A thoroughly sophisticated home with Scandi-chic interiors and a tranquil setting.
A stylish pad near the banks of the River Tweed and St Boswells
Accessed by a private drive just south of the pretty village of St Boswells, The Trouthouse is a stylish property adjoining Maxton House, a handsome Victorian country house set in nearly 8 acres of private grounds. The house boasts a tranquil setting near a meander in the River Tweed yet is an easy 1.5-mile walk into St Boswells, following a scenic loop down to the river, past St Boswells Golf course and into the village. Once here, guests can enjoy lazy pub lunches at the excellent Buccleuch Arms, afternoon tea at The Mainstreet Trading Company deli, book shop and café, and fresh-from-the-oven pizzas at Hunters Stables.
In addition to fishing, golf, the urban delights of St Boswells and attractions such as Dryburgh Abbey and Melrose on the doorstep, Trouthouse is ideally placed for walkers, who can tackle all, or sections of, the nearby St Cuthbert’s Way and Borders Abbey circular walk, which links the historic abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso.
Chances are, however, guests at the Trouthouse will be perfectly content simply relaxing in the comfort of their home from home. Restored to the highest quality in contemporary Scandi style, this is a property that oozes quiet sophistication and calm. A palette of soft greys, blues and pinks creates a soothing backdrop for an eclectic blend of modern and old furnishings, achieving a comfortably lived-in yet stylish feel. The country-style kitchen leads into an open-plan dining and living space, where a six-person dining table sits by towering Victorian sash windows and a low-slung sofa faces a roaring woodburner.
Two spacious double bedrooms, and a further room with a double and bunk bed, are set beneath sloping ceilings and showcase the Trouthouse owner’s distinctive design style, blending original fireplaces and lime-washed timber floors with exposed cord and filament bulb lights and Perspex chairs. One of the double bedrooms boasts an en-suite bathroom while the other two enjoy shared access to a family bathroom with a rolltop bath and walk-in shower.
Finally, this enchanting house features an enclosed garden, ideal for children and dogs to play in freely, and a large patio courtyard for relaxing and al fresco dining.
Access into hallway with hanging rail.
Sitting room with chaise sofa, wood burner (logs supplied), Smart TV, bluetooth speaker, selection of books. Dining table to seat eight guests.
Kitchen with electric oven, induction hob, dishwasher, fridge with ice box. There is a further fridge, washing machine and microwave in the small basement which is accessed from the inner hall.
Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, built-in wardrobes with hanging space, dressing table.
En suite bathroom (3 steps) with large walk-in shower (rainforest head), basin and WC.
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Bedroom two with double bed, side tables, decorative fireplace, Scandi-style open hanging rail, chest of drawers, dressing table.
Bedroom three with double bed, side tables, built-in bunk beds (suitable for children only), dressing table, decorative fireplace. There is a separate chest of drawers at the end of the hallway which can be used for storage.
Family bathroom with roll-top bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC.
Rear courtyard with garden furniture leading onto an enclosed lawned garden.
The Trouthouse is accessed via its own private driveway with separate parking provision for 2-3 cars.
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. A travel cot and high chair can be made available on request. The property is fitted with stair gates at the bottom and top of the stairs.
One well-behaved dog is welcome at a charge of £25. A second dog may be considered on request. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor of the property and are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms. The property is fitted with stair gates at the bottom and top of the stairs to contain dogs.
The garden is enclosed but it is important to note that the fields around The Trouthouse have livestock and dogs should be supervised and kept on leads when walking.
All bed linen and towels are provided. There are hairdryers in the three double bedrooms. Hand soaps and bath/shower wash are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Fibre broadband is available. Mobile reception is generally good.
Gas central heating throughout. Wood burner in the sitting room - logs supplied.
The Trouthouse adjoins the owner property but has its own access driveway, parking area and garden. While the owners are on hand to help with any guest queries, they are equally respectful of guest privacy.
Please note that the cottage has a winder staircase which means there is narrowing on one side of the stair treads at the turn and the stairs are fairly steep. There is a handrail and a stairgate is available on request should there be younger children in the party. They may not be suitable for guests with restricted mobility. Please contact us should you have any concerns.
Sitting just 1.5 miles from St Boswells, this pretty village boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop, the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel for eating out, as well as fresh-from-the-oven pizzas at Hunter Stables. The village benefits from a good butchers, small supermarket and the highly regarded Border Gunroom for those essential country supplies.
For those who wish to eat-in but have the luxury of a pre-prepared dish for the start of your stay, The Platter Company in Kelso come highly recommended preparing delicious food platters and hampers or alternatively The Penny Bun deliver delicious deli grazing boxes and heat-at-home Neopolitan style pizzas to this area on a Saturday.
Nearby Melrose (8.5 miles) is one of the most picturesque in the Borders with an excellent range of independent shops selling fine quality food and drink including The Country Kitchen for deli produce, cheeses, whole foods and fresh coffees; 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, while the The Rak Thai restarurant is a must for an evening take-away.
This is an excellent base for exploring the local area. A drive of 5.5 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.
For outdoor pursuits, there is excellent walking in this area with several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous St Cuthbert's Way which charts the historic trail of the 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 sublime Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
It is also an ideal base for fishing parties with notable middle Tweed beats including Dryburgh, Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game is available locally, including Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or perhaps try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
There are public tennis courts nearby in the village of St. Boswells (less than half a mile) and for golf fans, the 9 hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills, or the stunning championship course at the Schloss 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 (7.5 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 take some time to explore the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city.
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Historic houses and castles
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"Thank you to the owners for a wonderful stay at The Trouthouse. We've had such a lovely time and the perfect place to start our new year as a family together. We enjoyed a walk around Dryburgh Abbey and up to the Wallace Monument which looked spectacular in the beautiful sunshine. Wishing the owners every success for the future. The Trouthouse is such a perfect holiday getaway and we hope to be back soon. We'll definitely be recommending to family and friends."McKendrick family
"Such an amazing house to spend our family Christmas! Thanks to the owners for the fabulous Christmas tree, Christmas decorations, the very generous Christmas hamper and all the little touches that make The Trouthouse such a special place. We have all enjoyed exploring the Scottish Borders for the first time and will definitely be back to explore the places that weren't open in the festive period. All our walks along the Tweed were lovely - we spotted many a gooseander, heron and even an elusive dipper."Ryan family
"Lovely cottage, tastefully decorated & fitted out. Loved the welcome hamper & box of eggs. Great situation, nice walks, lovely towns & accessible to Edinburgh and the coast."Mr Whiting
"A wonderful place for us to have our 2021 holiday. The property was above all expectations and only surpassed by the wonderful hosts."Ms Robson
"Well, what a year it has been so what a privilege to end our Summer here in The Borders and in particular at The Trouthouse. Thank you to the owners for a beautiful, well equipped, tasteful and luxurious stay. We appreciated the access through the garden to the wood and the river walks. We loved meeting the dogs. There is a feeling that nothing would be too much trouble to make our stay lovely and we will be recommending this place to all of our friends. The welcome hamper, the fresh flowers, great linen, fabulous visiting ideas in the book all go to make this a wonderful place to stay. The local area is great - and easy - to explore. We did all he usuals: statues, towers, walks, pretty towns, galleries - all at a superb, unhurried gentle pace. What a wonderful area to live. We loved crashing in front of a Smart TV (not everywhere is as generous in supplying this) and midweek when friends came to stay, the place came alive with good company and an impromptu dinner party. All very civilised and the house absorbed everyone well. We will happily return and can now add The Trouthouse to our list of must haves from Crabtree & Crabtree."Mr & Mrs Lewis
"We have had a really wonderful stay: the house and garden are lovely as is the surrounding scenery. All in all a wonderful and relaxing stay!"Moore family
"Thank you for such a lovely stay. The Trouthouse was such a fab place to stay. Kitted out really well and had everything we needed. We were very lucky with the weather - warm and dry all week - a real bonus! Even swam in the River Tweed!"Busby family
"Thank you for such a lovely stay this week. We loved going down to the river. The accommodation was perfect and we hope to be back again. We have really enjoyed our holiday and can't thank you enough."Elliott family
"What a beautiful space in a beautiful part of the world. Thank you to the owners for sharing it! We've had a great week of walks and food. Now we've discovered the Borders and The Trouthouse, we hope to return to both!"Moar family
- One dog is welcome and a second dog may be considered on request with a charge of £25 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"All the beds are made up with exquisite linens, making for sweet dreams and indulgent mornings. "Anna, owner of The Trouthouse