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Sleeps 12 adults Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms 3 Pets 2 Welcome Region Roxburghshire Town/village Melrose
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19th Century Townhouse, near Melrose (002)

A surprising Caribbean twist with a colonial feel in the Scottish Borders

A colonial inspired Georgian Mansion in the popular Borders market town of Melrose, with impressive views towards the Eildon Hills and St Mary’s Abbey. Dating back to 1807, it was commissioned by Robert Waugh, who having made his fortune from plantations in Jamaica returned to Melrose and had this house built in the Georgian period style but with hints of Caribbean influence. His house in Jamaica had a flight of stairs to keep the wildlife out of the house and he had one made here, but in a grand style.

Although the design of the single façade conforms to a standard Scottish format with the three bays and five windows, the detailing is unusual and reveals careful consideration. The little Ionic portico that embraces the Palladian window effect around the front door is unusually generous with its height and width of the steps leading to it, creating an effect reminiscent of a Colonial veranda where one might sit and enjoy the view while taking the air. 

With the reception rooms at upper ground level, the stately accommodation is spread over the floors above. The two front rooms are the traditional drawing room and elegant dining room, with the kitchen and the second sitting room to the rear.  All bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the second and third floors.

This is a dog friendly property and is an ideal family holiday retreat. 

The drawing room is a large and comfortable roomThe wood panelling came all the way from JamaicaHost your celebration in this beautiful Georgian dining roomThe small library has a big tv and masses of books The kitchen is functional and well equipped.The impressive stairs takes you to the bedrooms

Living Space

Reception rooms

This care and attention to detail extends to the interior, where the sober exterior gives no hint of its exuberant delight in elaborate decorative effects. The Ionic porticoed porch opens into an intricately architectural lobby, reminiscent of the most elaborate French pavilions by architects like Gabriel and Ledoux.

At each corner freestanding Ionic columns are decorated with leaf collars, rising to support a complex groin vault with neoclassical stucco wreaths and fan paterae decorating the wall faces like an ancient Roman or Pompeian villa. Beyond, lies a particularly elegant curving geometric staircase of a kind more familiar in American colonial architecture. The staircase rises within the bow of the back façade through two storeys with anthemions incorporated in the design of its elegant cast iron balusters.

On the right lies the Drawing Room. Again, like a French pavilion with its delight of intricate geometric shapes, its long proportions from the depth of the block have been improved by treating its North end as a curved exedra, creating a more intimate rectangular space centred on the chimneypiece. This Drawing
Room is of great historical importance to Scottish architecture because of Waugh’s decision to line it with cedar.

After the elegant curved wall of the Drawing Room, the Dining Room extending almost the full depth of the block appears much larger and more nobly proportioned. While the Drawing Room relied on the pioneering use of cedar for its decorative effect, the Dining Room has a riot of decorative plasterwork beneath a cornice with almost Gothic detailing, betraying the contemporary eclecticism of Regency decoration. 

Additionally there is a small library/TV room, with TV and books to keep guests entertained.

Please note the open fires are currently out of operation due to renovation work to the chimneys.  

Kitchen / Dining

Behind the drawing room is the kitchen to the rear. This is a narrow functional room with stainless steel gas range, with 6 hobs and double oven. Everything else you would expect is here, with dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and washer/dryer. Whilst storage is adequate there is a larder/store next door for additional storage.

The dining room enjoys a front view over the gardens and is an elegant room. The marble fireplace, mahogany dining table and chairs and antique pictures makes this a wonderful setting for any occasion.

  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Garden, beautiful
  • Garden, Walled
  • Grill
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
  • Music, system in drawing room
  • Oven, hob, gas
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Washer Dryer
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Mobile reception
  • EPC Rating = F
Double master bedroom has an en suite bathroomEn suite bathroom for the double master bedroomThis twin room on the second floor also has a front viewAnother gorgeous twin bedroomBathroomThis second floor room is classified as a single bedroomTop floor twin bedroom in the eaves, perfect for children?Another top floor twin tucked into the eaves

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 12

Upstairs, and befitting a pavilion, the bedrooms have more intimate proportions because they have been constrained by the exaggerated height of the public rooms below. However they are no less decorative with a complete catalogue of choice composition chimneypieces from the same manufacturer who supplied the door and window heads in the Dining Room. 

Accommodation is provided for a group of 12 adults in 7 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and 1 shower room, as follows:

Second floor

Bedroom 1: Master double bedroom with front view, en-suite bathroom, with bath only, w.c and wash hand basin; additional dressing room available for a cot

Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with two single beds with front view

Bedroom 3: Single bedroom, shared bathroom with bath only, w.c and wash hand basin

Bedroom 4: Twin bedroom with two single beds; shared shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin

Third floor

Bedroom 5: Twin bedroom, with two single beds, shared bathroom or shower room on 2nd floor

Bedroom 6: Single room, with single bed, shared bathroom or shower room on 2nd floor

Bedroom 7: Twin bedroom, with two single beds, shared bathroom or shower room on 2nd floor

  • 2 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 4 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
This holiday house is perfect for a group of friends or family Large holiday house in southern Scotland for self catering groupsThe house has a private garden to the rear or the use of the main gardens which are open to the publicThe magnificent grounds are open to the publicA fine view across the lawn to the holiday house in MelroseGorgeous town house in Melrose available for group holidays

Grounds & Surrounds

Whilst there is an impressive flight of steps flanked by pillars to the front of the house, most access the house from the rear, where there is enclosed secure parking for up to 4 cars, with further off-street parking available. There is also a private garden available to the residents for those wishing a more private space. The main gardens are generally open to the public from April to November each year and are a beautiful asset to the house. Situated in the centre of Melrose and only an hour from Edinburgh, this property provides a comfortable escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and is perfect for family and groups of friends to gather and enjoy the Borders.

Melrose

This ancient town has a great choice of pubs, hotels, shops and restaurants, with Galashiels offering larger supermarkets with Tesco, Asda, Aldi and M+S. The Borders region is known as the short break destination of Scotland, with plenty of choice of activities in the area, including walking the Eildon hills, mountain biking in the woodland trails, fishing on the Tweed or playing a round of golf in Melrose. With the addition of the railway station at nearby Tweedbank, day trips to Edinburgh are made much easier.

Local walks

Riverside walks in the town, and nearby woodland/ hill/ countryside walks.

The St Cuthbert’s Way begins in Melrose and ends 62 ½ miles later in Lindisfarne. The first stage is a very pleasant stretch to St Boswells! Scenic walk to the Trimontium site of ancient Roman interest about a mile east of Melrose.

The Eildon Hills are accessible directly from the Abbey and make a lovely day’s walk affording beautiful views of the Scottish Borders. 

Conditions

Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen & towels; electricty; oil central heating and an initial supply of logs.

Please note the open fires are currently out of operation due to renovation work to the chimneys. 

Notes & Warnings

ACCESSIBILITY
The main gardens are generally open to the public from April to November, however a private garden & car parking is provided for guest use.

COT & HIGHCHAIR
Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair, please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.

PETS
Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property.

Please note the open fires are currently out of operation due to renovation work to the chimneys. 

LocationMelrose

Nestled at the foot of the Eildon Hills under the brow of the Three Peaks, in the valley of the river Tweed, the attractive town of Melrose is a lovely holiday spot. The distinctive landmark of the peaks carry a rich history; an ancient settlement, the Trimontium Fort has been located in this area since about 79AD, and you can learn more in the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre. The town is home to two beautiful National Trust for Scotland walled gardens, Priorwood and Harmony, both fantastic floral displays overlooking the Abbey grounds. The magnificent and grand scale Abbey was ruined by the English in the 14th Century. The Abbey is said to have interred the heart of Robert the Bruce. Nearby Abbotsford is the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott. The house is set in a beautiful location on the river Tweed, and represents the Romantic Movement that Sir Walter Scott created. 

Roxburghshire

The Borders region of Scotland, offering spectacular sceneries and beautiful towns and villages, is the ideal destination for visitors. The historic county of Roxburghshire borders England to the south, and is a welcoming gateway to Scotland. The area is attractive to walkers and cyclists thanks to its sweeping hills and valley landscapes. With the rivers Tweed and Teviot running through the county, fishing is within easy reach, and the Tweed particularly is famed for its salmon. An excellent number of golf courses can be found in the area too.  The largest town, Hawick is renowned for its textile industry, in particular knitwear, and the town’s shopping centre is testament to this. For visitors in the months of May and June, the town is also the starting point of a fantastic celebration of local history, the Border Common Ridings celebrated across the towns of the Borders.  At Melrose, on the river Tweed, you can find Abbotsford, the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott, a lasting monument of its owners life and achievements. Kelso, at the junction of the rivers Teviot and Tweed, also boasts its own abbey ruins, and set nearby is the magnificent Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Jedburgh, can be found just 10 miles from the English border, and its proximity to England has provided it with a rich history of national battles, and it too is home to a fascinating ruined abbey. For those looking for city life, then Edinburgh and all its attractions are only one hour away.

Scottish Borders

Popular as a short break destination, the Scottish Borders offer peace and tranquillity in the beautiful landscapes, and traditional towns and villages. Behind the scenes, the Borders tell of a turbulent history; there is much to learn of the Scottish wars from this area. Fishing, golf, walking and cycling can be found in abundance, so make sure you see the best of the region!

Southern Scotland

Stretching across the border with England, and reaching up to the central belt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Southern Scotland region is a popular location for short break holidays. Although you may not find the monumental mountain ranges of the Highlands, don’t think that this region lacks the traditional Scottish landscapes. The famous 7Stanes mountain biking routes can be found across the Border counties and Dumfries and Galloway, as there is an abundance of hills, glens and forests to challenge even experienced bikers. The region has plenty of fishing opportunities too, most popular perhaps is the River Tweed, well known for its salmon, and miles of coastline, ideal for walking and bird spotting. Golf can be found in abundance in this area too. For gentler activities, visit the Four Borders Abbeys, magnificent tributes to the religious history of the area, at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.   

Area Roxburghshire Type of location Town Nearest shop 0.2 miles Nearest supermarket 0.2 miles Nearest pub 0.2 miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh 43 miles
Nearest Train Station
Tweedbank 1 miles
Picturesque Melrose is the heart of the Borders area of ScotlandSt Mary's Abbey in Melrose is a very short walk from the houseScott's View overlooking the Eildon Hills towards Melrose

Reviews

Feefo is an independent feedback service used by Scotts Castle Holidays to give you an opportunity to see how other guests feel about this property.

5th January 2017 Excellent 

Its the third time weve syated at Harmomy House... The cooker needs a overhaul and maybe a few more pans and trays to cook with?

Service rating : Perfect to hear, thank you! We look forward to helping again in the future.


Product : Great to hear that you had another fantastic time at this property. Thank you for your feedback, we've passed this onto the house manager and they've already reviewed your feedback and have a service arranged for the cooker, which will hopefully benefit future holidays.

9th January 2016 Excellent 

Lovely place for a family get together

Service rating : Many thanks for providing such lovely feedback and great to hear you found this beautiful town house perfect for the New Year holiday!
Product : Thank you for the excellent comments, glad all the family had a great time!

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