon!"Maw Family
"We have had a super time in Kelso and the Linen House has been a perfectly luxurious place to home a family get together.Such a tonic after the months of lockdown and gloom. The weather has been fantastic and there is really so much to do and see in The Borders. A huge thank you to Mary, who has been an excellent host! Terrifically helpful and always on land to provide support and guidance."Breen Family
- Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The grand proportions and sweeping staircase of the Linen House creates a dramatic first impression."Paul & Ellie, owners of the Linen House