Mansefield is a traditional Scottish Georgian former minister’s house on the edge of the small town of Greenlaw less than an hour south east of Edinburgh in the Scottish Borders. It is the home of Pippa and Tim Culham and their family, and they welcome guests to stay for bed and breakfast, and optional dinner.
This is an informal family home and Tim and Pippa have a small farm with chickens, ducks, horses and sheep.
Guests have a Drawing Room all to themselves, and there’s a garden, with terrace patio, paddocks and 250 metres of river-bank on the Blackadder where you can fish.
Newcastle centre 70 miles (112 kms)
Edinburgh centre 40 miles (64 kms)
Coldstream 10 miles (16 kms)
Kelso 8 miles (13 kms)
Melrose 16 miles (26 kms)
Duns 6 miles (10 kms)
Places to visit and things to do:
Fishing on the Blackadder, the Whiteadder or the famous river Tweed.
The Melrose Sevens, rugby tournament in April.
Horse Racing at Kelso – Friendly atmosphere for a great day out.
Mellerstain House – Beautiful example of Adam architecture and lovely grounds.
Manderston House – Another handsome country house with beautiful grounds and grand stable block.
Abbotsford House – The home of Sir Walter Scott, near Melrose.
Scott’s view – A must see view towards the Eildon hills, for anyone visiting the Borders.
Smailholm Tower – More fantastic views from the top of this Historic Scotland property.
Main Street Trading – A delightful bookshop and cafe, St Boswells.
Melrose Abbey and town – wander round the shops, visit the abbey or watch some rugby.
Kelso Abbey and town – lovely square, with shops and abbey in the town centre.
Dryburgh Abbey – Probably the most beautiful of the Border’s abbeys. Lovely setting by the Tweed.
The Jim Clark Room, Duns – Worth a visit for all rally car fans.
Local festivals, common ridings and civic weeks take place in June, July and August.
Golf at Sunlaws, Roxburgh is 12 miles. Coldstream and Duns are within minutes and most East Lothian courses are within an hour.
The beautiful, historic city of Edinburgh is only an hour away.
Places to eat:
The Fisherman’s Arms, Birgham
The Wheatsheaf, Swinton
The Cobbles, Kelso
The Contented Vine, Kelso
Allanton Inn, Allanton
The Craw Inn, Auchencrow
The Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm
Walking and cycling:
The Cheviots, from Kirk Yetholm
The Hirsel Estate, Coldstream