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Cairns Church House
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Stunning interiors
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Master bedroom
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Stained glass window
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En suite bathroom
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Living area
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Kitchen area
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Well-equipped kitchen
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Pool table
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Dining al fresco
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Cairns Church House


Kelso, Borders,


  One-off feature  
  This stunning church conversion has been featured in a number of architecture and interiors magazines and it is not hard to see why. Luxurious bespoke contemporary features housed in a unique traditional building – Cairns House is nothing short of spectacular.  
  Property Info  
  Accommodation Type: Church Conversion  
  Property Setting: Village / Rural  
  Holiday Type: Relaxing / Family / Sports & activity / Culture  
  Bedrooms: 5  
  Guests: 12  
  Catering: self-catering  
  General Info  
  With 5 bedrooms and huge amounts of living space, the house occupies an elevated position overlooking the Tweed Valley and the Cheviot Hills, in the heart of the Scottish Borders, just an hour from Edinburgh. This makes it the perfect bolt-hole, close to pretty, historic towns as well as quiet countryside and sandy beaches. The church dates back to 1878 but has been extensively and creatively restored, retaining its wonderful vaulted ceiling and original windows and adding features like under floor heating, an opaque glass floor and a bespoke glass and oak staircase. If you’re looking for the wow factor, a stay in a church conversion is it!  
  Details on the area surrounding the property/accommodation  
  Cairns House is 3 miles from the delightful historic town of Kelso, home to the majestic Floors Castle, the championship Roxburghe golf course and the famous race course. The town has a range of independent shops from a deli, butcher, fishmonger and baker to antiques shops and a monthly famers’ market. Nearby, you will find the attractive town of Melrose with its winding streets and collection of pubs and restaurants, or you could stop and explore Mellerstain House, a stately home with a noteworthy art collection. Enjoy the panoramic views from the top of 15th century Smailholm Tower, hike up to Scott’s View or take a day trip to nearby Edinburgh with its ancient castle and vibrant shopping and nightlife scene. This area is a golfer’s paradise (there are 22 courses within a 30 mile radius), walkers and cyclists will find hundreds of miles of countryside to explore, or you could spend a day at the deserted coastline. This is an idyllic setting for a holiday in a converted church.  
  Getting there & away/local amenities  
  Getting There: Detailed directions provided on booking.  
  Nearest airports: Edinburgh 1 hour  
  Nearest train station: Berwick-upon-Tweed 30km  
  Car Hire: Optional  
  Nearest restaurant: Plenty in Kelso or Melrose  
  Nearest beach: 40 minutes  
  Nearest shop: Kelso 3 miles  
  Nearest market: Farmers' market in Kelso every month  
  More info Enquiry info
  Name Ken Wilson
  Contact Phone No.
  Accommodation details
  Activities Nearby Beach within 30km / Birdwatching / Climbing / Cycling / Fishing / Golf within 30km / Horse Riding / Walking  
  Interior Facilities Cot / Highchair / Dishwasher / DVD player / Internet Access / Linen provided / Log Fire / Television / Washing Machine  
  Interior Details The building is floored throughout with travertine tiles, warmed by under floor heating, and the enormous open-plan living space (60ft by 40ft) is characterised by glass floors, a beautiful staircase, rose glass windows and a vaulted ceiling. There is a bespoke kitchen complete with a breakfast bar and various gadgets as well as a traditional dining area for 14, a games area with a pool table, and a sitting area with sumptuous sofas and a multi fuel stove to keep you cosy. The light-filled bedrooms are furnished in a simple, modern style and the substantial master-suite has its own bathroom complete with designer fittings, argon mood lighting and a sound system. Of the other bedrooms, 2 have an en-suite shower and there are 2 additional bathrooms equipped with baths with showers. Cairns Church House can accommodate an additional 3 people with 2 of the bedrooms having an extra bed and the master-suite a bed settee.  
  Exterior Facilities Balcony / BBQ / Garden / Parking / Terrace  
  Exterior Details From the first floor living area, a patio door opens onto a cedar-clad balcony with wonderful views over the Tweed Valley to the Cheviot Hills. At the entrance to the church is an elevated decking area with garden furniture, with separate driveway and enclosed allocated garden area which is safe for children and dogs. (The housekeeper lives in the rear of the property in the old vestry, with separate access, garden and drive).  
  Further Details One well-behaved dog is welcome. The house is very well-equipped for children, with a pool table and numerous toys and games. A cot and stair-gate are available on request. Catering at Cairns House is flexible and the property can be taken on a self-catering, partly catered or fully catered basis. And a stay in a church house does not have to be frugal. A homemade meal and wine delivery service can be arranged and a housekeeping service is also available. The lounge is kitted out with all the mod cons, from a state of the art sound system with pre-loaded CDs to a large plasma screen TV.  
  Conditions of
All prices include VAT, cleaning on departure, bed linen and towels, electricity, gas, water, fuel, and central heating. Please note that cot linen is not included unless specified. A booking deposit of 25% must be made to secure the booking and the balance of the rental cost and security deposit must be paid eight weeks prior to your arrival. Bookings taken within eight weeks of arrival must be paid in full at the time of booking.  
  Other Information Child Friendly / Cook available / Pet Friendly / Short breaks available  
  What visitors have said about Cairns Church House
Great time had by all. Brilliant house for a girly weekend.
Freda Doherty and friends 

Fantastic house, great size for gathering our clan for eldest daughter's 40th birthday celebrations. Wonderful meal on Saturday night for the adults provided by Suzie. Big bonus was the weather - wall to wall sunshine - hottest weekend of the year! Plenty of toys both indoors and out for the children - the trampoline was a great hit!
Margaret and Mike Robertson 

Super weekend, accommodation outstanding. Great house to have a "50th" with your friends.
Patersons, Cowans, Williamsons, and Adamsons 

Fantastic house, really enjoyed the location and the space. The area is fantastic and so much to explore. Wonderful, amazing, very atmospheric.
Brock, May, Pratt, Mayor and Worrell families 

Amazing place, great views and interesting location. The kids loved running around the open space and playing with all the toys. The quietness of the Vestry a most calming place. Would love to come back in the summer and make the most of the outdoor areas.
Becky Durham and family and friends 

The Hales Bar Gang had arrived! Nine of us, of many diverse trends, have enjoyed a great weekend of fun and frolics in this fabulous converted building. A great place to unwind with friends, be totally relaxed and enjoy the Scottish Borders.
The Hales Bar gang 

Here for a surprise 30th birthday, as a party venue absolutely stunning. As a family base for a week fab too! This house really is amazing, especially at dusk when the views are outstanding. We all had a great time thanks.
The Armstrongs, Blacketts and Watts 

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