Near Melrose, Scottish BordersGuest Rating
A sweeping driveway leads along to Darnlee, a substantial house set in beautiful extensive parkland on the outskirts of Melrose in the Scottish Borders, offering guests the chance to take a real trip back in time.
|Sleeps: 8||Bedrooms: 4|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
Darnlee is a category B listed building that has been in the same family since it was built over 200 years ago and still retains a lovely homely family atmosphere with lots of original furniture and antiques. Once in the grounds you are surrounded by some impressive redwood and sequoia trees that provide great privacy and the feeling that you are 'monarch of all you survey'.
At the heart of the house is a delightful garden room that is flooded with light from large French doors that lead out to the garden. Everything is easily to hand in the kitchen and although there is a dishwasher, with views of the Eildon hills from the sink you may prefer to wash up yourself. The formal dining room is a very grand place to gather together for meals whilst admiring the family portraits that adorn the walls.
Positioned upstairs to take advantage of the pleasing vista from the bay window is the drawing room with an open fire that keeps it nice and cosy.
Bedrooms are spread out over two floors with a twin bedroom and shower room downstairs and another twin bedroom and double bedroom upstairs, as well as a master bedroom with gorgeous views of the garden and a chaise longue that just begs to be curled up on.
Wildlife lovers will like seeing the rabbits playing in the garden at the front of the house and the friendly rare breed sheep that graze in the adjoining field but are kept from wandering into the garden by a cattle grid. To the rear is a more formal walled garden with manicured lawns and wonderful plants and flowers that add a riot of colour. Soak in the peace and quiet from the benches under the trees or try out the little sun room that allows the garden to be enjoyed whatever the weather.
Melrose (1 mile) is a charming town with plenty of amenities, a well-stocked supermarket and lots of interesting little shops. In fact, it was voted as the 'best place to live in Scotland' by The Sunday Times.
If you fancy a break from cooking there are several excellent restaurants to choose from and history enthusiasts will like visiting Melrose Abbey, the final burial place of the heart of Robert the Bruce, and the interesting Trimontium Museum detailing the history of the nearby Roman Fort.
Walkers are spoilt for choice here with lots of paths to follow, the Eildon hills to climb and the St Cuthbert’s and Southern Upland Way both running through the town. It is only 5 minutes’ walk from the house down to picturesque walks along the River Tweed where sand martins nest in the banks and herons are often spotted. Guests even have trout fishing rights on a stretch of the river.
Darnlee is also an easy 10 minute walk from the train station at Tweedbank that links up with Edinburgh in under an hour should a day of sightseeing or shopping in the city beckons.
Nearby Abbotsford House (1.5 miles), once home to Sir Walter Scott, dates back to around the same period as Darnlee and was actually partly built by the owners family. Today is open to the public to tour around the house, walk in the pleasant gardens and stop off for lunch in the stylish café.
Local Events and Attractions
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Garden room with TV/DVD
Kitchen with electric hob and oven, combination microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, etc
Twin bedroom with wash basin
Shower room with WC, wash basin and washing machine.
Drawing room with open fire and TV
Double bedroom (king-size) with wash basin
Double bedroom with wash basin
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
- Travel Cot
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £25 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £35 INCLUDED) and open fire (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to fair usage policy). A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- 2 Week Discount (£50)
- Save 10% - February Half Term From 16/02/2019 to 22/02/2019
- Save 10% - Valentine's Week From 09/02/2019 to 15/02/2019
- Save 10% w/c 19 Jan 19 From 19/01/2019 to 24/01/2019
- Save 10% w/c 26 Jan 19 From 26/01/2019 to 31/01/2019
- Save 5% w/c 02 Feb 19 From 02/02/2019 to 08/02/2019
- Easter Break 2019 From 06/04/2019 to 11/04/2019
- Easter Break 2019 From 13/04/2019 to 19/04/2019
- May Half Term 2019 From 25/05/2019 to 31/05/2019
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 8|
|06 Jan 2019 - 08 Feb 2019||£795.00|
|09 Feb 2019 - 05 Apr 2019||£895.00|
|06 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019||£995.00|
|27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019||£895.00|
|11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019||£995.00|
|25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019||£1,295.00|
|01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019||£995.00|
|29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019||£1,295.00|
|31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019||£995.00|
|21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019||£895.00|
|12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019||£995.00|
|02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019||£795.00|
|20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019||POA|
|28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||POA|
|06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||POA|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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The house was clean and comfortable. Perfect for a New Year holiday with extended family. The kitchen was very well equi...Read More
Excellent location, lovely house exactly like the photos.
Excellent cottage and location. We enjoyed our walks with the dog and had great family gatherings in the beautiful garde...Read More
We had an excellent family holiday at Darnlee. Beautiful house and grounds with loads of history and in keeping decor an...Read More
The house downstairs was not very warm . We had particularly cold weather however heating was not on when we arrived whi...
We’re pleased that the heating upstairs was very good. The central heating is set to come on well before the house’s sch...Read More
'What a beautiful house. Fantastic gardens, loads to see and do. Very clean - thank you!'
'A wonderful home from which to explore the Borders and the Cheviots to the coast. This is a beautiful and tranquil place - thank you for our stay in this historic, elegant home.'
'My first visit to Darnlee in its new incarnation - I love it! Wonderfully quiet and peaceful but also now very comfortable. I really appreciate all the work that has gone into making it such a lovely holiday home!'
'We had a fantastic time in your lovely home. A great venue for celebrating festival week and a family gathering. We hope to repeat the experience!'
'Nice big house with excellent beds in a beautiful area. Thank you for a lovely time.'
'This is the most beautiful house with a lovely warm feeling and a very restful place. We really don't want to leave but will be back!'
'What a wonderful base to enjoy a Melrose 7's weekend. Is the weather always this good?!'
'A beautiful home full of interesting history as we found out when visiting Abbotsford. Very comfortable.'
'Such a lovely place to stay. Fabulous sitting room and lovely bedroom. Great location for good walks, good coffee and good exploring.'
'Stayed here over New Year and had an amazing stay. A beautiful home in a lovely location and perfect hospitality - thanks!'
'A fabulous 5 days - felt relaxed from the moment we arrived. Lovely house, really comfy beds. Very sad to leave.'
'A home from home! Very welcoming and a wonderful place to stay.'