Old Purves Hall
Built as a peel tower in the 16th Century, with a subsequent stint as a toffee factory, this striking house has been restored with tremendous flair and style, its arresting period features complimented by contemporary design and bursts of colour resulting in a luxurious and charismatic holiday retreat.
A spectacular retreat ideal for special celebrations, sporting parties or convivial family time.
Set amidst the rolling countryside of North Berwickshire at the end of private drive, Old Purves Hall offers oodles of space for socialising and entertaining thanks to its spectacular professional-standard kitchen-dining room and oak-beamed drawing room with generous proportions and charismatic inglenook fireplace.
The six sumptuous bedrooms, accessed by a show-stopping staircase, are served by four well-appointed bathrooms. On the second floor you’ll also find a sitting room with a wood burning stove and sheepskin beanbags – a cosy haven for quiet time or bed-time stories.
Arriving at Old Purves Hall, you enter the house via a contemporary cedar clad extension into a large boot room which has underfloor heating, a practical space for storing equipment and drying dogs, off which are a cloakroom and utility room with washing machine and dryer. From here, studded oak doors, salvaged from the old Edinburgh Jail, open into the exposed stone inner hall which leads to the kitchen, drawing room and staircase.
The magnificent kitchen has a large central island and dining table that comfortably seats 12, and is superbly equipped, with a double-oven range cooker, five-burner hob and two dishwashers. A glass door opens on to a walled garden where there is a barbecue terrace and fire pit, beyond which you’ll find three acres of wooded grounds, a haven for mini-explorers and adventurers. A games room, set in a leafy glade away from the main house, is sure to appeal to teenagers, whether for games of ping pong or simply hanging out.
The defining features of Old Purves Hall are the fine architectural detailing and sophisticated, head-turning interior design, where top-quality furnishings, fabrics and artwork have been chosen with flair and taste to bestow a wonderful ambience of warmth and colour to this historic house.
Not only does Old Purves Hall offer top-notch accommodation, it is also brilliantly located to take advantage of the shooting, fishing and walking on offer in this beautiful Borders region.
Large access hall/bootroom - with hanging rail and space for outdoor wear and boots. Underfloor heating.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Drying room with freezer and pulley.
Utility room with washing machine and dryer.
Open plan kitchen/dining comprising:
Kitchen (one step down from the inner hall) with large central island. Well equipped throughout with Range cooker with double oven and grill, five burner hob and hot plate, large double fridge with two freezer drawers (separate freezer just off the boot room), two dishwashers, microwave, hot cupboard.
Dining with large dining table with seating for twelve with provision for up to sixteen if required. Door to the garden.
Drawing room with two distinct seating areas naturally dividing the room. This includes a large sofa and armchairs set around the original inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove. Door directly to the gravelled side counrtyard. There is a separate TV nook with additional seating, open fire and a large wall mounted Smart TV.
Bedroom one is the Venetian room and also the master bedroom with feature fireplace, 6’ fixed super king bed, side tables, linen cupboard, built-in cupboard with hanging space, two armchairs.
Bathroom one with large bath (two steps up), large corner shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be configured to 3’ twin beds or 6’ super king, side tables, hanging hooks, feature fireplace.
Bedroom three is originally the 16th century drawing room with original wood panelled walls, fixed 6’ super king bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging hooks.
Bathroom two with large shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Sitting room with large double sofa, two large sheepskin bean bags, flat screen TV, wood burning stove.
Bedroom four with fixed 5’ 2” king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging hooks.
Bathroom three with large bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom five with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin beds as required, side tables, wardrobe, chest of drawers, feature fireplace.
Bedroom six with zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin beds as required, side tables, wardrobe, chest of drawers.
Bathroom four with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
The property sits in large attractive grounds bounded by mature woodland. This includes an enclosed lawned garden which is accessed from the kitchen/dining room. There is a patio with table, chairs and sunbeds, as well as a large gas barbecue and a fire pit.
The grounds extend to over 3 acres with woodland walks to the North of the property.
A converted stable in the grounds of the property has a table tennis table.
There is ample private parking to the front of the property for four to five cars.
Children & families
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Three dogs are permitted at Old Purves Hall. Dogs must be kept to the boot room until clean and dry and for sleeping, and then kept to the ground floor of the property only. They must be kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. An outside tap is available.
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 with a booster to improve speeds. Mobile reception is poor inside the property due to the thickness of the walls. This improves outdoors.
Oil fired central heating throughout. Wood burning stove in the drawing room along with open fire. Wood burning stove in the second floor sitting room. Initial supply of logs provided. Underfloor heating in the boot room, inner hall, drawing room, kitchen/dining room and bathrooms.
For groups, corporate parties or special occasions, a number of catering options can be arranged for the period of your stay, including the services of a private cook with part or fully catered services, a homemade meal delivery service, or wine delivery in association with renowned merchants Corney & Barrow. Please contact us for details.
Nearby Greenlaw (4.5 miles) has a pub, a butchers and one or two shops for local provisions, however a greater choice can be found in the attractive, historic town of Kelso which sits just 10 miles from the house and offers a diverse mix of independent shops, a good selection of lively pubs and restaurants, and is also host to regular National Hunt race meetings for a great day out.
The charming market town of Duns is just 8.5 miles from the property offering a good range of small town shopping including a butchers, bakery, country and fishing store, a small co-op supermarket as well as a small selection of local gift and coffee shops. The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns has been recently revamped and is dedicated to the life and career of racing driver Jim Clark. The museum includes a unique collection of 100 trophies and memorabilia.
For eating out, the Wheatsheaf at Swinton (8 miles) or the Allanton Inn (10 miles) are both renowned for serving dishes full of fresh local flavours amidst relaxed, convivial surroundings. Alternatively for a perfect pint and lovely ambient surroundings, the newly refurbished Cross Inn at Paxton (14 miles) or the Firebrick at Lauder (15 miles) are developing a super reputation for their excellent local menu and friendly atmosphere. The Collingwood Arms at Cornhill (11.5 miles) also comes highly recommended with an elegant setting for lingering lunches or fine evening dining.
Old Purves Hall is an ideal destination for field sports, and sporting breaks can be arranged with shooting providers in the area. The region offers high quality walked-up and driven shooting for grouse, pheasant and partridge over a wide range of habitats taking in the picturesque valleys and heather clad hillsides.
There is nearby fishing on the River Whiteadder and a typical pattern sees a run of spring fish from February through to the end of April. From May there is superb sea trout fishing at night with the occasional salmon running throughout the summer. The traditional main run of salmon is at the end of the season with the larger fish entering the river from September onwards and you will find prime Tweed fishing beats within an easy twenty minute drive of the property.
There is excellent walking, cycling and riding in the area from gentle ambles to more challenging routes, including tracks across the Greenlaw Moor which are suitable for off-road bikes, or the Borderloop Cycling Route which is a long-distance journey taking in wonderful scenery and attractions all the way down to the coast. Alternatively join the route for a shorter stretch, taking in quiet roads and a variety of terrain which can be matched to your cycling skills and experience.
The final stretch of The Southern Upland Way runs from Lauder to Cockburnspath, and walkers can join this section at Longformacus (20 mins drive) for a short walk, or enjoy a full day’s trekking through the rolling scenery of the Lammermuir Hills, taking in the excellent viewpoints of the Twin Law Cairns all the way down to the spectacular cliff-top scenery of the heritage coastline.
For golf enthusiasts, Duns Golf Club is a scenic upland course situated at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, just a fifteen minute drive from the property. Alternatively the renowned Roxburghe Championship course near Kelso is 11 miles and the very pretty Hirsel course at Coldstream, 8 miles.
A half hour drive will take you to the stunning beaches of the heritage coastline, including Bamburgh, Holy Island and St. Abbs Head. Along the way, perhaps take time to soak in the rich history of the area by following the chain of castles and historic buildings that punctuate the landscape here - Thirlestane, Floors, Manderston and Mellerstain are all just a short drive away. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip by car or 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Historic houses and castles
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Children and families
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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
Classes at your holiday home
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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
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Ancestral history research
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Spas and beauty treatments
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Beauty and spa treatments
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Babysitting and nannies
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Cooks and chefs
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We all had a wonderful time. Old Purves Hall is beautifully organised and decorated and very comfortable."Holland Family
"Just a quick thank you for sharing your house with us. Our family get-together to celebrate numerous birthdays and friendships. I can honestly say everyone has had an amazing few days and we are all leaving with very happy memories of our visit to the Borders."Cutts family
"Fantastic house for large groups of friends and family celebrating a very surprised 65 year old's birthday. Beds very comfortable, love the toiletries, very well equipped house. Thank you."Connelly family
"All 12 thoroughly enjoyed our stay. This is a very comfortable and well equipped house. Thank you as it was perfect for our family weekend celebrating three birthdays, including an 80th and a wedding anniversary. It's been a time of laughter."Fowles family
"Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. The renovations are a credit to you - you have created the perfect space for families to recharge and explore the lovely countryside. We were here with two teenagers who have loved having the sitting room on the top floor all to themselves. We would love to come back in the future - it has been just what the doctor ordered!"Downham family
"We have had a fantastic time, the house is absolutely beautiful. The handbook was very useful and we have some great trips. Look forward to next time!"Maxwell Family
"We have all had the most wonderful time, best of all we have listened to the beautiful birds singing all day long - wonderful trees all around us and peace - heaven! The flowers are lovely. House is so well equipped and comfortable we have enjoyed it all!"Ayre Family
"We had a very nice, relaxing time. A beautiful property with everything we could have needed. The weekly flower delivery the owner has set up is not just a lovely touch but interesting , bringing everyone to the table to share and learn and now something I will put into my gifting list, including myself! A very comfortable, quite luxurious house and gardens without it feeling we couldn't relax, a great communal and private space. We have used Crabtree & Crabtree for holiday properties several times and have and will continue to recommend to many. This is the first time we have had more that just " us and the dogs " and Old Purves Hall went beyond our expectations."Hemphill Family
"What a find! We have all had the most fabulous time at Old Purves Hall, this place is a dream and absolutely ticks every box we can think of when it comes to, well everything! Truly wonderful accommodation and the grounds are great to spend time in - we've been super lucky with the amazing weather too! The attention to detail throughout is spot on - the thoughtful touches of fresh flowers and champagne complete the fantastic experience we have all thoroughly enjoyed. We will most definitely be back at some point."Gordon Family
"What a great time we all had at Old Purves Hall. A perfect country escape from it all, in wonderful surroundings and a first class home. Every room was spacious and beautifully furnished; the garden and surrounding areas were a joy and, as with all great rentals, every amenity down to the smallest utensil you could possibly need was well catered for. We’d highly recommend Old Purves Hall."Campbell family
"We had a wonderful stay. The house is absolutely beautiful and incredibly well-equipped. We couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more. Thank you so much."The Bennetts
"What an amazing house! Thank you. We had a great holiday despite some strong weather!"Ms Galbraith
"We had a fabulous half term. Celebrating also a 40th Birthday. Had a perfect stay. Kitchen was great entertaining space and very well equipped. Snowdrops magnificent! A fun venue for hide and seek. We loved it! PS the champagne in the fridge was delicious!"Green Family
"We have just returned from a stay in Old Purves Hall near Coldstream. This old tower house has been extensively and sympathetically renovated. It is beautifully furnished and decorated with every comfort and modern facility. It is also extremely well equipped. We enjoyed a birthday celebration with the family and all found the house extremely comfortable. Our grandchildren loved having the upstairs living room to themselves and had great fun imagining that they were they were in Hogwarts. Would love to stay there again and enjoy seeing more of the lovely countryside around the area."Mrs Aitchison
"Thank you so much for having us! Perfect 25th Birthday weekend! The house is stunning"Boon & friends
"Our extended family from 86 to 18 coming from London, Abingdon, Portland and Minneapolis, absolutely loved our time in the house and your care and hospitality! We hope to be back."Raylor Family
"Thank you for making our family Xmas very special. The Xmas decorations were wonderful. What a beautiful house, very nicely designed and equipped. Lovely big bedrooms and lots of space for everyone. We will be back"Mills/Gordon/Pinder Family
"We had a wonderful weeks stay at Old Purves Hall, it is a magnificent house with excellent décor and high quality equipment, furnishings, bed linen etc."Miss Allen & Friends
"We have had a wonderful time in your beautiful house. Everything was top notch and the Christmas decorations, fresh flowers and presents in the wine cooler were all lovely touches. A great house for our extended family and a memorable Twix-mas break."Whyte Family
"We have a lovely stay here at Old Purves Hall. Our family gathered from Durham to Dallas Texas. The holiday decorations were perfect for Santa to come and see the children. We had a very special time here and all have made wonderful memories."Huitson Family
"We had a great time celebrating a 40th birthday. The housekeeper was extremely helpful prior to our arrival. A beautiful home which is very comfortable and guest and child friendly. We will certainly return."Cowe family
- Three dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Friday during high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The house is made for convivial gatherings…cook up a storm in the state-of-the-art kitchen and spend evenings making merry in the stylish social spaces."Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree