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BOWDEN HOUSE Nr Melrose - Superb Spacious Period House with Magnificent Views



Updated: 14-Jul-2016
Sleeps 10, 6 Bed, 3 Bath - Super Entertaining Space, Large Garden, Near Melrose

A beautifully-presented property sitting in a magical spot with magnificent panoramic views across rolling Borders countryside, Bowden House offers the perfect base for a break whatever the season.

Sitting in the quiet conservation village of Bowden, just 3 miles from the picturesque town of Melrose, this superb property provides plenty of entertaining space and a stunning setting for family get-togethers, groups of friends and sporting parties.

The property has been extensively refurbished to an exceptionally high standard enhanced by a wealth of period features and lovingly collected antiques and artworks. Set in an elevated, south facing position within beautifully landscaped gardens, the house boasts breathtaking views from all the principal rooms of the property.

An elegant entrance hall leads into the main sitting room which has been carefully styled using a muted colour palette, sumptuous sofas, beautiful antique detailing and a big open fire for cosy winter evenings. Alternatively the bright, sunny drawing room with its grand bay window provides a relaxing spot to curl up with a good book, perhaps indulge in a refreshing glass of Prosecco, or enjoy a little music from the state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The dining room features a large table for formal dining, while double patio doors open onto the garden and superb terraced landscaping with uninterrupted views across open countryside beyond. The patio area, equipped with high quality furniture and covered barbecue area, is an idyllic spot for al-fresco dining during the warmer months while children can play on the extensive lawns or enjoy a game of hide-and-seek within the safety of the large enclosed courtyard and grounds.

The period detailing continues into the large open/plan kitchen area which is beautifully appointed with all modern conveniences, including a super Aga range. The six bedrooms – two double, two twin and two single - are all individually themed encompassing French vintage, Rococo, Edwardian and antique styles with luxurious bed linen accented by pretty cushions and throws.


The small conservation village of Bowden is a tranquil spot nestled at the southern slopes of the Eildon Hills and sits just three miles from Melrose, one of the most picturesque towns in the Borders. Made famous by the writings of Sir Walter Scott and the magnificent Abbey ruins, Melrose offers a good range of shops selling fine local produce including a family butchers, fishmongers, bakery, deli, fresh fruit and veg shop as well as a small Co-op supermarket. Some of the best independent shopping in the Borders can be found here, and a happy afternoon can be spent browsing the range of interiors, giftware, craft and boutique style shops before enjoying afternoon tea or early supper at one of the many convivial restaurants or coffee shops such as the Town House or charming Russell’s Tea Room. More extensive supermarket shopping can be found in Galashiels (6 miles) including a small Marks & Spencer food outlet.

Activities & Attractions

Melrose plays host to an impressive range of events throughout the year ensuring the town is always pleasantly bustling, even in the winter months. In April the Melrose rugby 7s draws an international crowd and a festival atmosphere takes hold of the town, while other events well worth a visit include the Melrose Festival in June which includes the ancient custom of riding the town's boundaries on horseback, or the epic Book Festival which has become an important event on the literary calendar attracting names such as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Ian Rankin, Rory Bremner, Lynda La Plante and Jennifer Saunders to name but a few. Soak up the sound of traditional Scotland at the International Pipeband Championships in August, or in December the town offers some of the best Hogmanay celebrations in the Borders including an impressive firework display.

Melrose's location slap bang in the middle of the borders makes it an ideal base for exploring the towns and countryside of the surrounding area. For keen cyclists, walkers and riders, there are hundreds of square miles of forests, woodland and 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 7Stanes down-hill and cross country trails at Innerleithen and Glentress set in the stunning Tweed Valley, sit just 15 and 19 miles respectively.

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.

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 Roxburghe and the famous links courses at Luffness, Gullane and Dunbar.

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 and stately mansions at nearby 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.


Main Sitting Room just off the main entrance with comfy sofas, a big open fire place, TV and Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The Dining Room across from the sitting room with double patio doors to the garden enjoys uninterrupted views across the garden and countryside, and a large table for formal dining.

The Drawing Room with its grand bay window features additional sofas, gas fireplace and book shelves.

Main Entrance with coat hangers and storage space for shoes, umbrellas etc.


Between the kitchen and the sitting room area is a hallway with staircase leading to the upper floors and under stair cupboard. Patio doors lead to the outside seating area and garden.


The kitchen comprises a large open-plan kitchen/living/dining space with access to the garden and panoramic views. The kitchen features an electric oven, hob, AGA, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and all kitchen utensils as well as a large antique farmhouse table and chairs.

Utility Room

There is a utility room with washing machine and dryer next to the kitchen.

Boiler Room

Next to the back entrance there is a boiler room with space for coats, shoes etc.

Cloak room

Next to the kitchen is a cloak room with WC and basin and additional hanging space.

First Floor

Bedroom 1 - Vintage French upholstered king size bed, en suite bathroom with WC and wash basin.

Bedroom 2 - Vintage Rococo style king size bed, en suite shower room, wash basin and WC.

Bedroom 3 - Inlayed mahogany Edwardian twin beds.

Bedroom 4 - Antique brass single bed.

Second Floor

Bedroom 5 - White twin beds.

Bedroom 6 - French antique small double / large single bed (width 120cm).


Two bedrooms with en suite shower or bathrooms. Family bathroom with bath and shower, wash basin and WC.


The completely private and enclosed garden is south facing and boasts superb, far reaching views over magnificent Borders countryside to the Cheviot Hills. The garden is arranged over four separate levels featuring birch trees, acers, rhododendrons, pieris, hostas, alchemilla and roses. There is a wonderful terrace adjacent to the house with a barbecue gazebo. The large garden terrace is equipped with comfortable patio furniture and loungers.


Additional secure storage for sporting equipment and bicycles as well as drying space is available at the stable outbuildings.

Guest Amenities

Toiletries provided.

Full central heating.

Washing machine and tumble dryer.


Daily housekeeping service and cook on request.

Babies and Children

Travel cot and high chair available on request.


TV, Bang & Olufsen sound system in all ground floor rooms


Free wifi is included.


Catering is entirely flexible - the house can be taken on a self-catered basis or part or fully catered options can be arranged, including a homemade meal and wine delivery service.


There is secure parking for up to 7 cars with a secure electric entrance gate.


Please note that Bowden House is strictly no smoking.


Accepted by arrangement but must be kept to the kennels at the rear of the house. There is a fee of £20 per dog.


The house is set over three levels and is therefore not recommended for mobility restricted guests.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

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Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob


  • Dining Room


  • Stereo ...
  • Television


  • Groups
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking

Floor Area

  • 0 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - En-suite bathroom with basin and WC
  • Bathroom 2 - En-suite shower room, basin and WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Family Bathroom - with bath and shower, basin and WC


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Vintage French upholstered king size bed.
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, Vintage Rococo style king size bed.
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Inlaid mahogany Edwardian twin beds.
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed, Antique brass single bed.
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, White twin beds.
  • Bedroom 6 - French antique small double/large single bed (width 120cm)


  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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  • Storage - Additional secure storage for sporting equipment and bicycles, as well as drying space is available in the stable outbuildings. Catering is entirely flexible. The house can be let on a self-catered basis or part or fully catered options can be arranged including a homemade meals and wine delivery service.

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