The Designer's House
So what would the recipe be for this rather special holiday home? Well, first, you take the upper two floors of a traditional end terraced cottage. Then you set it on the outskirts of the picturesque little town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders, with the legendary Eildon Hills rising up right behind it and the golf course just a few hundred yards up the road. To this, you add a sheltered garden area.
So far, so fine. That's the base. Now we come to the filling of this particular pie, and, as tends to be the way with pie fillings, this is when it gets really interesting. You take an owner who is a professional textile designer, you mix her flair and good taste with a houseful of elegant furniture, state of the art equipment, add a large spoonful of comfort, a good view and a host of delightful little touches which will make you smile and admire in equal measure and viola! you have the Designer's House in all its glory.
More details? Well, on the lower floor you have two charming and sunny double bedrooms, a loo, and a stylish open plan living area, with new kitchen, dining area and a seating area round a very realistic living flame gas fire.
Upstairs there is a further double bedroom with views to the Eildons, and an elegant bathroom. And the maximum number of guests is limited to four, so with three bedrooms, there will be plenty of room to spread out.
Melrose has rightly become something of a honeypot for visitors, with its scenic position on the River Tweed, its ruined abbey, its host of excellent little independent shops and a number of equally excellent eating places, all of which are within easy walking distance of the Designer's House.
Having limbered up with an early morning ascent of the Eildons or a quick round of golf, energetic types can continue to indulge their passion throughout the day. Melrose stands at the beginning of the St Cuthbert's Way which runs over the Border to Lindisfarne, and the Southern Upland Way may also be joined just across the river. For those seeking more tranquil relaxation there are many riverside and woodland strolls to be enjoyed. Melrose is also the home of the Rugby Sevens game. The 'Melrose Sevens' takes place in April, attracting both teams and spectators from all over the world.
The Borders is traditional riding country and you can hire horses at local stables, the nearest being about 4 miles away near Earlston. Fishermen can try their luck in the Tweed, though there are also plenty of other rivers and lochans round about. World class mountain biking is available 20 miles away at Glentress. Edinburgh is only an hour away (best done via the regular bus service from Melrose), the by turns sandy and craggy Berwiskshire coast is about the same distance, while nearer to home there are many stately homes, castles, keeps and the Border Abbeys to visit.
Plenty of reason, then, to get out and about, and in the evening, the sublime comfort of the Designer's House will welcome you home once more.
Bed linen, towels, electricity and the first 25 units of gas-CH are included in the rental. Hot water is provided by eco-friendly solar panels. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting/Kitchen/Dining room with TV/DVD, living flame gas fire, electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave etc.
- Double bedroom.
- Double Bedroom.
- WC with wash hand basin.
- Double bedroom.
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash hand basin, with washing machine in cupboard.