The Spinney Lodges
Luxury 4 star Self Catering Log Cabins in Jedburgh Scottish Borders close to the Cheviot hills and the fantastic Borders regions of Scotland, offering some of the finest walking and mountain biking routes in Scotland.
Less than 1 hours Drive from Edinburgh and Newcastle these Luxury Self Catering Log Cabins enjoy an excellent location in the heart of the Borders countryside only 2 miles from the historic town of Jedburgh. Nestling in the foothills of the Cheviots (off the main A68 trunk road to Edinburgh), The Spinney is set in mature gardens with private parking and a choice of Luxury 1 and 2 bedroom pine Lodges ideal for guests seeking quality self-catering accommodation, and for people who have difficulty with stairs. The lodges are well positioned to take advantage of sunny days. They all have a balcony and patio furniture. Each lodge is fully equipped with all you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
Very close to the Northumberland National Park the borders region is packed with History, fantastic scenery, sights and attractions and in less than a hour the beautiful Northumberland coastline with sandy beaches, fishing harbours, castles, Holy Island and perhaps boat trip from Seahouses to the farne Islands.
- Log Cabins, Sleeps 2 and 4, Detached, Rural Location, Countryside Views, Fridge / Freezer, Washing Machine, Car Parking, TV / DVD, ipod Dock, WIFI, Electric Heating, Bedding and Towels, Pet Friendly, Pub / Inn, Adjacent field for Dog Walking, Less than 60 mins from Newcastle and Edinburgh.
The locality of Jedburgh and Kelso
Covering some 1800 square miles, the Scottish Borders stretch from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentle valleys to the rich agricultural plains of the east and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque villages.
You will discover castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums illustrating the exciting and often turbulent history of the area. Celebrations of music, arts and literature, and local food and drink take place throughout the year. June and July are a great time to watch the Common Ridings. In high summer and autumn you can enjoy the attractions of sheep dog trials, Border Games and the Scottish Championship Horse Trials. The Selkirk Vintage Classic and Veteran Vehicle Show in September offers 2 days of pure nostalgia. The area offers excellent opportunities for walking, cycling, playing golf and horse riding. The River Tweed runs through the centre of the Scottish Borders. Fed by its many tributaries, it provides some of the best fishing in the country.
The Spinney Lodges are just 2 miles from the historic Royal Burgh of Jedburgh which lies 10 miles north of the border with England. In 1566 Mary Queen of Scots stayed in the town at a house which now tells the story of her tragic life. Up on a hill overlooking the town, Jedburgh Castle Jail is also open to the public as a museum. The town’s red sandstone abbey on the banks of the Jed Water was founded in 1138 by David I and was pillaged and rebuilt many times. Now cared for by Historic Scotland, the abbey is open to visitors all year round and the Visitor Centre portrays its turbulent past.
Winner of the country town prize in Beautiful Scotland in Bloom, Jedburgh offers an attractive setting to follow the town trail, take a riverside walk or browse amongst the shops in the colourful renovated buildings in the Market Place and Canongate. South of the town is the award winning Jedforest Deer and Farm Park. At nearby 16th century Ferniehirst Castle, the grounds and Kerr Information Centre are open to visitors on a limited basis. Near Ancrum to the north lies Monteviot House Gardens on the banks of the river and Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre offering exhibitions and indoor or outdoor activities.
Welcome to the Northumberland National Park
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. www.northumberland-national-park.org.uk 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”
Activities on your doorstep
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.
Local area Information
Supermarkets are open until late in the Borders, 10pm in Jedburgh where you have plenty of time to stock up on arrival. 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 www.7stanes.com 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Borders Self Catering Log Cabins – Accommodation
We offer a limited choice of quality one-bedroom and two-bedroom pine lodges that are ideal for guests seeking quality self-catering accommodation, and for people who have difficulty with stairs. The lodges are well positioned to take advantage of sunny days. They all have a balcony and patio furniture. Each lodge is fully equipped with all you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay at The Spinney.
The 1-bedroom lodges comprise a double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen with microwave, fridge and cooker, and lounge. The 2-bedroom lodge has 1 twin room, 1 double room, bathroom, lounge, spacious kitchen with microwave, fridge and cooker.
There is private parking near the lodges set in a large garden. The lodges are available on the day of arrival from 4pm (or by prior arrangement). On the day of departure, the lodges should be vacated by 10.30 am
Availability and Bookings
Log Cabin Sleeps 2 – Lowest Season £300, Mid Season £360, Highest Season £400, Christmas / New Year POA
Log Cabin Sleeps 4 – Lowest Season £420, Mid Season £450, Highest Season £550, Christmas / New Year POA
1/2 Weeks are also available from Fridays (3 nights) or Mondays (3 or 4 nights) Please ask for availability details
Hire charges only include all Towels and Bedding, Heating and Electricity is supplementary by way of £1 coin metre.
Pet Friendly – yes by prior arrangement only. Up to 2 well behaved dogs are welcome a supplement of £10 per pet is payable, please ask for details
The Spinney Lodges Langlee Jedburgh Scottish Borders – Listed since 2008
For any help or assistance with this or any other enquiry please call 01729 851181, text’s to 07885 211787 – you will not find these Log Cabins listed anywhere else for any less.
Phone lines are open 09:00am to 10:30pm 7 days a week.
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Fantastic Day Trips
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 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.
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 characterized 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. www.cheviotwalks.co.uk Tel 0870 6080404
Fishing in the Borders
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 your 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 30th of November. There is also some superb brown trout fishing to be found on the Tweed and its 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 below 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.