When you hear the words ‘period property’, you will no doubt expect stunning surrounds with an interior boasting resplendent luxury. It’s unlikely, however, that you would expect the wealth of contemporary attractions offered by our new cottage of the week: Whitmuir Hall near Selkirk in Scotland.
The property itself comprises of a beautiful stone-built Edwardian mansion with a no-less impressive converted coach house and stable. Explore Whitmur Hall’s surrounding 32 acres and you’ll begin to appreciate the wealth of activities on offer. Your first discovery will be open lawns and deep woodland that are simply perfect for enjoying a tranquil stroll. If you fancy something a little more intensive there’s also a recreation building, comprising of a heated indoor swimming pool and games room, offering table tennis, games of pool and a football table.
But that’s not all; you can also receive qualified archery instruction, go abseiling and drive trail blazer buggies onsite (prior arrangement required). Golf fans will also be in heaven with 21 golf courses available with a ‘Freedom of the Fairways’ passport. If you fancy taking an active exploration of the surrounding area, there’s cycling for all abilities at Glentress Forest; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, and a host of local walking opportunities. Less than 30 minutes drive you will also find horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking.
If you’d prefer a more sedate experience then you’ll find plenty of local heritage nearby, including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium. Film fans may like to plot an exploration of Scotland’s cinematic locations; our recently published guide on the cottages4you blog should help.
However you choose to enjoy your leisure time at Whitmuir Hall, we’re fairly sure you will be suitably exhausted, which means you’ll appreciate the comfort afforded by the property that little bit more. Along with snug beds and soft sofas you will find a TV, DVD and CD players, and internet access alongside more traditional fixtures. In warmer months you’ll also be able to take advantage of a shared gas BBQ along with garden furniture and an outdoor play area.
Whitmuir Hall also contains several other properties and so is perfect for larger social gatherings. What’s more, at the time of writing it has 2 night weekend breaks for only £150, so there really is no better time to redefine your idea of a period property.
Visit the property’s listing on cottages4you for more info and to make a booking.