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Gypsy Palace

Kirk Yetholm, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Historic cottage with royal gypsy roots offers 1 double room, plus 2 single beds and stunning valley views in Kirk Yetholm.

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Set in Kirk Yetholm  in the tranquil foothills of the Cheviots and on the edge of Northumberland National Park, Gypsy Palace is a beautiful and unique detached self catering holiday cottage with a fascinating history. Kirk Yetholm was regarded as the home of the gypsies of Scotland and Northern England for over 300 years and from 1861-1883, Gypsy Palace was home to the legendary Queen Esther Faa Blythe and later her son King Charles.  Gypsy Palace has appeared in many books, magazines and newspapers including The Scotsman, Scottish Field, Tiny Homes magazine, Scottish  Life, the Sunday Times, Home magazine and many others. It has also appeared in many books about Scottish and Gypsy history.

Gypsy Palace has been thoughtfully furnished and fully equipped to a high standard while retaining its unique, charismatic charm. Downstairs accommodation includes a comfortable lounge, a small dining room (with its unusual 19th century arched window), utility room, fully equipped kitchen with original porcelain Belfast sink and bathroom (with bath and over-bath shower). Upstairs, both the master bedroom and the second bedroom (which is accessed from the main bedroom) offer the most breathtaking views – south, over the Bowmont Valley and north across to the church, Town Yetholm and the valley beyond. The cottage comfortably sleeps 2 adults (double bed and one single bed) or 2 adults and two children (using a pull out bed in the second bedroom).

Facilities include dishwasher, washer/dryer, flat-screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, Bose Ipod dock, free Wi-Fi (with a strong signal) and a selection of games, books and dvds etc. With oil fired central heating, Gypsy Palace is always warm and cosy. All power is included as is a basket of logs for the fire. All laundry and towels are also provided. Dogs are welcome (this is perfect dog walking country) and we have off street parking. Outside you can relax in the fully enclosed garden, or take a seat in the summer house (originally a railway station waiting room) and enjoy the views over the valley. 

Gypsy Palace is situated right on the Pennine Way meaning numerous wonderful walks are accessible right from your doorstep, though many of our guests stay for the wonderful peace and tranquility, Gypsy Palace is also ideal for fishing, golfing, cycling and for exploring the lovely Borders region with its beaches, castles and gardens. The local village pub has a lovely atmosphere and serves excellent food. Kelso with its cobbles streets is 7 miles away while historic Edinburgh is less than 90 minutes drive away or why not take a day trip to the coast with a visit to Holy Island and a stroll along the beautiful Northumberland beaches. 

Minimum stay is three nights and both mid-week and long weekend breaks with prices starting at £295. A typical week costs from £450-£600.


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Newcastle / Edinburgh