Country house 4 bedrooms easy access to Edinburgh
From $194 / night
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Quarryknowes is an ideal base to explore Edinburgh & the beautiful Scottish Borders. It is a traditional country house (1840s) with lots of character, spacious, comfortable and homely, overlooking the Gala Water valley. Set on the edge of the village of Stow, 25 miles south of Edinburgh, and surrounded by open countryside. There is a south-facing garden with lawn to the front. To the rear is a private and sheltered terrace with barbecue area and outdoor fire place, and sloping wooded garden giving direct access to the fields and hills beyond.
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Country house 4 bedrooms easy access to Edinburgh Scottish Borders, Scotland
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The village of Stow :
Stow has a population of about 400. There is a post office / general store, a cafe / gallery, village hall, a medical centre, a church, a primary school, an all-weather sports ground with tennis court and hockey pitch, and a large public park with children's play areas. The Gala Water river runs through the village.
there is an excellent bus service every 30 minutes from just outside the house, directly into the centre of Edinburgh (St Andrew’s Square). The bus takes an hour. By car the journey is about 45 minutes. You might want to consider driving to the ‘Park and Ride’ at Sheriffhall, about 30 minutes away, where you can park your car for free and take a bus into the centre from there. Buses every few minutes.
Around Stow :
there are many lovely walks around the village, you can walk as you please over the hills – the only requirement is that you close all gates, are mindful of livestock and take your litter home. One example, from the old road on the other side of the valley opposite the house you can walk up the hill to the skyline and follow the old drove road running northwards up the valley – lovely views over the rolling Border hills in all directions.
are the historic Border towns of Melrose, Peebles, Innerleithen, Kelso, Lauder, Jedburgh, Selkirk and Galashiels where you can find museums, a range of pubs, restaurants, hotels and interesting shopping in the traditional town centres.
Visits can be made to the ancient abbeys of Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh, to the castles at Thirlestane, Neidpath, Floors, Roxburgh, Hermitage or to the country houses at Mellerstain, Traquhair and Abbotsford (Walter Scott's house). There are many marked walks, of varing difficulty, through the countryside and forests. The excellent mountain biking facilities at Glentress are 30 minutes away by car.
Some suggestions for visits in the Borders :
Melrose - this little town is very pretty with interesting shops and places to eat, an old abbey and behind it are the three peaks of the Eildon Hills which have lovely views from the top and are not too difficult a climb.
Kelso - a busy Borders town sitting on the river Tweed, within another ancient Abbey, good shops, hotels, coffee shops etc. Floors Castle is nearby.
Traquair House - just outside Innerleithen, dates back to 1107, and is steeped in Scottish history. You can walk from room to room, the ancient furnishings and décor give the impression that it’s as it was hundreds of years ago. It does not feel like a museum. The grounds are beautiful too.
Glentress Forest - between Innerleithen and Peebles, forest walks and marked mountain biking routes of varying difficulty, bikes can be rented, and there's a nice café. A great energetic day out.
St Abb’s Head - on the coast north of Berwick-on-Tweed, walks along the cliffs, lots of seabirds, Fast Castle, an interesting little harbour.
There are 21 courses set in the beautiful Border countryside. Lauder golf course is 5 miles and Galashiels 8 miles from the house. 'Freedom of the Fairways' passes are available - so that you can sample several courses.
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