Whether the festive season means a busy family get-together or a quiet romantic retreat, here’s our checklist of essentials to ensure you have the perfect stay.
Christmas – sorted!
Here at Kirkton Cottage, we like to celebrate the festive season in style! Our guests throughout December have the cottage beautifully decorated to get everyone in the Christmas spirit while you relax in front of the lovely cosy log burner.
Guests booking for Christmas week or Hogmanay week are treated to seasonal extras in their welcome basket to help with the celebrations. So cosy up in those fluffy robes, pour a glass of what you fancy and relax!
Out and about there’s always loads to see and do over the festive period around the Scottish Borders. There are Craft and Christmas Fayres aplenty selling unique gifts for that someone special. The local towns with their colourful decorations and Christmas trees have a lovely selection of bespoke shops selling handmade local goods and produce, something special for everyone. The area has a good selection of Art Galleries with something for all tastes by local artists.
Winter Wonderland √
Edinburgh is just 55 minutes away by train where you will be taken directly into the city centre to beautifully decorated streets and shops. Princes Street Gardens are transformed into a Winter Wonderland each year with a Christmas Market, Funfair, open-air iceskating rinks, the big wheel and much more. ‘The Dome’ is a must on George Street for lunch (booking recommended) or just for a drink to see its famously decorated central bar which is transformed into a giant Christmas tree. Then maybe a wander round Harvey Nic’s, Jenners or John Lewis for some retail therapy.
Street of Light, Edinburgh√
The Street of Light runs from mid November to Christmas Eve. Enter this stunning canopy of light and watch the lights synchronise to music by choirs and musicians from across Edinburgh.
Please note, this is a free event but you do need to book a ticket in advance.
Eating Out Locally √
Family-run restaurants, hotels and coffee shops are filled with delicious local produce to tempt your taste buds. Melrose just a few miles down the road has a great selection of places to eat out. It may be best to book in advance if you want to guarantee a table on a particular night with the Christmas party season being in full flow.
Eating In √
Martin Bairds Butchers in Melrose supply quality meats as well as ready prepared meals (if you can’t be tempted by a juicy steak cooked on the Weber BBQ!) There’s also a great fruit & veg shop and bakers to fill the fridge and cupboards with fresh local produce. The local Deli’s have a wealth of scrumptious treats to bring back to the cottage and enjoy from locally produced cheeses to artisan breads and hand made cakes.
For the younger guests, there are lots of chances to catch up with Santa while you are out and about. Whether you decide to visit him in his Grotto or choose to have breakfast with him while you share your wish list, we can help you track him down while you are here…..
For those looking for something on a grand scale, the Hogmanay Celebrations in Edinburgh are world-famous. A huge street party with top-name bands and entertainment is topped off at midnight when a massive fireworks display is set off from the heights of Edinburgh Castle. Spectacular to see and be part of. Tickets must be purchased in advance for entry into the Street Party.