Set in the very heart of one of the prettiest towns in the Borders, this stylish first floor apartment exudes an air of sophistication yet with a laid-back studio feel.
Perfectly placed for events and sightseeing
The creative flair of the owner is evident with a winning design which has a slightly urban edge. A Farrow & Ball colour scheme has been cleverly matched with an exposed brick wall in the small open plan sitting room which combines rich blues along with copper and industrial accents for a very on-trend vibe.
The compact shaker kitchen packs a lot in for its size with integrated units which includes a small dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, and washing machine, not forgetting the Nespresso for that all important first cup of the day.
There are two bedrooms - one super king and one compact double, leading into a large shower room which has a rainforest head and a plentiful supply of hot water.
Head onto the street and a few minute’s walk will take you to Melrose Abbey, the park and public tennis courts, as well as village shops, pubs and restaurants. It is perfectly positioned for taking advantage of the area’s busy event schedule with the outstanding Borders Book Festival being a particularly top pick!
Open-plan living space comprising sitting room and kitchen.
There is an adjacent enclosed garden area which is divided into separate spaces for the three properties here. There is a separate communal lawned garden area.
There is free public parking to the side of the property.
BABIES & CHILDREN
Babies are welcome but there are no additional items provided.
One small dog will be considered on request but must be clean before access into the property and thereafter must be kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms.
High quality 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 is available. Mobile reception is generally good.
Electric heating throughout the property.
The property is a first-floor apartment in a block of three apartments.
Set in the very heart of the country that inspired the writings of Sir Walter Scott, you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with Melrose Abbey as the beautiful backdrop.
An enjoyable afternoon can be spent browsing the range of interiors, gift, craft and boutique style shops around the pretty Market Square before afternoon tea or supper at one of the many convivial coffee shops or restaurants. Browse the lovely Henderson’s for gifts and vintage finds; Sarah Thomson or Twelve for ladieswear; the beautiful hand-sewn Harris Tweed garments from Jane Hall at The Crafters; or Masons bookshop for a good holiday read.
For coffee and cake, pop into Apples for Jam for a steaming cappuccino and a delicious cream sponge, or head to the Town House, Provender, Burts or Marmions which all come highly recommended. Alternatively take a walk along the river and over the suspension footbridge to Gattonside for excellent food at either Seasons restaurant or the Hoebridge Restaurant.
You will find an excellent range of shops selling fine quality food and drink here 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 & veg shop as well as two small convenience stores.
The area is a perfect base for sightseeing and exploring the wider attractions of the 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 Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford (1.5 miles) which 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.
A must-visit 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. Nearby you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Harmony Garden and Priorwood Garden before a visit to the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre based in the town square. After a lazy lunch, head up the three peaks of the Eildon Hills for yet more amazing views, and explore their association with the fabled Thomas the Rhymer, the Fairy Queen, King Arthur and Merlin.
For walking, there is an abundance of local trails and waymarked routes, with leisurely walks right from the doorstep to more extensive loops across the wider area. 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.
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.
For golf fans, the picturesque 9 hole Melrose Golf Club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills while the 18 hole courses at Galashiels and Torwoodlee both sit nearby. 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.
Cyclists will delight at the range of biking options across the wider area from long 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 short breaks, Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. The Melrose Rugby 7s draws an international crowd in April, or you can witness the ancient traditions of the Melrose Festival in June which includes the custom of riding the town's boundaries on horseback. Also not to be missed is the fabulous Borders Book Festival which attracts a hugely impressive line-up of names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders to name but a few!
Alternatively, hop on a train from Tweedbank (3 miles) where you can take advantage of events such as the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival, exceptional Jazz and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite 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
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
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
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
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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.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
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
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
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
Local Shooting Information
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
English & Scottish Shooting Seasons
Some general advice for our shooting guestsFind Out More
There are a number of clay shooting grounds in the area, offering interesting stands and varied set-ups.Find Out More
Tackle & Instruction
Depending upon the conditions and time of year, different tactical approaches will be required for catching salmon.Find Out More
Booking & General Advice
Booking fishing and some general advice for our fishing guests.Find Out More
Trout & Grayling
The Tweed and its tributaries offer excellent brown trout and grayling fishing.Find Out More
Salmon & Sea Trout
Find out when and where to fishFind Out More
Enjoy in the company of good friends...... a whisky tasting experience will introduce you to the rich intricate flavours of Scotland's finest dram.Find Out More
Explore the stunning landscape and wildlife of the area with one of Scotland's leading nature photographers.Find Out More
Love Flowers? You can dip into the world of floristry and learn how to create beautiful arrangements...Find Out More
Cookery Classes & Demonstrations
A chance for passionate foodies, families or groups of friends to learn some new techniques, clever tips and delicious new recipes.Find Out More
Chocolate & Pastry School
Learn the secrets of tempering, rolling and dipping chocolate or create beautiful french style patisserie, scrumptious macaroons, or exquisite petit fours.Find Out More
Art classes & workshops
The rich landscape and seascape of the Borders and Northumberland is a wonderful source of inspiration for art lovers and a peaceful haven for those seeking to explore their creative side.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
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
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
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Cooks and chefs
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
"We had a superb break at Number One. Can’t think of anything that would have improved our stay as it was perfect!"Ms Gannon
We had a wonderful stay at Number One - very impressed with the interior decoration and use of the space.Ms Whiston
"Thanks again to you - and the owners for a very easy booking and lovely place to stay for the last couple of weeks. We've come away with loads of ideas for the new house and having had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay in Melrose. The Borders Book Festival being so close to the flat was an added bonus!"Mrs Glover
"The apartment was perfect, it had everything we needed and more, and was in such a great location for everything Melrose and the wider borders area offered."Mr Page
"Number one didn’t disappoint. The initial tour around the rooms was one of absolute satisfaction. Within minutes of unpacking we felt at home, cosy on the sofa with a cuppa and already relaxing. The window seat was a particularly nice touch, In the afternoon sun with a book or radio this proved to be a favorite place to be."Mr & Mrs Meehan
"I have to say that my wife and I plus dog Foggy had a wonderful time in Melrose. The weather was fine if a little chilly but the accommodation was first class, warm, snug and really welcoming. We will undoubtedly book with you again, either for the borders or Northumberland, and I have to say all of the properties look excellent."
"We had a wonderful weekend in Melrose and Number One was the perfect base for us. The apartment was absolutely beautiful and had everything that we needed. It's the first time we have booked through Crabtree & Crabtree but having looked at a number of your other properties i'm sure it won't be the last."Ms Hourston
"We were delighted with number one and planning to stay again on future fishing trips to Lower Pavilion beat on the Tweed. Perfect location for fishing and exploring the Scottish border castles, abbeys and towers. The Waverley railway makes a trip to Edinburgh so easy. Melrose is a delightful town with a spectacular abbey and interesting shops. There are some very good restaurants in Melrose and Gattonside, all within easy walking of Number One. All in all, a perfect, very comfortable place to stay with good parking."Ms Rothwell
"I had a fabulous time at the Number One cottage. Loved the decor & interior finish was lovely throughout the cottage. Definitely would recommend & stay again. Melrose is a lovely wee town & got everything you need for a relaxing time away. Thank you again."Ms Whitelaw
- One dog is considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Its central position to the shops and restaurants of this very pretty market town. It's also perfectly placed for the fantastic Borders Book Festival."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree