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The GrainStore is a comfortable cottage, with pink roses growing over the front door in the summer, and plenty of off-road parking. It is part of a sympathetic conversion of a stone farm Steading, over 100 years old. It is situated in a beautiful, quiet valley. The location in the Scottish Borders provides idyllic surroundings and opportunities for country activities such as hill walking, with historic houses on your doorstep - and yet it is only a hour's drive to Edinburgh, Scotland's historic capital city.

The GrainStore is in Kirkhouse, a small friendly hamlet with splendid views of the countryside. It has excellent walks right on its doorstep, including the Southern Upland Way (a coast to coast, long distance walking route), down the farm track below the GrainStore, and through open fields grazed by sheep, onto the nearby forested hill tops. Innerleithen is the nearest town (3 miles away) and it is convenient for local food shopping - it has a useful Co-op supermarket, really good butcher, general/green grocer, Caldwell's ice cream shop, St. Ronan's Well, and Robert Smail's Victorian Letterpress Printing Works (National Trust for Scotland).

Nearby are historic houses, such as Traquair with its maze and brewery, and tourist towns such as Peebles with Neidpath Castle, the Eastgate Theatre, craft centre, shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes. This is also a great area for outdoor activities and there are facilities for mountain biking, horse riding, golfing and trout and salmon fishing (the River Tweed is nearby) between 2 and 4 miles from the cottage. It is an easy one hour drive to historic Edinburgh (or you can catch a bus from Innerleithen) with all its attractions, and because of the city ring road it is also easy to get further afield.

Traquair House has a performing arts and crafts fair in the first weekend in August, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is also in August, and the Edinburgh International Festival starts in mid August. There are a wide range of events and happenings throughout the year across the Scottish Borders, so there is much to do here or you can just relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.
  • Bedrooms 2 - 1 double + 1 twin
  • Sleeps 4
  • Bathroom - 1 with modern walk-in shower
  • TV/freeview/DVD
  • Washing machine on request
  • Microwave and cooker
  • Multi fuel stove
  • Electric wall heaters
  • Plenty of off road parking
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Innerleithen - 3 miles
  • Edinburgh Airport - 40 miles, 50 mins drive
  • Pubs and restaurants nearby
  • Great local golf courses at Cardrona, Innerleithen and Peebles
  • Tweed Valley Forest Park
  • 7 Stanes: mountain bike trails at Glentress & Elibank
  • Peebles swimming pool - 6 miles
  • Fishing on the Tweed - 2 miles - contacts for ghillies
  • Horse riding
  • Traquair House, 2 miles
  • Rosslyn Chapel, 24 miles
  • Acclaimed gardens nearby

Accommodation:
The Grain Store is a two bedroom cottage, part of a sympathetic conversion of a Granary within a 19th century stone farm Steading. The Steading is in Kirkhouse, a quiet hamlet of 10 houses and the ancient Kirk of Traquair, which lies directly on the Southern Upland Way (coast to coast walking route) in the Scottish Borders.

This cosy self catering accommodation, with immediate access to the surrounding Borders countryside, consists of:

  • a well equipped ground floor open-plan kitchen/living room with small multi fuel stove,
  • a first floor 'Yellow Bedroom' with two single beds,
  • a first floor 'Green Bedroom' with a 'Hornblower bed' which can be set up as one or two single beds, with storage space for clothes in drawers under the bed or in an airing cupboard,
  • a first floor modern shower room with walk-in shower unit and instant electric shower,
  • walk in cupboard with space for hanging clothes and storing cases on the first floor
  • ample off-road parking to the rear of the property (below the barn), and
  • a picnic table overlooking the surrounding countryside. Access to the front door is through a small lobby with hooks for coats and space for boots.The lobby is shared with the back entrance to the adjacent house.

    Prospective guests with very small children should be aware that:
  • the house is 50 metres from the B709 and there are no gates between the house and this road, and
  • a track close to the house leads directly through fields to Newhall Burn (a distance of 150 metres) which is crossed by an open sided bridge where small children would need supervision.

    Cottage occupants have access to a strip of land on either side of Newhall Burn which is 150 metres down the farm track below the cottage. On a warm day this is a good place for adults and teenagers to wade in the stream, watch for dipers and herons, build dams and generally idle on the banks of the stream. The adjacent fields are part of a worked hill farm and are grazed by sheep, with the farmerís barns being located along the valley.

    Directions:
    From the south exit M74 at junction 15 and follow the directions to Moffat. In Moffat turn right and follow the road out of the town and along besides St Mary's Loch to Gordon Arm's Hotel, turn left on to 'Paddy slacks' (B709), after 5 miles you will come to the hamlet of Kirkhouse: a cluster of houses either side of the road plus the white Kirk of Traquair standing back from the road on the left hand side. The journey from Moffat takes one hour by car. The entrance to the GrainStore parking area is directly opposite the Kirk on the right hand side. Visitors should park below the barn - but if conditions are icy, snowy or very wet, please park on the road and examine the options before driving in.

    From the north take the A72 to Innerleithen. In Innerleithen take the first right turn onto the B709 passing the Traquair Arms Hotel. Continue along Traquair Road, across the Tweed bridge and continue along the B709 to Traquair village, after a further 2 miles you will come to the hamlet of Kirkhouse - then see above.

    What's included:
    All bed and bath linen, heating, and electricity are included in the price. Wood and coal for the multifuel stove are also included.

    Cost and availability.
    This self-catering cottage in Peeblesshire is rented out year round.
    Change over day is Saturday: entry after 3pm, departure is 10am.

    The cottage can be booked for: 7 day periods (Saturday to Saturday only) between March and the end of December, and 3 day periods during spring and autumn (Saturday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Saturday). Occasionally, bookings of other periods will be accepted.

    To book this charming self-catering cottage in the Scottish Borders, click the enquiry button below and see availability and rental rates.

  • GrainStore, 2 Kirkhouse Steading, Traquair, Peeblesshire, EH44 6PU

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