Shankend accommodates six guests and is located within the beautiful Scottish borders region. Situated seven miles from Hawick (the largest town in the Scottish Borders), Shankend is an ideal retreat to relax amongst picturesque countryside, with plenty to offer families within its one hundred acres of grounds, including a lake for fishing and kayaking (or simply relaxing beside the water!).
This exceptionally comfy three bedroom cottage forms part of an impressive Edwardian former Hunting Lodge and occupies its north wing. Carefully renovated, the cottage is nicely presented in an inviting country style and is ideal all year round with beautiful grounds for guests to enjoy, along with central heating, double glazing and a wood burning stove for cosy nights in - making it every bit as enjoyable for a winter break as a summer holiday.
The local area offers numerous outdoor activities including walking, cycling (on and off road), fishing, golf, horse riding and an abundance of wildlife amongst beautiful scenery. Whilst outdoor pursuits are a major attraction, the area is also rich in heritage and culture and Shakend provides an ideal base from which to explore the Border towns and villages nearby, offering a great choice of cafes, shops and eating establishments.
For those who want to discover the many attractions of the wider area, a little further afield, but still within easy reach for a day trip are Edinburgh, Carlisle, Newcastle and also the beautiful Northumbrian coast with its stunning beaches.
Shankend affords a private enclosed garden which has spectacular views over the Shankend Viaduct - an impressive bridge on the Waverley line (disused) with its fifteen magnificent arches. The views take in the beautiful rolling countryside dotted with grazing sheep and a "burn" as it winds its way along the valley.
The nearby Border towns of Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose offer a good range of independent shops specialising in local produce and famous knitwear (including cashmere, wonderful woollens and the finest of Scottish tweed), along with attractions including beautiful parks, historic castles, ancient abbeys and stately homes with magnificent gardens to visit.
A golfers paradise, the Scottish Borders offer some twenty courses to choose from, along with superb opportunities for trout and salmon fishing both on the lochs and rivers nearby.
Pets are made welcome at Shankend. With plenty of tracks and trails to explore from the front door, the area is great for walkers and cyclists (superb world-class mountain biking with the Seven Stanes just twenty minutes away by car).
Evelyn Chelley joined Independent Cottages in May 2010
Outside: There is a garden with furniture. Shankend is not suitable for wheelchairs. Suitable for elderly. Sorry no smoking. Well behaved pets are welcome by prior arrangement (livestock in adjoining fields).
Additional information: Short breaks available (two night minimum). Special rates for couples may apply. Central heating, electricity, house linen and towels provided at no extra cost. Logs are provided for the wood burning stove in the lounge.
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Tranquil by the water. Fly fish for trout or why not have a paddle in the kayaks?