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Sleeps 10 adults
+ 2 children
Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 5 Pets 1 Welcome Region Roxburghshire Town/village Kelso
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Stylish Converted Church, near Kelso (159)

A church from the outside, but a stylish unique holiday house on the inside, full of charm, character and spacious living space, making this an unforgettable holiday venue.

This wonderful large holiday home, situated in the centre of a sleepy village overlooking the Cheviot Hills, is a converted church, dating back to 1878. Beautifully refurbished, this boutique conversion of a Victorian church in 2002, offers stylish accommodation for up to 10 adults and 2 children. Combining traditional features, such as the stained glass windows with ultra modern opaque glass floors, there is a feeling of old and new within this striking holiday house.

The main part of the church is on the first floor, when the full scale of the size and space is realised. A vast 54 foot by 34 foot living space houses dining, cooking, seating and play areas for all the guests. With under-floor heating and surround sound music system, your comfort and enjoyment is part of the experience. Externally, to one side is the drive, with allocated garden area and decking with garden furniture. This stunning property is ideal for a family holiday or those wishing to base themselves within this popular short break destination.

A holiday house with a differenceModern kitchen with breakfast barKitchen at one end of the large open plan designOpen plan space with dining section with opaque glass floorGames section with a pool table This is a really special holiday houseBack at ground level

Living Space

Reception rooms

The reception area of this church conversion is accessed via the central glass stairway to a vast 54 foot by 34 foot open-plan living space. With the arched beams, flower roundel window and stained glass window juxtaposed with the modernity of a semi-glass floor and striking use of space, this is very much a “wow” room.

There are four distinct areas within this large space on the first floor and they are the seating area, the games area, the dining area and the kitchen area. At the far end of the building, with a flat screen TV on the wall, there are a number of large comfortable sofas around a coffee table, with a wood-burning stove to the side, which makes up the living space area. To the side is a pool table. There is also access to an external balcony, where you can enjoy views over the local Borders countryside.

For families with young children, the staircase is a bit of an illusion, protected as it is on both sides by glass as well as under the steps (riser) so in effect isn't an open staircase. The owner provides a stairgate on request which is fitted at the top of the staircase.  This level is where you'll likely spend most of your time.  

Kitchen / Dining

At the near end of this impressive first floor open-plan space is a well designed kitchen with granite work-tops and stainless steel throughout. There are six bar stools to the side where more informal dining or socialising can occur. The dining area is opposite which consists of an old oak refectory table with two pews on either side, and two oak chairs, which comfortable seats 10 people to a maximum of 12 people.

  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • BBQ
  • CD Player
  • Cooker, Range
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Garden Furniture
  • Heating, Central
  • Heating, underfloor
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Music, SONOS wireless HiFi system
  • Music, system, Surround sound
  • Oven, hob, electric
  • Parking, 5 cars
  • Telephone, Honesty System
  • TV
  • TV, Smart
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
 The impressive master bedroom has a modern en-suite bathroomEn-suite bathroom to master double bedroomBedroom 2, a bright and comfortable double bedroomEn-suite bathroom and storage space for bedroom 2Bedroom 3, a generous double room with chic day bedBedroom 4, a stylish double room with additional day bed suitable for childrenStylish decor and quirky windows throughout this unique holiday homeBedroom 5, a classy double bedroom with vanity suitModern fixtures in every room

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 10 + 2

Accommodation is provided for a group of 10 adults and 2 children in 5 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms and 2 shower rooms, as follows:

Ground floor (accessed by steps)

Bedroom 1, master double room, with king size double bed and fold-out sofa-bed, with en-suite wet floor bathroom, with  stand-alone bath, separate shower cabinet, w,c and wash hand basin;

Bedroom 2, double bedroom, with double bed with wash hand basin, with en-suite wet room with shower; bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin;

Bedroom 3, family bedroom, with double bed and single bed;

Bedroom 4, family bedroom, with double bed and single daybed;

Bedroom 5, smaller double room, with double bed with wash hand basin, with en-suite wet room with shower;

cloakroom with w.c and wash hand basin; bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin.

  • 2 Double Room/s With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Master Double Bedroom Suite With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 2 Family Room/s With Double Bed And Single Day Bed With Private Bathroom
This traditional church building hides a stunning stylish interiorEnjoy a village location in the Scottish BordersView from the gardenYou will not want to leave when the time comes

Grounds & Surrounds

Enclosed with its own policy, with gate off the main road, there is a small area of grass, patio and decking available. Located in the quaint hamlet of Stichill, only 3 miles from Kelso, the Borders offers a range of activities and things to do.  Kelso Abbey is worth a visit, as is Abbotsford House, Sir Walter Scott’s home. For those in search of more lively entertainment, fishing, clay shooting and golf can be found locally, with the rivers Tweed and Teviot being close by. The nearest golf course can be found at Kelso with The Roxburghe course, or at Melrose. Kelso is the local market town, with good quality shops and restaurants, with a major supermarket, Sainsburys.


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 1 pet is welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity and oil central heating included within the rental. An initial supply of logs for the wood burning stove is provided.

Notes & Warnings

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. 

The owners lives in the vestry to the rear, which has its own seperate access, drive and private garden area.

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only. (No bedroom access).


The beautiful country town of Kelso is nestled in the Border countryside of Roxburghshire. Sat on the river Tweed, where it meets the Teviot, the town is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and scenery, and there is much to explore on foot or by bike. The ruins of Kelso Abbey lie in the town, a short distance from the river. Once the richest abbey in Scotland, the remains are still awe-inspiring! Floors Castle is home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, and exhibits some fine historic collections, fantastic gardens and grounds, and an exciting adventure playground for the kids! If you have a few minutes spare whilst visiting, take a turn around the beautiful War Memorial Gardens, the formal gardens are well maintained and a peaceful and tranquil place. 


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 Village Nearest shop 3 miles Nearest supermarket 3 miles Nearest pub 3 miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh 49 miles
Newcastle upon Tweed 72 miles
Visit Floors Castle or fish on the TweedWalking in the Lammermuir Hills Kelso Abbey in nearby KelsoKelso town square


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17th May 2019 Excellent 

What a place no spoilers.

Service rating : Thank you
Product : That's what we love to hear! Glad to hear you had a good time.

4th January 2018 Excellent 

Property photos & description looked great however the photos did not do the property justice. We weee very impressed

Service rating : Great you found the process straight forward and booking process simple, we do try to make our processes as user friendly as possible so this is great to know!

Product : Many thanks for your comments, any feedback is appreciated and we'll ensure we review the current images as we obviously want to show this fantastic property in it's best light! Great the house exceeded your expectations and we hope to welcome you back in the future. 

10th November 2017 Excellent 

uitstekend zoals alles verlopen is het boeken de accommodatie prima dik in orde

Service rating : Many thanks for your excellent review, we're thrilled you found the service amazing and hope to help again in the future. 

Product : We're so pleased you found the accommodation excellent and everything went smoothly. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you wish to re book again.

21st January 2017 Excellent 

Property had the wow factor and was perfect for our family get together. Good sized and very well equipped kitchen. Suited us very well.

Service rating : Many thanks for the lovely comments regarding our service, so nice to hear you found our team helpful and the booking process hassle free! 

Product : Totally agree with you! This amazing  church conversion certainly has the wow factor, glad it accommodated your family well and we 'd be delighted to hear from you again in the future!

5th January 2017 Excellent 

Beautifully presented property. Exactly as described. Owner/caretaker was friendly and helpful but unobtrusive.

Service rating : Thank you for your excellent review, we're delighted that you found the team helpful and booking process straight forward and hope to be of help again sometime.

Product : Totally agree this is a beautiful and unique property and the owners are super accommodating. Great to hear you had an excellent time!

25th August 2016 Excellent 

Beautiful converted church, friendly helpful owner

Service rating : Thanks so much! Great to hear you found our team friendly and the booking process straight forward. Look forward to hearing from you again in the future! 

Product : Many thanks for taking the time to leave feedback, and we agree this church is stunning and the lovely owners are very friendly and welcoming. 

7th June 2016 Excellent 

The converted church just outside Kelso was really well equipped with everything we needed for a fantastic long weekend with family and friends. The owner, who lives adjacent to the property, couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. Great sound system and TV and fantastic kitchen area where we spent lots of time as we had a temporary bar there.

Service rating : Thanks so much for the fantastic feedback regarding our service! Great that you found all the extra holiday info we provide along the way useful when making the plans for your stay.  

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Product : Lovely to hear you had a nice welcome from the owner of the church, this conversion is certainly an impressive venue with excellent facilities for a family celebration.

8th May 2016 Excellent 

Beautiful property, spacious, well equiped, well maintained in idealic setting. Owners very helpful and obliging.

Service rating : Thank you for your feedback, great to hear you found us both professional and responsive.

Don't forget to claim your loyalty discount, alongside our price guarantee if you ever wish to re book with us.

Product : Fabulous to hear you all had an excellent time at this quirky church conversion.

We totally agree the property is very spacious and the owners certainly do their best to be helpful yet non intrusive too. If you ever wish to re book, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

21st April 2016 Excellent 

Outstanding living space. One fabulous bedroom and four ok ones. A very will equipped property. Our older grandchildren loved the pool table and the toddler loved the range of games available.
Ken (the owner) could not have been more helpful.

Service rating : Thank you for your feedback, glad to hear that you found the booking system very efficient and our service good.

Apologies for the confusion with the cot/ highchair, we can’t see that these were requested, glad the owner could arrange this swiftly for you on arrival. We are in the process of making these requests  clearer on our website for future guests to hopefully avoid any misunderstandings.

Product : Sounds like you all had a great time at this unique church conversion, totally agree the living space is the heart of the house and pretty outstanding, great to hear all generations enjoyed the facilities. The bedrooms available are as advertised on our website, however any feedback received is much appreciated and we will certainly pass your comments on. Glad that you found the owners helpful, if you ever wish to return don’t forget to claim your loyalty discount next time.

10th February 2016 Excellent 

Absolutely stunning! Would highly recommend this amazing property. Completely unique, stylish while holding on to original identity. Key holder was very friendly and accommodating,

Service rating : Thank you very much for the lovely feedback, glad you found our team friendly and the online payment system helpful.
Product : Many thanks for the fantastic comments, sounds like you had an amazing stay and we agree the owners are very hospitable and welcoming.

29th April 2015 Excellent 

The house is absolutely stunning and well equipped. Would happily return there for another visit

Service rating : Thank you for your fab comments, and so glad we were able to assist with the holiday planning!
Product : Lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful church, we would be delighted to help with your next booking.

27th April 2015 Excellent 

Beautiful conversion of an old church, with open plan living area upstairs, using the whole length and width of the building, and 5 double bedrooms downstairs, some with extra beds . Had worried the open space might be cold, but it wasn't at all. Kitchen very well stocked with pretty much everything you could possibly need. Owners live in vestry at the back of the church - very approachable and helpful. An amazing place to stay with a large group. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Service rating : Great you found our service efficient and helpful, we would love to assist with any future trips you may have planned, to visit Scotland again!
Product : Sounds like an amazing time was had by all at this fabulous converted church! Pleased to hear you found the property warm and well equipped for your party size. If you would ever like to re book again please don't hesitate to get back in touch!

10th July 2014 Excellent 

Walking through the door our mouths just dropped. The church is stunning. Its modern and well thought out. The finishing touches are perfect. Their is a peaceful and warm feeling inside. We felt right at home. Our family popped in at random nights and they nearly fell over when they saw the inside of the church, was loved by all. The internet connection is also good. It was an amazing holiday . thank you

Many thanks for your feedback, glad you found our service helpful and the payment process was clarified promptly for you.

It's always nice hearing happy holiday stories, we are pleased to hear you all had an amazing time and will certainly pass your comments on. We hope to be of help with any future holiday trips!

12th June 2014 Excellent 

Fantastic week at Cairns House !! We will be back

Thank you for your comments, we are pleased that you found our service helpful and that we could assist with your plans, great to hear you had a fantastic week!

If you ever wish to re book please don't hesitate to get in touch we would be delighted to help once again.

Scotts Castle Holidays

21st May 2014 Excellent 

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to be back in the future

Many thanks for your feedback, glad to hear your family enjoyed the holiday and we would be delighted to help again with the next trip!

Scotts Castle Holidays

26th March 2014 Excellent 

Cairns House was fabulous. The standard of accommodation is excellent and all the extra touches like the welcome hamper and toiletries provided really added to it. We were a party of eight, ages ranging from 15 - 84, and everyone loved the experience of staying in the converted church. We would highly recommend to anyone considering the accommodation for a holiday.

Thanks for your comments. Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all of your group!

Please don't hesitate to get back in touch with us in the future, if you would like any other holidays plans.

Scotts Castle Holidays

19th March 2014 Excellent 

Superb accommodation. All nine of us had a great time and we were reluctant to leave.

Thank you for your feedback, so lovely to hear you had a fantastic time! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again should you wish to re book.

Scotts Castle Holidays

17th December 2013 Excellent 

We all had a lovely 3 night stay at Cairns House. Such a treat to stay in an old church full of character. The modern design was beautiful and cosy. There were 13 ladies for my Mum's 50th and the open plan living area was perfect for everyone getting to know each other a mix over good food and wine. The owner was on hand to contact for any questions we had. Could not fault this beautiful church for a fantastic stay!

Many thanks for your lovely feedback, glad to hear the birthday celebrations went well and your group enjoyed their stay in this beautiful property. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can help with any future holiday plans and we will be delighted to help, don’t forget we also offer a loyalty discount for returning clients!

Scotts Castle Holidays

19th June 2013 Excellent 

Super property. Exactly as per the website!

Fantastic to hear that your group had a great time at Cairns House! Thank you for taking the time to submit feedback about your holiday and our booking process, we are please you found us helpful.

Scotts Castle Holidays would love to assist with any future plans you may have to return to Scotland. Don't forget to claim your Loyalty Discount should you wish to book again through us! (T&C'S apply)

Naomi Ashwell
Scotts Castle Holidays

16th January 2013 Excellent 

The property was absolutely superb. Couldn't fault it at all! Would recommend it to anyone looking for something different and spectacular!

Thank you so much for your comments following your stay, and we are pleased you found our service to be efficient and helpful.

Great that you had a wonderful time at the property! We hope to be of future assistance with any plans you may have and dont forget to claim your Loyalty discount should you like to book through us again. (T&C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

10th January 2013 Excellent 

Will recommend to others ,a beautiful house

Thanks for your feedback, we are delighted to hear you liked the house! We have recently introduced a loyalty discount scheme for returning customers, and hope we can assist with future plans.

Scotts Castle Holidays

10th January 2013 Excellent 

Lovely house, great obliging owners, good location - perfect for large parties.

Christmas tree and welcome hamper - very thoughtful.

Would return to Cairns House in the future - thank you.

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