The Scottish Borders have long been one of our favorites - beautiful rolling hills, endless beaches, world class fishing and epic driving - so we jumped on the offer of a weekend getaway with local vacation specialists. Crabtree and Crabtree.
Feeling adventurous - and keen to make the most of the scenic winding roads of the northeast - we headed up there on our Royal Enfields, so by the time we reached the banks of the River Tweed we needed some 'a good whiskey and an evening in front of the fire. Crabtree's Heiton Mill House did not disappoint. This 18e century, the converted watermill is perfectly secluded: a beautiful historic property nestled away from the hustle and bustle on the banks of the River Teviot, a stone's throw from Kelso.
Kelso is a bustling little shopping town, with great lively pubs and restaurants, a monthly farmers market, and a series of upscale specialty shops. Interesting fact for all pub enthusiasts: Kelso's graceful five-arch bridge over the Tweed was modeled after London's Waterloo Bridge. It is a truly impressive sight.
Kelso sits at the junction of the Tweed and Teviot rivers and is a favorite with anglers. It is serious fishing ground - rather lost for us because, unsurprisingly, there was no room for rods at the back of our Enfields…
So it was a weekend to relax and revel in the peace and quiet. We gathered an impressive array of local wildlife while sitting in the sun on the deck: herons, oysters, leaping salmon, but no otters this time around.
The owners of Heiton Mill House have thought of everything and you will find little luxuries around every turn. Our favorite? Heated beds and hot showers are on offer for visiting four-legged friends! We were very happy to be on our own, but if you need advice on the best restaurants in town, great walks, private chefs, or to get a fishing license the owners live right up the road and are very helpful. happy to give you a hand.
Heiton Mill House sleeps 10 and is located on the River Teviot, 7 km from Kelso in the Scottish Borders. A three night stay starts from £ 1,212.00. Reservations via www.crabtreeandcrabtree.com or call +44 (0) 1573 226711
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