If you were looking for a perfect example to sell the idea of what a picture book holiday cottage should look like, Riverside Cottage, near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, would certainly fit the bill. This mellow, traditional, detached, roses-round-the-door house stands on a quiet country lane, surrounded by fields, its charming, terraced, grass garden running down to the sweet little river which flows in front of it.
Nor does its interior disappoint, for it is bright and surprisingly spacious, with a good size, well-equipped kitchen with folding doors to a separate dining room with wood burner. On the other side of the hallway is a cosy sitting room with open fire. There is also a utility room and downstairs loo. Upstairs, there are three good-size bedrooms, and bathroom. All the rooms are delightfully furnished.
The garden is surrounded by a hedge and enclosed, though there is access down to the river, so Care may be required with children. There is off-road parking behind the house and secure storage for bikes and sports equipment. The owners have the farm just up the hill and can offer stables and grazing, should you wish to bring your own horse.
It's worth considering, for this is great riding country – you could even take part in one of the dramatic common ridings which are held throughout the summer. The area offers plenty of opportunities for enthusiasts of many sports. There is great mountain biking over at Glentress and Innerleithen, walking in the Cheviot and Border hills, fishing in many rivers from the famous Tweed itself, to minor streams and lochans, golf on numerous good courses, including the prestigious Roxburghe course near Kelso; there is a swimming pool at Jedburgh (2m) – the list goes on.
The area is famous too, not just for its lovely scenery, but for its romantic and often turbulent history. Jedburgh is the site of one of the four Border Abbeys, and also has a reputedly haunted jail and Mary Queen of Scots' house. More practically, it also has a good range of shops and eating places. Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh and the other three Border abbeys, all within a short drive, and in addition to this there are numerous stately homes in the area which are open to the public.
For a good family day out, the Jedburgh Deer Park and Bird of Prey Centre is a favourite destination.
Further afield, you can enjoy a day on the sandy beaches of the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coasts, or have a day up in Edinburgh (buses run regularly from Jedburgh) taking in the sights of Scotland's elegant capital city.
Bed linen, towels and the first £20 of each of electricity and oil are included. Up to two well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted in the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Sitting room with open fire and TV/DVD.
- Dining room with wood burning stove.
- Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave, etc.
- Utility Room with washing machine.
- WC and wash basin.
- Double bedroom (king size).
- Twin bedroom.
- Twin bedroom.
- Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and wash basin.