Whitmuir Steading Cottage
Whitmuir Farm is situated at the end of a country lane between Melrose and Selkirk in the heart of Sir Walter Scott's beloved Border country. One of the farm buildings has been utterly transformed by its American owners into a deluxe holiday home of great charm and originality.
At the front, there is a fine grass courtyard with a drive curving around to the back which has a sheltered and safe grassy garden (furniture).
Inside, the cottage is beautifully furnished with traditional pieces, comfort is of the highest standard and the character of the building has been retained. There is an open fire in the spacious sitting room and also one in the separate, elegant dining room; the kitchen is very well equipped and there is a utility room. From the sitting room one stairway leads up to a landing from which you access one double bedroom then a second double bedroom with a bathroom between. In addition, there is an enormous and quite remarkable games room/sitting room with pool table and TV for computer games. This room can be entered from the second bedroom or via a spiral staircase from the downstairs hallway. In former times the cottage was a granary and the old loading winch has been kept in the games room as a lasting memento.
There are plenty of activities in the surrounding area. Golfers can choose to buy a 'Freedom of the Fairways' ticket to play on up to 20 courses locally. Fairways here are relatively quiet with reasonably priced green fees and there are several excellent courses within 10 miles of the cottage. As well as golf, there are swimming pools in Selkirk (4m, all facilities) and Galashiels (8m), riding at Ashkirk (10m), a leisure centre at Hawick (15m) and then Edinburgh itself is only about an hour away by car.
This area is wonderful walking country whether for a simple stroll or a more energetic tramp such as part of the Southern Upland Way which can be joined at Fairnilee (7m) or St Cuthbert's Way which runs from Melrose (6m) to Lindisfarne.
History lovers will be interested in visiting the many reminders of the Borders' violent past. There are the ruined abbeys at Melrose, Kelso, Dryburgh and Jedburgh as well as a plethora of country houses, castles and keeps. Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, is only a few miles away as is Bowhill, the impressive residence of the Duke of Buccleuch with an exciting adventure playground in the grounds.
Heating by oil-fired central heating and a starter pack of fuel for the open fire are included. Bed linen and towels are included. Internet access is available. Sorry, no smokers or pets. Parents of young children are advised that Whitmuir is a working farm, and farm vehicles do from time to time pass the rear of the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with open fire, TV/DVD.
- Dining room with open fire.
- Kitchen with microwave and dishwasher wtc.
- Utility room with washer/drier.
- Cloakroom with wc.
- Twin bedroom.
- Double bedroom with TV.
- Bathroom with seperate shower.
- Games room with pool table, TV for computer games.