History fans and those looking for something ‘a bit different’ are sure to love the latest addition to our portfolio, which is set in the picturesque village of Minto in the Scottish Borders.
Perfectly set up for two people, The Study at Minto was built in 1889 as the village school in a location that was deemed to be ‘the most beautiful and commodious in the south of Scotland’. The views are indeed stunning and can be enjoyed from the beautiful raised patio outside after a day spent out exploring the local area.
The building itself has undergone a long and careful restoration and preservation that has retained most of its stunning original features including fine Gothic windows as well as floors, doors and decorative woodwork.
The interior is a fabulous eclectic mix of history and craftsmanship. An intricately-carved Tudor four-poster bed provides a rather grand place to sleep, after which you can cook-up a tasty breakfast (free range eggs can be sourced in the village) in a kitchen constructed from an early 19th century French sideboard rescued from a chateau south of Paris, with worktops formed from recycled Victorian pews from a Borders church.
Two stunning carved oak panels on either side of the south window date from 1890 and were created in the workshops of the eminent Scottish architect, Sir Robert Lorimer. Amongst the exquisite Persian rugs and French and Scottish furniture dating from the mid 18th to the late 19th centuries, visitors can also discover a 1920s working gramophone and taxidermy including a rare Capercaille named Hector who was a pet on a Scottish estate that died of natural causes.
Even the shower room at The Study is packed with history with its loo and basin being beautiful reproductions of the original Thomas Crapper line from around 1880.
There’s no shortage of history in the surrounding area as well, with lots to discover on the many walks near the cottage.
An old medieval church lies abandoned in the woods across the golf course, surrounded by the remnants of Victorian planned rose gardens. Attached to the church wall, you can still see a ‘joug’ – a terrifying chain that was placed around the neck of gossiping women as a means of punishment!
North east of Minto village is Fatlips Castle. Built as a Turnbull clan stronghold in 1530, its memorable name is said to originate from the habit of members of the house to greet guests with less discretion than was considered decent at the time. The key to the Castle can be borrowed from an adjacent village.
There’s a treasure-trove of beautiful buildings and bridges in the nearby Minto estate, as well as a hidden lake with a delightful waterfall in Gibbies Glen. The area’s natural beauty also includes the giant and famous Minto Larches. Grown from seedlings and planted in the glen 300 years ago, they are thought to be the oldest and best examples in Scotland.
Nearby Ruberslaw Hill is actually an extinct volcano and an ancient place of worship. It has been much celebrated by poets and writers in the Borders who have seen from its summit one of the most beautiful views in Scotland.
Filled with history, tradition and natural beauty, this part of the Borders is a wonderful place to visit and with its fabulous charm and character, The Study makes the perfect base. Pet friendly and sleeping two people, a week’s stay starts from just £450.