Large country house deep in the Scottish Borders plus use of small apartment in centre of Edinburgh

Large country house deep in the Scottish Borders plus use of small apartment in centre of Edinburgh


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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 9
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Ellem Old Inn - now a private house - is 3 hundred years old and sits within a large walled garden. It is the first registered fishing inn in Scotland and it has been documented that the author Sir Walter Scott and his fishing cronies have stayed in the Inn many times in the 19th century.

The modernised house sleeps 8-9 people with 3 double and one single bedrooms and with a sofa bed in one of 2 sitting rooms, if needed. There is a large dining kitchen and other public rooms - the house has lots of space inside. The original stables and the old coach house have been integrated into the main house making it an interesting layout with many private areas.

There is 1 bathroom with shower over, 1 separate toilet, one shower room with toilet, and one shower en suite in the single bedroom. Internet access is available and there is a modern television with a satellite dish and which also has connection to the internet. You can use Skype through the TV to connect to friends and relatives.

There is central heating throughout making the place cosy and warm in the winter. Most rooms also have working fireplaces, using wood or coal, and there is also a gas fired stove in a small sitting area. Towels and bed linen are provided and a separate utility area with a washing machine. There are drying facilities both indoors and outside.

A car is needed to reach the property and there is standing room for 4 cars at the side of the house.

We also own our therapy rooms in central Edinburgh, a two room apartment (each with a double sofa bed) and a shower room. It is available from Friday evening to Monday morning.

Ellem Old Inn is a lovely private home, on the cross-country walking route of the Southern Upland way. It is situated in the hamlet of Ellemford, which is a small farming community, with the river Whiteadder running through it. Its position is in a beautiful spot on the Lammermuir Hills and 1 hour by car south of the capital, Edinburgh. Scotland has "Right To Roam" laws, so visitors can walk in any direction ensuring that farm gates are closed behind one - you can walk along paths, through fields, over hills or by the river - we walk everywhere. Fishing for both salmon and trout is possible with a permit bought locally and the trout river is less than 5 minutes walk away. The area is also a bird-watcher's paradise - whether the coastal birds and waders, the grouse and other moorland birds, or the birds found in woodland habitats. Shooting parties are possible at the appropriate time of year, and the Borders abounds with acclaimed golf courses- the closest being in Duns, 7 miles away.

The north sea is a half hour's drive east where you will find sea fishing, walks along the coast or places where children can have much fun. You may enjoy a visit to the many villages and towns dotted along the coast between Edinburgh and the English border. Inland, throughout the Scottish Borders, there many towns with famous medieval castles and Abbeys that attract visitors from around the world.

Apart from the world famous Edinburgh festivals in August each year - The International Festival, Fringe Festival, the Book Festival, The Blues and Jazz Festival accompanied with street theater - this small but accessible cosmopolitan city offers something interesting year round for all the family, with its theatres, museums, art galleries, live music of every description, nature centers and its two castles in the middle of town. There are many independent and mainstream cinemas. The cuisine is excellent and we will provide a list of restaurants we recommend both in Edinburgh and locally.

We are Clare and Conor and we work as Psychotherapists in private practice in Edinburgh. We train students in our work - Process Oriented Psychology - in Russia, Slovakia, S. America and other areas. Our house here is sometimes used to run groups and occasionally to see clients too. We find that working on and teaching about relationship dynamics keeps our relationship healthy and fun. Our favorite pastimes are to walk, swim, garden and read, including poetry to each other - Ellem Old Inn is full of books. We have a sweet black female cat who will make a fuss of anyone who visits. We ask if visitors could kindly feed her a little of her dried food every few days. Clare speaks school girl French and both of us speak a little Spanish.


More about us

  1. We are a couple of Psychotherapists with children and grandchildren

  2. We train students in Psychotherpay and Group work in Europe and S. America

  3. We love to walk, read and play

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Allanton Inn, Allanton, Duns
Cool bars
Oblo, Eyemouth
Bit of culture
Lats of choice in Edinburgh
Walks in the park
Southern Upland Way, many other walks
Day tripping
Edinburgh, Scottish Towns and the coast

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