Tucked down a lane at the end of a no-through road, this two bedroom architect-designed home has plenty of winning features.
Discover a light, contemporary home in a historic, period setting
Originally a simple outbuilding, this ground floor property has been imaginatively developed to create a deceptively spacious property, just a stone's throw from the River Tweed and all the amenities of this picturesque market town.
A stone and wood clad exterior reveals a bright contemporary interior with a lovely curved elevation leading into an open plan living space.
Framed by a wall of glass looking onto a south-facing lawned garden, it has a smart kitchen with integrated appliances, a dining space with seating for up to six, a work desk, and a relaxation space with recliner and a Smart TV.
This leads into two bedrooms, one with a 4'6" bed, and a large en-suite master bedroom with zip and link bed for added flexibility.
The bed in the master bedroom features a Thermaposture Rotoflex bed which can be electronically adjusted, with one side rotating through 90 degrees which allows movement from the upright to the sleeping position for guests with mobility restrictions. This leads into a large en-suite wet room.
Outdoors, there's a large lawned garden which is shared with the owner's property which sits immediately adjacent.
A five minute stroll will take you onto the riverside, the park and the cobbled market square which offers plenty of coffee stops and pubs as well as a lovely selection of independent shops where you can while-away an afternoon or two.
Access door leading into large hallway with large cupboard and hanging space.
Bathroom one with large shower unit with electric shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Open plan living area comprising:
Office desk for work or computer use. Selection of books.
Kitchen/dining area with induction hob, single oven, combi microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, Nespresso coffee machine. There is a washing machine and dryer in a separate cupboard. Dining space with seating for four. This extends to seat six if required. Large windows open out onto the patio and shared garden.
Sitting room with sofa and riser/recliner armchair. Wall-mounted Smart TV.
Bedroom one with 4'6" double bed and high-quality pocket sprung mattress, chest of drawers, rocking chair, wall-mounted TV with Freeview.
Bedroom two features a Thermaposture Rotoflex bed which can be electronically adjusted, with one side rotating through 90 degrees which allows movement from the upright to the sleeping position for guests with mobility restrictions. The bed has zip and link functionality which can be set up as a 6' super king or 3' twin beds, as required. Side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe with hanging space, dressing table. Flat screen TV with Freeview.
En suite wet room with shower, support rails, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
The property sits in a large lawned garden to the rear. Important - please note that the lawned garden is shared with the owner's property which sits immediately adjacent.
There is a small patio with seating area to the rear of the property looking directly onto the shared lawned garden. Please note the garden is not fully enclosed.
There is a bench seat to the front of the property.
Provision can be made for the storage of bikes, fishing rods and outdoor kit in an adjoining garage on request.
There is private parking for two cars to the front access.
Children & Babies
A travel cot and high chair are available on request. Please note the garden is shared with the owner's property which is directly adjacent and is not fully enclosed.
Dogs will be considered on request at a charge of £15 per dog. If permitted, they must be kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. An outside tap is available for cleaning your dog.
It should be noted that the doors from the living space open out into the lawned garden which is shared and is not fully enclosed. The owner has chickens therefore any dogs must be closely supervised and under control at all times.
The riverside is a short five minute walk which offers plenty of opportunity for exercising your pet.
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi coverage is good. Mobile reception can be variable but this improves outside. A landline is available nearby in the owner's property for emergency use should this be required.
Gas central heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled. The glazing on the front aspect is therma insulated glass.
While Little Hermitage is a completely separate building, it lies immediately adjacent to the owner's property and shares the same rear garden. Guests should be aware that the open plan sitting room with large windows look directly on to the lawned garden.
While the owners are on hand to help guests with any aspect of their stay, they are completely respectful of guest privacy.
Guests with mobility restrictions
Little Hermitage is well set up for wheelchair users and guests with mobility restrictions. Please contact us to request a copy of the accessibility statement for the property to assess suitability for your needs.
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 stops 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 or the Contented Vine are highly regarded for their 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 Tipsy Ghillie, the Hoot ‘n Cat; Cafe U or the Terrace Cafe at Floors Castle.
For outdoor sports, Kelso is synonymous with fishing, sitting on the confluence of the rivers Tweed and Teviot, and is a much loved destination for salmon anglers who come to experience world-class fishing on the prolific Middle Tweed salmon beats around this area - Rutherford, Makerstoun, Upper and Lower Floors, Junction and Hendersyde are all within a few miles of the property.
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 away - recently voted 6th best course in Scotland by readers of the country’s best selling golf title. There is a pro-shop and PGA golf academy here for those who are new to the game or wish to refine their swing, and if you’re feeling particularly energetic you may decide to finish off your day popping a few clays at the nearby shooting school.
Floors Castle, the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe where 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.
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 which 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.
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
Children and families
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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
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
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
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!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
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.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
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.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
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
Cooks and chefs
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Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.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
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
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"Just to say we’ve had a very relaxing stay at Little Hermitage. We know the area well but we hadn’t stayed in Kelso before. It is a fabulous property rebuilt from an outbuilding; obviously such a labour of love. It’s beautifully light, airy and looks out onto the gorgeous garden. Great position for town and we would very happily return. A great big thank you to the owner for the superb welcome basket…..the eggs were delicious…as was everything else in it! Our daughter was over from Australia and absolutely loved how spacious Little Hermitage is and, although she promised not to, she was able to work from there easily. Thanks, as always, to Crabtree and Crabtree we cannot recommend you highly enough."Greer family
"We had a fantastic week at Little Hermitage, it was one of the best places we have stayed in. We have stayed in many cottages around the country. The cottage is well equipped with everything you need for your holiday. The welcome basket was exceptional, especially the fresh eggs from the chickens. We loved feeding them and the variety of birds that enjoyed eating from the bird feeders. We would highly recommend staying at little hermitage."Mr Welton
"We have had a lovely time and can't believe our luck with the weather! The Little Hermitage has been splendid."Ms Henson
"The house is deceptively spacious and is both warm and cosy. Everything you need for a luxurious stay is provided with a welcome hamper that is packed with treats.
It’s location gives you the benefit of walking proximity to shops and cafes whilst only a short drive from links to all the attractions of the Borders and Northumberland.
Ben and Harriet are most welcoming and helpful without being at all intrusive and for value and comfort, this is a holiday home that is hard to beat.
I cannot recommend Crabtree & Crabtree or our wonderful hosts more highly and I urge you to book Little Hermitage before all the dates are taken."Mr & Mrs Williams
"Thank you Harriet. Little Hermitage has been wonderful to stay in. Ideal for a person on a wheelchair like myself. Thank you for the wonderful welcome pack, it was much appreciated. The garden is lovely and peaceful for watching the birds. Hope to be back soon. Thank you again."Denham Party
"Thanks Harriet. We have had a fab family holiday staying at Little Hermitage."Williamson Party
"Perfect bolt hole for a quiet and relaxing holiday. Just what we needed. Lovely restaurants for excellent food. Lemon & Thyme was our favourite. Thank you to our hosts for all the nice things around the house."Garlick Party
"Had a wonderful stay. Very relaxing. Little Hermitage is brilliant and the hamper was fantastic, the jam was lovely. Thank you."Dunham Family
"We loved our holiday home. It was a delight watching the birds while we had breakfast and sitting in the very pretty gardebn for afternoon with brownies from Floors Castle. We visited all the Abbeys. Nice cafe for lunch in Melrose just by the car park. Hawick good for traditional Scottish fayre. All in all a peaceful and restful week. Thank you for the best welcome hamper ever."Uxbridge Family
"Wonderful house and gardens. We loved the eco-toiletries. Thank you for your welcome hamper."McKenzie Family
"Lovely little bolt hole!"Clark Family
"what a wonderful base to explore the beautiful Borders! Little Hermitage is so comfortable, well equipped and superbly located. We feel very privileged to be it's first guests. Thank you Harriet for thinking of everything even our celebratory bottle of fizz. Two of us were here to complete the Borders Abbey Way and onto explore the many interesting big houses. Highlights; The Tweed, especially from Dryburgh footbridge; Melrose, Selkirk, Hawick, Newtown St Boswells, Abbotsford. Riverbanks covered in wild garlic and daffodils. The bird feeders in our garden with wrens, siskin, goldfinches etc etc etc. Rutherfords and Cobbles in Kelso are great for real ales and food. We will certainly recommend Little Hermitage to any of our friends wanting to explore the Scottish Borders. Thank you so much. "Handsley Party
"We wanted to take my mother-in-law away for a few days, but were a little worried about finding accommodation that would be suitable for for her as she is nearly 89. The little Hermitage turned out to be perfect, very warm and cosy and a lovely big bedroom with a fantastic walk-in shower room. The living area is full of natural day light and looks out onto the garden. Kelso town centre is just a short walk from the property where there are plenty of cafes and shops to browse. A lovely time was had by all."Allen Family
- Dogs will be considered on request at a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season. Other flexibility on request.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The tranquility of the location, just minutes from the town centre."Harriet, owner of Little Hermitage