The Potting Shed
The Potting Shed is a cosy, quirky hideaway resting at the foot of the landscaped gardens of Garden Cottage close to Melrose, in this incredibly scenic part of the Scottish Borders.
Lovingly and tastefully restored
Once a humble garden outbuilding, it has been lovingly transformed into a wonderful eco friendly cottage within a tranquil garden setting. It enjoys tree-framed riverside views over the Leader Water which meanders through the grounds.
Large windows flood the living space with light, and the fresh, pretty decor adds to the homely feel of the open plan interior. A wonderful state of the art Everhot range cooker adds a toasty touch, while a wood burning stove framed by pretty artisan tiles and cosy furnishings is a wonderful spot to while away an afternoon in peace-perfect-peace.
The soothing calm of the bedroom benefits from a super comfortable bed with Egyptian cotton linen offering a guilt-free weekend long lie or two!
The cottage is finished with special touches such as organic Sedbergh toiletries, and a delicious ‘home produce' welcome pack on arrival, which can include such delights as free range eggs from the owner’s chickens, freshly baked bread, granola and preserves.
The relaxed simplicity of the cottage's interior is echoed in its leafy surroundings and the elevated south facing decked area is ideal for evening al fresco dining listening to bird song and the peaceful trickle of the river nearby.
Whatever the pastime, the plan, or the passion, The Potting Shed is the perfect base to set off from, and the ideal retreat to come home to.
Open-plan kitchen, dining area and seating area:-
Small kitchen area with microwave, fridge with freezer box and a state of the art Everhot; an electric range cooker with two ovens, a grill and two hot plates which also provides constant heat for the living area. Please note that a washing machine is not provided but the owners are happy to wash clothes for guests in emergencies! There is a chest freezer in an outhouse next to The Potting Shed.
Dining area with kitchen table and bench seats.
Cosy seating area with wood burner with logs provided. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including HD television with Freeview, DVD player, MP3 dock, and a selection of books, magazines and DVDs.
Bedroom one with 5' king size bed and chest of drawers.
Shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC.
Storage room providing excellent storage space and hanging space for clothes.
There is a fully enclosed patio garden at the front of The Potting Shed with outside seating as well as a small decked seating area overlooking woodland and the Leader Water. Reclining loungers are available and are stored in the garden shed. Guests are welcome to walk around the wider grounds. A charcoal barbecue is provided - charcoal is not provided.
Guests should be aware that the owner's garden adjoins that of The Potting Shed.
There is a chest freezer in an outhouse next to The Potting Shed.
There is private parking to the side of the house.
Babies & Children
The Potting Shed is not suitable for babies and children.
Two small dogs or one large dog are welcome at The Potting Shed. The garden is fully enclosed but please be aware that the owners have free range hens. Dogs must be kept out of the bedroom and off furniture.
Bed linen, towels and guest toiletries are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available using the signal from the main house, but it is important to note that this can be very slow and intermittent due to its rural location.
Heating is provided by the Everhot electric heat storage unit, electric radiators in the bedroom and box room and the wood burner. These heating facilities are more than ample for the compact size of the cottage.
Please note that The Potting Shed sits at the bottom of the owners garden. The owners are respectful of guest privacy but are also on hand to help with any guest queries.
Access - Important
Access to the cottage is via a wooded track which can get muddy and slippery in wet conditions and may be unsuitable for some vehicles when the weather is poor. Guests may park in a designated area at the top of the track and walk through the owner's garden to access The Potting Shed. Please contact us if you have any concerns
Earlston (one mile) provides doorstep amenities with a butchers shop, pharmacy, banking and post office facilities. There is a Co-operative supermarket on the edge of town, and a bakery selling freshly baked bread, pastries, pies and buttery croissants.
Six miles will take you to the historic and very picturesque town of Melrose where you will find some of the best independent shopping in the area with Melrose Abbey as the stunning backdrop. Here you will find an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including deli and bakery produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees.
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.
An hour's drive will take you to Edinburgh complete with its castle, museums, galleries, shopping, restaurants and theatres.
Time at The Potting Shed can be as busy or as benign as one chooses with a plethora of recognised walks, cycle trails and horse treks available in the vicinity. The Potting Shed sits right on the Earlston footpath network, offering a wide range of walks without the need to use the car. A booklet of 9 local routes is available to guests. A particular favourite is the lovely walk into Melrose along the Leader Valley which takes about three hours and guests can then catch the bus back to Earlston which is a 20 minute walk back to The Potting Shed.
Stages of both the Southern Upland Way: Britain's first coast to coast long distance footpath, and St Cuthbert's Way, which reaches from Melrose to Holy Island, run close by this area; both have sections suitable for less serious walkers as well as far more challenging stretches and climbs.
This is an excellent base for exploring the local area. A drive of 6 miles will take you to the evocative ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Sir Walter Scott and arguably one of the most beautiful of the Border Abbeys with remarkably complete ruins set in stunning grounds. Nearby Scott’s View offers panoramic views over superb Border countryside.
The cottage is an ideal base for fishing guests with fishing at nearby Gledswood and Ravenswood. Other notable middle Tweed beats include Bemersyde, Dryburgh, Tweedswood and Lower Pavilion.
Riding enthusiasts have the diverse facilities provided by the Cowdenknowes Equi Centre Riding School, literally at the end of the road!.
For golf fans, the 9 hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills, or head to the stunning championship course at the Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso for a leisurely afternoon.
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.
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!
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 (6.5 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 taking some time to explore the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
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
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
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
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
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
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
Children and families
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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
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
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
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Ancestral history research
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Cooks and Chefs
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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
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
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"I had a really wonderful stay there- it was perfect for what I wanted - a quiet and cosy place to stay by myself with my dog, over the Christmas period. I found both Crabtree & Crabtree and the owner extremely helpful and warm and friendly, which made a huge difference to how I felt about going to stay there. I enjoyed the peace and quiet, the lovely footpaths, the wood burner and the cosy Everhot stove, the scrumptious bed and lovely linen and the super generous welcome basket! The owner had also left me a Christmas tree and lights and several candles, and a small gift wrapped and left under the tree! There were many thoughtful personal touches. It couldn't have been better and I would definitely go again."Crombie family
"We had a great time at The Potting Shed, our second trip there. The cottage is lovely and can't fault any of the decor or facilities, it's lovely. The owner is great too, v welcoming and friendly and helpful."Grayson family
"Let me see....should I write about the beautiful location? River side, tucked away, hens walking by as you enjoy a coffee to the sound of the wind through the trees and birdsong? Or maybe I should comment on the potting shed itself? Immaculate, cosy, bed sheets to die for, fire, decor that makes you feel like you've come home? No. None of that. I think the most important thing to point out is that The Potting Shed has a presence. A soul. If it was a person, The Potting Shed would rub your shoulders, after passing you a glass of wine, whilst dinner is simmering. Stress melting bliss. The owners were so welcoming and we honestly enjoyed every moment of our stay, thank you."West family
"We stayed at The Potting Shed, Earlston. It is just as the pictures show - beautiful, clean, warm, tranquil and relaxing. Very close to lots of walks, wildlife, pubs and so quiet. I could easily live there. The grounds are fab for dogs as enclosed and so very friendly, especially Melrose area."Watts family
"We had an absolutely fantastic stay at The Potting Shed! It was everything we wanted and more. The Potting Shed itself is wonderful, it is a great little property that you can tell the owners have put a lot of love and care into and the pictures of the renovations on the wall show just how much work has gone into making it what it is. It is homely and welcoming, gets lovely and warm with the log burner even in icy temps, I became obsessed with the log burner myself and now want one, the range oven is also a plus! It is very clean and the bed/bedding is just delightful. The owner was very welcoming when we arrived and was very accommodating. Even though their house is very close they are not imposing at all but make it clear they are there if any problems they are there for anything needed. So many local beauty spots close to The Potting Shed and a must stay for anyone wanting a sight seeing walking holiday. We will definitely be returning next year and would recommend to anyone!"Sumner family
"I loved The Potting Shed! Gorgeous setting, all lovely inside too. Really appreciated the Welcome Basket with fresh eggs x My dog loved playing chase the ball in the private wee garden and walks in the woods. I would definitely recommend to my friends and I hope to return soon."Ms Adam
"Found this place really delightful. The journey through the woods to get there was very exciting. Great cottage and great hosts."Mr Buchanan
- Two small dogs or one large dog are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The Potting Shed is tucked away at the bottom of our garden and surrounded by woods, wildlife and lovely views. There are wonderful walks from the doorstep!"Kate, owner of The Potting Shed