This charismatic period cottage in the pretty village of Bowden pays tribute to its rich heritage, celebrating colour and texture in equal measure.
Combine style and tranquility in the picturesque Conservation village of Bowden
The design led interior of this cottage reflects the creativity of the owner, beautifully presented in a rich heritage colour scheme with pops of botanical inspiration and furnishings in lush velvet and fabrics by William Morris.
The sitting room has an art-deco influence using a colour palette of green-smoke and inchyra blue, enlivened with an opulent velvet sofa in deep burnt orange and hints of gold, all set around the warming heart of a real fire.
The lavender blue undertone of the dining room is paired with an extendable oak table seating six from Perch and Parrow, complemented by Pomegranate fabric from the William Morris Archive II collection.
Bancha green has been used to great effect in the kitchen teamed with a soft pink undertone through the tongue and groove panelling which is bang on-trend but still cosy country. This leads into a ground floor shower room with lively artisan tiles for a distinctly Mediterranean vibe.
Upstairs the two bedrooms have an opulent feel in rich ochre yellow and red earth from the Paint & Paper Library, one with a super king bed and the other with zip and link system for added flexibility. The bedrooms are separated by a family bathroom, again working that art-deco feel to full effect.
Outside the cottage benefits from a fully enclosed lawned garden with views looking across the village green. Sitting on the path of St. Cuthbert’s Way and the southern edge of the Eildon Hills, there are an abundance of walking trails direct from the doorstep meaning plenty of fabby dog walking options too.
Kitchen with granite work surfaces, induction hob, electric oven, integrated dishwasher, fridge, washing machine, Bosch coffee machine (Tassimo pods) and Bluetooth speaker. There is a small freezer in the cupboard in the hall between the kitchen and dining room.
Please note the ceiling height between the kitchen and dining room is restricted (approx 6'2").
Dining room overlooking the village green with oak table seating 6. The table can be extended if required.
Shower room with walk-in shower with rainforest head and additional hand-held shower, heated towel rail, WC and basin.
Sitting room overlooking the village green with fireplace and open fire (unlimited supply of logs), Smart TV (no DVD), large velvet sofa and two armchairs.
Bedroom one with fixed super king bed, side tables, dressing table with drawer space and hanging rail.
Family bathroom with bath and hand-held mixer, WC and basin.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured as a super king double or twins, side tables and hanging space.
Please note there are coombed ceilings in both bedrooms.
There is a cottage garden with lawned area to the rear which is fully enclosed with fencing and is not overlooked. There is a patio area which will have garden furniture for the spring and summer season.
There is parking for two cars to the side of the cottage.
Children & babies
Babies are welcome but there are no additional items provided.
One dog is welcome but must be clean before access into the property and thereafter kept off the furniture and contained to the ground floor only. Another dog may be considered on request.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile reception is good on most networks.
Central heating throughout the property. Open fire in the sitting room with logs supplied.
Mulberry Cottage is an end of terrace cottage in the quiet village of Bowden. The garden is not overlooked.
The small conservation village of Bowden is a tranquil spot nestled at the southern slopes of the Eildon Hills and sits just three miles from Melrose, one of the most picturesque towns in the Borders.
In Melrose, you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with the Abbey as the stunning backdrop. The town has an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; Dalgetty’s Bakery, makers of the original Selkirk Bannock; Baird’s Butchers for locally sourced produce as well as freshly prepared homemade meals which are perfect for holiday stays. You will also find a quality fishmongers, a fresh fruit and veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.
For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino and a delicious butter cream sponge, or for evening dining, the Town House, Provender, Burts or Marmions all come highly recommended. A short drive will also take you to the pretty conservation village of Gattonside (6 miles) for excellent food at Seasons or the Hoebridge Restaurant, or 3.5 miles will take you to St. Boswells with excellent food options at Main Street Trading, the Buccleuch, or Hunters Stables.
The area is a perfect base for exploring the wider attractions of the central Borders area. For sightseeing, the area sits in the heart of myth and legend and visitors come from all over the world to soak up its rich historical connections. Top of the list is the magnificent monastic ruins of Melrose Abbey founded in 1136 by the monks of the Cistercian order, featuring beautiful architectural detailing and fascinating connections to St. Cuthbert, Scottish Kings, and the philosopher wizard.
Next, stop for a lazy lunch and leisurely browse at award winning Main Street Trading in St Boswells, followed perhaps by a trek up the three peaks of the Eildon Hills for yet more amazing views and fascinating historical connections. Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford will reveal a treasure trove of artefacts connected to this great writer, while the grand stately homes and gardens of nearby Manderston, Mellerstain, Floors Castle and Thirlestane will not fail to impress.
For walking, Melrose is the starting point for St. Cuthbert’s Way which charts the historic trail of this revered seventh century Saint on a 62 mile walk between Melrose Abbey where he started his religious life and his eventual resting place on the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Alternatively the sublime Southern Upland Way, Borders Abbeys Way and Sir Walter Scott’s Way run right through this area - each with shorter routes for less experienced walkers or those with less time.
For golf fans, the picturesque 9 hole Melrose Golf Club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills or alternatively choose from over 30 courses within a 30 mile radius including the fantastic championship courses at Cardrona in Tweeddale or The Roxburghe at Kelso.
If your passion is country sports, the famous Tweed and its tributaries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling, with notable middle Tweed beats offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game, can be arranged locally including nearby Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
Cyclists will delight at the range of biking options across the wider area from long family friendly forest cruises to high energy burning climbs, including the 7Stanes biking centres at Innerleithen and Glentress which are just a half-hour drive away. For families, there is a playpark and tennis courts in nearby Melrose, a multi-screen cinema, skate park and leisure pool in Galashiels (7 miles), or try the wonderful forest adventure playground with huge slides and zip wires at Bowhill House and Country Estate (10 miles).
For short breaks, our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for friendly get-togethers where you can enjoy National Hunt Racing at Kelso Racecourse, local Antique Fairs and Auctions, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, Point-to-Point Meets, the Borders Book Festival, Walking Festival and Common Ridings.......to name just a few!
Also not to be missed is the fabulous Borders Book Festival which attracts a hugely impressive line-up such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders to name but a few! Finally, why not soak up the sights and sounds of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in August.
You can reach the wonderful heritage coastline in less than an hour with miles of deserted golden sands perfect for rest or play, or hop onto a train from Tweedbank (5 miles) for a day visit to the cultural city of Edinburgh where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply take some time to explore the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.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
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
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
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
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
Cooks and chefs
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Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.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
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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- One dog is welcome. A second dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The bedrooms have an opulent but cosy feel - perfect for those weekend lie-ins."Lynn, Crabtree & Crabtree