These two cottages enjoy a splendid setting within the lovely 80-acre grounds of The Holmes, a fine late-Victorian country house. The surrounding parkland is home to a donkey sanctuary, rare breeds of sheep and goats, as well as Shetland ponies, llamas, peacocks and several varieties of fowl – and part of the estate is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its wild flowers. So far, 59 species of native birds have been spotted, including osprey and kingfisher; while walking watch out for otters, badgers and foxes too. A private 1-mile stretch of the River Tweed offers free trout fishing for four rods (in season), and salmon fishing is readily available in the area by the day. Separately set in the grounds (Watermill House peacefully near the river, Stable Cottage within the former stable block), these properties are convenient for a wealth of attractions and activities in Scotland’s fascinating and historic Border country. Just a mile away is the Southern Upland Way. The nearby towns of St Boswells, Melrose, Selkirk and Kelso offer a choice of shops, inns and excellent restaurants, and all have golf courses; discount ‘passports’ offer 6 rounds over 3 days on a choice of courses for approximately £95. Dryburgh Abbey is within walking distance, by way of a suspension bridge, and a 10-minute walk along riverside paths lead to St Boswells and Newtown St Boswells. Riding, shooting, sailing and tennis locally, with an activity centre for quad bikes, fishing tuition, archery and bike hire nearby. Northumberland coast 40 minutes’ drive. Edinburgh 37 miles. Shop at garage (24 hr) ¼ mile.
- Elec and NSH by £1 coin meter (first £10 inc)
- Further background ‘Econ 7’ CH, bed linen and towels inc
- Two TVs
- Salmon fishing by arr
- Trout fishing (April – Oct) foc
- Fishing on 1 mile stretch of River Tweed foc
- Discount golf ‘passports’ avail by arr
- Teddy bear playhouse
- NB: River in grounds
Once the head groom’s home, Stable Cottage is part of the former stable block and enjoys a beautiful outlook over the parkland. It has its own secure garden and is completely secluded and self-contained. Sitting-room with wood-burning stove. Dining room with open fire. Small kitchen. Conservatory. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom (for +1 child only or cot).
- Open fire (back boiler heats water, alternatively by immersion) and wood-burning stove – initial fuel inc, thereafter avail at cost
- Garden with furniture
Customer Reviews of The Stable Cottage, St Boswells, sleeps 4/5
1st comment: A wonderful cottage situated in a peaceful area of the Borders. The donkeys (and their friends) were adorable and this is a perfect spot for families with young children. The enclosed garden was especially useful. July 2011.
2nd comment: It was just in a beautiful part of the world and just enjoy. Also we recommend Dryden riding stables. June 2011.
3rd comment: It was so comfortable, very cosy. Oct 2010.
4th comment: Conservatory excellent; location good. Fishing rights a bonus. April 2010.
5th comment: Excellent base for touring this beautiful part of the Scottish borders. Peaceful setting with lovely walks along the River Tweed. Everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday is provided - from dishwasher tablets to hot water bottles! Aug 2009.
6th comment: Very relaxing and great scenery. Aug 2008.
7th comment: We adored the Stable Cottage. Our hostess was wonderful, and the Donkey Preserve Director, was totally charming!!! We hope to return to this cottage. We loved it! June 2007