We are very fortunate to live in the charming Scottish Borders and particularly now, this is not something we take for granted. We are surrounded by breath-taking views, rolling hills, meandering rivers and an abundance of wildlife. As we foresee a rise in the popularity of staycations in the coming months due to the uncertainty around travel restrictions, this provides a great chance for us to really explore our own backyard, and the truth of the matter is, you really don’t need to go far to reap the benefits of “being away”.
Crabtree & Crabtree, a family owned business based in Kelso, offers a selection of the most enchanting and comforting holiday homes in the Scottish Borders, Northumberland and East Lothian, and given that the Crabtree family and all of their employees hail from the area, there is no one who knows it better. And so, to inspire your future holiday plans we have picked a selection of our favourite Crabtree & Crabtree staycation sanctuaries.
The perfect “walking” couple’s getaway – Head Gardener’s House at Floors Castle, Kelso
Right on Kelso’s doorstep, nestled in the walled gardens in the grounds of Floors Castle, the Head Gardener’s House exudes idyllic, countryside charm. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms there is no need to draw straws for the best room. With a boot and drying room, the house is perfect for those looking to explore the Scottish Borders on foot, so not even the predictable soggy weather can get in the way of your plans. There is also no need to leave your beloved 4-legged friends at home as this house accommodates 2 dogs and with many shops, cafes and restaurants in Kelso “dog friendly” then your happy pooches can also enjoy some holiday time with you.
A secluded retreat to bring everyone together – The Barn & The Cowshed, Slaggyford, Northumberland
The Barn & Cowshed is perfectly designed to bring families and friends together. Boasting an amazing 7 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms it is the ideal home to cook, celebrate and spend some quality time together off grid. Situated in Slaggyford, near the market town of Alston, The Barn & The Cowshed is tucked away in the North Pennines, perfect for some wildlife spotting, walking, cycling and other outdoor pursuits. If you don’t intend on venturing far this property has two fully equipped kitchens so you can entertain until your hearts content, but if you’re looking for that extra holiday feel, hang up the apron and let Crabtree & Crabtree arrange a local chef to come in and cook for your party.
From country to coast – A captivating coastal Coach House, Lesbury Northumberland
Take in the best of both worlds with a stay at the Coach House, conveniently located 5 minutes away from the beach in a rural, countryside setting. The Coach House is a dynamic property with kennels and stables available on request, this property has the facilities to accommodate a whole plethora of hobbies and interests. Located near to many coastal villages you will never be stuck for choice with a whole host of enchanting pubs, coffee shops and restaurants, presenting an opportunity to enjoy all the local area has to offer.
Benefits of a Staycation
With no airports, no time zones, limited travel, a holiday with pets, we might just unearth the true benefits of a staycation holiday. It allows an opportunity to reconnect with and appreciate the beautiful place we are fortunate to call home, maybe a good old-fashioned staycation is exactly what we need.
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