Gattonside is a delightful little village on the opposite side of the river Tweed to the historic town of Melrose, 35 miles south of Edinburgh, in the midst of Sir Walter Scott's beloved Border country.
The village is connected to Melrose via a chain footbridge and some quiet little roads leading down to the river a short walk away. Hollybank Barn is to be found in a secluded spot in one such little road, a superb renovation of an old steading in the grounds of Hollybank House.
The ground floor houses a large and beautifully furnished sitting room plus a well-appointed kitchen/dining room. Both rooms have French doors opening on to a patio. There is also a spacious utility cum boot room and a shower room. Upstairs there are two bright and sunny bedrooms (each with a French door and Juliet balcony), a family bathroom and a delightfully bright sitting area. Outside, there is a terrace, garden area (furniture) and plenty of parking space.
Melrose is famous, not only for its ruined abbey and legendary Eildon Hills which rise above the town, but also for the variety of its shops and the quality of its restaurants. You don’t, however, need to go even that far to enjoy a meal out as Gattonside itself is proud to be home to two impressive restaurants both only a few minutes walk away.
Walkers will be pleased to hear that they are within half a mile of the Southern Upland Way, while St Cuthbert’s Way actually starts in Melrose and ends in Lindisfarne. Fishermen have the Tweed within a stone’s throw as well as many well-stocked lochs in the vicinity. The 9-hole golf course in Melrose is laid out on the side of the Eildon Hills and is one of many excellent courses in this area. Melrose also has tennis courts in the park and there is riding 4 miles away at Cowdenknowes. Here, too, you are in the middle of rugby country and the Greenyards pitch in Melrose is home to the rugby Sevens game.
For those days when you feel less energetic you can enjoy a visit to one of the many stately homes, ruined abbeys, historic castles, peel towers and lovely gardens, all of which are open to the public. Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott is the closest, only 4 miles away. If you decide to make a trip to Edinburgh why not leave the car at home and take advantage of the regular bus service!
Heating is by gas CH (included) and a living flame fire in the sitting room. Electricity included. Bed linen and towels are included. Sorry, no pets and smoking is not permitted within the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with gas living flame fire, TV/DVD
- Kitchen-dining room with dishwasher etc
- Utility/boot room with washing machine, microwave, and deep-freeze.
- Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin
- Double bedroom (king-size)
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin