An ideal base to explore Edinburgh & the Scottish Borders. A traditional old house (1840s) full of character and charm, lots of space and home comforts. In the village of Stow, 25 miles south of Edinburgh, set among rolling hills and 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.
On the ground floor :
Large country kitchen with dining area, window seating, large range-type cooker, TV.
Twin bedroom adjacent to the toilet & shower room
Spacious study / single bedroom / library with PC and broadband
Laundry / utility area, and garage with bikes and storage.
On the first floor :
Conservatory with beautiful views across the valley
Spacious lounge with wood burning stove, 2 large sofas, books, music, satellite TV, DVD, and doors leading directly to the terrace / rear garden and in to the conservatory.
Two double bedrooms, both overlooking the river and valley
Large family bathroom with separate shower enclosure.
Guests have access to the whole house and garden - to a peaceful place inside or out to read or contemplate, and to the comfortable public rooms to get together to cook, eat, chat, listen to music, watch TV, play cards.......it's spacious and flexible.
Interaction with Guests
We provide lots of information before and during the visit. We have 6 years of experience now and that's told us what's important for guests to know to have a relaxed and interesting stay in Stow. We are happy to find specific details for travel plans etc before or during a visit here. We are easily contactable by phone or email at any time, as is our friend and neighbour who looks after the house for us. She can pop in to meet our guests at any time if there are any problems or queries.
The village of Stow has a population of about 400. There is a post office / general store, a cafe / gallery, village hall, a medical centre, an all-weather sports ground with tennis court, and a large public park with children's play areas. It is a friendly place, nice people.
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.
Nearby 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 (website hidden) 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.
Edinburgh : 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.
Other Things to Note
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Our home is strictly non-smoking. We ask that you don't smoke inside the house and take care of it and its contents.
Also we ask that you recycle your waste as far as possible. There is a bottle bank in the village where we recycle glass bottles and jars, and the household rubbish is separated into two large bins, standing down by the gate, one for paper, cardboard, plastic containers, tins and aluminium cans and the other for non-recyclable waste. These are emptied by the local council on alternate weeks.
Finally please leave the house as clean and tidy as you find it.
We have a lovely time staing in Quarryknowes! The house was exactly as it was described. Very roomy and many rooms in which to read or listen to music. We especially loved the conservatory. The house was exactly the right distance from Edinburgh with easy access to buses. On arriving, all was in order and we had no problems whatsoever. We would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to visit both Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. Absolutely wonderful!!!!
We had a great time staying at the house. It was exactly as described and we felt very welcome. The village was lovely and it was easy to get to Edinburgh by car. We enjoyed our evenings cooking in the well stacked kitchen and could relax with a good book in the winter garden.
With the two bikes we could drive around the countryside.
It was very quiet and the beds were comfortable to sleep in.
We would come back for another stay.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Quarryknowes -- quite a nice, cozy home base for exploration around the Scottish border lands. Our family was a group of seven, and the great stone house felt spacious and relaxing between drives to castles, abbeys, and other small towns, plus walking around the neighboring farmland was a treat.
Despite being close to the street (A7), the hedges and surrounding wooded area provided nice privacy for sitting outside in the evening.
An extra bonus was the great speakers, and extensive music collection. We had a blast.
We had a lovely time! The house was really well-equipped: comfortable beds, great showers, good kitchen with two fridges and comfortable living room and conservatory. Good supply of maps and local information, and friendly and helpful email exchanges with Lyn beforehand. We also loved the books and record collection! We would highly recommend this property.
This is a terrific house! It was clean and appointed with everything we needed. The house 'directions' as to how to use everything, where things were, what to do, recommended walks, etc. were clear and thorough. The house itself is charming - a great blend of old country and newer amenities. The bus stop was just a few minutes walk down the main street and went straight into Edinburgh. We did have a car - the Tesco was just a 10 minute drive down into Galashiels. We self catered several meals. All in all, it was a great experience. We've stayed in many homes throughout Europe - this is a great house!
Very nice house in a beautiful area near Edinburgh and a lot of historic places around. Plenty of room for our 4 kids. We also liked the (music) books and cd collection!
Lyn's house in Stow is just what we were looking for. Beautiful town and the local very friendly. We even joined in on the fancy dress celebrations. The house was on a very convenient bus line into the city of Edinburgh, which we all made use of. The car park in Sheriffhall was perfect for out late nite outings. Their home was in perfect working order with ample room for the six of us who stayed there. We stayed several day in Stow to just soak in the local walks, friendly townspeople, lovely tea room (great coffee, cakes and conversation) and viewing the sheep and cattle from the wonderful views the home provided. I wish we were still there.
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My husband Tom and I are retired teachers - Tom was an Art teacher and I was a Biology and Chemistry lecturer in Edinburgh for more years than I care to mention ! We have lived in our house in Stow for 26 years and have brought up our two children here. We love the wide open spaces around us, walking and cycling in the area, doing a bit of gardening (not too much), and going up to Edinburgh to visit friends, art galleries, exhibitions, the theatres and to shop. We like music, books, art and old interesting things - of which there are many examples in our house. We think you will find us and our home in Stow welcoming, easy-going and comfortable. Our apartment in Edinburgh is very central, fresh and well-equipped and will provide you with a perfect base to explore the culture and history of this fascinating city.