The Wheel House
With the Cheviot Hills in one direction and the three peaks of the Eildon Hills in the other, the Wheel House will be a joy for those looking to take advantage of its picturesque setting and superb sightseeing opportunities.
A warm welcome awaits you at this fresh country cottage just two miles from Floors Castle
On the ground floor, this pretty cottage has been given a contemporary twist with warm neutrals punctuated by fabrics and throws in soothing blues to bring a timeless calm to your holiday stay.
French doors open out to a large open garden where you can watch the wanderings of inquisitive wildlife and listen to the gentle twitter of birdsong.
The kitchen has some lovely rustic touches enhanced by fresh tickings and country inspired finishes. A dining space seats 8 comfortably. Since the cottage can be let in conjunction with adjoining Mill Cottage, this is a versatile space to get everyone round the table for cosy evening dining and plenty of convivial chat.
The cottage benefits from two en-suite bedrooms - one king size and one twin, both immaculately presented with crisp linens and fresh detailing.
For families, the addition of a separate games room with table tennis and table football will keep all members of the party entertained, particularly on evenings and those wet weather days.
Sitting room with one two seater and one three seater sofa, flat screen TV and DVD player, French doors leading out to the patio area and garden.
Three steps down to lower hall and kitchen.
Kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave. Dining table with seating for eight. Washing and drying facilities are provided in an external laundry which is shared with two other cottages. A freezer is available for use in an external outbuilding.
Cloakroom with WC and basin.
Lockable inner-connecting door which leads to the adjoining Mill House for parties renting both cottages.
Bedroom one with fixed 5’ king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail and storage space.
En-suite bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with 3’ twin beds, side tables, wardrobe with drawers.
En-suite bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
There is a large open garden with outside furniture to the rear of the property which is shared with the adjoining Woodman’s.
A shared charcoal barbecue can be provided on a first come first served basis.
There is a shared games room which is available for guest use. This has a table tennis table, football table, Nintendo Wii and a selection of indoor and garden games.
A shared laundry facility has two washing machines and two tumble dryers as well as a Belfast sink.
Secure private storage for outdoor gear and bikes is available on request. Rod rack facilities are provided for fishing parties. A freezer is also available for guest use.
Private parking to the front of the cottage.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome but they must be clean and dry before access into the property and then kept to the ground floor area only. They are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms. There is a charge of £25 per dog.
High quality bed linen and luxurious towels are provided for guests along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is variable on most networks. EE offers the best coverage indoors, otherwise reception improves in the outside courtyard or garden.
There is central heating throughout the property.
The steading comprises three small cottages in an L shape configuration which all sit in the same ownership and are available for use as holiday lets, either individually or together. The owner's property is immediately adjacent and while they are on hand to help guests with any aspect of their stay, they are completely respectful of their privacy.
You will find excellent local amenities in the thriving market town of Kelso (6 miles) set around a charming cobbled square. The town is home to a super range of independent shops where you can indulge in a little retail therapy, or purchase fresh local produce and holiday provisions from quality traders.
There are some excellent pubs and restaurants for dining out or for light lunches you will find plenty of tempting treats in the many cafes in the town - including Cafe U, the Hoot ‘n Cat or the Terrace Cafe at Floors Castle.
The cottage is also 5 miles from St Boswells which boasts the fabulous, award-winning Mainstreet Trading bookshop, café, deli and antiques shop and the excellent Blue Coo Bistro at the Buccleuch Arms. There is also a good butchers, small Co-op supermarket and the Borders Gunroom. The incredibly picturesque town of Melrose is also just a short 12 mile drive.
For walking, guests here are spoilt for choice with lovely peaceful country rambles taking in woodland and riverside paths directly from the doorstep, including a few hidden gems which will charm and delight. A leisurely 3 mile walk will take you to Smailholm Tower, the first home of Sir Walter Scott with fantastic views across the Cheviot Hills beyond.
The Borders Abbeys Way passes through this area and you can walk a lovely section along country roads all the way down to Floors Castle and Kelso, or if you’re feeling particularly energetic you may wish to walk the full route taking in the exceptional remnants of the four 12th century Abbeys at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.
Similarly, the area has cycling trails for everyone from the family friendly routes at Bowmont Forest and Harestanes, to the scenic waymarked trails of the Borderloop4, Coast & Castles Route & Tweed Cycle Way. If you prefer to swap two wheels for four hooves, the Nenthorn Equestrian Centre is a well-established school offering riding for all ages and abilities and is based just a few minutes from the property.
Kelso sits right on the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot and is a much loved destination for salmon anglers who come to experience world-class fishing on the prolific Middle Tweed salmon beats around this area - Rutherford, Makerstoun, Upper and Lower Floors, Junction and Hendersyde are all within a few miles of the property. Fishing can be booked through FishTweed, while Orvis and Fin and Game are both based in the centre of town offering a wealth of advice on river levels, latest catches, permits, tackle and all things fishing and country.
For golf enthusiasts, Kelso Golf Club is an attractive parkland course resting on the edge of the town, or you can experience a fantastic day-out playing the Roxburghe Championship Course (5 miles), recently voted 6th best course in Scotland by readers of the country’s best selling golf title. There is a pro-shop and PGA golf academy here for those who are new to the game or wish to refine their swing, or perhaps sharpen up your eye popping a few clays at the nearby shooting school.
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.
Our local events and festivals provide the perfect excuse for short breaks or 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, Common Ridings and Melrose Rugby Sevens.......to name just a few!
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 and Blues Festival, or simply a day-out exploring the exquisite historical architecture of this beautiful city. Alternatively hop on the train from Tweedbank (14 miles) and enjoy a wonderful trip through scenic Border scenery which will take you right into the heart of the 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
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
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.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
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.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
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.Find Out More
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
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
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
"We had a wonderful stay at The Wheel House. The owners were very welcoming and the delicious homemade scones were very much appreciated. The quality of everything in the cottage from the decor to the hand soaps were excellent. The cottage is well situated for visiting all areas in the borders. We would certainly recommend this accommodation to others and hope to return ourselves."Canale family
"We had a fantastic time at The Wheel House, it was lovely and we will definitely be back. The owners couldn't have been nicer and went to great effort to ensure we all had a great time. We really appreciated the lovely toys and toiletries for the children and the fresh baked scones were such a nice touch. In regards to booking with Crabtree & Crabtree, I think the website is fantastic and the booking process very easy. I was also very impressed with your quick and responsive communication. I have already been recommending you to all my friends & family."Anderson Collett family
"Beautiful and cosy house to hide in from the rain! We had a lovely time in this very comfortable and welcoming cottage. The homemade scones and jam and the bottle of wine were such a lovely thought. We would definitely love to stay here again."Hamilton family
"We very much enjoyed our stay at the Wheel House. We received a warm and friendly welcome which was also very quick and efficient. We were tired after a long drive. We appreciated the delicious scones and it was very thoughtful to provide some basic supplies such as tea and coffee, a jug of milk and even a bottle of wine, so that we didn't need to buy those things (though we had brought some with us). And as icing, literally, on the cake, we were given a superb Easter cake. The house was immaculate and warm and snug and well equipped. Plenty of books to read and lots of useful info about local attractions and lovely walks, one of which we did. All in all wonderful and just the break we needed after having just returned from two tough years living and working in Mongolia!"Wickenden family
"We had a lovely stay in The Wheel House, the owners made us really welcome, they were very forthcoming by kindly offering us help when they heard our car had broken down. Upon our arrival, not only did we receive a warm and friendly welcome from the owners, but also some lovely home made muffins and chocolate cookies along with a bottle of chilled fizz. The cottage itself was lovely, very tastefully decorated and very homely. We also enjoyed the owner recommendations for places to eat. Couldn't have asked for more lovely hosts."Mahendran family
"Lovely cottage in great situation. Lots to do in the area - Floors Castle and Cragside particularly interesting. Wildlife abundant - hares, deer and the occasional bird of prey! Thank you for the delicious chocolate cake, biscuits and wine and being so helpful. The table tennis and DVDs proved a great hit with the younger generation!"Clark family
"We've had a terrific week. It all began with the most welcome "welcome pack". So special having homemade jam and scones washed down with wine. Thank you to the owners for a lovely cottage and all the little, homely touches."Johnson family
"Just to let you know that we all really enjoyed our week at The Wheel House and found the cottage extremely comfortable and had a nice welcome pack when we arrived. The owners were very nice and made us welcome and gave us a lot of of local information and the facilities are excellent for anybody holidaying in the area. We had full use of the lovely courtyard area which is a great place to sit on a sunny day. The weather we had was a bonus but would certainly recommend these cottages to anyone going to the Borders. The area around the cottage is really nice and very handy for any of the Border towns. We would certainly be happy to recommend a stay there as the wheel house has all the facilities for a relaxing break in a beautiful area."Mr Kyle & family
"What a wonderful week we've had. Very pleasant accommodation and so peaceful. Visited lots of wonderful places and hope we'll make it back again sometime."Lewis family
"A very homely cottage with a well equipped kitchen. A very warm welcome from the owners. Thank you for the homemade scones, jam, milk, butter and wine. We have had a lovely relaxing start to our holiday, and thank you for making our two dogs so welcome. We hope to return."Mr & Mrs Derrick
"A lovely autumn family holiday at The Wheel House! Cottage was perfect for us and we enjoyed the homemade scones and warm welcome from the owners. The location is very picturesque and perfect for visiting places. After busy days it was lovely to come back to the cottage to relax; our daughter particularly enjoyed playing in the games room."Clough family
"A lovely warm welcome from the owners with an unexpected welcome basket of hot scones and homemade plum jam on arrival. As it was 7.30pm, this was accompanied by a glass of excellent red wine, also provided. This booking was last minute but this pretty cottage with lots of thoughtful touches proved a real hit. Many thanks to the owners and continued success, it is so well deserved."Mr & Mrs Hamblin
"We really enjoyed our week of walking. Very cosy cottage, great games room, hosts very welcoming."Herron family
"Lovely stay at The Wheel House, we absolutely thoroughly enjoyed it! The owners are so amazing and made us feel right at home, leaving us scones and jam for the start of our holiday and amazing chocolate cake for our second week. So many things to do as always with Tweedbank Station 15 mins away both Edinburgh and Glasgow are really accessible. We visited numerous places during our stay including Born in the Borders which features something for the entire family. Beer for the adults and grass sledging for the kids! Floors Castle, Abbotsford House and Bamburgh are always good fun with plenty to see and Melrose and Kelso are always lovely to wander around. Will definitely be back for another visit!"Dickson family
"Thank you for a wonderful stay in a truly fantastic cottage. Everything that one required was here to mkae one feel like a home from home. Wonderful welcoming vino, scones and homemade jam, excellent and extremely moreish. Wonderful areas of beauty around us and a big thank you to the owners. Weather really did not matter as in such a lovely cottage. We do hope to be back next year!"Mr & Mrs Collins
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible during low season. Saturday during high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The games room is a great space for children and adults to enjoy."Julie, Crabtree & Crabtree