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Glebe Country House Hownam by Kelso & Jedburgh

Tel 01729 851181 Texts welcome to 07885 211787 Lines Open to 10.30 7 days
LARGE HOUSE SLEEPS up to 12 Traditional Detached Countryside Location

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A beautiful detached mansion perfect for large Group Self Catering in the Scottish Borders. With Central Heating, Open Fires and it's own Fishing River Glebe House is so much more than just a holiday home offering the highest standard of Group self catering Holiday accommodation sleeping up to 12 people.


So welcome to the Cheviot hills and the fantastic Border regions of Scotland, offering some of the finest walking and mountain biking routes in Scotland and definitely the most convenient trout fishing anywhere in Scotland from the garden on the banks of the Kale River.


Close to the Northumberland National Park this area is packed with History, fantastic scenery, sights and attractions and in less than a hour the beautiful Northumbrian coastline with sandy beaches, fishing harbours, castles, Holy Island and perhaps boat trip to the farne Islands.

Within the fantastic rolling Cheviot Hills, Glebe House is a far cry from the pressures of daily life. This vacation rental property is a beautiful 4 bedroom country house on two floors, set in manicured gardens on the banks of the Kale River. It enjoys magnificent south facing views of the Cheviot Hills while taking advantage of the sun on blue sky days which pours through it's large bay windows



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The locality of Jedburgh and Kelso

Glebe house set in manicured gardens on the banks of the Kale Water River, Glebe House is the former church manse to the small and un spoilt village of Hownam. It is surrounded by fields and hills grazed by sheep, cattle and ponies. This classic country home offers 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2  public rooms, a modern kitchen, utility areas, large garden, lawns and parking areas. Everywhere is spacious. Fully centrally heated throughout with open Log / Coal fires. Suitable for the ambulant disabled.

This is ideal holiday accommodation for anyone who loves the peace and tranquillity of lush green Scottish hills and valleys. Located very close to the Pennine and St Cuthbert’s Way, this holiday home is a hill walker’s paradise: just put your boots on and step out of the door. There are trails for mountain biking; Roman ruins for exploring; rivers for fishing; nature for enjoying and; wide open spaces for getting away from it all; not to mention the historic Border Abbey towns of Kelso and Jedburgh within 10 miles, each with numerous attractions.

Imagine leaving your office and in under two hours from both Edinburgh and Newcastle you can be
sitting with your feet up infront of a crackling log fire, sipping a glass of Scotland's finest, while your dinner is cooking in the modern kitchen. The young and energetic can be tearing around the garden without disturbing anyone!

Local attractions / activities include the a large variety of sporting and cultural activities within easy driving distance:- ANTIQUES: All Border Towns have shops  BEACHES: Scremerston and Northumbrian Coast.  BIRD SANCTUARIES: Farne Islands, Holy Island. Puffins, guillemots, gannets, terns, kittiwakes, and grey seals.  Also the Bass Rock (biggest gannet colony in UK), May Island.


The view from the garden (Left) and the Cottage (Right)


Welcome to the Northumberland National Park


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The land of the far horizons - a landscape of limitless beauty from Hadrian's Wall to the Cheviot Hills is Northumberland's greatest scenic treasure. It stretches for over 60 miles from the rounded Cheviot hills which form the border with Scotland to Hadrian's Wall in the south. The Park's 398 square miles contain delightful wooded valleys and some of the finest stretches of open moorland in the country. The Authority seeks to ensure that the landscape is conserved and that adequate provision is made for the public to enjoy the beautiful countryside. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Park but wherever you go, please always follow the Country Code. The park is divided into two main sections: High Hills Country (the Cheviot Hills) This northern part of the National Park and is dominated by the Cheviot Hills. here a walk on the open hills without a living soul for miles around makes a profound impression. There are three main Cheviot valleys of interest to the visitor: The Harthope Valley, the Breamish Valley and Coquetdale.
and Reiver Country. Tynedale and Hadrian's Wall (Reiver Country) is named after the feuding border families who fought and raided each others homes in the 14th-16th centuries. The landscapes here are generally softer and more varied than in the Cheviots. Again there are three main areas of interest to the visitor: Redesdale, the North Tyne Valley, and Hadrian's Wall. Books and videos about the National Park are available from the Northumberland Virtual Gift Shop. For further information, contact the Park Authority 01434 605555.

"Cormorants, Puffins and Kittiwakes a small selection of Farne Island Wildlife"


The Farne Islands, Banburgh Castle and Holy Island


The Farne Islands


An easy day trip to the Farne Islands can be a real adventure and a real treat for nature lovers. The islands lie just off the Northumberland coast between the fishing village of Seahouses and Bamburgh. The Farnes are great for bird watching and consist solely of volcanic igneous rock on the eastern edge of a geological formation called the Whin Sill. After the end of the Ice Age, you could have walked from these islands across to the mainland, but rising sea levels cut them off, making them a great place to enjoy wildlife. The 'Shiel' family (Billy Shiel's father and grandfather) started taking boat trips to the Farne Islands in 1918 - just after the first world war. In those days, after an early morning hauling pots for lobster and crabs, a few keen ornotholgists would ask to be taken over to the Farnes to see the birdlife on the islands. Billy Shiel M.B.E. now operates a fleet of 7 passenger boats each named 'Glad Tidings and numbered from 1-to-7. Over the years they have carried thousands of people over to the Farne Islands from all over the world. Many remark that their trip boat trip with 'Billy Shiel' has been the highlight of their holiday. Passengers come from all walks of life some are national and international celebrities. The Farne Islands and 'Billy Shiel's' boats have featured in many television programmes and newspaper articles.



Holy Island "Lindisfarne"


Within an easy hours drive a day trip to Holy Island originally known as Lindisfarne and often described as "The Jewel of the Northumberland Coast", is accessible across a causeway at low tide. this delightful, unspoiled, historic island lies just off the extreme Northeast corner of England near Berwick-upon-Tweed. The small population of just over 150 is swelled by the influx of over 500,000 visitors from all over the world every year. In the 7th century it was one of the great seats of Christian learning in Western Europe and was where the beautiful Lindisfarne Gospels were written. Adjacent to the ruins of the Benedictine Priory, destroyed by Henry VIII, is a Visitor Centre commemorating the life of the monks. The stones from the Priory were used to build the unforgettable Lindisfarne Castle. The Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the late 7th century to celebrate the life of St Cuthbert. Holy Island is situated at the heart of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. Extensive dunelands, intertidal sand and mud flats, saltmarsh and ancient raised beaches support a wide variety of plant life and attract vast numbers of birds. Lindisfarne versus Holy Island...Locally the island is rarely referred to by its Anglo-Saxon name of 'Lindisfarne'. Following on from the murderous and bloodthirsty attack on the monestary by the Vikings in 793AD, it obtained its local name from the observations made by the Durham monks: 'Lindisfarne - baptised in the blood of so many good men - truly a 'Holy Island'. Its more appropriate title is 'The Holy Island of Lindisfarne'.

Holy Island is the end point of the popular St Cuthbert's Way long distance footpath which begins in Melrose in the Scottish borders. Lindisfarne gained international fame in the 1970's when it was taken as the name of a Tyneside pop band. Their major hits included "Lady Eleanor" and "Fog on the Tyne". The group still plays today and they have their own Lindisfarne residence.



Bamburgh Castle


Bamburgh Castle is probably the finest castle in England. It is perched on a basalt outcrop on the very edge of the North Sea at Bamburgh, Northumberland. It commands stunning views of the Farne Islands, Holy Island and landward to the Cheviot hills. The castle has been extensively restored, first by Lord Crewe in the 1750's and more recently by the first Lord Armstrong at the end of the 19th century. The castle continues to be the home of the Armstrong family. The castle is open to day visitors and parties of 15 or more, from April to October inclusive and well worth a visit on the way to Holy Island or the Farne Islands.


Carlisle, Dumfries and the Solway Coast


To the North West is the ancient border city of Carlisle with its central castle and gardens. Further afield you can easily day trip to Rabbie Burns country Dumfries and the lovely Solway Coast a tidel washed estuary between southwest Scotland and northwest Cumbria.

An area of mud flats and marsh created by bore tides, strong currents and the narrowing of Solway Firth. Here Salmon and Sea trout are caught in nets with the incoming tides and sheep graze in these marshes as they have done for centuries past. The grasses of the salt marsh created by the tides are grow yearly and are breeding ground for ducks and geese.

On the Scottish side (South West corner of Scotland) the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and features some of the most delightfull coastal villages in scotland such as Kirkcudbright and Rockcliffe and on the North West corner of England it stretches from the Scottish Border through Silloth to just North of the historic harbour town of Maryport.   



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Walking and Biking in the Scottish Borders


The Borders are lands of contrast - one of Europe‘s most beautiful unspoilt regions. offering space to breathe clean air. There are rolling hills, extensive mature forests, superb river valleys and interesting towns and villages. The region is seamed with so many tracks and paths that you could almost walk for ever. For the walker, it offers the space to be invigorated - experience the tranquillity and freedom of walking in the Scottish Borders. Walking in the Borders is good all year round. In spring the trees are coming into glorious fresh leaf and bird life is extensive and varied. In summer the clear skies and fresh air offer exhilarating conditions. In autumn the colours, on the trees and the heather moors, are truly magnificent. Winter has its own special attractions with perhaps a little snow on the hills tempting the more experienced walker, and still plenty to see in the valley.

There are 1,800 square miles of hills, moorlands, valleys, rocky coastline and secluded coves as well as 1,500 miles of paths to play with, it comes as no surprise to learn that walking is the preferred activity of both locals and visitors to the Scottish Borders. Combine spectacular views with an abundance of natural wildlife for all to see and you have a seductive mix to tempt you outdoors. The landscape of the Scottish Borders is characterised by green, rolling hills divided by beautiful river valleys, the most famous of which is the Tweed. The river runs right through the region for nearly 160km/100 miles from its source above Tweedsmuir to the sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Along or close to the river are many fine walks and in the South-West of the region, the valleys of Teviotdale and Liddesdale, steeped in Borders history, also provide splendid walking with wide views over rounded hills or through the large forests.

To the north and east of the River Tweed, the Moorfoot and Lammermuir Hills, are lower and gentler, but provide their own beauty and spectacular views. The Lammermuirs in particular are heather-clad, providing magnificent displays of colour in late summer and autumn. As the land runs down towards the North Sea coast of Berwickshire, it becomes flatter and the soil richer. This area

is called the Merse and is characterised by farms with enclosed fields and small woods.

One of the great delights of walking the Scottish Borders are that there is literally something for everyone. In addition to the wealth of history in the regions, you will find walks featuring sites relating to the Romans, the iron age, the turbulent medieval periods of battles and bloodshed, Victorian development and more modern times. Border heroes including William Wallace, Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan are associated with many routes.

The region has a great network of walking trails, the following link includes further sources of information and details on respective routes including maps, guides and websites. Tel 0870 6080404



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The Scottish Borders has everything for the angler a wide and varied choice of some excellent salmon and trout fishing from the internationally famous River Tweed, to the excellent sea trout fishing on its tributaries; from the rainbow trout in the local lochs to the wilder brown trout in the rivers; and from the course fishing of the lower Tweed to the sea fishing off the Berwickshire coast. There is plenty to choose from, whatever you pocket, and all of it surrounded by the Borders' magnificent scenery.

The River Tweed being renowned worldwide for its salmon fishing particularly in the autumn when there is usually a prolific run of large salmon. The salmon fishing season on the Tweed is one of the longest in Scotland, running from the 1st of February right through until the end of November.

There is also some superb brown trout fishing to be found on the Tweed and it's tributaries such as the Whiteadder, Ettrick, Leader and the Teviot. As with most regions in Scotland, the Borders has a rugged and spectacular coastline with sea fishing in Eyemouth, St Abbs, and Burnmouth.

Listed here are just some of the fishing that can be found in the Scottish Borders. They are mainly day ticket, stillwater lochs with brown trout and rainbow trout fishing. Berwick, Coldingham, Loch Chirnside, Whiteadder, Duns, Watch Reservoir, Hawick, Acreknowe Reservoir, Alton, Loch Jedburgh, The Hass, Loch Peebles, Kailzie Fishings, Portmore Fisheries, Selkirk Headshaw, Loch Lindean Reservoir, St Mary`s Loch, Wooden Loch, Tweedsmuir Talla Reservoir.


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This is ideal self catering holiday accommodation for anyone who loves the peace and tranquility of lush green Scottish hills and valleys with grazing farm animals. Located very close to Dere Street, the Pennine and St Cuthbert’s Way, our holiday home is a hill walker’s paradise: just put your boots on and step out of the door. There are trails for mountain biking; Roman ruins for exploring; rivers for fishing; nature for enjoying and wide open space for getting away from it all. The historic Border Abbey towns of Kelso and Jedburgh are within 10 miles, each with numerous attractions, and good shopping.

In addition to a couple games of table tennis, or croquet on the lawn, bird spotting in the large garden and a barbecue by the Kale Water (unfenced) or lazing in a chair at the summerhouses there are numerous activities and local attractions within easy reach, summer or winter ......


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The Local towns all have local shops and plenty of produce always available including supermarkets and grocery shops: If arriving later than 7.30pm stop at Ponteland on A68 north of Newcastle or on A7 south of Edinburgh ring road to stock up. Jedburgh - 9 miles over the hills, charming town. Many good shops & pubs/restaurants, museums, library. Berwick on Tweed - coastal town long fought over by England & Scotland (now English), Kings Own Scottish Borderers regimental Barracks and Museum. Galashiels - 35 minutes drive -largest town in Borders, Borders Rugby. Heriot Watt University Campus, Cinema. Hawick - the Home of Knitwear but you won't understand the dialect! Innerleithen - 60 minutes drive 4 antique shops, St Ronan's Wells museum and well. Melrose - 30 minutes drive west - famous for rugby sevens in April, abbey, restaurants, shops, Priorwood garden for dried flowers, Peebles - 75 minutes drive Pretty market town with attractive shopping on main street St Boswells - on A68 has an auction House, & livestock auctions, 2 antique shops North Berwick

CYCLING - Cycle Hire: Christopher Rainbow, Jedburgh 01835-830327  (Contact in advance – he will deliver and fit to size) The Rush, Galashiels Mountain Biking: Glentress Forest, nr Peebles The Hub,  01721-721736 FISHING –Tweed and Teviot River Beats: The Tweed claims the longest season of any salmon river in the UK. 1st Feb-30 Nov. Also many trout lochs. Contact 01573-470612 for Booking, questions, current conditions etc. Fishing Tackle: Tweedside Tackle Kelso, 01573-225306 Borders Gun Room, St Boswells 01835-822844 Fishing fair at Springwood Park Kelso on April 29 & 30, 2006. Golf– 25 golf courses within easy range including the delightful Roxburgh Championship course. For discounted green fees, call 0870-608-0404. HILL WALKING: Dere Street, Southern Upland Way, Abbeys Way, Pennine Way. Grey Mare’s Tail, Scottish Borders

Many more useful Local Links

Hill Walking Club 01750-76214

Ice Skating & Curling: Border Ice Rink Kelso 01573-224774

CLAY SHOOTS-Roxburgh Clay shooting. 01573-450331; Braidwood Sporting Clays 01835-870280

CASHMERE AND WOOL MILL OUTLETS: Galashiels & Melrose: Lochcarron (Also museum tour in Galashiels) Innerleithen: Ballantynes Cashmere Hawick: Hawick Cashmere, Johnstons, Peter Scotts, Pringle, Whites Jedburgh & Langholm:Edinburgh Woollen Mill Selkirk:Heather Mills

GLASS MAKING: Selkirk Glass, Lindean Mill Glass Selkirk, and Twist Glass Studio Selkirk, Edinburgh Crystal Penicuik 01968-675128

PUBS & RESTAURANTS (short list) Cross Keys Hotel, Denholm Green 01450-870305
Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso Square 01573-223303
Floors Castle Garden Centre and Restaurant 01573-223333 Daily 9-5
Mayfield Garden Centre and cafeteria 01573-224124.Daily 9-5
Mosspaul Restaurant, between Hawick and Langholm 01450-850245
Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course 01573-450331
Simply Scottish, Jedburgh 01835-864696. Lunches and Dinner
Sunrise- Jedburgh, Indian curries etc Teviot Game Fare Smokery by Kelso, and water gardens 01835-850253 open 9-5pm
The Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm 01573-420237
The Caddy Man, nr Jedburgh 01835-850787 Daily 10-3.30/4PM. Open for dinners on Fridays and Saturdays
The Ednam House, Kelso 01573-224168
The Night Jar, Jedburgh
-French. Dinners daily The Queen's Head Hotel &
Gary Moore Bistro, 1573-224636. Daily for lunches and dinners
The Wagon Inn, Kelso 01573- 224568

STATELY HOMES & GARDENS: Floors Castle, Mellerstein House, The Hirsel, Traquair House, Stobo Arboretum, Abbotsford House, Thirlestane Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island Castle, Paxton House, Teviot Water Gardens, Monteviot House.


THEATRE: Bowhill Little Theatre E: 01750-22204
WATER SPORTS: Kielder Reservoir, Northumberland.

TOWN SNAPSHOTS: Kelso - 9 miles delightful with a French square. Many good shops & pubs/restaurants, museums, library, cinema.

Historical places of Interest


HISTORY Border Abbeys- Jedburgh, Kelso, Dryburgh, Melrose, Dalkeith Historic Houses - Floors Castle, Mellerstein House, The Hirsel, Abbotsford House, Manderston House, Mounthooly, Mary Queen of Scots House, Paxton House, Thirlestane House, Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island Castle, Bowhill House. Fortified Tower houses and Border Keeps: Smailholm Tower, Neidpath Castle, and many more Pictish settlements. Hadrian's Wall: Roman structure and forts etc Less than 1 hour drive.Museum of Flight: East Fortune Airfield 01620-880308- see Concorde! 0870-421 4299 or 
The Royal Yacht Britania, Leith  0131-555-5566 Glenkinchie Distillery , Pencaitland. E: 01875-342004 Deer Farm- Jedforest Deer and Farm Park & Falconry 01835-840364 Dawyck Botanic Garden, Nr Peebles  01721-760254 Forestry Commission Scotland. For what's on 01750-721120 Roslyn Chapel: The final Da Vinci Code? Less than 1 hour drive.


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The classic country home accommodates 10 (+1) people in 10 beds in 4 grand bedrooms. The first 3 grand bedrooms contain large 4 poster beds and the 4th downstairs bedroom has 2 single beds plus 2 bunk beds and there is a fold up bed for the 11th person that can be placed in anyone of the bedrooms


There are 3 large bathrooms, 1 shower room and from the drawing room to the bedrooms, every room has splendid views of the Cheviot Hills, double glazing and central heating. The house is handsomely furnished with many period pieces, well suited to such a generously appointed house. Relax and settle into a good book before the log fire in the spacious drawing room. Comfortably furnished with armchairs and sofas, it is warm and well lit. In it you will find a TV, Hi Fi and Lap Top computer, board games and book-lined shelves


Alternatively, entertain your friends and family to a sumptuous meal in the dining room before the log fire. The dining room can comfortably seat 16 people around the handsome Mahogany table. Its’ large bay window provides inspirational southerly views of the Cheviot Hills, and benefits from the sun from dawn till dusk


A coke fired stove keeps the kitchen constantly cosy. On top of southerly views the kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary modern equipment including a breakfast table and chairs; cooker; 2 ovens; microwave; 2 fridge freezers; toaster; kettle; plate warmer; breakfast table; dishwasher; washing machine; drying pulley; tumble dryer; iron and ironing board, Radio / CD player


After an active day in the fresh air, feel the glow, stretch out on the master bedrooms 4-poster bed, or relax in a steaming bath in its’ en-suite. A further 3 bedrooms with twin beds in each share the other 2.5 spacious bathrooms (and shower).

Each room enjoys lovely views, central heating, hanging and drawer space, bed linen, towels and even electric blankets to ensure a cosy night’s sleep for everyone. Baby crib or cot and high chair are available on request

Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience. You can also enjoy cooking in the sun on the BBQ by the summer houses in the large private garden bounded by the Kale Water. Simply wash down ny muddy gear in the courtyard.



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We have all felt immediately welcomed by Glebe House and I am reluctant to leave. We have cycled, walked, eaten and staged a Nativity Play, played Trivial Pursuits, read and rested. Mum is coming back alone to read more in that wonderful library!

Sheena Mackay and family 




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Glebe House Hownam by Kelso & Jedburgh TD5 8AL
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