The Groom's Cottage
St Boswells lies about 40 miles south of Edinburgh on the A68 and close to the River Tweed. A most attractive Borders village, it has a village green, pub/hotel, a few small shops ( including a Co-op supermarket), take-aways, and a first rate bookshop/café.
The Groom's Cottage is tucked away up a quiet lane which leads to the river. As the name suggests, the groom for the Big House further up the hill would once have lived here. The cottage stands in the corner of a peaceful cobbled yard (furniture). (Groom's Cottage is the sister cottage of Stables Cottage just across the yard). However, the groom would barely recognise it now as the inside has been completely renovated and delightfully modernised and furnished. The accommodation today is quite definitely 'bijou' in the very best sense of the word.
It also has excellent 'green' credentials, with solar panels providing the hot water, photo-voltaic panels for electricity, and state-of-the-art insulation. The living area has an electric stove and three steps up from it is a charming double bedroom with a large, very modern bathroom. There is gas central heating (included). The kitchen area is well-appointed and there is a washer-drier in an adjoining outhouse.
The cottage is ideally placed for making the most of your surroundings. The river and golf course are a two minute stroll away in one direction while two minutes in the other direction will bring you to the village itself with the pub a further five minutes away. You can enjoy some beautiful walks along the banks of the river. More enthusiastic walkers may be interested in trying St Cuthbert's Way (from Melrose to Lindisfarne) which crosses the lane at the top of the hill. Walkers can also make good use of the bus service by walking out and taking the bus home. As buses to Edinburgh also pass through St Boswells you can enjoy the freedom of visiting Scotland's capital city without the worry and expense of going there by car.
There are plenty of things to do in this area. St Boswells tennis courts are within walking distance and fishing is available in many of the small rivers and lochs within the district as well, of course, as in the mighty River Tweed itself. Cowdenknowes, 2 miles up the road, has riding stables. If you are a keen golfer there are many local courses, including the St Boswells course, and if you take out a 'Golf Passport' you will be free to play on more than 20 of them.
In recent years the Borders has gained a reputation for the quality of its dedicated mountain bike trails, particularly at Glentress and Innerleithen, and you can safely store sporting equipment (bikes etc.) at the cottage. Stretches of the River Tweed, such as those at Yair and Makerstoun, are very popular with canoeists and kayakers.
The Borders has a colourful and often violent history as evidenced by the ruins of the Border Abbeys – Melrose, Kelso, Dryburgh and Jedburgh. These are well worth a visit, as are the several stately homes, keeps and castles within the region, all of which are open to the public.
Bed linen towels, £10 gas central heating and £10 electricity are all included. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted within the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 2):
- Double bedroom
- Bathroom with bath/shower WC and wash basin
- (Three steps down) Open plan living area with electric stove, TV/DVD, electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave etc. Washer drier in outhouse