For those with a sense of adventure and a passion for the great outdoors who love the idea of camping but when faced with the reality of a night under canvas crave their home comforts; a tweedy armchair in front of a roaring fire, lashings of hot water and a comfortable bed, The Bothy at Reedsford is the ideal compromise.
A far cry from city life, the cottage lies in a sheltered, sunny spot in the remote and extremely picturesque Bowmont Valley, deep in the foothills of the Cheviot Hills. With stunning views from every aspect, The Bothy is an idyllic rural retreat offering unsophisticated elegance combined with the comfortable feel of a real home and although off the beaten track, visitors are in fact only a short drive from local shops, pubs and other amenities.
The flexible accommodation at The Bothy makes it ideal for a couple or families. For couples, the larger second bedroom at the very end of the cottage can be shut off and a couple can be perfectly self-contained and cosy in the main part of the house. The large second bedroom is ideal as a ‘dorm' for children and during the summer months, two families holidaying together are welcome to set up camp for older children in the garden (see below for details). During the winter months, the large second bedroom at the far end of the cottage provides plenty of space for children to play without disturbing adult-time and a television and DVD player are provided. The garden is fenced so children can play safely and dogs can't wander off and the immediate area offers endless opportunities for families to explore whether on two legs, four legs or two wheels! A neighbouring barn provides a fabulous indoor games / picnic room for wet days complete with a wood burning stove, table football, pool and a full size table tennis table.
The accommodation at The Bothy is all one level and sleeps a maximum of six guests in two bedrooms. Over the summer months two families can share the accommodation with children camping in the garden at additional cost. Please contact us for further details. Please note the central heating is via a log burner which is lit prior to arrival during the winter months. Please see below for full details. The system is surprisingly easy to use but please contact us if you have any concerns.
Open plan kitchen, dining area and seating area
Fabulous, handmade, fully-equipped kitchen with range oven with 5 ring gas hob, fridge and dishwasher. Large cupboard for food storage and plenty of additional storage. (Please note that a washing machine, tumble dryer and deep freeze are also provided elsewhere within the property). The convivial dining area has bench-style seating for many guests.
Charming, cosy seating area with a log burner (logs are provided) sofa and two arm chairs. There is plenty of indoor entertainment provided including HD television with Freeview, DVD player, iDock and a selection of board games. Patio doors lead from the seating area to a decked patio with outstanding views across farmland to the hills beyond.
Accessed directly from the main door is a hallway with ample space to hang coats and store boots beneath a bench seat.
Bedroom one with 5' double bed and large, fitted wardrobe.
Family bathroom with bath with handheld shower, whb and WC.
Bedroom two with 6' double bed or two 3' twin beds. Television with Freeview and DVD player. Large cupboard for clothes and shoes, and chest of drawers.
An additional 3' single bed with truckle bed (sleeping 2 children) are available for a charge of £50.00. Please ensure you state at time of booking if you require the additional beds or it will not be made up for your stay.
En suite shower room with walk-in shower, whb and WC.
Leading from bedroom two is a small entrance hall with additional storage space for outdoor clothing which is accessed directly from the outside thereby giving guests in this bedroom their own private access if required.
Garden and grounds
To the rear of the property is a decked patio area which leads to a gravelled seating area with a picnic table and children's swing. Beyond is a fenced lawned area with a paddock beyond with a rope swing. The patio area and garden are south facing and offer superb views over open fields to the hills. The rear garden is fully enclosed for the safety of dogs and children. A charcoal kettle barbecue is available for guest use.
Adjacent to the cottage is an outhouse with a sink, deep freeze and tumble dryer. It is lockable and ideal for storing bikes, tack and outdoor equipment.
Beyond the garden is a paddock available to any guests wishing to bring horses with them. With sufficient notice, stabling can also be arranged in the barn adjacent to the paddock.
There is private parking for several cars to the side of the house.
Games / picnic room
A neighbouring barn provides an indoor games room / picnic area with picnic tables, wood burning stove, full size table tennis table, a pool table and table football.
Facilities for babies
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Two dogs are welcome at The Bothy. We would ask that owners adhere to the guidelines in the pre-arrival information with regard to dogs.
IMPORTANT - Heating and hot water
Central heating at The Bothy is provided by a log burning stove. During the winter months the stove will be lit in advance so that the cottage is warm on arrival. The system is very efficient providing that logs are added a couple of times a day; each morning the fire needs to be flared up so that it is burning sufficiently for the pump to operate allowing hot water to circulate around the radiators. In the evening, the logs need replenishing before guests go to bed and with the vents closed there is sufficient residual heat to keep the fire alight through the night. If required, additional heating is provided by two oil-filled radiators. An immersion heater provides additional hot water if required. The system is surprisingly easy to use but it is important that guests contact prior to booking if they have any concerns.
Wi-Fi and mobile telephone reception
Wi-Fi is provided in the open plan kitchen, dining and seating area, however the signal can be intermittent and it is important to note that due to the thickness of the walls the signal may not reach other rooms of the property. Please note that there is no mobile telephone reception at The Bothy. There is however a landline at the property for guest use. Excess use will be charged back to guests.
Home-made ready meals can be prepared and delivered to your property during your stay. Prices and further details can be discussed and arranged in advance by contacting the owner - detailed on pre-arrival documentation when booking the property. Alternatively further details can be found in the cottage during your stay.
Crabtree & Crabtree is a family business with properties in the Scottish Borders, Northumberland and East Lothian. We live in this area. We were brought up here. As children we wandered the countryside, explored the woodlands, splashed on the seashores. This is our home, which is why we want you to feel as at home in it as we do.