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The Scott Apartment

Kelso, Scottish Borders

A stylishly restored Grade II listed townhouse apartment set just off Kelso's continental-style square.

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A stylishly restored Grade II listed townhouse apartment overlooking Kelso's continental-style square.

Experience the best of Kelso’s vibrant market town life and tranquil Tweed fishing beats from this chic bolthole

Set on a deep meander of the river Tweed, where it collides with the river Teviot, the bustling market town of Kelso is as rich in history and architectural merit as it is in contemporary urban appeal. Home to the remains of what was once the mightiest monastery in the Scottish Borders, visitors to Kelso will also discover two stately homes (including the magnificent Floors Castle & Gardens), a graceful five-arched bridge that served as the model for London's Waterloo Bridge, and Scotland’s largest market square.

Fanning out from the square, streets lined with grand Georgian and Victorian buildings house atmospheric pubs, lively coffee shops, independent shops and diverse restaurants. Further home to two excellent butchers’ shops, a fishmonger, several bakeries, a thoroughbred horse racing venue and annual art and folk festivals, Kelso really does offer something for every visitor.

For all its prominence as a Borders town, the cobbled Kelso Square has a distinctly continental feel to it: thriving market stalls, with their brightly striped awnings, fill the square for the monthly Farmers’ Market, which is flanked by grand, Italianate-style buildings. Amongst these is the Grade II listed former British Linen Bank building. Dating to the mid 19th-century, this impressive townhouse has been sensitively restored and redeveloped to create the sumptuous Scott Apartment.

Stepping into the freshly completed two-storey apartment, you’ll be instantly struck by its sense of space and bold contemporary design. The open plan living space follows a striking black and yellow colour scheme set by the vivid Bumble Bee yellow of the glossy designer kitchen. Encompassing a dining table for two and ample seating for guests and their friends, the property’s modern design is complemented by equally current technology with superfast fibre broadband and Smart TVs.

Set on the second floor, the spacious bedroom features a super king bed (which can be configured as a twin upon request) and a palatial en suite bathroom with a slipper bathtub and walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead.

Should you be travelling as part of a larger group, it is possible to link the Scott Apartment with the four-bedroom Linen House, by way of a connecting door.

Property details

Ground Floor

Access from the street with inner hall and hanging rail for outdoor gear and a large chest freezer.

Staircase to the first floor leading to the main apartment.

First Floor

Open-plan living space comprising:

Sitting room with two sofas (one converts to a double 5' pocket-sprung sofa bed, which is available at an additional charge of £75 per stay), armchair, footstool, coffee table, Smart TV.

Contemporary kitchen with electric oven, grill, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, full size dishwasher. Small Dining table with seating for two.

Staircase leading to the second floor.

Second Floor

The Scott bedroom with zip and link beds, which can be configured as a super king double or 3' twin beds, as preferred.

Adjoining bathroom with large walk-in shower, slipper bath, heated towel rail, double basin and WC.


The Scott Apartments sits in the town centre, benefitting from local amenities on the doorstep and is close to the riverside for walking dogs. There is no private outside space.


There is public car parking nearby at The Knowes, which sits approximately 200 yards to the rear of the property and is free of charge.  

Electric Vehicle Charging

For safety reasons, we do not permit electric vehicle or hybrid car charging at this property. If you’re travelling by EV, discover your nearest electric vehicle charging point here.

Babies & Children

Babies and children are welcome and a travel cot and highchair are available on request.


One dog is welcome at a charge of £20. Dogs should be clean and dry before access into the property and otherwise kept out of the bedroom and off the furniture.

Guest Amenities

The bedroom features a hotel-quality Sealy Posturepedic mattress and Egyptian cotton bed linen. A hairdryer is provided. Towels are provided along with a full range of guest toiletries from The Scottish Fine Soaps Company brand, Au Lait.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is provided with high speeds. Mobile reception is good.


There is underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathroom. Otherwise, there is electric heating throughout. 

Guest Privacy

The apartment sits directly in the centre of Kelso.

Additional Accommodation

The Scott Apartment adjoins The Linen House, sleeping up to 10 guests, via a lockable interconnecting door. The Linen House & Scott Apartment can be booked as a combined unit, sleeping up to 14 guests.


Scottish short-term lets licence number: SB00336F

The current EPC rating for this property is band F, a copy of the certificate can be found here


Sitting right in the centre of Kelso, guests can enjoy all the amenities of this busy market town with its pretty Flemish style square and rich Georgian and Victorian architecture. You will find excellent local amenities here with plenty of pubs, restaurants and coffee shops to choose from, as well as a fine range of independent shops where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. For provisions, the town is served by two excellent butchers’ shops, a fishmonger, and a number of bakeries, while two large supermarkets sit nearby for all of your holiday needs.

For dining-out, The Cobbles is highly regarded for its food and friendly atmosphere, or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including 'Off The Square'; Cafe U or the Terrace Cafe at Floors Castle.


The Scott Apartment is available for short breaks as well as weekly lets, allowing guests to take advantage of the many events taking place across the area, such as the regular National Hunt Race meets at Kelso Racecourse, the Floors Castle Horse Trials, the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Open Golf Championships at the Roxburghe, Antique Fairs at the Border Union Showground, or the fantastic Borders Book Festival or Walking Festival.

Floors Castle, the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe is just a fifteen-minute walk from the property. Visitors can take a tour of the castle led by knowledgeable guides who will introduce you to the history of this exceptional residence and its priceless collection of fine art, tapestries and porcelain. Indulge in an afternoon cream tea at the Terrace Cafe, take a wander through the beautiful grounds of the estate and the pretty walled garden centre, followed perhaps by a visit to the stately homes of Manderston, Mellerstain, Paxton House or Abbotsford which are all within a half-hour drive.

For outdoor sports, the town is synonymous with fishing, sitting on the confluence of the rivers Tweed and Teviot, and has several prime beats on the doorstep in addition to some excellent and reasonably priced fishing on the Teviot system. For golf enthusiasts, Kelso Golf Club is an attractive parkland course resting on the edge of the town while the sublime Roxburghe Championship Course sits just 3 miles from the property - recently voted 6th best course in Scotland by readers of the country’s best-selling golf title.

The area has endless opportunities for walking and cycling with hundreds of miles of quiet country lanes, way-marked routes and forest trails to explore; from short gentle meanders to long-distance trails, taking in the outstanding scenery of the Cheviot Hills, the Pennine Way and Dere Street. The Borders Abbeys Way takes in the magnificent monastic ruins of Kelso Abbey, while the Kelso to Roxburgh circular is a scenic 3-hour walking route taking in historic sites of interest and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities along the way.

For family-friendly activities, Shedden Park has a play park, skate park and plenty of green open space for running around, while a swimming pool, fitness studio, gym, and tennis courts all sit just a five-minute walk from the property. The town has an ice rink that is open during the winter months for curling and skating, and a dance studio sits nearby with everything from hip-hop to jazz.

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 & Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.

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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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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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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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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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"Lovely property, lovely place to stay and relax."

The Bennett's

"Many thanks for a lovely stay. Ideal location! Living in a bungalow, the stairs were an adventure but we loved it and the apartment. We will be back in 2024 to enjoy this stunning property."

Mr & Mrs Eastwood

"A glorious stay and glorious weather! The apartment is perfect. Sook Jai is perfect for a fantastic takeaway (or day sit down meal) - fresh, full of flavour, perfect service. We had a fish platter from D R COLLIN FISH LTD - dressed lobster, crab, smoked and flaked salmon - wonderful!! Rutherfords (micropub) across the square has fab beer and wine. We'll be back!"

Wray Guests

"Thank you, we had a lovely week in this cosy well appointed apartment. Spotlessly clean. We found Kelso so friendly with lots to see and do and can't wait to be back for longer next time."

Mr & Mrs Barr

"We have really enjoyed the comfort and high standards of The Scott Apartment. Every room is tastefully furnished with extremely high end products. Explored the area and enjoyed eating out especially at Lemon & Thyme and The Cobbles. We would be happy to stay here again. Thanks to the housekeeper for welcoming us on arrival." 

Sheila & Pete

"We had a wonderful time in Kelso. The Scott Apartment is marvellous. The décor and interior design is magnificent. This property is by far the most superior of all the properties we have visited. The Cream Chimney nearby is excellent for lunch, especially with your dog. We shall be telling friends about this wonderful apartment. 

Mr & Mrs Hislop

"Had a great time! Loved the flat and loved Kelso. The people were so friendly and the surrounding countryside is beautiful. We took the boat to the Farne Islands to look at the seals. We will come back for the Puffers in the right season. Restaurants: Lemon & Thyme, The Cobbles, Contented Vine were all very good. Also bought excellent lobster from D R Collin fish shop."

Mr & Mrs Savage

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Kelso. The Scott Apartment was a great base - very comfortable and with everything we needed and more. Kelso is lovely town and we have had great days exploring the area and doing a number of walks. We will definitely come back to the Scottish Borders and would be very happy to stay here again! The housekeeper, was very welcoming!"

Mr & Mrs Clements

"We loved Kelso and The Scott Apartment. Well positioned, well appointment and super comfortable. Highlights for us were Floors Castle, walks down the river, lovely meals at the Cobbles and White Swan and meeting the locals!" 

Sanderson Family

"Very pleasant apartment, very comfortable and everything you need for a great holiday. Can recommend The Contented Vine for an evening meal."

Mr Stocks

"We have had a lovely week in Kelso. Our holiday was very much a last minute decision and we were very fortunate to find such a lovely apartment to stay in. We love the decor and the attention to detail throughout. We have enjoyed beautiful walks along the rivers - Tweed and Teviot. A day at the beach in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, hired bikes and visited Floors Castle. Lots of interesting things to visit. The food in and around Kelso has been delicious!"

Camps Family

"We have had a very enjoyable week in Kelso. The Scott Apartment has been a really lovely place to stay, very comfortable with every need catered for. It is beautifully decorated throughout with lovely furniture and a very cosy, comfortable bed. Love the bright yellow kitchen and the bee theme! The kitchen is fully kitted out with every utensil you could possibly need and the biscuits, fruit etc were very welcoming! We have explored The Borders and Northumbrian coast: our favourite being Kelso itself - lots of history here, but also Melrose and Floors Castle. We enjoyed our trips to Bamburgh and Alnwick. Our dog had a fabulous time on the many beach and riverside walks we have done. A wonderful week - we will certainly recommend to our friends and family."

Withers Family

"We loved the apartment, excellent stay! The housekeeper was so helpful. The children had a wonderful time too and we really enjoyed our stay. The apartment has everything you need to make it a home from home. I am sure we will be back".

Pascoe Family

"Wonderful apartment, everything you need. So tastefully decorated, have so enjoyed our stay. Would return and recommend."

Mr & Mrs Chisnell

"Our stay has been perfect! The apartment is beautifully furnished, extremely comfortable and the idea place to explore this gorgeous part of the world. A special thanks to the housekeeper - a real Queen of Scots - who was so kind and helpful. This place is a gem and we will be back! We feel so lucky to have been the first to stay here."

The Abbotts and Buster the dog


Location In the town of Kelso.
  • One dog is welcome with a charge of £20.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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"Enjoying a long, hot soak in the charming slipper bath after a busy day exploring the bustling town of Kelso."
Olivia, Crabtree & Crabtree
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