The Scottish Borders
Beatrix Potter, in earlier days, loved to stay at Ashieburn (the home of her brother) because there she could watch Peter Rabbit and his friends frolicking in the pretty garden, and Jemima Puddleduck and birds enjoying the nearby stream. The countryside has changed little since her day - the 'burn' still flows into the Ale Water and eventually the River Teviot (where fishing is available), and the safe, fenced garden is still a place of delight and enchantment, where you can sit out on the raised terrace looking out over the sloping lawns to the spacious green landscape beyond. The sun-porch on the front of this south-facing cottage provides the opportunity to enjoy the lovely surroundings even in colder weathers.
A private woodland walk takes you from the cottage down to a lochan, where the aforementioned Jemima may well be disporting herself. The owners can also offer free ad hoc trout fishing on their stretch of the river. In addition to Peter and Jemima, the garden is visited by a wealth of other birds, and you may also see badgers and even otters while you are here.
The interior of this charming and welcoming cottage is just as attractive as its surroundings. Everything is fresh, bright, comfortable, spotless and beautifully presented. In the living room you have the choice of either an open fire, or, if you prefer, instant heat from a smart electric stove. The kitchen is modern and well-equipped and the two bedrooms, too, are all you could wish for.
The cottage is just over a mile from the village of Ancrum which clusters round its green and where an organic food shop offers coffee and home baking as well. It is 6 miles from Jedburgh which has excellent shops, supermarket and eating places, and about 12 miles from both Kelso and Hawick.
Families may enjoy a visit to the Harestanes Visitor Centre just beyond Ancrum, where, in addition to woodland walks, there is a wood school, adventure playground and a long room full of puzzles which children and adults alike will enjoy. Woodside Gardens, just a little furtheR, offers more of the same. Another excellent day out is the Jedforest Deer and Farm Park at Mervinslaw, 7 miles south of Jedburgh, where you can see rare breeds and enjoy falconry demonstrations. Jedburgh also has a swimming pool and there are any number of excellent golf courses within a short drive of the cottage.
There is excellent walking both in the Cheviots to the South or along the Southern Upland Way and St Cuthbert's Ways to the north. You can be at the coast in just over an hour - why not visit historic Lindisfarne (after checking the tides, or you may be there for longer than you bargained for!) At Ashieburn, you are well placed for exploring both sides of the border.
Heating is by open-fire or electric stove and night store heaters (logs and electricity included). Bedlinen and towels are included. Two pets are welcome by arrangement. Sorry, no smoking in the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting/dining-room with open-fire, TV/Video and Mini-Hifi.
- Kitchen with electric-cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing-machine, etc.
- Double-bed room.
- Twin-bed room.
- Bathroom with bath, wc and basin.
- All the beds have electric-blankets, and there is a telephone for incoming calls