The Green House

A stylish holiday home in the heart of the Scottish Borders

The Green House provides flexible accommodation for up to 4 people. With a well-appointed and contemporary interior, it is a great place to unwind and use as a base to explore the stunning Borders countryside, or even make a day trip to Edinburgh on the Borders railway.

The accommodation, which is all on one floor, comprises a large, open plan living space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the hills. The fully-equipped kitchen adjoins a dining area and seating area with a log burner, TV with Freeview and DVD player. Free Wi-Fi is also available. There are two bedrooms – one with a king size bed and the other with zip and link beds which can be double or twin as required. The bathroom has a shower over the bath and there is a cloakroom with wc.

Open plan kitchen, dining area and seating area Fully-equipped kitchen with single oven, 4 ring electric hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washing machine. All the appliances are low energy.

Dining area Table seating 6, high chair can be provided.

Seating area Cosy seating area with state-of-the-art log burner, TV with Freeview, DVD player, i-dock, radio and board games. Free, unlimited Wi-Fi is also provided.

Cloakroom with WC and basin.

Entrance hall ideal for the storage of outdoor clothing and shoes.

Bedroom one with king size bed, wardrobe and dressing table.

Bedroom two with two single zip and link beds which can be double or twin as required, and wardrobe.

Feather pillows and duvets, bed linen and towels and Sedbergh organic toiletries are provided. Non-allergenic pillows and duvets are available on request.  A hairdryer is provided per bedroom.

Bathroom with bath with shower over, WC and basin with shaver point.

Heating Heating is provided by a sophisticated heat exchange system in addition to the log burner in the open-plan living area. Electric heaters in bedrooms if required.

Mobile telephone reception There is a 4G mobile mast offering excellent reception in Ettrickbridge village. A landline is provided for incoming and emergency calls. Wi-Fi is available free of charge and unlimited.

Garden and grounds The Green House is surrounded by a fully-enclosed garden in addition to a decked seating area with outside furniture. A charcoal barbecue is provided (NB charcoal is not provided).

Parking There is ample private parking to the side of the house for up to three cars.

Facilities for babies and children A travel cot and high chair are available on request. Babysitting can usually be arranged with prior notice. Toys, books and games can also be provided.

Cyclists Lockable bike storage and wash down area available. Excellent road and mountain bike routes from the doorstep.

Dogs Regretfully The Green House is unsuitable for pets.

Extras Binoculars and nature guides are provided. Local OS maps and walking guides are available as well as star charts for dark skies star gazing.  All guests have use of the nearby tennis courts and sports field, please bring own equipment.

Ettrickbridge & Nearby

Ettrickbridge sits within spectacular scenery in the heart of the Scottish Borders.  There is excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep and great fishing on the Ettrick Water. The Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys website offers a comprehensive guide to the immediate area including attractions and activities as well as history and culture.

For a guided tour of the area Borders Journeys provides friendly private and small group sightseeing and ancestral tours of the Scottish Borders.  The Reiver’s Road is an app for self-guided driving tours of the area.

The Cross Keys Inn in Ettrickbridge (within walking distance of the house) is a great local pub offering good food.  Further afield The Woll in Ashkirk is as well regarded for its food as for its golf, the Waterwheel café at Philiphaugh and the Glen Café at St Mary’s Loch are also well worth a visit.  Another good local pub with live music is The Gordon Arms in the Yarrow Valley. 

The magnificent Bowhill Estate is just down the road; both the Georgian mansion and extensive grounds are open to the public with beautiful woodland walks and an adventure playground.  The Estate’s own ‘Little Theatre’ hosts excellent drama and music performances throughout the year.  For keen riders, the Buccleuch Country Ride covers some 57 miles and there is a riding centre located next to Bowhill.  The historic houses of Traquair and Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford are also nearby as well as the elegant Borders Abbeys.

Local Towns & Villages The nearest town is Selkirk, a historic mill town just 7 miles away that provides excellent local amenities including a deli, baker, butcher as well as the mill shops which are a must-visit for lovers of cashmere and tweed.  More extensive shopping can be found at Hawick (13 miles) Galashiels and the delightful Border’s towns of Melrose (14 miles), Peebles (22 miles) and Kelso (26 miles) are also nearby.

Activities Besides the extensive walking trails on the dorrstep, the region offers lots of opportunities for more adventurous sports. Just 30 minutes away is the 2,500 acre mountain biking mecca of Glentress Forest – the UK’s leading mountain biking centre – offering a wide variety of trails and challenging downhill runs.  SUP and kayak hire is available at the stunning setting of St Mary’s Loch.  There are lots of child friendly parks and spaces nearby too, including the fantastic adventure playground at Bowhill, only 10 minutes away.

Highlights

  • Take a walk along one of many scenic routes in the Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys listed on www.ettrickandyarrow.co.uk
  • Meet the local wildlife – many of our guests simply sit inside in comfort and watch the wide variety of birds at the window feeder.  Roe deer and red squirrels have also been spotted from there.
  • Some of the finest salmon and trout fishing in the world can be found on the rivers Tweed and Ettrick right on your doorstep!
  • Mountain bikers will be in heaven with nearby Glentress and the 7 Stanes just half an hour’s drive away.
  • Join a factory tour at Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre in Selkirk – a working mill which produces the world‘s largest range of authentic tartans, highland wear and more.
  • Half an hour away is the home of the internationally famous Melrose Sevens Rugby Tournament as well as some great shopping

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Guest comments

What a fantastic house, well equipped and really clean. Brilliant welcome cake, eggs & jam! Verity & Mark very friendly. We had great days out – Alnwick Castle definitely worth a visit – and nice to come home, have dinner and watch sheep, chickens & wildlife. No hesitation in booking again & recommending to friends. Thanks for a great holiday. The M Family, Aberdeen

July 2016 10/03/2017