Near Morebattle , Kelso
New onto the letting market August 2018 – a stunning 4-bedroom, detached stone cottage built in 1850. It was originally two farm workers cottages and was sympathetically renovated in 2001 to create one gorgeous, much-loved family holiday home. The downstairs is completely integrated and the upstairs is still split into two halves for added privacy.
The historic market town of Kelso with all its amenities is only a 10 minute drive away and 5 minutes away the village of Morebattle provides a pub with amazing views from the garden, a paper shop and an excellent local butcher.
That’s if you can tear yourself away from the house. The Whinney has outstanding 360 degree views of the Cheviot Hills and surrounding countryside. It is the definition of getting away from it all.
The perfect place for walkers, dog lovers, cyclists, fisherman, writers, artists, musicians, families and couples, The Whinney has so much to offer. So, why not step out of your everyday life and into a world that’s quiet and relaxing, with wide open skies and plenty of fresh air to revive and invigorate the soul and views that will take your breath away!
EPC rating: E
You’ll enter The Whinney through the back door, and find yourself in the hall; also known as The Dog Room. It’s where you’ll hang up your coat, leave the outside weather behind and start to enjoy the house. You’ll find 2 dog beds, bowls, leads, towels – and even dog biccies – all ready for your four-legged
The whole of the downstairs floor is tiled in terracotta with a good covering of rugs.
The Hideyhole (Bedroom 4)
To the right of The Dog Room, and through a beautiful old wooden panelled door (just like all the doors in the house) you will find a useful ground floor bedroom. A cosy, single room that is great for a teenager who wants to be away from the rest of the family or an older relative who would like peace and quiet and to be on the same floor as the downstairs bathroom. It has a lovely view over the front garden and
the Cheviot Hills beyond.
Also off The Dog Room are two steps up into the large, fully-equipped country kitchen with a family-sized wooden table and seating for 7 people.
The dual-aspect windows allow for stunning views while you eat – towards the Cheviot Hills on one side and rolling countryside and Marlfield House – the estate that originally owned The Whinney on the other.
The owners are keen cooks and there’s a large range of pans and utensils, a dishwasher, a larder containing an American-style fridge freezer, a microwave and filter coffee machine.
Turn left out of the kitchen, and enter a small hallway; on your right, you’ll find a porch and a small sitting area and the door up to…
The Ladder Room (Bedroom 1)
This is the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. It’s not actually up a ladder, but it is steep wooden staircase and when the owners’ children were little they would shout up the stairs to their grandparents ‘Grandma are you up your ladder?’
TIP: This is a beautiful room but should not be used by anyone with mobility issues. We also strongly recommend you don’t go up and down wearing socks! ( and please no dogs up here)
Like many old cottages in the area, all of the upstairs bedrooms are built into the eaves with dormer windows, so the white, wood panelled ceilings are lower than you would find in a modern house and slope on each side, authentic cottage living!
This room has a luxurious super king size bed, two high-backed armchairs, a decorative fireplace, and drawers for storing your clothes in. There is a door that leads to the generously-sized en suite bathroom with separate bath and electric shower. You will also find hanging space for clothes, another chest of drawers and a decorative fireplace in here . There is a heated towel rail and large rug for added cosiness.
Sitting Room 2
Back downstairs and the next room you come to is The Nook. Open to the corridor, it’s a quiet sitting room with two armchairs – one, known as the snuggling chair, is big enough for two! If the mood takes you, there is a writing desk (made by the owner’s great-grandfather and this room also features a
decorative fireplace and lovely views from the desk out to the Cheviots. Behind you, another view out onto Marlfield House and the surrounding rolling countryside. Next door to The Nook, is the lovely main sitting room.
Sitting Room 1
Features two comfy sofas, a huge Persian rug and two reclining, revolving chairs– with matching footstools.
TIP: In the evening, you can turn these towards the large French windows and sit with a glass of wine as you watch the light change over The Cheviot Hills. You may even spot some local wildlife – such as barn owls or bats! Also a good place for a morning cup of tea.
Another great feature of this room is the open working fireplace, perfect for creating a toasty warm space to curl up in winter. There’s a TV with Sky box and a DVD player. Again, this room features dual-aspect windows, with views from both sides of the house. In the corner of the room is the second staircase which goes up to…
The Sanctuary (Bedroom 2)
A spacious room with a king size bed and views over the Cheviot Hills. Like everywhere upstairs, this room has a low white painted tongue-and-groove ceiling. Also a decorative fireplace, chest of drawers, full length mirror, two armchairs and a low wide bench – perfect for a couple of suitcases.
At the top of the stairs, on the landing there are two alcoves – one with hanging space and a mini chest of drawers and one with a standard-sized chest of drawers. The alcoves are shared by the two rooms in this part of the house.
The Cosy Room (Bedroom 3)
Features two single beds, a bedside table and chest of drawers. As with all the bedroom doors, there are hanging hooks for extra hanging space. This room is perfect for kids or friends, with views looking out over the Cheviot Hills.
The two bedrooms at this end of the house are serviced by a shared loo with a
sink, heated towel rail, and over-mirror light. The shower for these rooms is downstairs…
Downstairs shower room
Off the main sitting room, along a short hall, is the downstairs loo and shower. Unusually, there is an electric and a mains shower to choose from in the same cubicle – so you can have both on at the same time, or just one!
Beside the downstairs loo, includes a washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board, wooden clothes horse and sink area.
Back, back door
From the utility room you can reach the ‘back back door’ and find a parasol and reclining chair for the garden.
Leave The Whinney from the back of the house, and enter into the garden. The back door opens out onto a paved area with a picnic bench. The area is fenced and encompasses grass and patio with two gates leading into the main garden. It is safe to let your dogs or toddlers out in this smaller, enclosed bit of garden. Through the picket fence gate you’ll find yourself in the main open area of the garden, which is laid to lawn and enclosed by a dry stone wall. A great area for a game of football, cricket or general running around.
Within this main garden there is a rockery, which used to be a pond, which is in the process of been drained for safety reasons. There is a second paved area outside the patio doors from the sitting room, with a wooden table and bench facing the Cheviot Hills. At the back of this patio is a hose – which is ideal for washing down muddy dogs and wellies after an afternoon of exploration!
A separate outbuilding at the bottom right-hand corner of the garden which used to be a pigsty. There is further sheltered paving here and an old table and bench.
The bottom left-hand side of the garden features another picket gate that leads to the barn, where you’ll find a delightful games room! Just go through the gate, step onto a small paved area, then into the barn through the French doors. The barn is one big open space with a covered concrete floor and a wood burning stove. You can settle around the stove on the armchair or one of two sofas, and gaze out of the French windows at the light playing on the Cheviots. There is a big wooden table here with five chairs – ideal for playing board games, doing jigsaws or a little bit of drawing or colouring.
In the back half of the barn, there’s table tennis, table football and air hockey. You’ll also see three windows down the side of the barn overlooking a little private garden on the opposite side of the barn to The Whinney garden. There is extra parking here, too.
TIP: The barn is great space on a rainy day and good for teenagers who want to be noisy, but please supervise closely if the stove is in use.
There are a couple of short walks to take your dogs on straight from the house and then a pretty much endless selection of walks, with or without dogs, in the surrounding area.The Cheviot Hills are close by and St Cuthbert’s Way passes close to The Whinney.
In Kelso, there is Floors Castle to explore, and if you don’t mind going a bit further afield, you can even head to Bamburgh and Alnwick – the latter is home to Alnwick Castle where some of the Harry Potter films were made!
In terms of outdoor activities, there’s plenty of options to choose from. Kelso is home to two 18-hole golf courses, plenty of invigorating walks and cycling routes, the world-famous Junction Pool – if a spot of salmon fishing is your thing (although you must book a beat separately before fishing).
There is also Kelso races (check online for race dates) and a great rugby team to watch. Kelso is home to a bustling Flemish-style cobbled market square, full of lovely independent shops and delightful restaurants all within a short stroll of the square. So, if you’re going to be in town, you should definitely take a wander and see what takes your fancy!
We’ve tried to think of everything to make your stay as easy as possible. The Whinney makes for a peaceful and relaxing getaway, and the owners want you to feel at home whilst you take full advantage of all that this lovely part of the world has to offer.