April Cottage ref: UK31381

Gordon, near Kelso, Scottish Borders

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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3
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bedrooms
2
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Bathrooms
1
Bathrooms
Pets
2
Pets allowed
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  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 

Description

April Cottage is situated in the popular country village of Gordon, which boasts a village shop, café and a public house serving great home cooked food. A wider range of shops and supermarkets can be found in Kelso, 10 miles, and Galashiels, 15 miles. The cottage is very well presented and dates back to the mid 1800s where it was originally a stable and then converted into cottages in the 1920s, retaining all the charm of its period features with a rendered front face and the original local stone to the rear.

The garden area is enclosed and private with a patio offering space for al fresco drinkgs and dining. Inside there is an open plan living/dining room with a cosy wood burner and French doors leading to the garden. The kitchen is small but well-equipped with a good level of appliances, providing everything you could need to rustle up hearty home cooked meals. On the first floor is a comfortable kingsize bedroom and a single bedroom, both served by a family bathroom. Two private parking space are available to the front of the property.

The area is a walker’s paradise and there is a carp and trout fishery on the edge of Gordon village. Day fishing passes are available locally. The nearby historic monument of Greenknowe Tower dates back to 1581, while Hume Castle and Mellerstain House and Gardens are worth a visit, along with Dryburgh Abbey. Edinburgh is an hour away by train from nearby Tweedbank station with free parking, or you can drive. There is easy access by road to the Berwickshire coastline, approximately 30-minute drive. Melrose is a popular tourist town and can be reached in a 20-minute drive. Floors Castle in Kelso is a day out place and there’s a café and garden centre and a dog walk by the river. ’Born in the Borders’ is an extraordinary visitor centre and food and drink attraction that also has river walks, a café, farm shop, grass sledges and an adventure playground. Bamburgh, with its majestic castle and stunning beaches, and Holy Island, also knows as Lindisfarne (accessible at low tide), are fabulous for days out and are just over an hour away. Shop and pub 100 yards, restaurant 8 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living/dining room: With wood burner, 26" Freeview TV, DVD player, wooden floor and French doors leading to garden.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With single bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Electric heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and broadband included. Initial logs for wood burner included.

Miscellaneous

Enclosed rear garden with patio and garden furniture. 2 small dogs welcome. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Gordon
  • Shops
    100 yards
  • Distance
    100 yards
  • Restaurant
    8 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Tweedbank
  • Pub
    100 yards
  • Railway station distance
    5.0 miles
  • Lake
    0.6 miles

About the local area

The main gateway to Scotland from the south and a lovely holiday destination in its own right the Scottish Borders covers some eighteen hundred square miles of rolling hills and moorland, gentle valleys, rich agricultural plains, and rugged coastline.

Discover ancient towns and friendly villages, castles, abbeys, stately homes and fascinating museums that tell the story of the exciting and often bloody history of this area. In a place so rich in natural assets its no surprise that this is a favourite with hillwalkers, cyclists and anglers who come to fish the River Tweed and its many tributaries.

The western borders have the scenic valleys and rounded green hills that characterise the lowland landscape and contains the source of the mighty River Tweed. In the scenic Tweed Valley on the River Tweed lies the royal burgh of Peebles. This ancient town has many fine old buildings, open parkland and pleasant riverside walks; there are also a series of footpaths and trails that snake through the surrounding hills. Close by are golf courses, fishing and mountain biking, with the Tweeddale Forest and Southern Upland Way within easy reach.

The Tweed Valley is littered with ruined castles and keeps, reminders of the turbulent 16th and 17th centuries when it was fought over by the English and the Scots, and subjected to seemingly endless clan warfare and Reiver's raids. Famous historic sights here include ruined 12th century abbeys at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose. Other attractions include Abbotsford, former home of Sir Walter Scott and grand stately homes such as Floors Castle and Paxton House.

The eastern borders landscape consists of low-lying hills, extensive moors, and dramatic coastline and of course the ever present River Tweed as it makes its way to the sea. Bordering the Lothian's to the north is the low Lammermuir Hills, with extensive grouse moors and wooded valleys; here there is excellent walking along the Southern Upland Way. The coastline is relatively short but extremely dramatic; a rugged coastal landscape of cliff top paths, towering red cliffs and rocky outcrops. Of particular note is St. Abb's Head National Nature Reserve comprising 200 acres of spectacular coastline and sheer seabird-nesting cliffs rising 300 feet above the water.

Things to do nearby

Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower is set in some amazing scenery, once the centre of a thriving settlement it is now all that remains of the 15th century village.

Jedforest Deer and Farm Park

With amazing types of deer to take in, a falconry show and a large variety of cattle and other animals to view the Jedforest Deer and Farm Park certainly is a great way to experience the Scottish Borders.

Jedburgh Abbey

Constructed in the 1100's this church has remained largely in tact and provides some fascinating heritage to explore.

Monteviot House Gardens

Set right on the River Teviot the Monteviot House and its gardens enjoy beautiful views the whole year round.

Floors Castle

Floors Castle makes for an amazing day out, as the largest inhabited castle in Scotland there is still plenty of life to the place which makes it unlike any other visit.

Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve
Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

The centrepiece of this site is the dramatic waterfall cascading into the Moffat Water Valley. The area is a paradise for walkers, botanists and wildlife enthusiasts who come to admire the rare upland plants and wildlife.

Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum

Built in the early nineteenth century, Jedburgh Castle Jail is long since out of use and now serves to give visitors an idea of just what life was like in a prison in the 1820's.

Traquair House

Complete with maze, craft workshop and restaurant Traquair House will entertain and impress as you explore the grandeur and stature of the house itself.

Thirlestane Castle

Fully restored to its former splendour, Thirlestane Castle's house and grounds are now open for visitors to come and admire for a fantastic day out.

Glentress Fortress

Described as the gateway to the Tweed Valley Forest Park, Glentress Fortress has breathtaking views as well as plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy.

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