It’s always exciting planning a short break, especially when you find somewhere new that is so unique and architecturally striking.
Step up Rink Hill, a truly stunning bolthole for couples with incredible views over the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders.
The Scottish Borders wasn’t an area we were familiar with to be honest, but we knew there was plenty to do in the area with walks and small market towns to explore. Before we arrived, we stopped off for lunch in Melrose and then stretched our legs along the banks of the River Tweed.
Rink Hill, although rural is still close to nearby attractions and facilities. This romantic hideaway is nestled perfectly into the landscape. As we ascended the off-road track taking in the Tweed Valley on our left, the property appeared out of nowhere on the right-hand side.
The 180-degree curved panoramic floor to ceiling windows were immediately striking, framed perfectly by the curved dry-stone walls on either side.
The property looked so natural in its setting and more importantly this was our home, well, for a long weekend at least!
No neighbours (except some curious cows and passing fox), no interruptions, just peace and solitude – utter bliss!
The property is nothing short of stunning and exceeded our expectations. Light flooded into the large modern open plan living area. The view across the Tweed Valley was simply breath taking.
The clever design, with the half glass wall to the bedroom means that you can enjoy the same amazing panoramic view from both the living area and the bedroom. Makes you feel part of the outdoors, even when you are lying in bed!
The kitchen was very well equipped and to be honest was what we expected from a place of this quality.
It had everything you would expect, but the bean to cup coffee maker was a very nice extra and provided a great start to our day.
We awoke each morning to this incredible view – what more can we say it was stunning!
We were lucky with the weather; October in Scotland can be sometimes unpredictable, wet and cold however we had three dry, crisp sunny days.
We ventured out each morning and enjoyed walks to the Three Brethren in Selkirk and Rhymers Glen and Cauldshiels Loch in Abbotsford.
At this time of year, the daylight hours were short with the sun going down around 430pm so we returned to the Rink Hill each afternoon in time to enjoy the sunset and the changing browns and yellows of the breath-taking Scottish Autumn landscape.
The changing weather was also interesting to watch as the clouds rolled in.
We never needed to fire up the log burner as, even on a pretty cold Scottish weekend in October, it enjoyed the best of the sun throughout the entire day meaning Rink Hill was a very toasty place indeed.
The stunning, large bathroom, with a double sized shower was fab and the free-standing bath also with its own view was the perfect place to relax after our days exploring.
It was just a tad too fresh in October to enjoy a morning coffee on the patio, but in warmer weather you would be stretched to find a more peaceful location to start your day or even end it with a glass of wine or two.
Fiona and Mike have created the perfect romantic rural retreat for you to return each day to relax, recharge and reflect on your adventures. Although, if that’s not for you, then simply visit to chill out and relax with nothing else but the Scottish Borders countryside to marvel over. Clearly the area has plenty to do and we’ll certainly be back for a visit.
For those looking for a luxury self-catering hideaway, the new to market, Rink Hill is easily up there with the best and we really can’t stress how relaxed we felt during our visit, and would highly recommend a visit.
Take a look for yourself here www.rinkhill.com
Although this was a discounted visit, the review is an independent and true reflection of our experience.