Spacious country home close to historic Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders

Spacious country home close to historic Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders


Sep 2017

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 10
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Beautiful detached country home set in 2 acres of garden between the Borders of Scotland and close to the historic capital city of Edinburgh with excellent transport access to Scottish Borders/ central Scotland and Highlands. 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 lounges, large kitchen, games / gym room, utility room and double garage. Internet connection. Children ok and no smoking. 4 adult members of family looking to travel.

Our house is a warm, quirky and spacious home which mixes modern amenity with vintage Scottish charm! It has 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 lounges, large kitchen, games / gym room, utility room and double garage. Internet connection. It is our main residence and as such has the warmth of a family home with many convenient amenities and interior furnishings that make it welcoming and comfortable. We are happy for mutual exchange though may be able to negotiate a compromise if dates were problematic.

Inside: 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 large showers and 1 large bath), 2 lounges, large kitchen, games / gym room (weights & bench/row/running/cross training machines, ping pong table, darts, games machine, hi fi/ DVD player/TV and lots of family games), utility room and double garage. Internet connection, 3 TV’s, telephone, central heating/ underfloor heating, MP3 player and Hi fi, security system, 2 wood burning stoves, large dining table/ sofas/rugs/towels/bedding.

Kitchen: cooker/oven/grill/induction hob, fridge, freezer, wash machine, dish washer, coffee maker, slow cooker, lean grill machine, Iron, hanging washing dryer, all utensils.

Outside: double garage, generous parking, sheds, greenhouse, BBQ, outside table/chairs/parasol & gazebo, patio, washing rope for drying clothes, bicycles, open canoe takes 3/ all safety equipment, fishing rods and equipment, skis and accessories, football/ rugby balls, hockey sticks & balls/ badminton/ tennis rackets and associated projectiles!

Local Activities:
Mountain biking, hiking, canoeing waters, swimming, dry slope skiing, climbing, golfing, fishing, excellent restaurants/ bistro’s, historic castles and country estates/ houses with historic/ cultural Edinburgh and the bus stop close by and train station 10 minutes away.

Edinburgh – 16 miles
Edinburgh airport – 22 miles
Easy drive to either, park and ride to save metre parking, bus stop is 2 minutes away and takes you direct to Edinburgh/ local train station or most of the Scottish Borders towns.
Galashiels – 16 miles
Glasgow – 60 miles
Stirling - 50
Dundee – 80
Glencoe – 130
Loch Ness – 180 miles


Dawn's reviews

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More about us

  1. We are a family of four: Andy and Dawn; parents in their late 40’s with 2 very late teen age children. We are a professional couple; engineer and social worker, as a family we enjoy exploring different countries, their history, cultures and taking part in outdoor activities. We would treat any home we exchange with, with respect and would leave it clean, in same condition and tidy, similarly we would expect our home to be treated with the same respect. We have a good sense of humor are friendly and would be happy to provide as much information as required to ensure you enjoy your visit.

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Where is it?


Our home is situated in a rural community near a farm with good neighbors close by. The bus stops at the bottom of the road and takes locals to Edinburgh and all the small towns leading to it as well as into all the Scottish Border towns. There is a local church, school, community hall (which has various social occasions at different times of the year). There are great walks all over the area with views that allow you to see right over to the River Forth outside Edinburgh.

Local Places To Go:
Quality restaurants/ bistros/ outdoor and indoor activities locally and in Edinburgh/ Scottish Borders. There are also many tour services in Edinburgh that can take you all over Scotland to experience the Highlands, Lowlands and Islands if you wish.

Edinburgh: great shopping and nightlife particularly during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (that includes the jazz, book and food festivals) which is a great cultural, educational and good fun experience! Edinburgh castle, Holyrood Palace, a city volcano; Arthur Seat, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, old medieval town combined with a Georgian new town, great history/ cultural centre and old university town. Indoor and outdoor climbing, dry slope skiing, swimming, ice skating. Also great access to the coast for local harbours/ beaches/ Historic Fourth rail Bridge, Fife and the train and bus stations that will take you easily to other Scottish towns like Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, etc.

Scottish Borders: lots of old market towns with great historical heritage (Kelso, Galashiels, Hawick, Selkirk, etc.), history/ country estates to access, (Floors Castle, Bowhill House – Duke of Buccleuch estates, Abbotsford House – Sir Walter Scott, Thirlestane Castle, Jedburgh/ Melrose/ Dryburgh Abbey’s, etc.). Lots of horse riding and all the Border towns each have historical Border Common Ridings festivals regaling the Border Reivers which involve local people riding at high speed through the town centres/ moors and celebrating afterwards. Also a short drive to the coast for lovely fishing villages and Northumberland for Bamburgh Castle and the holy island of Lindisfarne.

Buzzy restaurants
The Sun Inn and Dalhousie Castle
Cool bars
Edinburgh or Galashiels/ various locations
Cozy cafés
The Cloudhouse, Stow, ClarindasTea Room, High St, Edinburgh
Retail therapy
Edinburgh town centre, Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh
Bit of culture
Edinburgh has many, locally; Crichton Castle, Borthwick Castle, many historic estates in Scotland, Edinburgh Fringe/ food/ jazz/ Mela Festival. Lots of theatres/ shows/ galleries/ museums
Walks in the park
Many walks locally and beaches are a short drive
Spot of exercise
The Three Bretheren hills, Selkirk, local hill walks, and Arthur Seat, Edinburgh
Day tripping
Edinburgh, Medieval high street; going exploring through all the closes, stopping for lunch in Clarindas Tea Room and then visiting the Museum of childhood and the National Museum (all free but really fun and interesting). After that, just the Edinburgh Fringe; the atmosphere and all the shows are great fun and folks are chatty and friendly

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