The SpaceSitting in the quiet conservation village of Bowden, just 3 miles from the picturesque town of Melrose, this superb B&B is situated right on St. Cuthbert's Way.
Set in an elevated, south facing position within beautifully landscaped gardens, Bowden House boasts breathtaking views from all principal rooms of the property.
The two guest bedrooms are lovingly furnished with antiques and enjoy south facing views over the countryside - birdsong wake-up included! Our bathrooms and en-suites are to a luxury standard with toiletries provided.
Our guests are welcome to relax and unwind in our cosy lounge with internet access, TV, board games, log fire and our Bang & Olufson sound system.
Meals will be served in our lovely dining room with patio doors opening onto the terrace and garden.
Evening meals and packed lunches can be provided upon request (I love cooking and the feedback from friends and guests has been very positive....:-)).
There is a heated boiler room to leave wet shoes and outdoor clothes and laundry services can be provided upon request for a small fee. Guest AccessPlease feel free to use the lounge, dining room, patio/gardens and court yard.
Please note that Bowden House is STRICTLY NO SMOKING. Ashtrays are provided outside.
Linen & towels are provided.
The house is not recommended for mobility restricted guests.
We provide ample parking for our guests in the courtyard.
Our big dog, a friendly flat-coated retriever called "Elgin" is looking forward to welcoming you too..... Interaction with GuestsI am very happy to look after you and help you with all your queries and dietary requirements.
Our big Flat-Coated Retriever "Elgin" is very friendly and is looking forward to welcoming you too.....
If the reviews of our house seem to be a bit strange...they refer to Bowden House being rented out as a holiday let.:-) The NeighborhoodBowden House sits in a magical spot with magnificent panoramic views across rolling Borders countryside. It located in the centre of the small and quiet village of Bowden and enjoys complete privacy. Getting AroundThere are bus links that connect all major Border Towns and the next bus stop is right across the street from Bowden House. The newly opened train link will take you directly to Edinburgh Centre in about an hour. (Tweedbank train station is 10 minutes away).
We can arrange pick up for our walking guests from their start and finishing points, if they wish to stay for several nights. Other Things to NoteWALKING/CYCLING.
Right at the doorstep of Bowden House you can access the Eildon Hills and St. Cuthbert's Way.
We can arrange pick up for our walking guests from their start and finishing points, if they wish to stay for several nights.
For keen cyclists, walkers and riders, there are hundreds of square miles of forests, woodland, heather-clad hills and quiet country roads to explore. There are several major walking and cycling routes nearby including the picturesque Four Abbeys Cycle Route and famous 64-mile St Cuthbert's Walk as it criss-crosses the Borders on its way to Holy Island. For mountain biking enthusiasts the outstanding 7 Stanes down-hill and cross country trails at Innerleithen and Glentress set in the stunning Tweed Valley, sit just 15 and 19 miles respectively.
For golf fans, the 9 hole Melrose golf club sits in the shadow of the Eildon Hills while two 18 hole courses - Galashiels Golf Club and Torwoodlee Golf Club – sit on the doorstep. Alternatively the area enjoys 46 courses within a 30 mile radius including the championship courses at Cardrona and Roxburgh and the famous links courses at Luffness, Gullane and Dunbar. To get the most from your golf break to the Scottish Borders take a look at the Freedom of the Fairways Golf Passport, which entitles pass holders to pick from 21 courses.
FISHING & SHOOTING.
If your passion is country sports, the famous Tweed and its tributaries provide the opportunity for salmon, trout and grayling, with notable middle Tweed beats such as Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion offering some excellent value fishing. Shooting, be it clays or game is also available locally, including nearby Bisley at Braidwood where you can pay and play, sharpen up your eye with a few shooting lessons, or perhaps try the first full-bore pipe rifle shooting range in Scotland.
PLACES TO SEE.
Melrose is an ideal base for exploring the Tweed Valley, with its magnificent countryside steeped in a turbulent and romantic history and punctuated by imposing castles, including Floors, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Thirlestane and Alnwick, the evocative ruins of abbeys at Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh as well as stately mansions of Manderston and Mellerstain. The stunning coast is less than an hour's drive away with miles of pristine sandy beaches for walking, riding, kite-surfing and bird-watching. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is also an easy day trip, less than an hour's drive away.