Kingfisher Cottage was once part of an old mill dating from 1774 which has now been stunningly converted and beautifully renovated to offer up-to-date comfort. It is one of a small group of houses and farm buildings looking out over the Bowmont water, half a mile from the village of Town Yetholm (shop, pub) and 8 miles from Kelso in the Scottish Borders.
The front of the cottage enjoys splendid views over Staerough Hill, the river and the countryside around. There is a pond at the side of the house with a picturesque bridge leading from the front of the house to the garden.
The inside is equally striking. The spacious, bright sitting room has a partially glazed roof, a wood burning stove and stairs up to a gallery used as a study/games area. Off the galleried area there is also a shower room. The well-equipped kitchen is on the ground floor as are the utility room, separate WC and a double bedroom overlooking the pond at the front. Two further bedrooms are upstairs together with a bathroom.
On the other side of the field lies the river where you can swim and kayak. This is a paradise for walkers, as Yetholm stands at the end of the Pennine Way, and St Cuthbert’s Way, from Melrose to Lindisfarne, runs over the hill in front of the cottage. Cyclists, too, will revel in the quiet country roads and lanes.
There are ample opportunities for fishing and permits are available locally. Riders will find stables at Nenthorn, just north of Kelso, which also has a swimming pool, ice rink and racecourse in addition to a broad range of interesting shops and very good restaurants.
Just outside Kelso is Floors Castle, seat of the Duke of Roxburghe. There are many such stately homes, castles and keeps open to the public in this historic region. Sunlaws is home to the high-status Roxburghe golf course but if you prefer something less exalted there are plenty of excellent courses in the area to satisfy all tastes and budgets.
Kelso is only 22 miles from the coast. The spectacular NT seabird reserve on the cliffs above St Abbs makes an interesting day trip coupled, perhaps, with an afternoon on the fine sandy beach at Coldingham. Edinburgh, Scotland’s gracious and stylish capital city, is about an hour’s drive away.
There are plenty of different activities and attractions to appeal to all visitors in this beautiful environment.
Oil fired central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels are all included in the rental. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted within the cottage. Wi-fi is available, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Living area with wood-burning stove, TV and DVD.
- Kitchen with dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave etc.
- Twin bedroom.
- Utility room with washing machine and WC.
- Galleried games/study room with TV/DVD and shower room off with Shower, WC and wash basin
- Double bedroom
- Twin Bedroom
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin