Old Nenthorn Cottage
Surrounded by acres of pasture and glorious Borders countryside, Old Nenthorn Cottage offers guests and their four-legged friends, tranquility and sublime walks from the doorstep.
A rural bolthole in a restful setting close to Floors Castle and the charming market town of Kelso
This rural bolthole offers guests the best of both worlds. The restful, secluded setting is perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring, yet the cottage is just a 7 minute drive to Kelso which offers an excellent range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and a 12 minute drive to St Boswells for the Buccleuch Arms bistro and the acclaimed Main Street Trading bookshop, deli and coffee shop.
Inside the cottage is presented in a contemporary, country style with solid oak floors, traditional sash and case windows and earthy Farrow and Ball tones with vibrant splashes of colour from linen curtains, Fired Earth tiles and eye-catching original artwork.
The open plan living area features a comfortable sofa and armchair, a contemporary dining table and a well-equipped solid wood kitchen. There’s a Charnwood log burner for cosying up in the winter, whilst floor-to-ceiling French doors fold back for outside living during the warmer months.
The bedroom is decorated in calm neutral tones with a Feather and Black bed, while the contemporary bathroom includes a bath with rainforest shower head over.
Open-plan living area with sumptuous sofa and armchair, state-of-the-art Charnwood log burner with an initial supply of logs included and TV with Freeview.
Kitchen equipped with a 4 ring gas hob and electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, butler’s sink and fridge with icebox. Dining table and chairs for two guests. A washer/dryer are in the laundry cupboard in the bathroom.
The sofa bed in the sitting room folds out to a 4’6” double bed to provide additional accommodation for an additional guest for a fee of £50 per booking.
Bedroom with king size bed and TV with Freeview. Hanging space is provided by a rail and coat hangers. A large cupboard in the hall provides additional storage space.
Bathroom with bath with shower over with rainforest shower head, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
To the front of the property is a patio area with outside seating. The cottage sits within its own lawned garden which extends down to the riverbank.
There is private parking for two cars on the gravelled drive to the side of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
One well-behaved dog is welcome. A second dog is welcome for a charge of £25.00. Dogs must be kept off the furniture and are not allowed in the bedrooms. The garden is enclosed with post and rail fencing but please note it is not dog-proofed.
Bed linen and towels are provided. The duvet and pillows are duck-down. A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Guest hand soaps are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
There is Wi-Fi at the cottage. Mobile signal can be patchy and varies according to network.
The cottage has gas central heating throughout in addition to the log burner in the open plan living area. An initial supply of logs is included.
Old Nenthorn Cottage sits within a small hamlet of properties in a peaceful, rural location. The owners are close by and on hand if needed but equally, respectful of guests’ privacy.
The hamlet of Nenthorn sits just 3 miles north of the picturesque town of Kelso and enjoys an attractive rural position with commanding views over open countryside towards the Cheviot Hills in one direction and the Eildon Hills in the other. The cottage is extremely well-placed for exploring all the attractions and towns of the central Borders and the many outdoor, fishing and sporting pursuits of the area.
Kelso is a thriving market town set around a charming cobbled square with rich historical features and architecture including the outstanding Abbey ruins, the grandeur of Floors Castle and the splendid Rennie Bridge where the grooves made by the ‘reluctant pennies’ of those crossing the bridge towards the toll-house in the early 1800’s can still be seen along the parapet to this day.
You will find excellent local amenities here and the town is home to some super clothing, gift and interior shops where you can indulge in a little retail therapy, or purchase fresh local produce and holiday provisions from quality independent traders. For dining-out, The Cobbles and The Contented Vine are both highly regarded for their friendly atmosphere and excellent food, or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including Cafe U, the Hoot ‘n Cat or the Terrace Cafe at Floors.
For walking, guests here are spoilt for choice with lovely peaceful country rambles taking in woodland and riverside paths directly from the doorstep, including a few hidden gems which will charm and delight. Here you can enjoy a lovely 7 mile loop to the stunning setting of Mellerstain House; perhaps trek to Smailholm Tower for fantastic panoramic views across rolling Borders countryside, or head to Yetholm (10 miles) to experience more high energy treks in the Cheviot Hills. You can join the long-distance walking routes of The Pennine Way and St. Cuthbert’s Way from this point, or alternatively experience some breathtaking scenery along the route of the Borders Abbey’s Way, taking in the exceptional remnants of the four 12th century Abbeys at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.
Similarly, the area has cycling trails for everyone from the family friendly routes at Bowmont Forest and Harestanes, to the scenic waymarked trails of the Bordeloop4, Coast & Castles Route & Tweed Cycle Way. If you would prefer to swap two wheels for four hooves, the Nenthorn Equestrian Centre is a well-established school offering riding for all ages and abilities and is based just a few minutes from the property.
Kelso sits right 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. Fishing can be booked through FishTweed, while Fin and Game based in the centre of Kelso offers a wealth of advice on river levels, latest catches, permits, tackle and all things fishing and country. The day’s catches can be smoked locally at the nearby Teviot Smokery, or for a little relaxation after the day’s endeavours you will find plenty of congenial fisher chat at Ednam House where you can celebrate......or perhaps commiserate over a wee dram in this renowned fishing establishment!
For golf enthusiasts, Kelso Golf Club is an attractive parkland course resting on the edge of the town, or you can experience a fantastic day-out playing the Roxburghe Championship Course (5 miles), 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.
For sightseeing, the grand stately homes and castles of Floors, Mellerstain, Manderston, Abbotsford and Thirlestane are all within a short half hour drive where the beautiful artworks, rich architectural detailing and scenic grounds and gardens are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for short breaks or 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!
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 and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
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
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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.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
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
"This was our 1st time to the Scottish Borders and we really fell in love with the area and people. Old Nenthorn cottage was perfect for us and Elma our Golden Retriever. Such a cosy cottage but suprisingly spacious! We were greeted with tea pot and cake-a lovely welcome after such a long drive from Bucks. We lit the woodburner about 4 evenings and enjoyed lazy relaxing with our books. It made us laugh when the horses kept appearing at our kitchen window to say hello! We had truly fantastic meals out at 'Lemon and Thyme', Kelso and 'The Hoebridge', Gattonside. Our lunch at the Terrace Cafe, Floors Castle was delicious and at Mainstreet Bookshop in St Boswells. Also enjoyed coffee shops and Micropub in Kelso square-caught the evening sun and people-watched even at the end of September! Would definately recommend a stop at 'The Speckled Hen'-a basic shed with honesty box at Roxburgh Mill Farm if doing the circular walk from Kelso. We were so pleased to come across it as were in need of a little sugar!-yummy cakes, traybake slices, fudge all homemade and delicious but you need cash so lucky we had lots!
We loved walking along the river Tweed starting in various places and Eildon Hills walk from Melrose Abbey and also just being able to walk from the cottage up around Hundy Mundy-it's beautiful. We drove to the coast just once and parked in Craster, walked to Dunstanburgh castle, stopped at the Ship at Low Newton for lunch and back to Craster to buy kippers before driving onto Bamburgh castle."Mr & Mrs Bennett
“Old Nenthorn cottage is ideally placed close to the lovely town of Kelso, but set in an idyllic, peaceful countryside location. The cottage itself is well equipped, with good quality furniture and fittings. It’s small, but with such countryside and tourist attractions nearby and walks from the doorstep you are not visiting to sit in the house, but to “get out there”. Our dog Ruby, who is a rescue and still early in training found the horses by the cottage “interesting” and the owners’ robotic lawn mower “puzzling”. Everyone we met nearby was very friendly and other dog walkers were very polite in putting their dogs on leads when they saw we were in training with our nervous dog…this does not happen everywhere in our opinion.”Mr & Mrs Cuthbert
"We enjoyed a fabulous break at Old Nenthorn, the weather was kind to us and with walks right on our doorstep it was just the break we wanted, cannot recommend this location and property enough."Mrs Short
"Just to let you know we really enjoyed our stay last week. The cottage was just right and exactly what we needed to escape for a while."Mrs & Mr Kennedy
"Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Old Nenthorn Cottage last week. The location is perfect for exploring the Borders region, we certainly covered some miles (including a day trip by train to Edinburgh from Tweedbank station - which is very convenient) The cottage itself is comfortable and clean, we felt ‘at home’ straightaway! It was great being able to walk out each morning with our 2 dogs to start the day, and also evenings as the owner very kindly provided details of dog walks right from the door. The private garden and patio work really well at the property along with the outlook over the paddocks, making it a really tranquil spot. The information that was provided regarding local pubs and restaurants was very useful. The welcome items were a nice surprise as we hadn’t received anything like that in previous holiday properties, we did enjoy the goodies. All in all, a lovely short break in Old Nenthorn and we definitely want to return, hopefully for longer next time."Mr & Mrs Vaughan
"How lucky we were with our last minute booking at Old Nenthorn Cottage. The property has been fitted to a very high standard and the owners had it so welcoming for us. The location is wonderful and although not too far from the main house is very private. We enjoyed our break and were only sorry that we couldn't have stayed longer. We will be back."Kyle family
"Old Nenthorn Cottage was beautiful - exactly how it was described and presented on the website. Can't think of anything we'd improve and we hope to visit it again soon."Morris family
"We had a very enjoyable stay. Comfortable and beautiful area. All said I hope we will have the chance to revisit. And thanks for the great weather!!"Bowman family
"We had a delightful stay in a very well positioned and exquisitely decorated cottage. I've been persuading my parents to go soon."Howe family
"A beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings. A great place for lovely country walks. Little touches made all the difference = welcome basket - decor - great towels!. Will definitely come back."Hewitt family
"Perfect little cottage in the Scottish Borders and a very happy week in which to recharge the batteries. A wonderful part of the world in which to relax and enjoy everything on offer, as always. Many thanks."Lilywhite family
"The cottage is so comfortable and is in such a fabulous location. We had sublime walks down to the river at night and to the lake and waterfall. Just heavenly. We will be back ASAP."Cooper family
"We couldn’t have wished for a lovelier host. The cottage is so comfortable and is in such a fabulous location. We had sublime walks down to the river at night, through the fields and woods and to the lake and waterfall - just heavenly."Hewit family
"Old Nenthorn is in a great location for exploring the Borders and Northumbria we loved it! The cottage was ideal for us with our dog Rosie spotless on arrival and easy to keep clean! Rosie particularly liked the river at the end of the garden..can't say we were always as keen when she decided to have a swim late in the evening! We appreciated the owners providing details on some local walks all of which we tried."Mrs & Mr Clark
"We enjoyed a lovely week at Old Nenthorn Cottage and would return. The position of the cottage was superb and the quiet days spent there were just right. It was ideal for peace and a dog. The cottage was well equipped and comfortable."Mrs Gorst
"We had the most wonderful time. The cottage was lovely and clean on arrival with a thoughtful and much appreciated welcome pack. We have really enjoyed our time there and wouldn’t hesitate to return. The privacy of the cottage is amazing. Even though initially we were concerned how close the big house seemed but we needn't have worried. We were left alone, which we appreciated. A big plus. All in all a really relaxing enjoyable holiday. Look forward to booking with you on the future."Ms Cross
- One dog is welcome. A second dog is welcome with a charge of £25.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Friday during high season.
- Arrival time: 3pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The next door neighbours may pop over to say hello."Angie, Crabtree & Crabtree