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Lovely converted mill, tennis court and sauna - large holiday home Selkirk

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Vernon's review of large holiday home Selkirk
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large holiday home Selkirk - sleeps 8+

Lovely converted 19th century mill with tennis court in extensive grounds, near Selkirk in the beautiful Yarrow Valley

The rolling hills, green pastures and woodland of the beautiful Yarrow Valley have been the backdrop for this historic mill for over two centuries. Although unused for some time, the mill building has stood the test of time well and has recently undergone an award winning transformation into a luxury four bedroom holiday home, a labour of love and attention to detail that's given it a whole new lease of life as a fantastic self catering property.

As well as using sustainable, locally sourced materials and local skilled crafstmen for the project, owners Johnny and Lulu have got stuck in and done much of the finishing work themselves. The combined imaginations of owners and craftsmen have resulted in beautiful one-off, custom features such as the solid wood kitchen with its granite surfaces, the striking stone hearth, unusual round chimney and the truly wonderful steel and timber staircase. The woodwork throughout really is stunning and beautifully set off by the subtle, natural colours in the decor in fresh cream, stone and pale sage green.

All the rooms both upstairs and down are beautifully designed and finished in a very special way and with touches of luxury that ensure we have a very comfortable and indulgent stay. Each bedroom features a different type of solid wood - rich oak, pale ash or beech and lovely warm elm - a theme which is carried through to the respective luxury bathrooms where pampering awaits in the steam shower, sauna or classic roll top bath.

It would be very easy to spend a week or two here without once getting back into the car; excursions on foot or by bike can be done from the door, through woods, along the riverside and into the hills. The private tennis court has the loveliest view of any I've ever seen - top off a good game with a steam shower and sauna followed by drinks on the terrace and it starts to feel like a very exclusive club!

There is loads to see and do around the Borders though so it would be a shame to spend the whole time here at the Mill, tempting though that may be. Being energetic types, we jumped on bikes and pedalled off on a delightful wee excursion along a tiny road that follows the Yarrow Water along Duchess Drive to Bowhill, where there are lovely gardens and grounds to explore and a decent teashop. If you get the timing right you can take a tour of the house and see the very fine art collection which includes the work of Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Canaletto.

Our ticket gives us access to Sir Walter Scott's wonderful Abbordsford too, which gives an excuse to do a spot of shopping in the pretty Tweedside town of Melrose and to have a very good meal at the Townhouse there before returning to our wonderful luxury holiday retreat.

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Further details about this accommodation

Large, open plan living/dining area with open fire.
Large, very well-equipped kitchen with two dishwashers, microwave, large fridge freezer and Rangemaster cooker.
Four luxury bedrooms, each with a high quality pocket-sprung Superking bed, which can be adapted to two single beds and wired internet access.
The bedrooms feature wood themes of Oak, Ash, Elm or Beech, which run through into the respective private bathrooms. This is evident in the wooden beams, shelving, seating and finishing in each room. The result - stunning and unique accommodation.
Each private bathroom has either a sauna / wet-room, steam shower, roll-top bath or high-volume shower.
Mezzanine with double sofa bed.
Appliances and facilities include:
Two HD TVs / Blu-Ray DVD players, CD Player, Bose docking station
Wired & WiFi internet access
Full laundry facilities
Cot with duvet and linen
High chair and stairgates
All-weather tennis court
Charcoal barbecue
Safe-lock area & wash-down site for bikes
Catering services are available on request; alternatively a freezer stocked with home-food can be waiting for you on arrival.
For hearing impaired guests, Lulu (the owner-manager) is a BSL signer and is normally available.
There is wheelchair access to The Mill.
As you would expect, all linen and towels are provided, as are logs and kindling for the open fire.

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay here
hotel The house is perfectly placed for walking in the lovely Yarrow and Etrrick valleys. The Southern Upland Way passes close to the door and there are trails around the nearby Bowhill Estate as well as at Glentress and 7 Stanes. The circular route The Three Brethren, takes in three 16th century cairns; a section of the Borders Abbeys Way takes you from Selkirk to Melrose, passing Abbotsford, the ancestral home of Sir Walter Scott.
hotel The lovely Bowhill House and Estate are well worth visiting (check opening times); there's an adventure playground as well as trails for walking and riding. Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, another attractive stately home, has an excellent purpose built modern visitor centre with restaurant and shop. Stunning Floors Castle sits by the River Tweed in Kelso.
self catering This is a fantastic area for cycling on quiet roads. From the back door you can cycle along The Duchess Drive to the Bowhill Estate where you can explore the cycle trails. Glentress and Innerleithen in the Tweed Valley offer some of the best biking trails in the UK, from beginners' to extreme routes.
hotel A variety of art workshops run by local artists may be run from the house if booked in advance.There is a plethora of galleries and outlets in the Borders offering a wide variety of arts and crafts, from furniture to jewellery.
hotel The excellent coffee shop at Lilliesleaf offers delicious soup and cakes as well as local art and gifts in a lovely atmosphere and Main Street Books in St Boswells does great coffee and snacks as well as selling lovely books, antiques and gifts. The Townhouse at Melrose has an excellent brasserie and restaurant, as does Burt's Hotel and The Place in Selkirk has an interesting and tasty range of locally sourced dishes - book ahead.