We have stayed at Branxholm before, and what a fantastic place it is. The house itself is impressive in size, a lovely example of Victorian architechture. Set in rural surroundings, with large, comfortable rooms and clean, quiet bedrooms. The conservatory is large, a spacious area with lots of seating around the wood burner. There were 12 of us staying, plus a dog, and the house is large enough to feel together yet not under one another's feet. The five kids loved playing in the gardens, hide and seek in the house and having fun in the hot tub. The top twin bedroom now has two bunk beds in, which the kids loved! We thoroughly enjoyed playing dominoes, cards and drinking wine and eating cheese on and evening. What a good laugh we had!
Itinerary wise, we visited the local butchers and cooked a BBQ in the Finnish BBQ hut one evening, we also used the large kitchen to cook a meal for all 12 to enjoy in the formal dining room to celebrate my birthday. We visited Edinburgh, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne, all within 1.5 hours from the house. There is an amazing local park nearby set in lovely gardens, which has a nice cafe with friendly staff. We also discovered a local gem, a castle called 'Fat Lips' (yes-you read that right!). For £10, we could collect the huge, original key to the castle, follow the map through an ancient woodland and discover the castle. We let ourselves in and climbed the steps to the top, with breathtaking views over Hawick.
Handy tips: I would recommend using Tesco to deliver all your shopping, for shortly after you arrive, what a help that was. The local park is a must for the kids. Use the local train to get into Edinburgh, as the park and ride takes too long. Pringles Butchers in Hawick produce extremely tasty meat! Their sausages are fab.
Thank you to Ian and his mum, what a lovely, friendly family.