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The Lodge

Melrose, Scottish Borders

Beautifully calming, this country cottage benefits from picture-perfect views overlooking Faldonside Loch, a soothing oasis for romance or relaxation.

The Lodge

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Overview

Beautifully calming, this country cottage benefits from picture-perfect views overlooking Faldonside Loch, a soothing oasis for romance or relaxation.

At one with nature with picture-perfect views across the loch

The stylish interior draws inspiration from the gentle sights and sounds of nature, using tactile fabrics and furnishings to great effect. Rich earthy colours have been skillfully mixed with natural textures and furnishings to create an incredibly atmospheric space.

The sitting room is wonderfully inviting with luxe panelling in deep Hague blue adding an air of sophistication, complemented by a blue velvet sofa and wood burner for a touch of toasty Scandi hygge.

The smart kitchen with dining space continues the theme with botanical prints bringing the outside in, extending through the hall and upper landing with a fantastic feature wallpaper from GP & J Baker adding a decadent finish.

The bedroom has been designed to take advantage of the views and light with dormer Velux windows and a sumptuous super king bed offering an inviting space for rest and relaxation.

The adjoining bathroom is a generous space with a free-standing bathtub perfectly positioned for soaking up the view.  A large walk in shower with scalloped mermaid tiles and gold-toned finishes add a touch of art-deco opulence.

Outside, a terraced garden sits to the right of the cottage leading to a patio. This is bounded by extensive woodlands, often favoured by Sir Walter Scott as he rode his horse in the immediate vicinity of his nearby home at Abbotsford.

Property details

Ground Floor

Access to the front leads into an access hall with cupboard and hanging space.

Sitting room with two-seater sofa, wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided), Smart TV.

Kitchen with induction hob, electric oven, dishwasher, integrated microwave, Tassimo coffee maker (pod type). A separate cupboard off the kitchen has a small freezer box and a washing machine.

Large bathroom / washroom with basin and WC.

First floor

Upper landing has two generous cupboards with hanging and storage space.

Bedroom with 6' super king bed, side tables, chest of drawers. Large dormer window with blackout blinds.

Bathroom with freestanding bath, large shower unit with rainforest head, basin and WC. 

Outside

There is a garden to the front and side of the property, which leads to a private patio to the rear with outdoor furniture. The garden is not fully enclosed so supervision may be required for the safety of children and dogs.

Please note that there is no lawn to the rear and the garden is planted with a mix of bulbs and herbaceous plants. While there are trees surrounding the garden and patio offering additional privacy, there are wonderful views over the loch at Faldonside.

Parking

There is a designated private parking space for one car to the side of the property.

Babies & Children

Babies are welcome but please note that a travel cot and highchair are not provided.

Dogs

One dog is welcome but must be clean before access into the property and thereafter must be kept off the furniture and contained to the ground floor only. Another dog may be considered on request.

Guest amenities

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 best on the Vodafone and EE network but otherwise more limited in the immediate area.

Heating

Central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with logs supplied.

Guest Privacy

The cottage is detached and is bounded by woodland to the right and rear. The garden is not overlooked. Below the cottage, approximately 100m to the left, are three separate cottages that are in private ownership. There may be some associated farm traffic passing by.

Additional Accommodation

If you are looking for a property in a similar style, Mulberry Cottage (sleeping 4) and The Studio (sleeping 2) sit under the same ownership.

Location

Nearby Melrose (4 miles) is one of the most picturesque in the Borders and has an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including The Country Kitchen for lovely deli produce; Dalgetty’s Bakery, makers of the original Selkirk Bannock; or 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. 

Activities

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 ManderstonMellerstain, 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 PalinGermaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory BremnerLynda 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

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.

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Walking

Walking

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.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

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.

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Fishing

Fishing

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.

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Golf

Golf

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.

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Cycling & mountain biking

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.

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Art classes & workshops

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.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

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!

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Spas and beauty treatments

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.

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Ancestral history research

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.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

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.

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Shopping, arts and crafts

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.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Children and families

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.

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Services

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Nannies and babysitters

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.

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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Reviews

"It has been a pleasure staying in such a beautiful place during such a momentous week in our lives. Thank you for changing the dates with no fuss and being able to talk to a person easily is so good."

Ms Forbester

"We had an absolutely lovely stay at The Lodge, the place is beautifully decorated and very well equipped, loved cooking in the kitchen, and the bathroom with bath looking over the loch was a real luxury! The location is stunning and so peaceful, definitely recommend the short walk to Caudshiels Loch. We spent lots of time in Melrose which is a lovely little town, The Hoebridge, Apples for Jam and Provender were all fab places to eat and the Ship Inn was a great place for a drink and very friendly staff. Overall we loved our time at The Lodge and would love to return one day."

 

Wheeldon Party

"We have been delighted with The Lodge at Faldonside. It is a beautifully presented property in a secluded and peaceful location, whilst being handy for Melrose and other nearby towns and places of interest.

The hosts provided several treats upon arrival, as well as basics such as milk and eggs. Very thoughtful touches.

We will be sorry to leave tomorrow!"

PLASKITT PARTY

"The most fabulous cottage to spend Christmas 2019. Such thought has gone into the design of this cottage from the cosy lounge to the spacious kitchen & dining area. The soft furnishings, wall art & finishing touches of The Lodge are to the highest standard. Location very quiet & scenic which is exactly what we were looking for with lovely walks & of course beautiful Melrose on the doorstep. We golfed at Peebles, went to the  cinema at Galashiels, ate & shopped at Melrose & took the train from Tweedbank to Edinburgh to enjoy the Christmas market. Lots of fabulous memories made."

Mrs Adams

"We’d just like to say that we had a wonderful stay at The Lodge! It’s just a dream cottage in a dream location and we’re already planning our next visit. The manager and owners were very accommodating and responded quickly to any questions we had, which was much appreciated."

Mr & Mrs Perks

"The Lodge was an amazing find!! It's secluded yet not isolated position was perfect for us and the views from the estate were stunning especially in the gorgeous Easter sunshine that we had. The Cottage itself was absolute pristine with superb fixtures and fittings.  I've never had a 'bath with a view' before and in fact the whole of the bathroom was big and beautiful as was the 'downstairs cloak room'. There were lashings of boiling hot water for endless rain forest showers or a long soak in the tub with a glass of something special! The kitchen was 'show house' quality and so lovely that we were actually a little reluctant to use it!! The bedroom was idyllic with probably the comfiest bed we've ever slept in and the whole house very cosy and warm. The seating area overlooking the loch was perfect for a sunny breakfast as well as a relaxing afternoon tea! We would love to go back for another short break some time in the not too distant future!"

Mr & Mrs Kirkham
Location Rural - 4 miles from Melrose
Dogs
  • One dog is welcome. A second dog may be considered on request.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The freestanding bath at The Lodge
The Little Things We Love...
"Spend lazy mornings and long evenings relaxing in the freestanding bath with splendid views towards Faldonside Loch and its resident love bird swans."
Olivia, Crabtree & Crabtree
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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